Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an incredible stout. A little more hoppy than more conventional Imperial Stouts, but great nonetheless. Highly Recommended.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It was very good but it was nothing like any other imperial stout i had ever had before. Very hoppy, and a slight chocolate undertone makes this something to try.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite imperials right behind storm king. Possible a little more bitter. Smooth and sweet with lots of different malts used. Lots of coffee flavors from roasted barley. Worth the 4.50 at the bar.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mean, tyrant looking old man on the label. Charcoal black. The head was an amalgam of tan and brown like a capuccinno. Smell of nicly roasted malt. Starts mildly astringent similar to juniper berries, with espresso flavors barging in. Bitter chocolate creamy consistency. Some-what flat finish. Nice.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whew. Has some bite to it. Strong flavor, bitter. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Small head. Not a bad imperial stout but maybe not my favorite.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is filled with strong coffee and slight undertones of chocolate. It pours up with a creamy off-white head over a deep burnt brown body. The flavor is well balanced with coffee and chocolate. The beer sits well in the mouth. Overall, this is a tasty brew, but doesn’t quite match up to some other imperial stouts.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 I refuse to give a 5.0. I finally got to try this legend and was not dissapointed. One of the finest beers I've had. Could stand with any dark beer in the world. As heavy as all hell and it stares you down like a pit viper but the flavors are extremely well balanced and ,... well this is just a great beer. Find it, try it. (4.9)
re-rate: This is a great beer but I have definitely tried a lot more Imperials since I first tried this. Pours a dark viscous with a brown head and a nose of burnt chocolate and figs. Big mouthfeel with a nice coating on the tongue. Major complaint is that the abv is not well masked. Could use a couple of years of aging.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 The part that I most enjoyed about this beer was its creamy mouthful; something I didn't expect out of it. Otherwise, it had a nice fruity chocolate taste that goes down easy.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good stout. Has a wonderful aroma
reeking of alcohol. Many layers of flavor. Tastes
better as it warms. If overly cold tastes too sweet.
Wonderful at about 50 degrees with many flavors present.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So this is the infamous ’Old Rasputin’, huh? Well, it did have a deep brown pour and a fairly light colored head. Both the nosings and the taste remind me a toned down Expedition Stout. Not nearly the malt monster that Bells created, I am left with a strange feeling of dissappointment. I think I wanted something heavier, richer and just more....UMMPH! A nice Imperial Stout but not a 4.2