iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes ... complex as advertised. Dark & rich in color, content & body. Slight tracings of a fruity essence though combined well with roasted toffee & subtle sweetish anise in flavor & aroma. Overall hearty, robust & fulfilling.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, brown head. Fresh aroma with red berries and coffee. And rope! Rich flavour. Roasted malts, some smoke. Licorice! Some underlying malty sweetness. Dry, bitter lasting finish. Thick, velvety, oily palate.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 A delicious example of one of the best styles in the world. Smoother than many imperials, this one goes down surprisingly easy. I prefer them with a little more kick, but this is still one of the best beers you could buy.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Deep brown with a small & lingering head. Inviting aroma of malt and (surprisingly) hops mixture. Taste is exciting of coffee-licorice-chocolate with an injection of hops. Good subtle but strong flavor that warms you and moderates the alcohol. Effervesence actually revives in your mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste with coffee lingering - overall a very good finish. Excellent beer!
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So tasty. Dominated by dark chocolate and coffee, not super heavy or thick, yet still smooth. Has a nice bitter chocolate aftertaste. The whole beer is very well rounded, very well balanced. Maybe almost as good as Brooklyn Black Chocolate.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow...wowey, wow, wow. This is a great fuckin’ beer. Burnt chocolatey aroma, beautiful dark brown/almost black appearance. The first sip is as velvety smooth as the last. The flavor is a little malty and quite hoppy for a stout! Totally delicous. If it wasn’t for WWS Dogifsh. this would be my #1!!
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
extremely dark brown, almost black. flavors consist of chocolate, toffee, raisins, sweet roasted barely. nice mellow hoppy finish. very smooth.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Black hued stout having large exceptional off-white shaving cream head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with fresh hop flowers. No discernable carbonation but difficult to tell. Full bodied with creamy texture that starts with a slightly sweet malt complex flavor with hints of toffee, raisin and hop and finishes with lingering roast malt and moderate zing of hop bitterness. A savory, delectable hoppy stout, one of my personal favorites.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque deep brown with half inch head. Aroma is a complex mix of syrup, brown sugar, rose, and a chocolate coffee liqueur. Smell is inviting and very indicative of the taste. The flavor contains dark chocolate, hops, dark roasted coffee beans. Very smooth going down with low carbonation and no alcohol taste. The higher alcohol content is well masked by the roasted malt and hops aftertaste. This is a very good after dinner beer or perhaps accompanying a heavy steak and potato meal. I wished the head lasted a bit longer to add a creamier feel.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Pours thick black. Rick creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like raisins and alcohol. Really prominent alcohol, not the way I like it. If you like them sweet and smooth, avoid this. If you like licorice, alcohol, anise and raisins, check out Rasputin. Rerate (kinda): I finally tried this again, and I liked it much better. I still get that strong raisin flavor, but on tap the alcohol is subdued. Really nice smooth texture. I probably rated this too high previously, relative to my enjoyment. So, I will keep it at 3.6, since I think this is fair, but I like it much better now than I did.