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RATINGS: 4234   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 Russias Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Its 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 itA sincere friend is not born instantly.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
A delicious beer for dessert, also available in most places. Aroma is malty caramel, some hops and coffee. Pours a dark dark brown, with a nice light brown head. Flavor hits malty caramel, some prunes, and a huge coffee toasty finish, with some warmth to it. Relatively full body. I love Imperial stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
12 oz. bottle Aroma: Roasted malts are evident with a chocolate and coffee scent below. I could not put my finger on it when I first smelled it but after reading some of the other reviews immediately it became clear....licorice lingers below the other top layers making the scent quite interesting. Appearance: Nice deep black with some of the darkest tan bubbles I have seen which sustained nicely throughout the drinking. Flavor: Toasted malts leap out you and then other flavors become evident. Coffee and chocolate in that order. From here I think the licorice scent comes from the dry alcohol taste you would expect from a 9% brew. Palate: Moderate mouthfeel on the heavy end of the spectrum. Again quite dry. Overall: Job well done by North Coast. A solid offering to the Imperial Stout lineup that I would gladly enjoy again. Stouts for me are generally most enjoyable at night and this one would serve that desire quite satisfactorily.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a small, off-white head. Fat and rather aromatic nose - obviosly some good aroma hops are used here. Medium body with sweetish, roasted malts - somewhat vinous. Quite alcoholic and bitter finish. 030606

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 A fine Imperial stout, but it didnt knock my socks off. The pour was thick and dark brown (dark brown edges, no mahoganey noted) with a substantial head that gave a great lacing while drinking. Aroma was burnt chocolate/coffee with slight hops. Flavor was the same with a touch of a vinous/prune alcohol accent. Bitterness from the hops AND the burnt coffee. Mouthfeel was moderate, but not as thick as other impy stouts. Pretty drinkable. Re-rate of the millenium edition, april 06 at statelineliquors.com. Certainly loses the mouthfeel, but a dry cocoa, dusty, and light roast remain, this actually quite pleasant and soft after some seven years, although not as rich and complex as when fresh.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (8020) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
12-oz. Always a huge favorite. Pours ultra black with a buckskin-colored head that disappears after seconds. This beer stops light in its tracks. Enormous nose of toast, roast, chocolate, burnage, and some unidentifiable blackness. Full bodied, rich and thick, with light carb pushing through. Smoke, dark chocolate, black licorice, coffee, roast nuts...so many deep rich flavors intertwine in this beer, and its still fairly cold as I write. Huge in every way. Its consistent from batch to batch, and just unbelievably good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2006
The guy on the bottle almost appears to be giving you the "loser" sign until you look closer. This is not a losers beer. Pours dark and thick like oil. Decent khaki head. Smells like smoke and coffee. The taste lingers and lingers. It took me almost an hour to chew this beer down. I love the toasted malts with just enough hops to balance it. Amazing beer. Im glad I still have three to go.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
On nitro at Piacis in Fort Bragg. Delicious. Dangerously drinkable on Nitro. Thick, creamy head. Extremely full bodied. Very well balanced. Clean, warm alcohol finish. The best widely available example of an Imperial Stout. Thanks to Mark for resurrecting this style in the modern beer world.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusgus (237) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown colour. Very nice smell of hazelnuts and chocloate, with notes of licorice, band-aid and cloves. Taste is sugary sweet with pronounced grapefruit bitterness. Very bitter aftertaste of grapefruit and licorice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
12 oz bottle: poured dark black with tan elements and a small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt coffee, tabacco, licorice -very enticing- flavor has the same characteristics as nose. Finish has a nice hoppy kich that balances the sweetness of the alcohol. Very full mouth feel. really good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Deep deep amber color with brown head. Rich inviting roasty/chocolate/burnt malt aroma. Tastes just as it smells early on with little to no hint of alcohol influence. Chocolate and very dark (burnt) roasted malts that leave a dry feeling in your mouth. It is almost like chewing on half a hand full of chocolate malts. Right in the middle you get the sweet syrupy flavor. Full body and full flavor beer. Just delicious.


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