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 can’t determine, cherries? figs? a nice late night snack! my fave imperial so far.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BEAUTIFUL Jet black pour with a frothy brown head. Oh, and the aroma is a heady...choclatey, warm luxurious olfactory experience. The alcohol is a very nice vehicle for its slightly bitter coffee, slightly salty flavor. A nice stout for those occasional darker moods.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent imperial stout that is easy to find in my area and very affordable. Pours great with a bourbon like aroma. The alcohol taste is warming, but not overwhelming. Great for a nightcap. The flavor is quite memomable and I’ve picked up many four packs this summer.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Me used to be big fan of Guinness. That was back before me start drinking man stouts like Old Rasputin. Now, me can’t get enough of hearty roasted flavor, hoppy bitterness, and high alcohol content. Me think Guinness kind of girly anymore, me prefer something a little rougher. Me love the Old Rasputin though, and me can't wait to get me hands on a six.
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Pours extremely dark. Has a dark head. Very roasty flavor. Very powerful, you can really feel the flavor of this beer. A little warmth in me chest upon swallowing. Great stout. This is what beer is all about, I think.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this stout definently has a kick to it, pours a nice deep dark brown, hardly any light can pass through, rich robust nose, with a sweet molasses taste and a very hearty bite of hops. For strong ale lovers, this one takes it up a notch.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with thin head...smells of coffee and chocolate...tastes bitter bitter bitter...small coffee taste in the finish which is dry and alcohol...
drooge99 (4) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2004 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted a slight bitter. Dry, but tangy. smooth syrup base with a soft aftertaste, not too pungent though. 8.9% alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed, just not too fast.
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark black colored beer with almost no head. Aroma is comprised of a strong chocolate and coffee mix. The chocolate and coffee also hits you right at the first sip along with some roastiness. A bit too much bitterness at the end for my liking though. Carbonation is bit weak and body is strong which was expected. Overall, this is a very good drink but maybe not as much as some make it out to be…
Re-rate Dec 2008: Well done with loads of chocolate and coffee notes and a full body. Upgrading rating to 4.1