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
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2005
Very nice dark-brown black with creamy old bone brown colored froth. Nose is fresh hoppy and has well integrated blackend cral accents. also hints of wax, pine needles and chalk powder. Mouthfeel is round, smooth creamy, and has touches of freshley torifactioned coffee beans, vanilla, cedarwood, burned bread crust and hard carbonized (burned raisins) on the crust of raisin bread. in the afthertaste a fine and well dosed sweetness that counters the burned and hop bitters in a smooth and elegant way. This beer lingers on with a complex burned herbal finale. Sage and rozemary on the grill of a BBQ;

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Damn this is good...and at near 9% it has to be sipped! This stuff is even better at its place of origin. GOD KNOWS WHICH TIME SINCE: This stuff is beautiful. Pours a thick black. Tastes a thick black. Goes VERY well with chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dick1984LS (29) - 29 Palms, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
jesus christ this is a good beer and i hope that is 75 characters because that is all i can phatohm to say about it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
moody (12) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Great balance of malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Not as "Heavy," as some stouts. I dont know how beer could be any better than this! WOW!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Poured a thick black with minimal head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate. My first Imperial Stout and it was definitely a great one. Very complex flavors on the palate. The most obvious of which is bitter roasted malts and chocolate. Nice level of sweetness to balance the bitterness and good carbonation. Has a very nice thick texture and a warming bite that makes it perfect for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Poured out motor oil black with a nice thick dark tan head. Aroma is intoxicating itself full of rich, dark roast coffee, molasses and some toasted malt. Palate was almost creamy in texture, just a bit of fizz, great mouthfeel. Flavor was so incredibly complex with strong dark chocolate, molasses, french vanilla, toffee and a bit of anise. The finish was heavy on the roasted malt and alcohol which warms you on the way down. If I still lived up north I would definitely use this to warm me up on those cold winter nights. Outstanding, hearty beer.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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