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RATINGS: 3629   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A rich, intense brew with a robust palate, a fruity nose and a warming finish. Very complex.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Dark and nice head. Perfect appearance. Aroma is not highly impressive, but the flavor is intense. I canít wait to have the next bottle. Coffee and chocolate both noticeable but not overwhelming in either taste or aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2004
Jet black with a thin brown head falling back to a faint film over the surface. Some ruby colour sneaks through at the edge of the glass. Smell justs explodes out of the glass, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and some faint fruit underneath it all. As it warms, the aroma becomes much more fruity and complex with raisins, plums, and cherries all vying for attention over a massive coffee smell. Soft carbonation allows the flavour show roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a long bitter finish. Some fruit also sneaks onto the palate just as the bitterness starts to subside. Finally the alcohol warms you right up. Wow!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 12 oz. bottle.: poured thick black, but seemed less black than most imp. stouts ive tried. smelled like mocha, slight alcohol. feels smooth in my mouth, how i like it. Warmed it slighty, and now itís more intense than it was cold from the fridge.. really good imperial stout. i look forward to trying more north coast brews...Tastes of more a roasty barley.. good balance of the malts with the barley too. chill

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Poured out of a stubby bottle with a picture of the Russian mystic on the label (I am assuming this is Rasputin, as I have never seen other pictures of him). When poured into my trusty goblet, the dark brown body is nearly completely opaque, but displays red highlights at the edges when held up against the light. The head is brown in color, massive in size (at least three inches), and has the consistency to stand up on its own above the rim of the glassware. This is one impressive looking beer indeed. The aroma is a mixture of medicinal alcohol, and powdered cocoa, and is relatively mild. The taste is like roasted cracked grain, bitter coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate, dark skinned dried fruits, and charred wood. Very pronounced hop bitterness and a very dry aftertaste are also present, as is the noticeable warming effect of the significant alcohol content. Mouthfeel is soft and soothing, but a bit thinner than what I anticipated. Very good representation of the style, but a bit less in your face than others like Victory Storm King Stout. Thank you 123456green for this bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Norton (328) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle. Opaque. Dark brown/orange head, not too thick. Malty cofee roast nose. A little of a tartish almost vaguely citrusy bite to tongue. Espresso-like flavor thick on tongue. Probably my 2nd favorite stout to Mackeson.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Dark beer, very light lacing, little to no head. Excellent falvor you expect from an Imperial Stout. Would definitely buy again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Your usual roasted coffee, chocolate flavours but thereís an interesting fruityness thrown in there and overall there are subtle nuances of other flavours, it has quite a bit of complexity for a stout. Very full body, bursting with flavour, one of the best stouts Iíve had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
Bottle - Complex aroma of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Appearance was perfect. Black hue with large tan creamy head that lasted to the finish. Full bodied flavor and finish that was consistent with all the aroma. The complete stout in a bottle. Thank you North Coast.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2004
Finally time to rate Ol Raspy. Pitch black, tan creamy head. Nose of some citrus fruits, expresso, bitter chocolate, with added vinous notes to boot. Rich flavors of dark roasted coffee and cream, citric fruit, grapes, and bittersweet chocolate. Full bodied, soft carbonation, tangy dry finish. When in doubt, I can always turn to my friend Ol Raspy in a pinch. Great stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle. 100% opaque with a very thin beige head that fades very quick. Smells like a bag of fresh ground coffee beans and malt. Very nice nose. Upon tasting, notes of coffee, bitters, plum, toffee, and malt come through. Finish is bitter, like iced coffee. The taste reminds me of just that-a strong iced coffe with malty and alcohol notes. The finish is long and bitter. This is def. a good beer, but probably not worthy of a 4.17.


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