Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 On tap: Almost black in color with a brown head, this pours nicely from tap or bottle. The aroma is fruity, but not too sweet, with an underlyting malty scent. The flavor is chocolatey mixed with burnt coffee, and fruity hops. Strong alcohol presence. Good good good.Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2004
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Pours a thick tan head on a black body. Nice and sweet fruity and malty aroma with tones of coffee, oranges and dry fruit. Delicious flavor, sweet and full and very smooth. Notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, hops, roasted malt and plenty of fruit. An extremely tasty stout and really my kind of beer! igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
This is an intense beer. A deep dark red with a yellow/brown head. Sticky lace. The head dwindled quickly. Aroma is of hops, roasted malt and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied; creamy with a biting finish and a lingering hop representation.
A good Imperial Stout, however, it is not as well balanced as others in its class. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
An old, old favorite that Iíve been loyal to since my very first sip.
Huge, cocoa-colored head, properly boisterous and fizzy. Phenomenally aromatic: all the regulars for this style and more are here in attendance--cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuts. Very mellow, despite the flavor and strength. Perfectly black in color, fantastic texture: thick and chewy, but not overly so.
This is a great accompaniament for any meal, particularly rich and spicy food. Iíd compliment the finish, but it never stops! The flavor sticks in your mouth forever, it seems. One of the finest stouts in all the universe.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Almost completely black, but a close look unravels a wonderful ruby red tint. Medium frothy tan head. Fuckin awesome looking beer! Huge aroma of burnt coffee, chocolate, licorice, brandy like hints, rather dryish in the aroma. Huge flavor, nice hops, rather bitter. Good coffe flavors, some molasses, rather sticky, some nuttyness. Very drinkable imp stout. Deeeelicous!
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle pours black with uber brown highlights, large tannish frothy head, with extremely sticky lacing. † Heavy coffee and subtle chocolate on the nose, slightly dry and chalky. † Mmmmm, a nice malty front, followed by semi-sweet chocolate and a slight coffee note. † Wow, rather sweet this is as well. I think this should be known as <h4>††††††††   Old Rasputin Russian Imperial CRACK.</h4> I think I just had a religous experience... † Body and mouthfeel are fantasic. † Finishes clean, with more of that chocolate and roasted malt flavor. † I cannot get over how easy this is to put back, DANGEROUSLY too easy. † A good Barfday treat this is! † A slightly bitter trailer but its very fleating. † DAMN$#!$#!rib109 (6) - USA - AUG 27, 2004 does not count
This Rasputin guy is someone I respect, and his beer ainít bad either. The color of molasses, the taste is like hops on steroids. I roll up my sleeves to drink this beer; no running home to mama. At this abv level, 2 is all the palate can take.
Stout drinkers will apppreciate the coffee overtones, donít over do this stout as it can quickly leave you feeling like youíre overdosing on licorice. Aroma and appearance are very rich and thick. Available in 4 pks. at Trader Joes, well worth the price! bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
rich dark hue, w/a slight head. aroma was strong, chocolatey & roasted/coffee-ish. flavor had a bit of sweetness to it, like sweet molasses but not in a bad way. a really good stout, IMO... davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Very dark, brown head. Aroma is chocolatey/roasty, and flavor is not too sweet, just right. A very great beer! mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2004
I notice lately my taste are quite divergent from others on this site and this is perhaps one of the biggest examples. I just thought it was hopped up and bitter. Not that it was not well crafted but I just did not like it much at all.