RATINGS: 4224   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big creamy head, some laces; Very pleasant, deep complex nose with a superb balance that makes it a bit hard to take apart: cinnamon, milk chocolate and a little warm red fruit; Very big soft and balanced body with a soft texture; Into long finish with some bitterness, coffee and some warm and full licorice. Full very well balanced beer. It could have more balance and fill, but its well made balance makes it incredible pleasant - - - - - - - - -Black with thick light brown head, the head could stay a bit longer; Huge nose, not as deep as expected, and a little to sweet: Caramel, cinnamon, milk chocolate on a spicy hoppy background; Huge super balanced body, again to the sweet side, some bitter character steps out in a very long finish, which almost has more aroma then the nose, in a more powerful way: mostly of licorice, but again with spicy hop, caramel and some dark berries, maybe blueberry (these can also be found in the nose but only very faint). Super beer, just a little to sweet for me (7-4-8-4-17).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Black opaque, thin tan line. Strong woody and pine needle aroma. Flavor of roasted almonds, bitter coffee, sweet raisin chocolate. A wood smokiness lingers. Hardly any alcohol presence. Full and robust as expected. Best stout I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12372) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
Wonderful almost black colour (but with reddish/mahogany colours interfering beautifully). Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and barley in general. Taste is complex, quite alcoholic. But is starts with a powerful assault of roasted malts, but wnds up as a ful.-bodied example of a stout. With taste of barley, bitterness and in particular smokiness and taste of roasted malts it is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
Aroma was more citrusy than I was expecting, accompanied by coffee and cocoa beans. Nice and smooth (alcohol not too apparent) with an interesting mix of flavors, between the coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and bitter citrus flavors. Very interesting and multi-dimensional, and not what I was expecting. Would like to try again once I develop my palate more and get better at distinguishing more flavors in beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2006
Indeed a rich, flavorful brew with a deep intesity throughout. Tastes of maltiness and chocolate, a bit of fruit, coffee undertones, and hopiness. Delightfully well balanced and smooth. Cheers!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 I like this beer well enough. Ive only had a few imperial stouts, but I prefer Samuel Smiths version. I dont taste as much complexity in the flavor of this one. Bitterness hit me right away but that could be because I had already thrown back a few beers before this one. Head starts out big, but shrinks to a nice flim on top. Had a taste of this after a Celebrator Doppelbock, so I will have to try this one again with a fresh palate. Anyway, this beer goes great with a nice chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vulcanmeister (269) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2006
In bottle. A very dark brown with a tan head that is very frothy. It tastes of coffe, chocolate, and a slight bitterness. There is a sweetness to this but it is offset by a dark roast flavour that creates a fine balance. Late warmth of alcohol and caramel. Easily one of the best stouts I have enjoyed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (663) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Re-rate from bottle. So either I got a weird batch in the draught rating below, or its quite a bit different. From bottle, pours black with a small, lasting brown head. Aroma is roast malt, mainly coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is strongly roast malt with an espresso bitterness, a hint of sweeter malt below that, and some bittering hops. Pretty good. Still a 3.7, for different reasons.

Draught. Pours dark black. Aroma is somewhat unusual for an imperial stout. There are the usual chocolate and semi-sweet malt aromas, but also an oddly strong floral and fruity scent. The flavor is more bitter and coffee/chocolate, although quite rich and sweet. The sweetness is balanced by quite a bit of roastiness, but is still somewhat unusual. An interesting experiment, and while Id drink this again, I think I prefer a more traditional take on the imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
buu (10) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Easily my favorite stout to date. Excellent flavor of coffee beans, and hazelnuts, with mild, chocolate notes. A moderately bitter finish adds to the variety and character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Poured an exceptionally dark brown, opaque with a tan head that laced considerably. My first wife detected alcohol very slightly, but it woudl dissipitate parting the way for rich aroma of coffee, and surprisingly sweet floral scents. First impression in the mouth was that this was sweet, which was annihilated by a hoppy bitterness that would in turn give way to a niche smokey finish that left the mouth dry and thirsty for more. An odd foamy palate that went down smooth with a bit of a carbonated tingle.

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