Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with a fruity roasty nose. Flavor's got a warming roasty mocha complexity. Ends with a long roast malt finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick light brown lasting head with lots of lace. Sweet malty aroma with a good roasty character with chocolate and slight citrus notes. Sweet roasty malt flavor with chocolate notes and some bitterness. The finish is bitter and roasty. Full bodied, relatively smooth with a slight tingle and slightly warming.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2003 I will tell you the reason Imperial Stouts were Rasputin’s favorite drink; 8.9% abv, he was trying to warm and numb himself from the arctic Russian winters. --- This is an exceptionally bitter Imperial Stout, I think it is hopped 1 ton per 6oz of liquid. This beer was not as viscous as I thought it would be, but it poured a eggplant/black color and an amazing toffee head. The aroma and flavor are a full & fragrant cornucopia hopps, alcohol, caramelized sugar, and chocolate malt. Overall, Rasputin is a very impressive Imperial Stout, I am pleased that I bought a 4 pack instead of a single beer.
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK I bought one of these and couldn't fishish it. It's really strong but good at the same time (What?) I guess I wasn't ready for this. Will try again.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome sweet taste. Very bold and solid roasty flavors come out at you like a rabid dog.
radiomgb (2481) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Regular Version. Deep black in colour. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts, chocolate. The flavour is of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee grains. Finishes warming, creamy, and buttery. Decadent. Thanks CaptainCougar.
Millennium Edition. Deep black in colour, long lasting tan head, some lace. The aroma was filled with dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, some sweetness and very minor alcohol. The flavour is very roasty, lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee notes. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes very long and decadent. Quite nice but I can’t help but feel that this was aged just a bit to long (6 years). Rating: 8/4/8/4/17
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense and strong. Alcohol hits quickly. This beer could be a bit bitterer but what a great stout. The finish builds as you swallow. It kind of sneaks up on you.
3fourths (8557) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Deep brown and burgundy hue with a nice vivid light brown head. Very robust and strong aroma of roasted malts and oats. Caramel tones within the nose. Excited first touch to the lips and tongue, hints of spices, sap, pine, and pepper all underneath a fat tone of black licorice. Taste ends with an acidic and carbonated kick, and the palate is left scorched but pleased. Fizzy,
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice sweet floral aroma. Lacks the coffee aroma of other stouts. Pours black-ruby, tan head is robust initially but dininishes. Palate is complex and satisfying, heavy and thick. Flavour is enjoyable. Loses points on the finish - the alcohol stands out and could be more smoothly delivered. While I appreciate the brewing of a good stout, I would find it hard to drink two of these in a row. A good beer but not really my style.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 One dark coloured light headed commie. The covering light fruity aroma is a surprise with the dark colour. The more usual malty nose is beneath if you look. A lighter body than expected with a noticeable alcohol character and finish. Imperial is a good word since you can taste the pedigree.