Hermod (8509) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2012
33cl bottle, shared before Tuska Open Air festival, Helsinki. Poured black with a brown lasting head. Aroma has burnt malt, chocolate, yeasty notes, licorice. Flavor similar. Little too sweet, but overall quite an enjoyable IS. cs2501x (18) - - JUN 30, 2012
Heavy. Black. Russian.
The original imperial stout has a serious punch, recommended for a late finisher. Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
A: Very dark russet brown with a decent head and lacing.
S: Sweet malt, alcohol. Very little roasted malt aromas. This doesn’t smell like a RIS to me.
T: A decent tasting brew, but I just don’t get how this is a RIS. It’s sweeter than I would like with very little roasted malt flavor. Also lacking any coffee or chocolate nuances that I always find enjoyable in a RIS.
M: Alcohol too present, otherwise a decent feel.
D: A little too sweet. This beer was misleading. It tasted ok, but left me a little disappointed. I am a huge fan of RIS, and found Rasputin to be a bit off in many regards. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Black pour with an excellent tight tan frothy head. Notes of brownie batter and creamy mocha lead to caramel chocolate, cocoa nib, and deeply roasted malts. The balance of your typical imperial stout flavors is exquisite here. Thick rich palate with velvety silken carbonation and a roasty finish. dfearnley (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
33cl 02/11/2011 bottle to pint glass.
Sweet molasses, coffee, and alcohol aromas with a bit of bread. Later on, dark chocolate aromas arise and maybe a bit of raspberry. Pours a deep reddish brown with a 1cm tan/brown and long lasting head. Initial taste is sweet on the tongue transitioning to chocolate and nutty bitterness. Starts of smooth and creamy but then goes bubbly and drys out the mouth. A very complex and interesting profile.
Ewan (3) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Fruity, dry with a refreshing bitterness from the malt. Light in mouthful despite the strength. One to try again. BitchPls (822) - FINLAND - JUN 13, 2012
A nice balanced mix of coffee, liquorice, dark fruit. None of them overwhelming. Moderately sweet. Aroma is not strong. Alcohol is hidden well. Not really hoppy or bitter. A really drinkable imperial stout. chrispthompson (29) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Incredible. A favorite. Balanced, mellow but complex aroma and flavor. Will say more next time I try
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hE5AdEv3qeqAsU5r (80) - - JUN 4, 2012
Clear deep brown color, almost like cola; never seen an imperial stout this clear. Very light head. Spice/vegetable is predominant in the aroma which is interesting since there’s nothing like that in the beer, perhaps it’s the premiant hops. Quite a nice taste, very light for an imperial stout, but very soft carbonation and clean mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very unique, but a nice drink. madmitch76 (26368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
12th December 2009
Cloudy dark brown - red beer. Barleywine like nose. Soft palate with very moderate carbonation. Feels and looks more like a barleywine than an Impy. Rich soft malt, dark toffee and caramel. Light hops. A hint of bubblegum. A sumptuous beer but really not an Impy for me - a very good barleywine!