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RATINGS: 4195   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz). At this relatively early stage of my RateBeer career, I have not rated very many imperial stouts - maybe 10 - but this is hands-down the best Ive had to date. Very dark, very strong, pours almost like motor oil. VERY bitter, but it works (and Im no hop-head). Only 17/20 because I know there are better out there. I have one left and am saving it for a special occasion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Im not the biggest fan of Imp. Stouts but this is certainly a well made beer. Very intense smokey coffee flavor, noticable hops, and aftertaste is espresso. The bitterness is a bit too much for my liking but I would definately drink this beer again. (I better, I have 3 left)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
So far, this is the best stout Ive tried. Super, super smooth. Chocolate accents and very well balanced. Had no idea it was 9%

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
There are so many different ways to taste this complex brew I dont know where to start. It had a darkish-red pour like motor oil but not as dark as the Dark Lord. The aroma was one of slightly sweet spices and the taste was a bit bourbonesque with bitter notes wrapped in between. There was a sweetness in the finish. This is one of those beers I drink slowly to appreciate all of the points and its heaviness doesnt make it the most drinkable beer. Its definately one of the most interesting beers out there.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Near perfection. Completely pleasing in all respects. This is what a high quality beers should aspire to.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours near opaque with a monstrous tan head that dissipates into creamy mounds of foam. Nice aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. Some roastiness and a subtle underbelly of raisens. A very slight tinge of alcohol as well. Nice rounded body that moves from sweet chocolate to espresso smoothly and cleanly. Medium thickness and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A truly great stout. But wait, this is supposed to be an Imperial Stout right? Other Impys Ive had duelve much deeper and break the usual chocolate/roasty pattern with complexity and levels. While this is a beautiful stout, only the ABV takes it to the Impy level for me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enormo (25) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Black with a frothy tan and orange head. Smells are similar to that of other imp stouts I have had. Coffee, chocolate, and an alcohol sweetness. A lot of coffee in the body with a bit of hop bitterness toward the finish. Dry finish, hides the alcohol very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1966) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 14, 2005
Rich nose with almost confectionary and fruity (Red Skin?) notes. Much more serious in the mouth, built in a dry style. Has a great body of flavour with good use of malts. Finishes quite dry and sharp. Expected a touch more complexity as IMHO doesnt really hit top speed. Very good though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark ruby with amber brown head. Smells of chocolate with mild roast. Tastes of chocolate malt with a slight hop finish. Very creamy and delicious. Excellent beer!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blueshockey24 (544) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Reddish Brown Head, Chocolate Malt Smell. Full Bodied Creamy Chocolate ttaste with chocolate / hoppy aftertaste.


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