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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 Russiaís Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Itís 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 itóA sincere friend is not born instantly.

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NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2005
bottle. Pours pitch solid black with a dark tan head. Upon closer inspection, I can detect the deep ruby hues around the edges. The aroma is gigantic roasted coffee. The mouth is chewy and full of espresso with some residual alcohol burn and some dark cacao notes. This is not an easy drinking beer. Itís a beer that will kick the drinkerís ass and dominate his palate.

4.1
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Probably the best stout i ever tasted. Black body with a huge light brown mostly lasting head. Taste of coffee and licorice. Laaasting taste. Full body with a light alcoholic finish

3.1
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Eh. Great thick mouth feel, pretty dark brown, and solid stout (coffee, chocolate) flavor. So whatís the problem? This beer doesnít cover its high alcohol content very well. Personally, I want a smooth experience when having a stout, and this isnít it. Bitter (but not coffee bitter) and bites too hard. Feels at times like an angrier version of Rougeís Shakespeare stout. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wonít be buying it again. Donít dare drink before it warms a little.

4
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
A beautiful pour with a dark, almost black body and milk chocolatey looking head. Intense flavor of chocolate and anise. Very strong, very flavorful.

4
agl108 (1226) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a tan head that dissipated to a ring of bubbles. Tiny spots of lace remained on my glass. Aroma is predominately of licorice and coffee. Intense roasty malt flavor. Finishes with an overwhelming coffee flavor with a touch of alcohol. Iíd love to try this on draft.

4.1
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Nice pour from the bottle with a creamy tan head and dark brown almost black appearance. Aroma is chocolatey with smokey tones and something almost tangy. Malty chocolates in the flavor with fruit tones like dark cherry in the finish. Smooth balance between the dark malts, toffee and the tangy fruit notes. Mouthfeel is full and warming all the way to the belly. Rich, robust beer that is just right for me when I am in the mood for a good stout.

3.8
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at The Map Room. Pours with a thick creamy head. Did not get much aroma off it, some mild charcoal and chocolate. Very rich and creamy. There is a little alcohol in the taste but I did not find it as objectionable as others have. A very enjoyable imperial.

3.9
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Great looking stout. Smells strong of choc. and coffee. Were orginal imp. stouts this high in coffee tones? Anyway, very good with a slaty toffee taste. The hops heavy in the palate, prob. worth storing. A very enjoyable beer.

2.9
JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2005
12oz Bottle: 100th Percentile? Really? I was disappointed by this brew. Thought it would be more like a stout and less like an IPA. Tasted like someone tried to make a Black and Tan with Guinness and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Too sweet and stick for my tastes. Overly alcoholic taste as well, sort of like someone laced it with Stolichnaya. Burns on the way down, like vodka. Left a very strong alcoholic taste in my mouth. Probably wonít ever have it again. Canít say Iím impressed.

4.1
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Finally picked up a bottle of this after passing it up many times. Vinous, deep, dark cherries and figs with a little roastiness and some caramel and a hint of oakiness, even though this isnít barrel aged. Blackest black with a huge light brown head and great lacing. Flavor of roasted oats, coffee, chocolate, slight mineral twist in the finish. Full, thick and creamy. Very tasty.


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