Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. nice bitter aroma, slightly orange head and a very dark body. highly alcohol taste, but is consistent. tatste is not unpleasant, chocolate and burnt taste that combines well. this is a good stout. but it is probably too bitter for some, but not for me.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a mighty tasty mohambe! Very malty aroma - not entirely burnt, with some grape-like fruitiness. Velvety mouthfeel. Nicely bitter flavor, - hops, chocolate and slight coffee. Alcohol subsides nicely as the beer warms. Slight lingering of burnt coffee. Very nice brew, for sure.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Imperial Stout. Pours a beautiful black with a brown head. Nice sniffable malty aroma. Taste is of dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt and generous hops. Not that sweet. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Leaves a nice burnt aftertaste. Highly recommended!
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark color almost black with nice tan head. Taste coffe, malt, chocolate and spices. Great complex beer that feels smooth and creamy in your mouth but has plenty of complex flavors.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and nice head. Perfect appearance. Aroma is not highly impressive, but the flavor is intense. I can’t wait to have the next bottle. Coffee and chocolate both noticeable but not overwhelming in either taste or aroma.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with a thin brown head falling back to a faint film over the surface. Some ruby colour sneaks through at the edge of the glass. Smell justs explodes out of the glass, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and some faint fruit underneath it all. As it warms, the aroma becomes much more fruity and complex with raisins, plums, and cherries all vying for attention over a massive coffee smell. Soft carbonation allows the flavour show roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a long bitter finish. Some fruit also sneaks onto the palate just as the bitterness starts to subside. Finally the alcohol warms you right up. Wow!
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 12 oz. bottle.: poured thick black, but seemed less black than most imp. stouts ive tried. smelled like mocha, slight alcohol. feels smooth in my mouth, how i like it. Warmed it slighty, and now it’s more intense than it was cold from the fridge.. really good imperial stout. i look forward to trying more north coast brews...Tastes of more a roasty barley.. good balance of the malts with the barley too. chill
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a stubby bottle with a picture of the Russian mystic on the label (I am assuming this is Rasputin, as I have never seen other pictures of him). When poured into my trusty goblet, the dark brown body is nearly completely opaque, but displays red highlights at the edges when held up against the light. The head is brown in color, massive in size (at least three inches), and has the consistency to stand up on its own above the rim of the glassware. This is one impressive looking beer indeed. The aroma is a mixture of medicinal alcohol, and powdered cocoa, and is relatively mild. The taste is like roasted cracked grain, bitter coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate, dark skinned dried fruits, and charred wood. Very pronounced hop bitterness and a very dry aftertaste are also present, as is the noticeable warming effect of the significant alcohol content. Mouthfeel is soft and soothing, but a bit thinner than what I anticipated. Very good representation of the style, but a bit less in your face than others like Victory Storm King Stout. Thank you 123456green for this bottle.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Opaque. Dark brown/orange head, not too thick. Malty cofee roast nose. A little of a tartish almost vaguely citrusy bite to tongue. Espresso-like flavor thick on tongue. Probably my 2nd favorite stout to Mackeson.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer, very light lacing, little to no head. Excellent falvor you expect from an Imperial Stout. Would definitely buy again.