burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
rich, coffee taste with a minimal amount of head. very similar to guinness, but perhaps a little better. slight hoppy aftertaste with a warming finish. Frank (4265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Looks great. Dark, dark garnet. Extremely creamy tan head. Sheets of lace. Aroma of coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and spice. Molasses and raisin also become apparent once tasted. Moderately earthy--rustic, even. Just a touch of alcohol warmth. Thick velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Some fruity vinous notes come out in the finish, complimented by moderately strong dark, hoppy bitterness. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
im not the hippest on stouts and porters (because of their dessert type nature), but this one seems to be an exception, definitely hides its alcohol content behind its almost perfect flavor, rich, thick, chocolatey, very sweet aroma and flavor Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
If this beer is 8.9%ABV, it sure hides it well. It pours out a deep reddish-black color, and the hops are evident from the word
go, unlike so many other Russian Imperial Stouts. It has a fruit-like character to it, with aromas of raisins, currants, and plums.
It has a chocolate middle taste to it, with plenty of warming alcohol tastes as well. It's hard to taste the alcohol, though, as this
beer hides it well. It leaves a lingering warmth in the throat & stomach, and a malty sweetness on the palate. The hop aroma is
nice when you open the bottle, but it's not overpowering. This beer is one to sip & enjoy on a cold winter evening in front of
your fireplace, perhaps with a fine cigar & a good book. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: O.K. nose not as strong as I might have thought, coffee & chocolate come to mind. Nice dark brown color. Bitter creamy chocolate flavor cover the tounge. Rich and thick. You got to love it.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2003
We just got this in on tap at the bar last night so I was obliged to have one. Very hoppy, reminded me of Storm king but better. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 When I first opened the bottle I took a little sniff. My first impression was chocolate and alcohol. Almost like a chocolate cordial. Dark chocolatey appearance small head that started to disolve immediately. First sip was roasty tasting with bitter chocolate notes at the back. Wow this is a smooth Stout. A little on the bitter side but malt is seeming to wrestle for advantage. It’s warming up now and I start to smell coffee or espresso. This is a great stout and deserving of it’s wide praise. If it weren’t for the bitterness I’d give it an even higher rating. Just my opinion.Re-Rate 2/14/10. Still a winner for me several years after my first tasting. Pitch black, thin kahki film. Smooth oily body. Aroma of roasted malts and espresso chocolate chip cookies. Sweet and bitter chocolate, some hops late and even some cherries. Overall one of the best. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
Such a beautiful, wonderful, extraordinary treat. Very complex. Creamy chocolate is chased by roasted coffee. Soft, light head, sticky and lasting palate. Mellow mocha aroma. Simply amazing... apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
oh yumm! Yummmm..... so rich, and chocolatey! Oh, yeah! This is a really great beer, and I hope to get more and drink it soon! Thick, rich, creamy. Not too sweet or too heavy - dry and crisp and perfectly delightful. Perhaps this is THE perfect brew! Wow. WOW! notalush (5985) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Holy crap! This beer rocks harder than Motorhead, and if it had arms it would more than likely kick their asses as well. This beer explodes on the tongue with all the qualities anyone can possibly want in an imperial stout, and in perfect balance as well. Chocolate is all over this brew, and it lounges on the palate like your lazy uncle on disability lounges on his couch all day eating cherrios and drining vodka - this beer seduces your tongue like Rasputin himself seduced the ladies - more complicated than a Russian novel, and much easier to appreciate - The Brothers Karamazov of beers.