Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If this beer is 8.9%ABV, it sure hides it well. It pours out a deep reddish-black color, and the hops are evident from the word
go, unlike so many other Russian Imperial Stouts. It has a fruit-like character to it, with aromas of raisins, currants, and plums.
It has a chocolate middle taste to it, with plenty of warming alcohol tastes as well. It's hard to taste the alcohol, though, as this
beer hides it well. It leaves a lingering warmth in the throat & stomach, and a malty sweetness on the palate. The hop aroma is
nice when you open the bottle, but it's not overpowering. This beer is one to sip & enjoy on a cold winter evening in front of
your fireplace, perhaps with a fine cigar & a good book.
OldGrowth (2417) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: O.K. nose not as strong as I might have thought, coffee & chocolate come to mind. Nice dark brown color. Bitter creamy chocolate flavor cover the tounge. Rich and thick. You got to love it.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
We just got this in on tap at the bar last night so I was obliged to have one. Very hoppy, reminded me of Storm king but better.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 When I first opened the bottle I took a little sniff. My first impression was chocolate and alcohol. Almost like a chocolate cordial. Dark chocolatey appearance small head that started to disolve immediately. First sip was roasty tasting with bitter chocolate notes at the back. Wow this is a smooth Stout. A little on the bitter side but malt is seeming to wrestle for advantage. Itís warming up now and I start to smell coffee or espresso. This is a great stout and deserving of itís wide praise. If it werenít for the bitterness Iíd give it an even higher rating. Just my opinion.Re-Rate 2/14/10. Still a winner for me several years after my first tasting. Pitch black, thin kahki film. Smooth oily body. Aroma of roasted malts and espresso chocolate chip cookies. Sweet and bitter chocolate, some hops late and even some cherries. Overall one of the best.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Such a beautiful, wonderful, extraordinary treat. Very complex. Creamy chocolate is chased by roasted coffee. Soft, light head, sticky and lasting palate. Mellow mocha aroma. Simply amazing...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
oh yumm! Yummmm..... so rich, and chocolatey! Oh, yeah! This is a really great beer, and I hope to get more and drink it soon! Thick, rich, creamy. Not too sweet or too heavy - dry and crisp and perfectly delightful. Perhaps this is THE perfect brew! Wow. WOW!
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Holy crap! This beer rocks harder than Motorhead, and if it had arms it would more than likely kick their asses as well. This beer explodes on the tongue with all the qualities anyone can possibly want in an imperial stout, and in perfect balance as well. Chocolate is all over this brew, and it lounges on the palate like your lazy uncle on disability lounges on his couch all day eating cherrios and drining vodka - this beer seduces your tongue like Rasputin himself seduced the ladies - more complicated than a Russian novel, and much easier to appreciate - The Brothers Karamazov of beers.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A burst in flavor just assaults you as you drink this. I'm no expert in picking up on all of the distinct flavors but I expect this pretty much has them all. ;)
crazyvin (1837) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
typical imperial stout. Black body, bone colour head that fads quickly, sweet aroma.
Taste began sweet and finished bitter. The bitterness was more pronunced with the taste of alocohol. Very heavy on the stomach.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good, strong, full-bodied stout. Great color, not much head. Nice chocolate/coffee flavor.