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RATINGS: 4174   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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Nice dark brown head. Thick body matches very well with its dark and roasty flavor. A little dark chocolate flavor, though it does not overpower the roasty coffee flavor. Extremely well balanced, thick and delicious. I really like this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1545) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma of malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is the same with a finish of hops and a little warming. Very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked chocolate and coffee, although neither stands out as dominant. Its the same with the flavor. Typical stout flavors are present, but none more dominant than the other. The result is a thinner than normal, yet extremely smooth brew. The alcohol is nicely hidden and its very easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
It pours with a nice, balanced, full head. The aroma is coffee, and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Not as smooth as some others, but very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Pours a dark brown with a somewhat fizzy medium tan head. Not as much lacing as I would normally expect from an imperial stout. The aroma is a bit sour and a bit moldy with dark chocolate and coffee. The main flavor Im getting here is coffee with notes of dark fuits,bakers chocolate, smoke and a small kick of hops on the end...bitter finish that stays. Oily and a bit thin over the tounge and just a tad unbalanced...not as smooth as I would of thought. I can see why a few people might find this beer overrated, it feels rushed in a way. Although it is a excellent beer, I think its missing some aspects of body and balance. *aging palate update 06/02/09* As the years have gone on drinking many impy stouts I find myself liking this one more and more. While the body is a bit lacking for the style, Im really digging the deep roasty/bitter characteristic and fruity notes. Im really enjoying the fact its not very sweet as far as the style goes and that the bitterness seems very coating.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Poured a deep brownish/black. Hardly a head and what was there diminished nearly instantly. Light smells of chocolate, smells very good though not strongly. Has appropriate bitterness, but goes down exceptionally smooth at the finish. Light chocolatey tastes as well as some light coffee. Not as good as the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, but this is a good cheaper buy. Will drink again. I enjoy that the flavor isnt super overwhelming overall. It came on strong, but was really not overbearing like a mother-in-law.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Oh my god. I would never have let this bottle sit so long if I had thought I was going to enjoy it half so much. There have been occasional threads on whether this beer is overrated, especially since the really big boys of Impys have come out, but this beer is fucking delicious. What it doesnt have: grapefruit, anise, oiliness, vanilla, soy sauce, or alcohol burn. What it does have: fluffy head, soft, full, chewy mouthfeel, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, oak, roastiness, and creaminess. Someone dialed up this stout just for me and left all the stuff I dont like out of it. Hooray!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Bottle. I have had this before, but this is my first time rating it. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of port. Flavor is of bitter chocolate, burnt malt, and coffee. Finishes bitter, somewhat dry, and woody. A very solid imperial stout. However after having Bells Expedition and Alesmith Speedway, this just falls a little short. But still very good and much easier to get a hold of. Thank you North Coast for another great beer that I can get here in beer hell (tennessee)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark black with a light tan head. Has a strong coffee aroma and taste delivers it. Full body palate that fills the mouth for a good while. Worth having.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
to date, 01/2006, the smoothest imperial stout compared to any other in the same class. very rich but not overly dry, would be appealing to many.


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