Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 This beer is the sh@t. So smooth and roast, toasty and strong. Coffee and chocolate flavors coming through and by the time you finish the four pack, you're feeling pretty good.
KansOfBeer (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Usually a pretty damn good beer. Had to give it a lower score because ive noticed sometimes the alchohol isnt covered well at all.
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another beer not for the timid! A dark, sultry brew with big flavor of fruits, figs, prunes, coffee. Quite hoppy for the style, but I like it. Definitely for those cold winter nights!
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick frothy head; Dark color; Chocolate malt flavor; I think that I can taste coffee?
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Blackberry-hued ruby. Far too light for an Imperial. Thick, chalky light tan head. Mostly burnt sugar and port wine in the aroma with hints of leafy hops and mud. Very airy, as well. Fluffy palate. Very airy which detracts from the body and overall rich malt flavors. Finishes quick and unintense, but respectably charred malty and earthily hopped. Rasputin was a much more fierce fellow than this portrays him to be. Sure it's got a thick lasting head, but an Imperial needs bronze foam and a completely opaque body to receive a 4 or 5 for appearance. Also a very thin palate and devoid of any burnt malts or rich espresso, mocha, etc. in the aftertaste.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Right on bro, a very good stout indeed. This is one of those beers that makes me thank the heavens for regional breweries that give us alternative for the shitty US macros. No light got through this stuff at all. Full-bodied, complex taste from start to finish with a roasted chocolate malt taste. Hints of plum and raisin rounded out the slightly acidic finish. I never would have guess such a high alcohol content though.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I donít drink much stout, I have had just about every variety of it available here in Tallahassee and a few that arenít; this one blows them all out of the proverbial water, and makes me regard Guinness as a good drink for breakfast. Old Rasputin is darker than anything Iíve seen, and has a wonderful liqueur sort of taste. The Russian on the label says, roughly, íA true friend is not made suddenly.í Good advice for this brew, which must be sipped slowly after a large meal. (I had another one recently, and am going to bring it back a little from the perfect score, since I have had more experience rating beers now. Itís just a little hoppier than I have come to identify with stout.)
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Overpoweing and immediate alcohol presence. Strong, intense, burnt chocolate and coffee flavors. Very complex. Rerate: alcohol presence not at 'overpowering' as my first try. Moderate hoppiness in both aroma and flavor. Medium to full body. Nice finish with coffee/chocolate flavors. Still a bit too much alcohol/vodka flavor and too hoppy.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Nice clean, slightly fruity and malty smell. Dark in the glass with a head that literally looks like foam rubber sitting atop my glass. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy at times and tends toward sticky. The taste is better than any imperial stout Iíve tried---sweeter, less bitter, fuller in body, like spicy molasses. There is an alcohol bite but itís not too noticeable, and to me itís welcomed. There are notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and the earthy hop taste. Overall, I like this one. Until now I havenít been a real stout fan, but this style has caught my attention...this beer in particular.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So so dark and yummy. My favorite imperial stout.