RATINGS: 4027   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 Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s 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 it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
This is a very good imperial. It pours thick and viscous with great dark, rich aromas. Forms a good head that is frothy and creamy. Body is full, rounded, and complex. Alcohol hits the back of the palate, while the roasted malts take over the front and middle palate. Not much bitterness to this, but still works. Very well made. Best North Coast brew by far.

spaz_man (1) - - DEC 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Notes of vanilla and faint chocolate on the nose. Smooth and medium body with a roasty, but not overpowering finish. Incredibly smooth for the style. Maybe very slight diacetyl notes, but not unpleasant considering the style. Surprisingly little alcohol taste given the ABV. Pitch black with a nice brownish head.

yoxik75 (292) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 10, 2017
Uzupełnienie profilu notatki.
Piana drobne, średnie oczka opada , zdobi szkło. Kolor ciemny z rubinowymi przebłyskami. Aromat wyborny, słodki likierowy, ciemne słody, kawa, czekolada, suszone owoce rodzynki śliwka. Smak palonośc wpadająca w kwaskowe nuty, suszone owoce, kawa, lekki przyjemny popiół, kakao, czekolada. Struktura gładka, goryczka wyraźna pasująca, alkohol minimalnie wyczuwalny w likierowej pralinowo-słodkiej postaci, nagazowanie ciut za wysokie odczuwalne. Ciekawi mnie jaki jest zasyp tego piwa bo w harakterze jest to taki mocniejszy, bogatszy porter, do genialnego RISa brakuje mu trochę ciała, wersje leżakowane w beczkach pewnie są genialne.

jobe977 (179) - Töreboda, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2017
Bottle at Kingfisher. Aroma of roasted bread, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, sweet and coffee. Very tastefull!

robfohl1 (2) - - DEC 1, 2017 does not count
Ya know, I love this beer .. Price, availablty, consistent flavor, all good.. Just have an issue with This rate beer selling their soul to abinbev..

1pintatatime (174) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2017
Pours a deep black with a rich tan head. Aroma is burnt toast, dark chocolate, and a bit of booze. Taste starts sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar flavors, then the hops kick in for a nice, long dry finish. Sold mouth feel throughout. This one is right up my alley. Very good.

colui72 (1118) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2017
Pours pitch black with a large beige-brownish head and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is lots of roasted dark malts, with notes of chocolate and coffee, medium to high bitterness, nice lingering taste of malts, booze, dark fruits. Full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Pretty good but not as Ratebeer says.

ffbot (450) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Pour is a still deep dark brown. Nice foamy head. Smells of leather, smoke, black licorice, and coffee. Taste is similar, layered and complex. Crisp and light but dark and heavy. Nice

DraftTamer10 () - - NOV 10, 2017
Pours black with a good creamy head. Flavors of bitter chocolate and cocoa followed by a nice dry finish. Very good.

SirLimpsalot (4551) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2017
@ Basunen 17-11-02: Riktig trevlig imperial stout med tydliga toner av choklad och kaffe. Riktig mjuk och fin

EerieDrinks (321) - Malm�, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2017
4 finger tan head.
Pitch black beer.

Aroma is dark rye bread, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and a light touch of toffee.

Taste is dark roast coffee, burnt wood, slight dark rye bread, 90% dark chocolate and an ever so slight hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style with a high bitterness and a low carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Overall: This is highly revered in the craftbeer community but I was quite dissappointed to be honest. A huge roastiness and a big bitterness, both of which I love in a Impy. But where's the balance and the complexity? Barely any sweetness at all to counter the 'dark' flavours and too light of a body for the high bitterness to really shine. Ultimately, it feels one dimensional and I'm beginning to feel that buying two BA bottles (one Rye barrel aged and one Wheat barrel aged) of this for $20 each was a mistake. That's another review for another day though.

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