Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pitch black - light brown head. Aroma: coffee, chokolate, roasted matls. Taste: Lots of hop, coffee, chokolate, burned / roasted malts. Heavy finish..... I love this beer.
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Malty, slightly roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Black colour, small brown head. Good, thick body. Very chocolaty flavour with a slight bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.
Theydon_Bois (14326) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottleshare BBQ at Dave L’s, PA - 27/05/12.
Dark dark brown verging black with a dirty tan head.
All roasted malts and chocolate on the nose.
Taste follows nose with a little coffee and alcohol.
Medium to full in body a little sticky but well balanced.
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, 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.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Relatively black with a nice thick head. Nose is a mix of sugars and roast, with some burnt plum and citrusy hop. Flavour - well balanced, with lush sugars, rich hops, just-right roastiness, a little bit of burned fruit, and a shot of late alcoholic warmth. The body is thick and sugary. Complex, enjoyable, and very well-balanced.
chrisv10 (13483) - 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.
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is burned , coffee, hop. Flavour is burned, coffee, hop, alcohol. bitter and coffee finish. Very nice beer.
bhensonb (12968) - 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.
argo0 (12514) - 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.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Complex aroma of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Appearance was perfect. Black hue with large tan creamy head that lasted to the finish. Full bodied flavor and finish that was consistent with all the aroma. The complete stout in a bottle. Thank you North Coast.