mattcolo99 (27) - USA - JAN 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn, that is the best beer, I love it, so complex and great finish.
Rambis (12) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely hoppy stout - not creamy at all. Solid taste, good body. Fairly unique due to its bitterness - not for all stout lovers, but a very nice departure from the smoother stouts.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, but I didnít find it as complex as other people here suggest.. All I felt is the massive presence of hops. A little roasted malt struggles to come out of the intense hoppiness. The most amazing thing about this brew is the fact that it hides itís massive alcohol really well.. wouldnít have known itís 8.9%..
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perhaps the best Imperial Stout commercially available. Extremely complex flavor. Not for everyone, but a superb example of the style.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anastasia is still screaming in vain!!
TheDarkertheBetter99 (27) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew truly is a benchmark for Russian Imperials. Ratebeer reviewers place 10 Russians above this one, but I donít know why. So complex, nice gravity, perfect aftertaste. On a near-empty stomach, two will knock you on your arse. Look for it. Drink one ice cold and another at room temperature. Very, very good.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 2, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A heady brew - fruity, coffee aroma, taste of burnt mocha, toffee, sweet malt, and licorice, with enough hops and alcohol to numb the tongue and warm the spirit.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted coffee notes in both the aroma and flavor. If I try hard I can taste a similar hop flavor to the Red Seal Ale buried beneath the intense roasty maltiness. A wonderful Imperial Stout.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 22, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark roasted cocoa aromas, complex malt aromas and flavors that are full and roasty without being ashen. Thick and lactic without being sweet and syrupy. To be this big and be well balanced with some brightness in the hops is an accomplishment. The alcohol burn is there for certain but subdued.
Aurelius (4058) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex. Nice roasted rum-raisin flavor. Not overpowering, but I probably wouldnít drink more than 2 at a sitting. Iím going to ding this a little for lacking a stacked head, but otherwise, itís a 4.4-4.5 beer.