PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fantastic full-bodied stout that poured thick and dark. This is not a stout for the faint of heart. Very balanced in flavor and texture. Great buy!!
Bosse (3) - DENMARK - APR 14, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black full bodied stout with a nice brown head. Powerful taste with some coffee and chocolate. Really good balance between sweetness and bitterness. One of the best stouts I have ever had.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black pour, but not a deep black. slight dark tan head. aroma full of coffee and chocolate. smooth taste, good bodied. a little lite overall for my taste of a "best imperial stout", but who am i.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Black as night. Pours like motor oil and the aroma is pure coffee. The flavor is mostly coffee and chocolate and very very heavy on the palate. This is the smoothest stout I have ever had as it warms in the glass it just gains more flavor. Sweet and fantastic on the tongue! Wow is this a good beer. I think I have a new special ocassion beer. This brew is fantastic and I can’t wait to get another!
Rerate - 6/18/06 - I got to try this one on tap tonight and all I can say is wow! The roasted and chocolate flavors seemed so much more intense and were a great finish to a steak at brew’s cafe. I’m going to bump this up 1 in the the aroma as it was just divine on tap.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of a coffee and malt. Black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over the top of beer. Lots of lacing left on glass. Flavor was of the chocolate malt. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Good beer glad my wife picked it out for me. Dam nice to have a beer secretary.
Texans0743 (5) - Sugar Land, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too bad... Maybe a little overhyped, but then again every sip seems to get better. The appearance is amazing. I love a dark beer you can’t see through no matter what kind of light you hold it up to. The head sticks to the side of my snifter glass, which is a good sign. As far as stouts go, my favorite is Guinness Extra Stout, but this might be a new addition to my list, despite the lack of a bite after each sip. The taste and aroma are rich with a dark chocolate flavor/scent. Very good... I think I will have another.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent shiny brown pour... fizzy light-tan head that fades into a dusty covering. Dry roast chocolate, sweet cherry brownies, kahlua aroma. Bitter roasted hops with some alcohol twang in the start that quickly sweetens up. Finish is some bitter coffee, and long after the swallow, you can feel the alcohol. Its a good, big, and enjoyable drink, but nothing about it sticks out.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark -- tried to shine my brightest light through and saw only black. Typical coffee aroma of a high-quality stout but with pina colada thrown in there. Tastes like they’ve also added milk sugar -- with good results somewhat reminiscent of some of those 1800’s medicines such as Schenck’s Pulmonic Syrup, with a similar pruney finish. Flavor is strong in alcohol which drowns out the hops a bit (they still show through well enough). Slightly oily mouthfeel but still quite acceptable. I’m not knocking Rasputin but it may be a tad overrated. But hey, it’s 9% and is quite typical of a historical stout ... meant to get sloshed on, totally unlike Guinness in that regard fo’ sure!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a medium off white head. Bitter coffee smell with a nice sweet chocolate undertone and hoppy undertone, outstanding smell. Thick rich coffee taste with a wonderful chocolate undertone. Thick rich coffee aftertaste, this beer coats your mouth real well. Somewhat simplistic for an imperial stout but not in a bad way. Outstanding beer.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black with a thick and lasting tan head...very rich aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and cookie dough. Much more mellow flavors that combine very well that make this Imperial Stout stick out from others. Rich and silky body of roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of sweetness accompanied by a nice hop balance in the finish...much more drinkable than expected.