cquick (3) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark chocolaty beer whose flavor masks the high alcohol %. Definitely complex with a long, bitter finish.
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Jeppeís shop in Copenhagen. Delicious, smooth, warm choc, toasty aroma. Dark black, with a beige head. Very delicious and full of interest. Bitter to start, with some pepper and ice, becoming smoother, richer and more chocolatey right through the mouth, into the long finish. Like Milk Tray with just the right amount of alc appearing. West Coast hops are laced in expertly also. Excellent.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Pours a rich black/brown super fullbodied nectar. An extremely rich and complex specimen of itís genre. The best in itís class. This brew has so much going on but without any focus on any one element. Itís a tasty stout with huge bright/fresh flavors from the dark spectrum (coffee, cocoa, tar, and the like) which is quite rare. These flavors are usually so dense and rich that they overshadow the other elements. Not here. Itís sweet yet ballanced by the hopy character. Well ballanced with a long finish. Stays flavorful to the last sip.The alcohol is well hidden and keeps you warm. The next best thing to have during a Detroit whiteout on 75 Northbound to Clarkston, the first being your girl of course. I highly recommend trying it.
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.