bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Descent Imperiall Stout, but far from the best. Drinkable dark stout with medium head.
argo0 (11555) - 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.
Rasmus40 (11277) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. Smooth and oily. 060711
chrisv10 (11201) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample. Black with small tan head. Flacour is roasted malr, coffee, chocolate and hops.
thewolf (11188) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful almost black colour (but with reddish/mahogany colours interfering beautifully). Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and barley in general. Taste is complex, quite alcoholic. But is starts with a powerful assault of roasted malts, but wnds up as a ful.-bodied example of a stout. With taste of barley, bitterness and in particular smokiness and taste of roasted malts it is excellent.
bhensonb (11137) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma of coffee underlaid by cocoa. Under halogen lighting the color is virutally black, but there are some reddish highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is monstrously foamy tan. It starts with coffee, quickly followed by toasty malts. It is almost like the original Guiness, but toastier. There is some hop in the finish, but it blends with the roasted malt. Quite a strong stout.
Christian (11131) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Black with a light brown head. Strong aroma of burned malt, licorice, vineous dried fruits and some apple/citrus freshness. Flavour of dark chocolate in particular, coffee, and hints of smoke and ash. Quite bitter
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Barcade. Yeah, this is fantastic stuff. Rich, powerful nose of roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavor is sweet yet muted, with a nice mix of roastiness and fruity notes. Smooth and thick, this full-bodied beer is a joy to drink.
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 050710-12 oz bottle-pours a thick foamy light brown head and deep black colored beer. Malt, hops, licorice and alcohol are found in the aroma. Taste is just as the aroma previewed. Reminds me of Heavyweight’s (NJ) Perkunos Hammer Imperial Porter. Finishes with a bite. Not my style. 2.8*************multiple repeats 3.6
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: I poured the bottle into my Cigar City snifter to reveal the beautiful and familiar jet black, viscous liquid that is Old Rasputin. A small mocha colored head sits atop the darkness.
S: Great aromas of chocolate, coffee, a roasted nuttiness, and hints of vanilla. A wonderful combination of sweet and bitter aromas.
T: The taste very much follows the nose, and I’m quite glad it does. Once again, a great balance between sweet coffee and vanilla flavors melds well with bitter coffee and a roasted, bordering on burnt, taste.
M: Now this is a full bodied beer. Very little in the way of carbonation, the way it should be, and this gives the beer that thick, creamy mouthfeel you are looking for in an RIS.
D: I personally find this to be one of the more drinkable beers in the RIS style, but that doesn’t make it a beer you’re going to drink 6 of. A great beer and I’ve decided to finally put some away to age, even though I love it fresh.