PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2003 Rerate 9/19/03 - Aroma not quite as prevalant, aftertaste a bit more chalky. Flavor not quite as chocalately. Have had a lot more Imperial Stouts since my first tasting of this and this is still good but does not blow me away anymore. Original Rating 4.7 - Excellent from the frothy head of the first pour to the aroma to the finish. Little bit of chocolate, coffee - but not too sweet. Best stout yet.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I first cracked this brew, I was fairly inebriated and listening to ’Dueling Banjos’ at quite a high level of volume. Despite these distractions, the good qualities of this beer shined through. Initially sweet, quickly moves to roasted coffee that combines with alcohol in the aftertaste. Banjo strummin’ good.
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong beer, and one of the best strong beers Ive ever experienced. I disagree with many of the raters here in the sense that I dont think a more bold, overpowering beer is always a better beer, but this one plays the role well.
Very hard hitting.. exactly what I would expect from a beer donning the ’Rasputin’ tag.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong black coffee and alcohol all the way through. Stong bitterness with a stale coffee charactor that develops into a nice roasted malt. Lacked the viscosity to back the flavor, good but could be better.
strictlydomed (34) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Imperial Stout...Its strong, and it goes down with ease...I just wish I was more of a stout man.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love imperial stouts; that goes without saying... a good stout, not as good as the worldwide stout obviously, but not bad at all. great coffee finish, slight molasses cuts through, great roasted flavor as well. highly recommended... i love the copperish bubbles as well.
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Have you ever been drinking, say, a Guiness, and some one who doesn't know much about beer come up to and say "Man, that stuff sure looks potent! I bet one or two would put you on your butt!" , only to be dissapointed when you tell them that it is only a little more alcoholic than their MGD? Well, this is the stout that non-beer drinker think about when they think about stout. Big, dark robust flavor and a lot of alcohol. Good to the last drop.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The usual gorgeous black of all nice stouts. Chocolate nose, and a creamy mouth feel.Smooth liquor flavor complimented by a slight milk-chocolate, and roast nuts overtones. Fascinating, consistence belgium lace.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is most interesting with notes of nuts and brandy. It pours thick and is darkest brown with garnet edges...beautiful canyoned mocha head...Lace like sea-foam...Rich roastiness and subtle candy sweetness that is tempered with that warm brandy-like kick. Subtle coffee notes as well...Awfully smooth gong down...amusing Blackstrap tang hovers behind wisps of hop essence as a last remark. This is simply a superior product.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical Imp. stout appearance, very deep dark brown. Poured a good sized pillowy head and left tons of sticky lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate, raisin, anise and dark roasted malts. This stout is a tad more carbonated and hoppy than most, but it’s still a pretty decent brew. Just not one of my favorites.