ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 9-18-06 re-rate: Iím not going to change my rating, but the bottle Iím having right now doesnít seem deserving of a perfect score. It is more one-dimensionally dark chocolate without the flowery hop bouquet and finish. Could be the age of the bottle, which of which I canít comment because North Coast doesnít do any freshness dating. Iíve probably had it in my fridge for 4 months or so. Ar 8, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17 (4.2). 7-6-05: Before I even looked at the deScription, I was thinking "fruity nose". Truly a wonderful bouquet, complete with hops and super ropes. Fully opaque body. Large brown head, which was especially pronounced after I transfered the beer from a shaker glass to a tulip in keeping with the appropriate glassware for the style. Lasting head; very impressive. Excellent, tree ring lace. The first time I had this was when I offered it at one of my early beer tastings. I thought it was overrated at the time, but I know now that I simply didnít understand it. 9% ABV is hidden well. It really is the perfect ABV. Interestingly, when I was in Beverages and More in Redwood City, I saw a scruffy, vagrant looking guy scuffle in and walk out with a 4-pack of Old Rasputin. That blew me away. All I ever see in Minnesota is those guys picking up Bud, Mich Golden Draft or MGD. Flavor is near to actual perfection; some alcohol burn, some hop, some chocolate and even a touch of those super ropes I like so much! This stuff is really awesome! I really canít imagine a better imperial stout. It is clearly deserving of only my 4th ever perfect score. A little suprising it took me so long to procure the 2nd most accesible beer in the Ratebeer Top 50.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 So dark you cannot see through. Brown head dissapears quickly. Thi s has to be one of the darkest stouts I have had as far as color. Itís about as lasting as Rasputinís lust for life. A long slightly bitter rich taste. Starts with chocolate then goes coffee (thatís when the bitterness kicks in) then it tails off. Then you want more.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now hereís a sout worth shouting about. Grapevine Market 4-pack. Poured like midnight with great big double latteí mocha colored head. A delight to the nostrils promising heft and sustenance. Best stout to cross these two lips. Attractive packaging. Reasonable ransom. Worthy tribute to a humble man of God.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. This is a very complex brew - fruit, chocolate, coffee are the three things that came at me the most. Very warm feeling as it goes down. Not as good as Stoneís imp. stout, but this is damn close.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Mmmm, very tasty Imperial stout, although I still like Yeti and Goose Island bourbon a little better. rich dark black color with a thinish head. Good full palate. wonderful aroma, flavor profile of christmas fruits, raisins, plums, and all that, slight spice, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pretty good but there are better ISís out there.
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aromas of warm chocolate, ginger, clove, coriander, orange and cherry. Nearly impenatrable and brown in the glass with a ring of light brown foam. Tasting reveals a soft chocolate with well-developed chicory, spice, and fireplace notes. There is fruit here, too, with jellied orange the most prominent. Palate is very good for an imperial stout. The chocolate and spices linger. Alcohol is well-hidden, and this is one of my new favorites.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour. Big roasted malty aromas, full of chocolate and coffee. Thick mouthfeel, and flavor (when not drunk ice cold) is full of roasted malts, chocolate (maybe unsweet choc), coffee, and dark fruit - maybe plum. Finished with a decent bitter bite.
Nejhleader (1375) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured out of the bottle. Nice frothy head. very dark. has a kind of chocolate taste maybe a little caramel. pretty good.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black colour with a small, off-white and very lacey head. First aroma impressions are molasses, coffee and fruitiness. The first sips are pretty bitter and coffeish. After a few swallows you can actually get some caramel, raspberries and plum. I wouldnít recommend drinking this beer ice cold. If youíve been storing it in the fridge, let it sit out and warm up a bit. This beer turned out to be more complex than initial tastes indicated. I like it a lot.
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee with notes of fruits.
Flavour of chocolate and coffee with lots of roasted notes.