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100
98
style
RATINGS: 4233   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Bottle. Aroma knocks me on my ass immediately upon uncapping. Apples, alcohol, yeast... fruit cornucopia, raisin, milk chocolate, nuts. Senses are super excited. Pours mahogany with a huge tan head (thats a gentle pour!) Green apples prominent in the flavor of the head, with a big bite of dark chocolate w/fruit in the head too. Beer replicates those flavors with more prominent dark chocolate, alocohol detectable, but perfectly balanced. Infinite and beautiful finish that prolongs the joy. At rating 110, this is a gold standard for me - 2nd time Ive had it and both times it impressed me that it was better than almost any other beer Id had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2005
A nice stout throughout. Khaki head atop an obsidian brew with a lively nose of roast, chocolate, and cream notes. Flavor is more of the same with a distinct roast character that gives way to an assertive hop finish. Enjoyable and impressive in its depth of malt tones as well as hop impact.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (17998) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Pours thick black. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Can really taste the alcohol. Bitter chocolate taste tool.

3.3
   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.

4.6
   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.

4
   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

4.2
   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

4.1
   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.

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1871) - 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.


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