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RATINGS: 4207   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 This is so very, very good. Coal black with an espresso head. Just by sniffing this one you know youre in for something of a treat. Its hearty yet compulsively drinkable. Dried cherries, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little spiciness. Coats the tongue without being too viscous. Bitterness at the back of the throat with some alcohol. This is the benchmark I use when comparing other stouts.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle. Opaque dark brown with a very thin head with lacing that never goes away. Looks very thick when pouring, but mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Aromas of dark roasted coffee- only with plenty of sugar added, and a little barleywine-like fruitiness. Seriously potent roasted malt flavor with some bitter chocolate and a malt sweetness that reverts back to an intense roasted bitterness at the finish. If you think Guinness Draft is a strongly flavored beer, this might kill you. No clue to the alc% from the flavor. Great and evil beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Strong heady beer. Nice dark color almost pitch black. Has a strong coffee taste with a bit of sweetess like chocolate. Bit of a burnt aftertaste though which I didnt care for. Over all a good beer, one that I would drink again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bottle. Jet black color in the middle of the glass, but a nice dark ruby brown on the edges with thin yet creamy head. Lacing is sparse, but a good looking beer. Nose is full of many things: coffee, burnt toast, brown sugar, molasses, and some other things that Im not adept enough to explain. Espresso flavor hits hard and early, with a nice biting flavor and carbonation. Not as "thick" as I expected, but tastes good. A little sweetness at mid-swallow along with a slight hop bitterness. This is good stuff and is as good at lower temps as it is when it warms. Palate only a 3 because not enough body or silkiness, but a fine beer.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005 does not count
Thick, frothy stout. Initial impression has a bit of chocolate two, though not sweet. Settles in nicely on the tongue, and lingers. Hint of strong coffee espresso maybe. I enjoy this one. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a strong, heady beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
This beer is has a great black color when poured into your glass. You can really tell that it has some kick to it with the nice warming fell you get when you drink it. The flavor stays with you for a long time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
Bootled. Pours black, with a frothy brown head. Aroma is od Dark roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, and alcohol. Long full malty flavour, with notes of bitter chocolate. Long aftertaste

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bring on the chilly fall/winter nights. Intensely roasted flavor, malty, with a nice appropriate alcohol nose and finish. Quite complex. Best imperial stout on the planet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
endersworld (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Light, slightly burnt chocolate smell. Dark brownish/red look and little to no head that evaporates quickly. Very obvious roasted malt with a lingering chocolate taste. Nice complexity. Smooth with a bit more carbonation then other Imps and slightly creamy. Very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Bottle. Black fading to reddish brown at edges with very little head. Various Imp stout aromas: dark chocolate, roasted barley, burnt toast, licorice, dark fruits, molasses, and some dry stout sourness. Flavor is a bit more balanced than nose, mostly dark chocolate with burnt overtones and a nice bitterness in the finish. Body is a bit lighter than I expected from the alcohol content-- a creamier mouthfeel would do well with this beer. Drinks like a good chocolate stout, but I wish it had that oily, mouth-coating body of other Russian Imps. All this criticism aside, this is a fantastic beer! And what a perfect label. Mad Russians, oh my.... 3/8/06 Draft at Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Everything above, boosted to a 4.2 because of an exquisite creamy body and perfect carbonation, really playing up the luscious side of a fine, powerful brew.


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