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RATINGS: 4011   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.6
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2006
This Imperial Stout has a fantastic taste. The smell is also very powerful and enjoyable. The palate, however is a little weaker than some other stouts.

4.1
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Start off by saying that this is a very complex beer. The aroma hold chocaltes carmel and a delicious coffee. Pours a deep dark brown completetly opaque with a beige creamy head. Heavy coffee flavor also malty, with carmel, and a slight oaty earthy taste. Very dry originally I did not like the dryness of this beer but after my second bottle I really enjoy it. The only complaint I have is it had a slightly watery mouth feel.

4.4
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Deep and dark, think stout. Powerful malts and chocolate on nose, thick flavor. Carries a strong malty, dark chocolaty flavor. One of the best I’ve tried.

4.6
pdiggity (7) - USA - JUL 19, 2006 does not count
This is one serious beer reserved for only the hardcore stout lover. It’s down and dirty, used motor oil, mud in a bottle. It’s very thick with amazing roasted malt flavors, and a slight sweetness. Possibly one of the darkest, frothiest I’ve ever come across. Top notch beer, and by far the highest quality you will see in a local grocery store (they have it in Harris teeter as 4-packs)

4.6
hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Holy Cow! Where has this one been hiding. Poured nearly black with a huge light brown head that you could eat with a spoon. You could search the world for great Imperial Stouts and this one is made right here in my backyard in Northern California. Massive nose of roasted malts, chocolate, yeasts and fruit, among others. Flavor is all of the above with hops now showing up. Mouthfeel is like a rich syrup, and you can sense the alcohol. Down the pipe it is good to the very last drop and never bitter. This is the standard all other Imperial Stouts should aspire to measure up to. Not just, good, but great. Update: I wondered if this would be better if it warmed up some.. Conclusion. No difference. Warm or cold, this stuff is incredible.

4.4
KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2006
12 oz Bottle: I got this in a ’trade’’ with csbosox at a tasting at his place. Never had it, been scared away by imperial stouts, we’ll see what this one, a highly rated one treats me like. I t pours a nice deep dark reddish, brownish, black color with a nice brownish tan head that lasts and lasts like extra gum. Aroma is of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, wheat, yeast, rasted malts, a tiny bit of chocolate and caramel. The flavor is suprisingly hoppy given the aroma, which had none hidden anywhere, imo. I like it. Quite tastey. Amazingly balanced. A touch of coffee, some alcohol, some toffee, malts, hops are present, balenced, and good. End of story its really good.

4.1
gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 First rating.
Initial Rating Date: 7/15/2006
Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi.
Dark red color, brown head. Alcohol and chocolate scent, sweet. Strong sweet and burnt taste, burnt and coffee after taste. Warming alcohol feeling. Very big palate. Raissin taste as well. Medium high bitterness.
7/4/7/5/14=3.7

Second rating, March 10, 2007.
Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg.
Clear deep red color, big beige head. Fruity, malty and apples scent. Huge roasted malt and burnt chocolate taste. Smooth but a bit spritzy mouthfeel. High but nice bitterness.
7/4/9/3/17=4.0

Rerate
Bottled, thanks to ekstedt! On November 14, 2008. Blind tasting.
Dark brown to black color, light brown head. Sweet, roasted, hoppy scent. Sweet, bitter, roasted, coffee taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/8/4/16=3.9

Yet one more rerate
2007 vintage on draught at OT, Stockholm, on January 25, 2009
Pitch black color, brown head. Smooth sweet raissin scent. Smooth, bitter, dry, sweet, chocolate, roasted taste. Dry cocoa, coffee, roasted malt aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
9/5/9/4/18=4.5

Rerate, 2 vintages next to each other, on August 21, 2009
BB May 09:
Black color, brown head. Chocolate, cocoa, malty, sweet scent. Salty, malty, harsh bitter taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
9/3/8/4/16=4.0
BB May 08:
Black color, small brown head. Coca-cola, sweet malty, smooth scent. Smooth, chocolate, cocoa taste. Smooth mouthfeel, dry bitterness. Roasted and coffee aftertaste.
9/3/8/4/17=4.1

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Vintage 12 fl oz bottle thanks to deft! BB May 2009, sampled on December 15, 2012.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, alcohol, malty scent. Sweet, raisin, malty, knäck taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
8/4/9/3/17=4.1

3.7
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Beautiful opaque black with slight head, roasty aroma, flavor is a lot of coffee, not much if any chocolate, roasty malt with some prune, quick finish. This did not taste like 9% to me, I didn’t find the warming finish but I did enjoy the deep rich flavor. Not the most complex Impy but satisfying.

4.8
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
What an incredible stout. This brew pours a deep coffee color with a nice brown head. The aroma pours out of the bottle with the brew--full of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is so warm and rich, that you want to savor this beer forever. The taste is definitely roasted malts with a nice chocolatey hint in there as well. Incredible full flavor! No aftertaste really, and you don’t even know your drinking a 9% ABV stout. One of the best stouts around."

4.2
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Dark brown color with a decent size head. Aroma is thick & roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Taste is big, roasty, & chocolately. Absolutely one of the best Imperial Stouts available.


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