Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An old, old favorite that Iíve been loyal to since my very first sip.
Huge, cocoa-colored head, properly boisterous and fizzy. Phenomenally aromatic: all the regulars for this style and more are here in attendance--cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuts. Very mellow, despite the flavor and strength. Perfectly black in color, fantastic texture: thick and chewy, but not overly so.
This is a great accompaniament for any meal, particularly rich and spicy food. Iíd compliment the finish, but it never stops! The flavor sticks in your mouth forever, it seems. One of the finest stouts in all the universe.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost completely black, but a close look unravels a wonderful ruby red tint. Medium frothy tan head. Fuckin awesome looking beer! Huge aroma of burnt coffee, chocolate, licorice, brandy like hints, rather dryish in the aroma. Huge flavor, nice hops, rather bitter. Good coffe flavors, some molasses, rather sticky, some nuttyness. Very drinkable imp stout. Deeeelicous!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours black with uber brown highlights, large tannish frothy head, with extremely sticky lacing. † Heavy coffee and subtle chocolate on the nose, slightly dry and chalky. † Mmmmm, a nice malty front, followed by semi-sweet chocolate and a slight coffee note. † Wow, rather sweet this is as well. I think this should be known as <h4>††††††††   Old Rasputin Russian Imperial CRACK.</h4> I think I just had a religous experience... † Body and mouthfeel are fantasic. † Finishes clean, with more of that chocolate and roasted malt flavor. † I cannot get over how easy this is to put back, DANGEROUSLY too easy. † A good Barfday treat this is! † A slightly bitter trailer but its very fleating. † DAMN$#!$#!
rib109 (6) - USA - AUG 27, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This Rasputin guy is someone I respect, and his beer ainít bad either. The color of molasses, the taste is like hops on steroids. I roll up my sleeves to drink this beer; no running home to mama. At this abv level, 2 is all the palate can take.
Stout drinkers will apppreciate the coffee overtones, donít over do this stout as it can quickly leave you feeling like youíre overdosing on licorice. Aroma and appearance are very rich and thick. Available in 4 pks. at Trader Joes, well worth the price!
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
rich dark hue, w/a slight head. aroma was strong, chocolatey & roasted/coffee-ish. flavor had a bit of sweetness to it, like sweet molasses but not in a bad way. a really good stout, IMO...
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Very dark, brown head. Aroma is chocolatey/roasty, and flavor is not too sweet, just right. A very great beer!
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I notice lately my taste are quite divergent from others on this site and this is perhaps one of the biggest examples. I just thought it was hopped up and bitter. Not that it was not well crafted but I just did not like it much at all.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Have been saving this one for #400 for a long time. Looking forward to this bottle and milestone. Rasputin predicted his own death and placed a curse upon the Czar Nickolas and his family if a member of his kin was a part of the plot to have him murdered. In less than a years time the bolshevik revolution came following rasputins quartering and bodies remants buried at the N, S, E, & Western most point of Russia so that his spirit would never haunt the Romanovís again. I hope this beer lives up to the namesake. Wow!!! Potent Powerful just like the man himself!!! Definitely feel the potentcy of this drink. Hoppy, malty, chocolately, smooth and very drinkable, rasputin survives in this drink even though his Spirit may not. Potent is the best word for the man and his beer. Intense, powerful, great Imperial Stout. Top 6 of my sampling of this category. Lots of head on this one. Its a great beer!!!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very strong of roasty creamy (Bottle) Brown head with an opaque body. Rich and complex. Cask whiskey, port nose. Chocolate & coffee/alcohol in the mouth. Nice ebony color/mohogany highlights. Tastes very nice and better as it warms. Roasted choco-coffee/slightly smoked with hops and alcohol w/some cream in there. Hints of port and other complxities just waiting to come out through aging. I reallywant to do a side by side with the Storm King and Expediton....intense flavor.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 black as a moonless night poured up with a nice tan head. nose was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, same with the taste! hops present but balanced very well with the malt. warming but not overkill. fruit in the nose i canít determine, cherries? figs? a nice late night snack! my fave imperial so far.