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RATINGS: 4171   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Black with tan head. Sweet coffee aroma. Smokey roasted chocolate flavor with medium bitterness. Bitter finish lasted a while.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Opaque black color with a huge tan head. Very creamy, tastes of coffee and chicory. A little more bitter than I would have expected, but a very fine beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a dark black with a light brown head. A very robust roasted coffee, smoked aroma followed with a hint of chocolate. The flavor was rich with malt, and burnt coffee. I also tasted some whiskey laced onto the chocolate. It was a ncie beer indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
almankin (10) - Crowley, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2006
A very strong stout for sure, I love the smell of coffee and chocolate. If it just tasted as good as it smells I would be an even happer man.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
From Bottle

Poured very dark, motor oil like. 1-inch thick creamy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong coffee and malts, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks. Flavor like espresso...about 5 shots of it. Mild hops and an underlying caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol burn, though no alcohol was noticeable in the flavor. Carbonation good, tingly on my tounge. Nice balance of hops and malts as it warmed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1769) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Dark, dark brown - - totally opaque with an expresso-like light brown head. Aroma is coffee and bitter chocoate. Burnt malt bitterness and coffee flavor dominate, but there is a caramel sweetness in there as well. This is a very good Imperial. Alcohol warms but doesnt show in the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
A fine example indeed. Rich. Intense. A huge palete. Fruity nose with almost no hops. Sweet maltiness predominates with a complex array of roastyness, astringent dryness, and semi-dried fruits (plums; dates; figs ... not raisny at all). Balanced by a wonderful bitterness that makes you forget the sweet alcohol lingering in the background and warming your tummy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NotWthoutStout (32) - Wharton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Poured this bottle aggressivly into a tall 18oz glass. The head rose up from bottome to top before cascading down into a jet black brew with an almost four inch frothy brown head that stayed a long time lacing nicely down the glass. Great aroma and very nice roasty malt flavor giving way to sweet fruits like plums, figs, raisins finally morphing into a perfectly balanced hop bitterness and ending in a nice warming. Flavor is intense, as an Imperial Stout should be, but not overwhelming and covers the high alch. well. A very good Imperial Stout. I will be keeping a stock of this beer and look forward to trying it on tap someday.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12 Fl oz. Bottle: Pours a black coffee color with a thick dirty tan head which thins quickly to a thin ring and leaves nice lacing. Aromas of piney hops, chocolate malts, some leather notes and a unique roast peanut scent. The flavor is big chocolaty malts at first followed by a tinge of alcohol and ending on a yummy roasted nut finish. Good mouthfeel overall. The ending is the best- reminds me of a charcoal-grilled rib eye steak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
My rating is the middle of my two feelings about this beer: Comapred to most other beers, its a 4, compared to other imperial stouts, its a 3.4. Smells great, very rich smokey, sweet, alcohol. Looks a little thin for a heavy beer. Doesnt taste as good as it smells, only medium bodied, strong roast and coffee flavors, a bit of sweetness. Doesnt have that sock-it-to-you power of flavor that the better imp stouts have, just the alcohol. If this were marketed as a strong stout instead of an imp stout, it would rate more favorably. Its a good strong beer that was well-made. I dont think it dereves to be in the top 100 of beers on this site. But at $6.49 a four-pack at Trader Joes, there may be no better deal for a good stout.


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