mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle / Snifter. I can understand why this gets the rating it gets. Poured completely opaque in the glass with a 1 finger thick mocha colored head. Roasted malty, chocolate nose. Taste of dark chocolate and roasted malts, brandy-ish with a finish of black coffee with a little cocoa sprinkled in. Alcohol is dangerously subtle. A very enjoyable brew!! Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2006
On tap @ the Cock & Bull in Sarasota: Pours black with an medium size tan head that is mostly lasting and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt with hints of coffee. Flavor is a rich dark chocolate and coffee leaving a creamy bitter finish. This stout is very intense yet a very drinkable sipping beer. I was glad to finally drink this on tap! BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Bottle. Poured a deep black color with an average sized, tan head, which quickly dissipated to a ring. Light lacing in the glass. The initial aroma was sweet, chocolate, and roasty. The aroma quickly changed to dark fruits and very hoppy. The flavor found a complex mix of coffee, chocolate, and hops but there was a slight flavor of dark fruits toward the end of the glass. Big warming feeling as it goes down. Medium body. Initially bitter throughout. As it warmed, it starts sweet and ends bitter. I was not sure of this one to at the beginning but as it warmed the true Old Rasputin came out. Drink this one at warmer temps! A complex IS, but a great one! jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Draft at Zeno’s.
Aroma is pretty sweet with a generous head to it that went away quickly.
Dark as night stout that keeps almost zero head.
Flavor is both fantastic and uncharacteristic at the same time if you can believe it. Very Drinkable!
A very good imperial stout !
Cheers! Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
This was a weird beer for me. I do not know why but it had more of an IPA feel than an imperial stout. It was bitter and certainly dark like a stout however. It wasn’t until the last few sips that the chocolate began to come out, and about 8 seconds after my last sip I got a coffee sensation on my palate. Was dry and tasty, i enjoyed it.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Black with a thin brown head. Aroma of sweet choclatey malts. The flavor had a slight bitterness but was still very choclately with a little roasted coffee flavor. Flavor and aroma of alcohol came out as it warmed in the glass. Smooth but felt a little heavy on my tongue after swallowing. darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2006
An excellent Imperial Stout, and like the description says, it is very complex and warming. I definetely enjoyed it, but found it a bit too sweet overall. Definetely did not notice the alcohol content at all with this one. peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Great colour, rich brown, with a thing head that laces the glass. Nose is nutmeg and chocolate roast. Rummy oak and vanillia cinamon. The entire spice shelf. Flavour is chocolate and vinillia, deep roasted coffee. Bitter dry coffee mouth with an oily texture. Great flavours effectively masked the strong alcohol. DuffLover (126) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2006
This is the first beer I have rated. Aroma is excellent for a imperial stout; notes of malt, coffee, and charcoal. Very dark in color with slight red tinge when held to light. Poured a thick tan head that slowly dissipates leaving little lacing. Flavor is bitter with charcoal, coffee, and chocolate. Palate is thick with moderate carbonation and some bite on the back of tongue. The thick texture lingers on the tongue giving nice feel. High alcohol content is not noticeable. A great beer. jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 Bottle. This beer couldn’t live up to the hype for me. Fantastic aroma of chocolate and coffee. Pours jet black with very little beige head that disipates almost immediately. Not particularly creamy. A bit fizzy on the palate.
A solid beer, but perhaps just a bit overrated for my preferences.