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RATINGS: 4224   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
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours pretty darn black with a decent tan head that withers to the standard imperial stout thin with a little swirling. The aroma is serious malt, acidic fruity alcohol, and some vanilla and chocolate (especially before it warmed up and the fruity alcohol took over). The palate is creamy and smooth, not as chewy as many imperial stouts, but quite fine. Theres a nice late alcohol warming/burn too. This is a rather rich and sweet imperial stout, but the roasted malt more than balances this. Theres some creamy caramel and perhaps a bit of orange in here? The lingering bitterness is mostly charcoal, but theres some hops complementing it nicely as well. This is about the most drinkable imperial stout Ive yet to try, i.e., I could drink more than one of these at a sitting and not feel overwhelmed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Smells like chocolate and cookie dough, maybe because of the vanilla. Sweet and malty. Flavour is very roasty, some hops, but the best part might be the smooth creamy palate. A hint of orange.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
12oz bottle poured an opaque black color that filled my Duvel glass. Atop this dark treat rested a nice foamy tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate seemed to dominate the aroma, with a hint of dried fruit. Smooth creamy mouth feel with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Slight bitterness in the finish with a warming alcohol presence. A very good beer on a nice chilly night. Good price too at $6 for a 4 pack! Rating #1000! A very accessible great beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
This is a great stout in every way. My only complaint is that the high alcohol content makes the alcohol falvor a little too overpowering for my taste, drowning out the other flavors. A little less alcohol would make it a better balanced beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
The pour produced an utterly black body with rusty brown highlights and a yellowish froth bubbling to the top. An expected but likeable appearance, both comforting yet slightly menacing. The nose is replete with dark bitter flavors of coffee and chocolate conjugated with sweet butter. Again, this beer performs as anticipated but the blend is indeed pleasant and balanced. Coffee and dark chocolate continue to dominate in the flavor with the added complexity of green vegetables emerging from the dense but smooth texture. A bitter cacao aftertaste lingers on the palate as my glass effortlessly empties.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Smells like dessert at the worlds finest 5-Star restaurant. Pours like fresh maple syrup w/ a thin but lasting head. As dark as a siberian night w/ a new moon. Deliciously sinful aroma that made me just slouch down in my chair. Tastes of dark chocolate, java beans, charred filet mignon, brown sugar, & anise. Smooth & inviting mouth feel w/ a comforting warming sensation going down the gullet; like a nap w/ a light comforter on a cool spring afternoon. I could feel the bubbles on the top of my mouth w/ every sip even after the head had faded; either this was my imagination or i just wasnt able to see them through the abyss like constitution of this stout. One of the best beers Ive ever had & a must for anyone a fan of stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - MAR 21, 2006
By itself, poured from a bottle, a little too strong. The caramel is nice, but the espresso and dark chocolate taste is actually too harsh for me. Maybe would have been better with dessert. The 8.9% ABV kicked me kind of hard.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2006
"WOW WOW WOW this was great. Pour black i mean no red edges at all. Aroma was of roasted malts coffee, but yet sweet with a hop finish. Amazing i think i liked this more then the stones"

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
This beer was dark brown in color and poured a slight head. I could smell a rich combination of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Smooth full flavor of coffee and malt. A touch of a bitter finish, yet not overpowering. This was an excellent stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Poured from bottle into english pint glass. It was dark brown (almost black) and had a light brown head with good retention. Aroma smelled first of blackstrap molasses and deeply roasted malts. I left it alone for 10 minutes, and when I returned I found that the black licorice fairy had paid me a visit! Not being a fan of black licorice, I was glad to find that it wasnt as notable in the flavor. This was a full-out malty assault but had enough of the northwestern vine to balance it out. I noted some alcohol warming in the finish, but not enough to be abrasive.


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