Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Smooth and wonderful. I canít believe this is 9.1%! Hoppy, full and intense coffee taste.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
DARK, like a Guiness. Rich head, but doesnít last long. Lovely floral sweet aroma with a hop character, but malty in the background. Flavor is hoppy, but not bitingly so. Itís actually fascinatingly rounded bitterness. Itís got all the flavor of hops, but little of the bite. Amazingly simple, but thereís definitely craft to getting the hops an malt to balance in such way that you have the sweet characters of both with none of the bitterness of hops and none of the cloying-ness of malt. Pretty amazing.
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíd say this beerís as black as night, but here in the city, night is so much lighter that thereís no comparison. The beer has a great balance between the roasty/coffee malt intensity and the big cascade hop attack. The alcohol is well masked -- were it not for the label, youíd have no idea how much there is. Wonderfully smooth body. Damn this is a fine beer!
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. A rich, grainy, deep, dark, roasted & toasted, chocolate, semi-sweet, bitter, creamy rich delight. A wine-like alcohol kick, but so light and smooth it masks the intensity. The Aftertaste is long and bitter with a trace of sweetness.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After spending approximately $20 (for 4!) to order these from Vintage Cellar, I really wanted to like it. I was anticipating its delivery for some time. Initial response: it was just ok. I donít know if I need to let it settle a little more, or what. I thought the color was a little light for an imperial. And I thought I could taste Cascade hops ... could this be right? Cascade in a stout? Just seemed a little out of character. I would/will drink this beer again in a few weeks and see if deserves a re-rate. Presently, however, I will stick with Bells Expedition or Rasputin.
Suttree (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Initial roasted barley / coffee flavors gives way to a huge hop finish. High alcohol, but you have to read the label to find it out. Excellent beer.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a complex stout! Pours out to a beautiful black with a taste of coffee, malt, hops and Al K. Hall on finish. A very good stout. The alcohol at 9.1% is hidden very well in the beer. Excellent!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good stout! Very dark with a beige head. The aroma was unique for a stout....hoppy in addition to the usual roastedness. The flavor was very complex, where Old Rasputin has the alcohol taste, this stuff has sweetness....yum!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit too alcohol tasting for my likes, but a decent brew nontheless. I still prefer Samuel Smiths or The Old Rasputin Russian stouts.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark color, with a beautiful brownish head. Rich hoppy alcohol aroma. The taste is strong, has a lot of hops with a roasted chocolate flavor, the alcohol comes through a little too strong, but its still a very good beer. Judging from the months the brewer says its made Im guessing this beer is a little old. Its a little too bitter, but for the $1.50 it costs at my local liquer store I think I shall drink this often.