raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle,probably year old: Very dark,brown.Creamy head develops,good retention,and lace. Black malt, cocoa, molasses, slightly fruity,aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy,and smooth as silk.Big body. Very sweet,roasty,flavors. Finish is clean,bitter,and sweet. Little dark fruit in there as well.This is creamy as hell,and wonderfully,balanced. Well hidden alcohol.Quite good.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light in color for an imperial stout. The body was on par - nice and full. Aroma reminds me of chocolate chip cookies - brown sugar/molasses, bread, chocolate extract, fresh malts (dusty/earthy). Sweet wit a roasty finish. Very little burnt flavors or bitterness on this one. Good stout.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bublegumy chocolate aroma with hearty hints of vanilla and coffee. Massive stout. Straight up black in color with an above average head. Easy going chocolate with some fruity alcohol, coffee comes waaay late, beautifuly sculpted body
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet roasted malts and a subtle hoppiness floats above the oily black body with little to no head. Body is thick, sweet and satisfying. Plenty of good complex malts and a hint of coffee are well balanced with a flavorful bitterness. A very good imperial stout, and another one that hides its alcohol masterfully.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Black. Difficult to get a head on this one. Big robust nose of chocolate, smoke, and plum. Semi-sweet syrupy taste initialy, with an even smokey flavor throughout. Quite thick, but avoids resembling molasses.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical looking Imperial with small but lingering head which remimded me of the head on a Guiness. Aroma of strong espresso and roasted malts with a hint of oreo cookie. Really smooth and alcohol is well hidden. Flavor is bitter chocolate, raisins and strong malts. Holds up well with a slightly dry finish at the end. Not as good as the Stone Imperial in my opinion which I had recently but hid the alcohol better than the Alesmith. Nice version of an Imperial and maybe worth aging a bit to smooth out the rough spots. Time will only tell.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gift from the esteemed Fly. Initially, when quite cold, this thing screamed Milk! Cream! Chocolate and coffee abound. Very little dark fruitiness initially and the alcohol is nowhere to be sensed. Upon warming, a little sweetness of the plum variety and a little alcohol come through, but not strongly. Quite drinkable! Thanks, F.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a litthle whit sediment, pretty good carbonation. Black, opaque body and a light brown glossy head. real dry barley nose, well roasted and alcoholic. ceral grains and some chocolate as well. Dry, highly alcoholic. well roasted, yet clean. pretty solid hop presence as well. a dry coffee finish.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark stout body. Chocolate and coffee aroma. malty, coffee, chocolate and strong alcohol. palate is super, thick, light carbonation, with an aftertaste taste just like you just took a shot.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as good as Rasputin, but close. This one is a little sweeter, creamier, and a little easier to drink. Taste cocoa and raison. Nice lace on glass. Surprisingly good. Will buy again as a good alternative to Rasputin