Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mean, tyrant looking old man on the label. Charcoal black. The head was an amalgam of tan and brown like a capuccinno. Smell of nicly roasted malt. Starts mildly astringent similar to juniper berries, with espresso flavors barging in. Bitter chocolate creamy consistency. Some-what flat finish. Nice.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whew. Has some bite to it. Strong flavor, bitter. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Small head. Not a bad imperial stout but maybe not my favorite.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is filled with strong coffee and slight undertones of chocolate. It pours up with a creamy off-white head over a deep burnt brown body. The flavor is well balanced with coffee and chocolate. The beer sits well in the mouth. Overall, this is a tasty brew, but doesn’t quite match up to some other imperial stouts.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 I refuse to give a 5.0. I finally got to try this legend and was not dissapointed. One of the finest beers I've had. Could stand with any dark beer in the world. As heavy as all hell and it stares you down like a pit viper but the flavors are extremely well balanced and ,... well this is just a great beer. Find it, try it. (4.9)
re-rate: This is a great beer but I have definitely tried a lot more Imperials since I first tried this. Pours a dark viscous with a brown head and a nose of burnt chocolate and figs. Big mouthfeel with a nice coating on the tongue. Major complaint is that the abv is not well masked. Could use a couple of years of aging.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 The part that I most enjoyed about this beer was its creamy mouthful; something I didn't expect out of it. Otherwise, it had a nice fruity chocolate taste that goes down easy.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good stout. Has a wonderful aroma
reeking of alcohol. Many layers of flavor. Tastes
better as it warms. If overly cold tastes too sweet.
Wonderful at about 50 degrees with many flavors present.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So this is the infamous ’Old Rasputin’, huh? Well, it did have a deep brown pour and a fairly light colored head. Both the nosings and the taste remind me a toned down Expedition Stout. Not nearly the malt monster that Bells created, I am left with a strange feeling of dissappointment. I think I wanted something heavier, richer and just more....UMMPH! A nice Imperial Stout but not a 4.2
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This tastes likes several beers made into one. (In a good way)
First distict flavors of hops, followed by a sweet malty flavor, followed by a chocolate/coffee flavor,
followed by a slight smoky flavor. Unbelievable!
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good God..., this is he best stout I have ever had. Seriously
strong chocolate aroma. You know what you drank with the
aftertaste. It’s strong, and has a slight alcohol burn. FULL bodied
with chocolate upon chocolate. Coffee undertones, and bitterness
there, but not overpowering--just like it should be for an impeial stout.
If I could get this beer in NC i would quit brewing. Is everything north
coast brews this good? Red seal ale was impressive too.
jaymobrown (1710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color with creamy chocolate head. Really deep texture. Low on the front end but the aftertaste is where it delivers. Roasted coffee with a good port.