RATINGS: 4173   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Robe noire surmonte dune mousse brune persistente. Armes de caf, de cacao, dalcool et de levure. Saveurs de cacao, de chocolat, davoine et de caf expresso. Intense. Corps bien prsent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours jet oily black with small but very dark head. Burnt nose of malts, licorice, and some roasted coffee. Relatively light mouthfeel, but long and satisfying finish. Sweet malty and coffee flavors at first, fading to darker burnt malts. Alcohol could be hidden better; the slight burn adds too much sweetness, but also a nice raisiny tint. Definitely a good slow drinker, but too close to a sweet stout. Id prefer a drier palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 12oz bottle. Beer pours out black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and banana. Flavor is intense roasty burnt malt, espresso coffee and chocolate. Almost overload on the flavor. A faint tartness in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Alcohol is only mildly noticeable and even though 9% is totally covered by the intense flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected given the intensity of this brew. Good complexity and its character changes as you get further into the bottle. This is a very interesting imperial stout indeed. A true sipper. $6.99 for a four pack at Broudys, Jacksonville, FL. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Not the best by any means, but very good. Strong taste to it, and indeed very tasty. Can buy it at most World Market stores for around $5/bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (13080) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Black with a light brown head. Strong aroma of burned malt, licorice, vineous dried fruits and some apple/citrus freshness. Flavour of dark chocolate in particular, coffee, and hints of smoke and ash. Quite bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Pours black as sack-cloth with a nice tight chocolate/milky head. Great mouthfeel - nothing oily here - exceptionally well balanced with a great bitter finish. Bravo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled 12oz (BB 12/2006)
Black as a night, small expresso head. Aroma of cold coffee. Roasted, cold coffee in the flavor. Alcohol, hops in the finish. Long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Whats up with the comments of "xxxxxx" etc. in ratings? As if I were to just rely on the numbers someone would give these brews! I mean, what if they personally felt that Kool-aid powder, cod oil and salsa were the best toppings for most ice creams? Cmon, sober up at least before you start typing.

Okay, this one poured black, hardly see through. Lots of burnt/roasted malt in the nose, lots of coffee. Flavor was the same, very upfront, not too complex. Less sweet and complex than any other Imperial Stout Ive had which surprised me to find it so highly rated. Its very drinkable and higly enjkoyable dont get me wrong. I wouldnt consider it top 50 in the world by any means. My overall experience of it was the mouthfeel was oily and thick like an imperial, but the flavor was that of a dry stout. Despite its affirdable price, I doubt I will give it try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Bottle, pours a dark chocolately brown with a thick creamy dark tan head. A beautifully sweet malty aroma. NIce coffie, slight toffie nose. Not a heavy mouth feel. Sweet malty taste with some coffie bitterness and a slight alcohol burn , excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Pours very dark brown with a persistent khaki head. Good lacing, too. The aroma wasnt that great, but there was a nice smooth palate. Flavor is mostly bitter chocolate, some coffee, and a hoppy finish. The alcohol is much less present than one would expect from 9%. Good beer, but I do wish it had a touch more complexity.

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