Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being a huge IPA fan I found the extra hop boost to be a joy. Not a big stout fan but I took OPIATEís advice and tried it ínot to be stuck in a rutí and you know what. I rated it about as high as some of my favorite IPAís. I love this beer from itís thick creamy head to itís oily core itís a joy to drink. A nice burnt chocolate/coffee flavor greets the nose after you pour it into a stein and do yourself a favor, let the head drop a few inches before diving in. You donít want to waste a drop. Rich, oily mouthful like a chaw of chewing tobaccoo but such a nice tangy flavor. Ahh...Canít stop praising. Go out and get yourselves a bottle or two.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In 1995 I was a history major completing a degree at college. I went to the local liquor store and saw this stuff and bought it purely based on the picture of Rasputin on the front. I am glad that I did because it introduced me to imperial stouts and started a long-lasting love affair. This is a rich beer which would earn a place at the czarís dinner table.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A deep black with hints of brown through the smallest break of light. A small light brown head that faded too quickly - a disapointment. The aroma is powerful and includes malt, brandy, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. A robust roasted flavor with a smooth finish and a slight alcohol burn.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout...nice a big. Nice chocolate taste and roasty aroma. This beer clings to the glass. A great example of the style.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful imperial stout. Strong and smooth, this beer is here as a reminder as to why we drink stout.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 7/18/02: An excellent imperial stout. Pours thick and black. A rich and intense brew with a robust palate. Strong tones of roast coffee and burnt chocolate. I like the hop finish.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark and oily. Quite good. My palate got a bit numb towards the end, so the complexity went out the window.
anticop (79) - Porterville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
O YEAH!, I relly like this beer, thick and brown, with a great aroma, i love that chocolate taste. complex beer thats good to the last drop. YUM!
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 Malty, fruity, roasted aroma. Very dark red-brown color. Yep, itís an Imperial, all right. The aroma is mouth-watering, but itís not quite as there as I want it to be. The flavor, on the hand, totally nails it. Bam! Oh, my Lord. The balance between the exquisite yet intense malt flavors and the hoppiness is unreal. Sweetness is almost immediately tempered by the roasty yet fruity character and the subtle but insistent hoppiness. The finish shows the most hop, with the aftertaste leaving a roasty, malty deliciousness on the palate. Not as intense as some other American micro Imperials, but thatís okay, thereís something to be said about the blending of elements here. Itís fantastic. One of my all-time favorite beers. Just this whole concept, the name, the beer, the label... I hope I get some more of this before it gets colder out. Cheers, John!!
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
rah rah Rasputin lover of the Russian queen... this is a most impressive brew - pitch black, flavors of alchohol and chocolate... very little bitterness... thick and milky... only second to Stoneís Imperial Russian Stout... oh those Russians...