BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Very dark -- tried to shine my brightest light through and saw only black. Typical coffee aroma of a high-quality stout but with pina colada thrown in there. Tastes like they’ve also added milk sugar -- with good results somewhat reminiscent of some of those 1800’s medicines such as Schenck’s Pulmonic Syrup, with a similar pruney finish. Flavor is strong in alcohol which drowns out the hops a bit (they still show through well enough). Slightly oily mouthfeel but still quite acceptable. I’m not knocking Rasputin but it may be a tad overrated. But hey, it’s 9% and is quite typical of a historical stout ... meant to get sloshed on, totally unlike Guinness in that regard fo’ sure! DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pitch black with a medium off white head. Bitter coffee smell with a nice sweet chocolate undertone and hoppy undertone, outstanding smell. Thick rich coffee taste with a wonderful chocolate undertone. Thick rich coffee aftertaste, this beer coats your mouth real well. Somewhat simplistic for an imperial stout but not in a bad way. Outstanding beer. balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Jet black with a thick and lasting tan head...very rich aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and cookie dough. Much more mellow flavors that combine very well that make this Imperial Stout stick out from others. Rich and silky body of roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of sweetness accompanied by a nice hop balance in the finish...much more drinkable than expected. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 31, 2005
#400, Pours a mahogany brown color, small tan head. Aroma is roasted, of molasses and coffee. Flavor is thick, sweet and alcoholic. Lots of coffee and roasted flavors come out in this one. Not incredible but a decent brew. punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Pours with little head, coffee flavor dominates, strong alcohol flavor, hits you quickly, Strong aroma... lingering after-taste. Very enjoyable!!
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2005
Pours black with a brown/yellow head. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, roasted flavour.
Smooth and rounded with segments of dark chocolate. Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle. Deep brownish black with a light brown head. Nose: dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste; espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Wowsers! I am sure this is a good beer in terms of absolute standards (purety, ingredients, and whatever else...), so you can’t call it swill, especially at $10.00 for 4 of them.
Aroma was promising. Heavy malt/coffee/chocolate with hints of peaches/pears.
First taste was a surprise. I thought I had a shot of rum. It was only then I realized that the alcohol content was 9%.
Taste was like rum and coffee to me, and much to the chagrin of some I am sure, and to me, I poured about half of it out.
My suggestion is that you don’t buy this, but try it with someone who can walk you through what it is and what you should look for. Too much of a shock for me. The other 3 will go in the fridge to impress some unsuspecting goober (like me) at some point.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
black black color with dark tan mostly lasting creamy head. Great chocolatey and smoky coffee aroma and flavor. Two work well together. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Pours a jet black with a small amount of tanish head. Aroma is roasty coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very roasty, coffeish, but it masks the alcohol nicely. Very smooth considering the ABV. Finish is nice and warming. Very good beer.