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
argo0 (11963) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red black body topped by a small, creamy tan head. Aroma is malty -- chocolate, roasty and coffee, complemented with a bit of cherry/raisin fruitiness. Taste is strong cocoa, along with coffee and some raisin. Swallow is coffee bitter and mild alcohol burn. Leaves a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A creamy, big-bodied beer, worthy of its style.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like my man Randy from AI always says..."whats up dawg...you did good...not great...you did your thing...very nice" OK OK. My wife makes me watch it! ;-) This beer had all the usual suspects of an Imperial. Coffee, Chocolate, and I even detected some dark fruits for good measure. I didn't think it was too sweet, but actually thought it was just right for my tastebuds. Whatever. Worth trying if you have never had it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very faint red hues when held to the light with a foamy brown head and a sweet grain nose. Sweet taste of refined sugar with a grainy bight to it. It feels a little thin for an imperial, especially a 10% imperial. An okay beer, but there are so many better out there.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didn't care much for this one. Very much on the sweet side. Dark color. Aroma of malt and roasted coffee. I thought the flavor was a little overwhelm by the sweetness. Sweet finish.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smokey color, smokey smell, smokey taste,...blah blah blah uninteresting...................................
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Rating #1 - Bottle (7 4 8 4 17). Black color with a foam and bubbly brown head. A semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (cherry, raisin, plums) and alcohol aroma. Very smooth with a nice chalky bitterness on the palate. As it warms the flavors come alive. Rating #2 (8 4 7 4 17) - Bottle. Black in color with a creamy brown head. A strong chocolate and raisin aroma. The flavor has a nice dark fruit liquor with a malty chocolate element. The alcohol is very evident although expressed through spiked dark chocolate and fruits rather than just a harsh burning alcohol flavor.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured as black as sin and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, chocolate, expresso and raisins. A slightly burnt aspect to the finish with a somewhat light finish. A very nice beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
full on alcohol aroma with roasted/sweet notes, dark black with a thin head, strong sweet and powerful then a hoppy choclate finish, a tad too hopped up on the finish