Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I did not like this stout too much. It seemed overly carbonated and a bit too sweet for my liking. I would expect a sweetness like this in a Belgian, but not in a stout. I think the stou would be fine if those two things were reworked... but then again, thatís just me.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark brew with a big tan head. Held up to the light its got a black middle with a deep garnet edge. Aroma is roasted malt with just a hint of hops. I love that. Very light palate. Flavor is very good with nice balance. Very good, accessable imperial. Start here and move up to the Stone and Alesmith.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being a huge IPA fan I found the extra hop boost to be a joy. Not a big stout fan but I took OPIATEís advice and tried it ínot to be stuck in a rutí and you know what. I rated it about as high as some of my favorite IPAís. I love this beer from itís thick creamy head to itís oily core itís a joy to drink. A nice burnt chocolate/coffee flavor greets the nose after you pour it into a stein and do yourself a favor, let the head drop a few inches before diving in. You donít want to waste a drop. Rich, oily mouthful like a chaw of chewing tobaccoo but such a nice tangy flavor. Ahh...Canít stop praising. Go out and get yourselves a bottle or two.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In 1995 I was a history major completing a degree at college. I went to the local liquor store and saw this stuff and bought it purely based on the picture of Rasputin on the front. I am glad that I did because it introduced me to imperial stouts and started a long-lasting love affair. This is a rich beer which would earn a place at the czarís dinner table.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A deep black with hints of brown through the smallest break of light. A small light brown head that faded too quickly - a disapointment. The aroma is powerful and includes malt, brandy, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. A robust roasted flavor with a smooth finish and a slight alcohol burn.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout...nice a big. Nice chocolate taste and roasty aroma. This beer clings to the glass. A great example of the style.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful imperial stout. Strong and smooth, this beer is here as a reminder as to why we drink stout.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 7/18/02: An excellent imperial stout. Pours thick and black. A rich and intense brew with a robust palate. Strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate. I like the hop finish.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark and oily. Quite good. My palate got a bit numb towards the end, so the complexity went out the window.