RATINGS: 4170   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Solid stout, and better on tap, although this rating (and Im guessing majority of the ones here) is from the bottled version. Given I even tried to pour it to take advantage of the bit of nitro in the bottle, Im still not overly impressed with this one. Theres a somewhat abrasive hop finish with a bit of unwarranted sweetness, but thats almost the least of its problems. I simply dont find this overwhelmingly complex, at least not Top50 complex. Theres some chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, enough to leave one longing for more complexity. And lastly, the palate is suprisingly thin, not big and chewy like the best of the Impys. It reminds me of a very good stout, and a mediocre imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 One of the best Ive had. Difficult to describe the complexity of flavor. Stunned to discover, after drinking, the 9% alc content. You have to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
A beautiful beer. Nice tan frothy head.. almost creamy. Black as night. Good lacing. Taste started off a lillte too coffee and smokey for my taste. But quickly smoothed out and finished quite nicely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Had this one in the bottle out of the frig. Let it stand for a few minutes before drinking it. Warm sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Poured dark and rich with a tan head. First sip was sweet and velvety that coated the tongue and woke the senses. I love a good stout and this is one of the best. No wonder it was so highly rated. If you like a stout, you owe it to yourself to try it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NNCRed (17) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12oz bottle. Very dark with ringed tan head. Smells and tastes of chocolate and espresso. Coats the entire mouth. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Rich, fruity, chocolatey taste. Very smooth in the mouth with a pleasant hoppy alcohol finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
12 ounce bottle courtesy of csbosox. Pours and inky opaque black with a brown head that disapates to a ring. Molasses, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chewing tobacco, spicey hops and alcohol in the nose. Prunes, very bitter, chocolate grit. Light smoke. Rather thin. Higher carbonation for the style. Slick and oily. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. I cant believe Ive rated over 300 beers and somehow never entered old raspy! This one poured black with a light tan head; three fingers worth but I poured it from about 6 inches above the glass. The aroma is hard to describe cause at this point its become one of things Ive come to associate with this beer. If I were to smell another beer with these same aromas Id simply write "smells like Old Rasputin". Id guess Ill settle on dusty chocolate as the best descriptor. Thick mouth feel that coats and soothes all the way down. Very chocolaty in flavor but it has tons of fruitiness as well. Dark fruits, but also berries and some citrus. Smoke, coffee, caramel and molasses notes as well. It is what it is and it is... great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hannibal88 (9) - USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
A strong brew, with a lot of (pleasant) bitterness. This thing has a really complex flavor, which might seem a bit overpowering but really is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Re-rate : 12 oz bottle

I have finally gotten around to reviewing this after two or more 4-packs. Hard to believe I havent rated it properly but there you go. Poured dark black with a thin tan head. Not the thickest imperial stout (like Expedition) but not watery either. Smells of cherries, chocolates, coffee and subtle hops come out as it sits. Finally, after ten minutes of clearing my biases, I gave it a taste. The first thing to hit my tastebuds was a rich cocoa with fairly active carbonation. The fruity hops went well with the cherry, caramel, expresso and raisin flavors that soon followed. The aftertaste floats around the mouth. It fades away slowly but not before a seeming eternity has passed. Let this one warm up before you try it as it seems best close to room temperature. Not only is it an excellent Top 50 beer but very accesible and relatively cheap. If you havent had it yet, you owe it to yourself to buy a 4-pack.

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