rib109 (6) - USA - AUG 27, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This Rasputin guy is someone I respect, and his beer ainít bad either. The color of molasses, the taste is like hops on steroids. I roll up my sleeves to drink this beer; no running home to mama. At this abv level, 2 is all the palate can take.
Stout drinkers will apppreciate the coffee overtones, donít over do this stout as it can quickly leave you feeling like youíre overdosing on licorice. Aroma and appearance are very rich and thick. Available in 4 pks. at Trader Joes, well worth the price!
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
rich dark hue, w/a slight head. aroma was strong, chocolatey & roasted/coffee-ish. flavor had a bit of sweetness to it, like sweet molasses but not in a bad way. a really good stout, IMO...
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Very dark, brown head. Aroma is chocolatey/roasty, and flavor is not too sweet, just right. A very great beer!
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I notice lately my taste are quite divergent from others on this site and this is perhaps one of the biggest examples. I just thought it was hopped up and bitter. Not that it was not well crafted but I just did not like it much at all.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Have been saving this one for #400 for a long time. Looking forward to this bottle and milestone. Rasputin predicted his own death and placed a curse upon the Czar Nickolas and his family if a member of his kin was a part of the plot to have him murdered. In less than a years time the bolshevik revolution came following rasputins quartering and bodies remants buried at the N, S, E, & Western most point of Russia so that his spirit would never haunt the Romanovís again. I hope this beer lives up to the namesake. Wow!!! Potent Powerful just like the man himself!!! Definitely feel the potentcy of this drink. Hoppy, malty, chocolately, smooth and very drinkable, rasputin survives in this drink even though his Spirit may not. Potent is the best word for the man and his beer. Intense, powerful, great Imperial Stout. Top 6 of my sampling of this category. Lots of head on this one. Its a great beer!!!
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very strong of roasty creamy (Bottle) Brown head with an opaque body. Rich and complex. Cask whiskey, port nose. Chocolate & coffee/alcohol in the mouth. Nice ebony color/mohogany highlights. Tastes very nice and better as it warms. Roasted choco-coffee/slightly smoked with hops and alcohol w/some cream in there. Hints of port and other complxities just waiting to come out through aging. I reallywant to do a side by side with the Storm King and Expediton....intense flavor.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 black as a moonless night poured up with a nice tan head. nose was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, same with the taste! hops present but balanced very well with the malt. warming but not overkill. fruit in the nose i canít determine, cherries? figs? a nice late night snack! my fave imperial so far.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BEAUTIFUL Jet black pour with a frothy brown head. Oh, and the aroma is a heady...choclatey, warm luxurious olfactory experience. The alcohol is a very nice vehicle for its slightly bitter coffee, slightly salty flavor. A nice stout for those occasional darker moods.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent imperial stout that is easy to find in my area and very affordable. Pours great with a bourbon like aroma. The alcohol taste is warming, but not overwhelming. Great for a nightcap. The flavor is quite memomable and Iíve picked up many four packs this summer.
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Me used to be big fan of Guinness. That was back before me start drinking man stouts like Old Rasputin. Now, me canít get enough of hearty roasted flavor, hoppy bitterness, and high alcohol content. Me think Guinness kind of girly anymore, me prefer something a little rougher. Me love the Old Rasputin though, and me can't wait to get me hands on a six.