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RATINGS: 3710   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.

la1965's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Very black and thick annise and chocolate flavors and a slight mint finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (23) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark brown color, very little tan head. Aroma is somehow creamy, with a real chocolate aroma. Initial and mid palette are fairly crisp with a pronounced chocolate taste on the finish. A fairly oily texture, especially on the finish. Nice bit of dried fruits. Some tobacco. Very interesting in that I am struck heavily by what is not as pronounced in some other top imperial stouts. For a 9% ABV beer the alcohol sweetness is not all that noticeable - a good thing. The deep roasted flavors and coffee flavors are also not as pronounced as some. This is a very good beer. Had some with more complexity, but not very many.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joejames (124) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours black, two finger tan head, moderate lacing, great retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is mostly bitter, with sweetness in the background. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet with note of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alcohol. An extremely complex and tasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SupperHopped (4) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
ON NITRO - a little less bold than the bottle version. Taste amazing, silky coffee with a substantial bitterness. A favorite of mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (363) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
12oz bottle. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Flavors are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, caramel, roasted malts, coffee with ashy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mareglia (14) - - AUG 16, 2014
Very dark brown in glass. Chocolate caramel aroma. Smoky, chocolate flavor. Bitter and dry. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3097) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Keg at Brewdog, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cold coffee. Taste is more milk chocolate, light herbal note. Gentle roast bitterness, soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordBasel (1) - Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
Beautifully smooth with a bitter crisp finish. Creates a dryness that promotes drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lewiscb (3) - - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
Going to agree with others here -- Aroma: coffee, caramel. Taste: coffee, chocolate, caramel, malts and licorice (which I despise). Very great balance, oily mouthfeel. Great quality beer however. I found it quite strong for my taste and somewhat bitter. I couldn’t drink much of this but it is "Russian". Awesome brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (804) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
355ml bottle, pours black with a foamy tan head, aromas chocolate, vanilla, cherry, roasted malt, full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, finishes balanced bitter with a roasty and fruity aftertaste. Very nice.

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