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RATINGS: 4000   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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3.6
Papsoe (25060) - 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
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 A fine Imperial stout, but it didn’t 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
after4ever (8025) - 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 it’s still fairly cold as I write. Huge in every way. It’s consistent from batch to batch, and just unbelievably good.

4.6
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 loser’s 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. I’m glad I still have three to go.

4.2
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
On nitro at Piaci’s 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
Gusgus (237) - Mölndal, 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
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
Ibrew2or3 (8748) - 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.

3.7
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque black with a massive mocha head. This beer is a great pour. Malty, yeasty aroma. The aroma was pleasant but a bit light I thought for a stout. Flavors of roasted malt and coffee in the flavor. Warm alcohol finish not unlike a good scotch. A good beer, but when I think of Russian Imprtial Stouts, I am looking for more oomph.

4.5
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Opaque espresso colour. Fine head. Toffee coffee aroma, followed through quite nicely. Mmmmm! I do like my stouts!


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