DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle from Jeppe’s shop in Copenhagen. Delicious, smooth, warm choc, toasty aroma. Dark black, with a beige head. Very delicious and full of interest. Bitter to start, with some pepper and ice, becoming smoother, richer and more chocolatey right through the mouth, into the long finish. Like Milk Tray with just the right amount of alc appearing. West Coast hops are laced in expertly also. Excellent. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Pours a rich black/brown super fullbodied nectar. An extremely rich and complex specimen of it’s genre. The best in it’s class. This brew has so much going on but without any focus on any one element. It’s a tasty stout with huge bright/fresh flavors from the dark spectrum (coffee, cocoa, tar, and the like) which is quite rare. These flavors are usually so dense and rich that they overshadow the other elements. Not here. It’s sweet yet ballanced by the hopy character. Well ballanced with a long finish. Stays flavorful to the last sip.The alcohol is well hidden and keeps you warm. The next best thing to have during a Detroit whiteout on 75 Northbound to Clarkston, the first being your girl of course. I highly recommend trying it. weepingsuds (223) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Okay. I am not going to paint a portrait here. This is an excellent imperial stout made to awaken the senses and reflect on its tones of Choc. Coffee and is that heaven. Just get one. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
In my early drinking days, this was at the top of the heap. And while my tastes have changed somewhat, the quality of Old Raspy hasn’t. Still one of the better stouts on the market and WELL worth the time and money to hunt it down and enjoy. Creamy and roasty goodness thru and thru. This one will stick your ribs if that’s possible. It don’t take much of these to fill you up. This brings back many fond memories. I hope it does the same for you. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Nice dark brown head. Thick body matches very well with its dark and roasty flavor. A little dark chocolate flavor, though it does not overpower the roasty coffee flavor. Extremely well balanced, thick and delicious. I really like this beer.
Lowe1983 (1594) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma of malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is the same with a finish of hops and a little warming. Very good brew. ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked chocolate and coffee, although neither stands out as dominant. It’s the same with the flavor. Typical stout flavors are present, but none more dominant than the other. The result is a thinner than normal, yet extremely smooth brew. The alcohol is nicely hidden and it’s very easy to drink. ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
It pours with a nice, balanced, full head. The aroma is coffee, and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Not as smooth as some others, but very drinkable. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Pours a dark brown with a somewhat fizzy medium tan head. Not as much lacing as I would normally expect from an imperial stout. The aroma is a bit sour and a bit moldy with dark chocolate and coffee. The main flavor I’m getting here is coffee with notes of dark fuits,bakers chocolate, smoke and a small kick of hops on the end...bitter finish that stays. Oily and a bit thin over the tounge and just a tad unbalanced...not as smooth as I would of thought. I can see why a few people might find this beer overrated, it feels rushed in a way. Although it is a excellent beer, I think it’s missing some aspects of body and balance.
*aging palate update 06/02/09*
As the years have gone on drinking many impy stouts I find myself liking this one more and more. While the body is a bit lacking for the style, I’m really digging the deep roasty/bitter characteristic and fruity notes. I’m really enjoying the fact it’s not very sweet as far as the style goes and that the bitterness seems very coating.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Poured a deep brownish/black. Hardly a head and what was there diminished nearly instantly. Light smells of chocolate, smells very good though not strongly. Has appropriate bitterness, but goes down exceptionally smooth at the finish. Light chocolatey tastes as well as some light coffee. Not as good as the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, but this is a good cheaper buy. Will drink again. I enjoy that the flavor isn’t super overwhelming overall. It came on strong, but was really not overbearing like a mother-in-law.