RATINGS: 4154   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Bottle. Man, is this stuff good. It pours and looks beautiful. Black color, tan, thick, foamy head. Smells wonderful. Coffee taste and a very nice hop flavor. Finish is a little strong, but we all like a good kick in the face, right?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2630) - California, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Black pour, fairly large tan head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is soft chocolate, roast, licorice, moderate PNW hops. Begins with a smooth milky feel, however there is a light acidity, alcohol detectable in the finish. Soft malts with some bitter hops made this a somewhat unique example, they came close to nailing it but it could be better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle. Fantastic full-bodied stout that poured thick and dark. This is not a stout for the faint of heart. Very balanced in flavor and texture. Great buy!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bosse (3) - DENMARK - APR 14, 2005 does not count
Bottle. Black full bodied stout with a nice brown head. Powerful taste with some coffee and chocolate. Really good balance between sweetness and bitterness. One of the best stouts I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2005
bottle. black pour, but not a deep black. slight dark tan head. aroma full of coffee and chocolate. smooth taste, good bodied. a little lite overall for my taste of a "best imperial stout", but who am i.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Black as night. Pours like motor oil and the aroma is pure coffee. The flavor is mostly coffee and chocolate and very very heavy on the palate. This is the smoothest stout I have ever had as it warms in the glass it just gains more flavor. Sweet and fantastic on the tongue! Wow is this a good beer. I think I have a new special ocassion beer. This brew is fantastic and I cant wait to get another! Rerate - 6/18/06 - I got to try this one on tap tonight and all I can say is wow! The roasted and chocolate flavors seemed so much more intense and were a great finish to a steak at brews cafe. Im going to bump this up 1 in the the aroma as it was just divine on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2005
Aroma of a coffee and malt. Black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over the top of beer. Lots of lacing left on glass. Flavor was of the chocolate malt. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Good beer glad my wife picked it out for me. Dam nice to have a beer secretary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Texans0743 (5) - Sugar Land, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
Not too bad... Maybe a little overhyped, but then again every sip seems to get better. The appearance is amazing. I love a dark beer you cant see through no matter what kind of light you hold it up to. The head sticks to the side of my snifter glass, which is a good sign. As far as stouts go, my favorite is Guinness Extra Stout, but this might be a new addition to my list, despite the lack of a bite after each sip. The taste and aroma are rich with a dark chocolate flavor/scent. Very good... I think I will have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
Translucent shiny brown pour... fizzy light-tan head that fades into a dusty covering. Dry roast chocolate, sweet cherry brownies, kahlua aroma. Bitter roasted hops with some alcohol twang in the start that quickly sweetens up. Finish is some bitter coffee, and long after the swallow, you can feel the alcohol. Its a good, big, and enjoyable drink, but nothing about it sticks out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Very dark -- tried to shine my brightest light through and saw only black. Typical coffee aroma of a high-quality stout but with pina colada thrown in there. Tastes like theyve also added milk sugar -- with good results somewhat reminiscent of some of those 1800s medicines such as Schencks Pulmonic Syrup, with a similar pruney finish. Flavor is strong in alcohol which drowns out the hops a bit (they still show through well enough). Slightly oily mouthfeel but still quite acceptable. Im not knocking Rasputin but it may be a tad overrated. But hey, its 9% and is quite typical of a historical stout ... meant to get sloshed on, totally unlike Guinness in that regard fo sure!

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