RATINGS: 4233   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 16/20
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of sweet malts, hint of chocolate, and hops. Thinner than what i usually expect from an imperial stout but it makes up for it in flavor. Has a nice bitter hop taste start to finish with hints of chocolate and alot of roasty sweetness. The alcohol presence is strong and it goes well with the hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Rib Eye (148) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
Oh come on. This stuff is ridiculous. A drainpour if there ever was one. Seems like this is a trial by fire that beer snobs give themselves when they want to prove they are "real aficianados." Whatever. Too heavy. Too bitter. Too smoky. Medicinal. I could go on...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a mocha head. Very little carbonation of lacing in the glass. Aroma is very malty. The taste is coffee, malts, a bit of bakers chocolate. Not an overly complex stout, not thick, or overpowering, leaves me doubting the Imperial tag.... A decent stout nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 (Bottle from http://hitimewine.com/) Pours coffee brown with tannish head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, malty sweetness, some chocolate. Taste is coffee overlain with sweetness, some bitterness at finish, but kind of predominated by sweetness. Some chocolate flavor as well. Seems a bit too heavy-handed with the alcohol and sweetness, and not as complex as I thought. Alcohol quickly ascends to nasal passages. Mouthfeel smooth, ligthly syrupy. One swallow pretty much summed it up. UPDATE (6/10/11): Well this beer should rate higher than the 3.4 I gave it way back when but Im still not overly impressed. While still certainly a pretty nice Imp Stout, Im missing much of the advertised complexity. Aroma pretty much straight up chocolate and coffee, palate is a little loose and fizzy, flavor is nice cocoa and coffee with some molasses as it warms and ABV is warming but well-covered. Current rating is an average of the two scores.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (9465) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Head. Brown longlasting. Body Black. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, chocolat, liqorice, man I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Draft. This seemed to be firmly sitting between a stout and an imperial stout too full bodied for a stout and not thick, oily enough for an imperial. Still, this was an excellent, tasty beer. Its aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Flavor starts sweet, chocolatety, roasted. Nice bitter finish hangs in the balance of the sweet malts. This is good stuff, whatever style it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Yes ... complex as advertised. Dark & rich in color, content & body. Slight tracings of a fruity essence though combined well with roasted toffee & subtle sweetish anise in flavor & aroma. Overall hearty, robust & fulfilling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
Black, brown head. Fresh aroma with red berries and coffee. And rope! Rich flavour. Roasted malts, some smoke. Licorice! Some underlying malty sweetness. Dry, bitter lasting finish. Thick, velvety, oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 A delicious example of one of the best styles in the world. Smoother than many imperials, this one goes down surprisingly easy. I prefer them with a little more kick, but this is still one of the best beers you could buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Deep brown with a small & lingering head. Inviting aroma of malt and (surprisingly) hops mixture. Taste is exciting of coffee-licorice-chocolate with an injection of hops. Good subtle but strong flavor that warms you and moderates the alcohol. Effervesence actually revives in your mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste with coffee lingering - overall a very good finish. Excellent beer!

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