Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a thick dark head. Chocolate aroma. Alcohol taste is slight. I certainly notice a lactic acid taste though. The flavor is more coffee and less chocolate than I’d expected from the scent. I’d like it more if there was less of the lactic acid taste.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old Rasputin is named after one of my personal heroes. That’s worth one point on Overall Impression ;). Aroma is burnt, coffee, a touch of hops, and alcohol. Flavor is of strong coffee, melon fruits, plums, anise, coffee, did I mention coffee? Taste is very robust. Warming on the way down. Carbonation a bit lively for an IS, but I’m not complaining. One of the better examples of the style.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black, with a medium tan head that fell to a thin layer. Aromas of raisin bread, alcohol burn to the nose, dried fruits, dark/burnt malt, somewhat harsh, and sour coffee. There is an immediate bitter alcohol bite to the tongue, much like a port bites your tongue. Salty, sour, quite bitter middle, lingering alcohol flavor. Finish is quite nice, malty, coco, coffee. I found the middle to be a little harsh for my tastes, but I have not had very many Imperial Stouts.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a thin tan thick frothy head with great lacing. The nose is warm and sharp with ots of malts. The taste is very bitter with lots of malts and chalk. Some coffie beans but wow is it salty and bitter. Vapour of alcohol
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Dark black with a nice brown head. Very strong Malt flavors (coffee and strong chocolat). Decent size head with great lacing. Complex taste - strong coffee/dark chocolate with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol content well hidden. Malts and hops balanced nicely. Very good beer.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled from happy deli NYC,Dark as hell tan head. sho its stout All of that coffee and Burt malts goin on. Thick mouthfeel,and you can tase the alcohol. Banging!
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A classic violent stout. Coffee notes in aroma. This brew is extremely good and creamy. Quite sour, but still a nice stout.
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The first thing you’ll notice about this beer is the strong, typical stout aroma--chocolate, coffee, maltiness. Color is nice, head is good while it lasts. The taste may be too sour for some, but it’s easy to tell that this is a very well-crafted stout. If you like stouts and you like ’em strong, this is a good one.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, coffee-ish nose. Light tan head, nice lacing. Deep dark ruby black. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, fresh coffee. Very bitter, I feel this lacks balance and something else. Im not as impressed as everyone else...But Rasputin was the friggin man!
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark, oily black with not much of a head. Roasted malt and chocolate/coffee aroma. Very strong flavor at the start of chocolate and malt which gives way to a warm alcohol middle and a nice bitter coffee finish.