DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep black with a big tan head and lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, malt, coffee, and licorice. Tastes very malty, with a sweet, somewhat heavy mouthfeel. Finishes malty, with some coffee, chocolate, hops, and fruit. Well hidden alcohol. A very nice stout.
2/1/06: Iím kicking this up two notches, one each for palate and overall, after having it on nitro draft tonight at McGregor Draft House in Cary, NC. It was smooth as silk, and notably better than the bottle version.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and nice head. Donít doubt for a minuite that itís 9% because it shows. Coffee and alcohol are the leading tastes
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 has a chocolate and coffee flavor with a good dose of alocohol. pours black with a tan head. This is a good beer
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my! This beer may have taken over as my new favorite beer. Smmoth with a burnt aftertaste that makes you want more.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good strong brew. The head is tight and long lasting. Plenty of chocalate and coffee flavors. It goes down slowly because of the high flavor impact and the lingering afertaste. This is on my gt again list!
wesley (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a creamy brown head. Thick and sticky, bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet but balanced out by the hop bitterness and roasted flavors. A good beer
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a thick dark head. Chocolate aroma. Alcohol taste is slight. I certainly notice a lactic acid taste though. The flavor is more coffee and less chocolate than Iíd expected from the scent. Iíd like it more if there was less of the lactic acid taste.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old Rasputin is named after one of my personal heroes. Thatís worth one point on Overall Impression ;). Aroma is burnt, coffee, a touch of hops, and alcohol. Flavor is of strong coffee, melon fruits, plums, anise, coffee, did I mention coffee? Taste is very robust. Warming on the way down. Carbonation a bit lively for an IS, but Iím not complaining. One of the better examples of the style.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black, with a medium tan head that fell to a thin layer. Aromas of raisin bread, alcohol burn to the nose, dried fruits, dark/burnt malt, somewhat harsh, and sour coffee. There is an immediate bitter alcohol bite to the tongue, much like a port bites your tongue. Salty, sour, quite bitter middle, lingering alcohol flavor. Finish is quite nice, malty, coco, coffee. I found the middle to be a little harsh for my tastes, but I have not had very many Imperial Stouts.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a thin tan thick frothy head with great lacing. The nose is warm and sharp with ots of malts. The taste is very bitter with lots of malts and chalk. Some coffie beans but wow is it salty and bitter. Vapour of alcohol