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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Deep black with a brown head that thin down quicky. A dark chocolate flavor with a caramel creamy texture. You can taste the alcohol a little but the chocolate and caramel cover the alcohol taste well. This is a good stout worth having again and again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours an absolute pitch with a huge oily brown head, enormous lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and bread. Very strong. Flavor is malty to the point of seeming artificial, chemical even. Hops are here in force, blending with the coffee flavors to form one giant wall of flavor. I think theres some yeast there too, giving way to dark chocolate and a somewhat sour sensation. As all this sweet stuff subsides, a vacuum of dryness is left behind, almost mouth-puckeringly so. If it wasnt so damned tasty, Id feel inclined to deduct some points in the flavor category due to the abuse your tastebuds endure, and how there are few subtle qualities to this one. That said, I didnt. Try one and find out why.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours dark and opaque, no light getting through this baby. Smells of raisins, dates, sweet dark fruit, and hops, lots of them. My roommate could smell it from across the room! Taste is STRONG, very fruity sweet with the hops to balance and an alcohol burn when it goes down. Very warming, you can taste the 8.9abv. Took me a long time to finish this one, so take it easy. All in all pretty good, but I prefer the Rogue IS or Central Waters Satin to this. I have yet to try Worldwide or Oak Aged Yeti, which I currently have...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phleg (5) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2006 does not count
Pours thick and dark, with a reddish-tan head. Aroma is excellent: bittersweet, with floral, earthy and roast hintings. The smell is confident and bold, but not overpowering. The first sip is quite similar to the smell; it has an excellent bittersweet taste thats hard to pin down, but which is thick, full-bodied, and malty. This is from the bottle, but Ive had this stout on tap before and its even better that way if you can find it. Definitely not a beer to waste on the uninitiated or those who wont appreciate its complex qualities. As an additional note, beers around the range of 9% ABV tend to have an overpowering taste of alcohol. Thankfully, Old Rasputin does a terriffic job of hiding the alcohol in its powerful flavor and aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pours as thick as day old coffee, with an aroma of it freshly roasted (although similar glasses from the 4 pack seems a bit moldy in scent). Solid stout, with little or no head when poured, with minor lacing on the class. Thick on the tongue, but not chewy. Its strong, at 9% ABV for an american Imperial thats not a pub micro-brew (IMHO). The beer also warms quite well when opened chilled and left to sit. The flavor is almost overwhelming, with a bit of the light chololate and roasted malts competing with the coffee, can be counter balanced with a strong side food to balance the palate. When in the glass, its not as inky dark as it appears when poured, more transparent than other IPS Ive had. Overall, a pleasant beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The aroma says "Wow" as soon as the bottle was opened; coffee, chololate, licorice, and a distinct fruity hoppyness. Almost black brown, with small bubbled head. Starts sweet and malty, quickly turning to roasted chocolate and coffee flavors, while maintaining a notable hop fruitiness. Finishes with semi-sweet chocolate, and then a really fruity/floral IPA kind of feeling. Smooth, but not as creamy as some others. Impressive. My favorite stout so far.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured used motor oil black into a trappist glass with a light coating of deep tan bubbles on top; sticky, delicate lacing. Rich toasty malts on the nose, full of chocolate with undertones of coffee and some alcohol. The hops, strangely absent from the aroma, become <em>smashingly</em> apparent as soon as the beer hits the tongue. Cant quite put my finger on the hop flavors (spicy-smokey?), but they are stunningly balanced with the huge roasted malts. A little acidity adds another dimension to the flavor. A little creamy, a little fizzy, and a little boozy on the palate.. I wouldnt mind a touch more body but this is a minor complaint. Finish is acidic and bitter--reminiscent of good espresso--with a little bit of dark fruits to boot. For under $2 a bottle (in the Bay area) this is an absolutely top-notch brew. Bravo.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1523) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 It is difficult to know what to expect from a beer that takes its moniker from a Russian mad man. Granted, there are many such gentlemen who qualify under the term Russian mad man, but the most eminent, in at least a pre-Bolshevik cut of history, is Rasputin. If the beers label is genuine, then Rasputin was no friend of beauty. However, he depended not on a charisma or noble character, but his illusory and often confounding feats. That, in a way, is how I felt about North Coasts Rasputin Imperial Stout. The dark and ruddy bottle reeks of the Russian proletariat, and reminds me of many black and white photographs depicting Russias ghettos and poor districts. And here we have a similarly monochrome beer; a shrouded and inky black brew fitted with a slightly brown top. The smell is a simple touch of the Imperial Stout style, complete with an abundance of coffee and a bit of the teriyaki sauce Ive been prone to probe with my proboscis. However, something is a bit off, or rather, something is a bit eccentric about the Rasputin amongst other Imperial Stouts. Maybe its heavy handedness is stayed, to allow other flavors to permeate past the swamp of malts. Or maybe the gentler mouth feel lends it more towards a Western European taste instead of the Czarist collection of flavors it seems to claim for itself. Either way, theres a bit of a difference here, I think, that makes Rasputin stand out (though not above) from other Imperial Stouts. It treads a fine line between confusion and acceptance to be sure.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Grapes and dark fruit dominate the aroma. Pure black in color with a light brown head. Coffee and mollasses with some spices for the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2006
This one;s been sitting in my cellar for God knows how long. Smells of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Tastes chocolatey with some mellow coffee notes and lots of fruity elements. Buttery mouthfeel and a sweet finish.


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