beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Solid black, black as a moonless night....one finger high head of super lumpy, solid crunchy top, but also looks fluffy and light, tan in color, leaves some spotty lace patches. Smell, dead on, is a great sweet dark chocolatey aroma with notes of dark fruit - banana, starfruit, mango, strawberry, and black cherry all noted. Taste is a swirling light chocolate, sweet and dark smoothness throughout, yum. Nice twinged hops in the finish that brings out just the right bitterness and dryness to say hello kindly and leave you with a smile. Feel is full and creamy with a way easy smoothness that makes this a amazingly drinkable stout. North Coast has a winner here.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black... but not really thick. Brown head, but not very carbonated. Aroma is spicy. This one is more chocolaty in flavour than imperials I REALLY like. As with other beers in this type you get LOTS of taste. ;) Unlike some other beers in this family you don't really taste the extreme alchohol content.
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin brown head. Nice smell of coffee, dark chocolate and hops. Wonderful aroma! The taste expands on the aroma. More coffee and dark chocolate but the bitterness of the hops takes a step forward. Finishes bitter and has a sharp edge to the body. Great beer!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bit of a letdown. very big flavours, ugly and badly combined. way grapefruity and vanillay - itself a stupid combination - and undeniably complex, with extra sherbet, ryebread, and mint. just a mess i think, and i definitely see what ecrvich is on about with the west coast citrus-acidity. might be good in an IPA but in a stout it's silly.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite big and complex. Roasty, licorice aroma, with more hops in the aroma than i expected, quite aromatic. The palate is quite thick and roasty, with some licorice and raisins, with quite a few hops to finish, the finish is even a bit citric. Nice bitter finish.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Burned cofee, aromahops and a slight lactic sourness.
Deep brown with a creamy brown head with lace clinging to the glas.
Wonderfully complex taste: Coffee, figs/raisins and brandy rounded of nicely by the hops. Long aftertaste of dark chokolate.
Fullbodied and deceivingly smooth.
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 My favorite beer ever! Excellent full body, strong but not overwhelming flavors and wonderful chocolate after taste. The aroma is only slightly alcoholic.
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Opaque with a creamy tan head, great lacing, just sticks to the glass, full-bodied. Raisin, bittersweet chocolate, woody port like aroma, excellent. 1st taste, raisins, pop of hops, vinous. Middle of the glass, chocolate tones coming through, sweeter, warming. Further down, the hoppy bitterness reclaims it’s territory, I’m not dead yet! The smokey malts are still there too. Wow, the final sips are wonderfully balanced, a fizzy fruity (blackberry?) attack followed closely by smokey malts overthrow of my palate, I must now surrender to the twisted Rasputin and his wonderfully complex namesake. Damn, this is simply a great beer, glad I saved it for last! Must find more...must find more... damn it all, why didn’t I buy more the 1st time!
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin offwhite head. Rich chocolate malt aroma, very appealing. Initially strong alcohol and subtle chocolate taste, finishes with a nice dry roasted malt aftertaste. Excellent beer.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: black with sizeable beige head. Nose of alcohol. Outstanding flavor - can I change my rating to a 12??? Roasty, roasty, roasty. Creamy feel that coats the entire mouth. Alcohol in the finish - just a beautiful beer.