GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Served in a small Rasputin glass. Opqaue black with light brown head that laced the glass. Slightly roasty nose with a hint of anise. Flavors include anise, dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The flavors are much more prominent than the nose. Mild carbonation makes the beer easy on the palate. Very smooth, but bitter dre to the darkly roasted malt. Very good. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Thanks for sharing Derek! Much appreciated. Opaque black, finger if mocha head. Minute lacing. Dark, bitter chocolate aroma profile, roasted coffee beans, anise, with a mild hop presence. Licorice, toffee chocolate, bitters, milky, smooth mouthfeel. High medium body, silky mouthfeel, with great balance. Highly drinkable. Thanks again Hyde! Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Thanks to gputty for sharing this one. This is the tale of two beers. The cold Rasputin and the warm (cool) Rasputin. Initial pour is black with a brown head. COLD Raspy: Nose is musty, kinda like when you do a load of laundry, forget it’s in the washer for 3 days, then lift the lid. Ugh! Flavors are metal and charcoal, with alcohol and bitterness in the finish. WARM Raspy: Warmed to a few degrees cooler than room temp, cool really. Beautiful, fruity nose. Dark fruits, dates and fig, with some chocolate, coffee and caramel notes. Flavor follows the nose. Very smooth, a great Impy. Just gotta warm up to it! MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle Vintage 2004 (1yo)reedcd2 (47) - USA - DEC 3, 2005
Intense fruity hoppy aroma. Some matured cheese in the background. Taste is hoppy first. Someone below said charcoal, and I can agree with that. Not much of it, but still. Some dark chocolate is there too, but not so much. Slightly malty and sweet aftertaste. Very easy to drink - dangerously so.
From what i remember, this beer had a nice dark head and a good up front aroma. deep roast, coffee, and thckness in the taste and smell. Not too sweet, good stoutly taste
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
An excellent beer, much better than yhe standard stouts. Very easy to find (at least in the Atlanta area). Drinker should take cautions, beer has a somewhat high alcohol content. Definately a top-5 beer. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Dark black pour, with a hint of brown. Nice tan head that reappears after every sip. Malt, chocolate, good hops...weaker than I would expect from an Imperial Stout, but a fantastic beer. I’d put it up there as one of my favorite imperials. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 This Imperial Stout pours with a medium brown head that quickly vanishes leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown with a rich earthy malty aroma with just a hint of banana. It has a thick, sweet taste with a finish of bitters. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Dark black color with a frothy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts. chocolate and coffee aroma.