weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Okay. I am not going to paint a portrait here. This is an excellent imperial stout made to awaken the senses and reflect on its tones of Choc. Coffee and is that heaven. Just get one.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my early drinking days, this was at the top of the heap. And while my tastes have changed somewhat, the quality of Old Raspy hasnít. Still one of the better stouts on the market and WELL worth the time and money to hunt it down and enjoy. Creamy and roasty goodness thru and thru. This one will stick your ribs if thatís possible. It donít take much of these to fill you up. This brings back many fond memories. I hope it does the same for you.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark brown head. Thick body matches very well with its dark and roasty flavor. A little dark chocolate flavor, though it does not overpower the roasty coffee flavor. Extremely well balanced, thick and delicious. I really like this beer.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma of malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is the same with a finish of hops and a little warming. Very good brew.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked chocolate and coffee, although neither stands out as dominant. Itís the same with the flavor. Typical stout flavors are present, but none more dominant than the other. The result is a thinner than normal, yet extremely smooth brew. The alcohol is nicely hidden and itís very easy to drink.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours with a nice, balanced, full head. The aroma is coffee, and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Not as smooth as some others, but very drinkable.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Pours a dark brown with a somewhat fizzy medium tan head. Not as much lacing as I would normally expect from an imperial stout. The aroma is a bit sour and a bit moldy with dark chocolate and coffee. The main flavor Iím getting here is coffee with notes of dark fuits,bakers chocolate, smoke and a small kick of hops on the end...bitter finish that stays. Oily and a bit thin over the tounge and just a tad unbalanced...not as smooth as I would of thought. I can see why a few people might find this beer overrated, it feels rushed in a way. Although it is a excellent beer, I think itís missing some aspects of body and balance.
*aging palate update 06/02/09*
As the years have gone on drinking many impy stouts I find myself liking this one more and more. While the body is a bit lacking for the style, Iím really digging the deep roasty/bitter characteristic and fruity notes. Iím really enjoying the fact itís not very sweet as far as the style goes and that the bitterness seems very coating.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brownish/black. Hardly a head and what was there diminished nearly instantly. Light smells of chocolate, smells very good though not strongly. Has appropriate bitterness, but goes down exceptionally smooth at the finish. Light chocolatey tastes as well as some light coffee. Not as good as the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, but this is a good cheaper buy. Will drink again. I enjoy that the flavor isnít super overwhelming overall. It came on strong, but was really not overbearing like a mother-in-law.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my god. I would never have let this bottle sit so long if I had thought I was going to enjoy it half so much. There have been occasional threads on whether this beer is overrated, especially since the really big boys of Impys have come out, but this beer is fucking delicious. What it doesnít have: grapefruit, anise, oiliness, vanilla, soy sauce, or alcohol burn. What it does have: fluffy head, soft, full, chewy mouthfeel, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, oak, roastiness, and creaminess. Someone dialed up this stout just for me and left all the stuff I donít like out of it. Hooray!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I have had this before, but this is my first time rating it. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of port. Flavor is of bitter chocolate, burnt malt, and coffee. Finishes bitter, somewhat dry, and woody. A very solid imperial stout. However after having Bells Expedition and Alesmith Speedway, this just falls a little short. But still very good and much easier to get a hold of. Thank you North Coast for another great beer that I can get here in beer hell (tennessee)