Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I donít drink much stout, I have had just about every variety of it available here in Tallahassee and a few that arenít; this one blows them all out of the proverbial water, and makes me regard Guinness as a good drink for breakfast. Old Rasputin is darker than anything Iíve seen, and has a wonderful liqueur sort of taste. The Russian on the label says, roughly, íA true friend is not made suddenly.í Good advice for this brew, which must be sipped slowly after a large meal. (I had another one recently, and am going to bring it back a little from the perfect score, since I have had more experience rating beers now. Itís just a little hoppier than I have come to identify with stout.)
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Overpoweing and immediate alcohol presence. Strong, intense, burnt chocolate and coffee flavors. Very complex. Rerate: alcohol presence not at 'overpowering' as my first try. Moderate hoppiness in both aroma and flavor. Medium to full body. Nice finish with coffee/chocolate flavors. Still a bit too much alcohol/vodka flavor and too hoppy.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Nice clean, slightly fruity and malty smell. Dark in the glass with a head that literally looks like foam rubber sitting atop my glass. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy at times and tends toward sticky. The taste is better than any imperial stout Iíve tried---sweeter, less bitter, fuller in body, like spicy molasses. There is an alcohol bite but itís not too noticeable, and to me itís welcomed. There are notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and the earthy hop taste. Overall, I like this one. Until now I havenít been a real stout fan, but this style has caught my attention...this beer in particular.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So so dark and yummy. My favorite imperial stout.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - FEB 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good stuff !
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black with a nice foamy head, sweet, berry-like aroma...chocolatey-coffee taste.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Dark as expected of an imperial stout. Chocolatey aroma, but also of noxious ether. This potent brew is rich in chocolate malts, but poorly masks its alcohol content. Way too astringent for this beer to be enjoyable to me. Re-rated. I have enjoyed this on tap a couple of times and it has definitely grown on me. A solid imperial stout that packs some uumph.
chrisvonsimson99 (8) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent all-rounder with presence. Slightly sharp with excellent body.
argo0 (11477) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Very good on draught. Strong, alcohol noticeable. Good heartiness, with coffee overtones.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Millenium release 22 oz. bottle, with bottleneck dipped in wax (very cool). Average sized, toffee-colored head sits atop opaque, almost black body. The aroma is quite vinous and acidic (balsamic vinegar?), with heavy notes of charred fruit (raisins, black currants), sharp hops, and an alcoholic tinge. This is one huge, complex beer. Lots and lots of roasted malt, which is complemented be even more hop bitterness. At 9% ABV, I honestly donít sense much alcohol on the palate. As an imperial, Iíd expect the malt to be much more prominent, but I actually enjoyed the hop kick. Delicious.