fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
A black, black beer with a dark cocoa head. The head is a chocolate malt-o-meal type of a hue. Smells like dark chocolate, coffee and raw cocoa. Medium lacing.
Very thick mouthfeel and perhaps the most buttery beer I’ve every had. Tastes of unsweetened choclate, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness and lots of butter.
What a nightcap. Not my favorite impreial stout, but impressive. Not as complex as some, but oh so buttery. I good by from Cost Plus World Market. Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
Jet black colour with thick foamy mocha brown head. Roasted coffee malt nose. Bitter roasted coffee malt taste with lingering bitter roasted malt finish. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
I was hoping that this would be something special, but it turned out to be a a minor dud, Smells of a choclate and floral bouquet with taste of coffee and a liqorice aftertaste.
Not the worst but was expecting more MaltOne (389) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2005
One of the most handsome brews around. Beautiful Cappicino head, creamy with carmel edges. Dark coffee color.Aroma moderate. Flavor a nice a nice deep balance of sweet, deep roasted malts, and a touch of bitter. Not the most complex or lingering, but satisfying. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 June 16, 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is very intense with burnt roasted malt, dark choclate, raisins, dark fruit and molasses. The body is flat black and holds a diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is burnt bitter yet raisin sweet with gobs of dark chocolate backing up the sweet fruit notes. They combined to give an almost cherry like flavor. Mouthfeel is delightful. Rich and filling, but bracing from the alcohol. Still a winner!
Original Rating was 4.3
Another beer I forgot to rate. This is the kind of Imperial Stout I enjoy. Many tend to go too far with the hops, but Rasputin manages to be big without being one dimensional. It is roasty AND sweet with a sort of burnt coffer and baker’s choclate profile. Good stuff.
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Poured a Jet Black Colour into a Snifter with almost no head forming. The Aroma was of sweet molasses. WOW! My mouth was assaulted with an astringent alcohol and hop blast that set against the backdrop of sugar and malt was quite new and interesting. This one is a lovely brew destined to become an Amercian Classic. Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Great, thick, burning stout that leaves nothing left of you but a want for more of this stuff. Had it at Mahar’s in Albany. Soo many flavors all at once, rich, sweet, hops, good stuff. BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Bottled. Poured into a snifter an impenetrable black, even if held to a light, with a thin dark brown head that settles quickly and laces nicely. Aroma is of sweet caramel, big on roasted barley, coffee, liquorice and chocolate. A bit of alcohol vapor as well. Flavor is deeply roasted and sweet with notes of coffee and big creamy chocolate. A fruity/woody ester profile is also developed. Some hop bitterness is present as well as a tad of acidity from the hops. Subtle citrus/floral hop flavor develops despite its high IBU count, though for balance in an imperial stout. Finishes charcoalish and dry with alcohol warmth but not over powering or unfavorable. Body is very full and silky and creamy smooth with a perfect carbonation level. Coats the inside of my glassware as you swirl it. Excellently complex imperial stout. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Thick near-black in the glass with a prodigious foamy dark khaki head which slowly reslves to one finger of foam and some nice lacing. Aromas of fruit esters, coffee, burnt toast, chocolate, toffee and yeast are immediate, notes of dark fruit, molasses, citrus, berries, and malt develop. Tastes of dark malt, bread/yeast, smoke, peat, earth, chocolate, herbs and hops, and alcohol/phenol Delectably bitter and strong. Flavors are complex and contrapuntal and continue to develop with each creamy mouthful. Not too fizzy, very chewy. Excellent example of an Imperial Stout. IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2005
OMFG! Pitch Black, a Black Hole....the room gets darker when you open one of these. Rich, sweet, roasty, bitter....WOW! There’s a lot going on in one sip, multiple layers of malts and floral hops. Absolutley delicious!