Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2000
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Relatively black with a nice thick head. Nose is a mix of sugars and roast, with some burnt plum and citrusy hop. Flavour - well balanced, with lush sugars, rich hops, just-right roastiness, a little bit of burned fruit, and a shot of late alcoholic warmth. The body is thick and sugary. Complex, enjoyable, and very well-balanced. TBone (17532) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled 12oz (BB 12/2006)chrisv10 (17428) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
Black as a night, small expresso head. Aroma of cold coffee. Roasted, cold coffee in the flavor. Alcohol, hops in the finish. Long bitter aftertaste.
Sample. Black with small tan head. Flacour is roasted malr, coffee, chocolate and hops. yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2007
Bottled. Jet black, and holding the glass up against the light, it looks clear. The head is tan and diminishing. Chocolate, mocha, some coffee and alcohol in the aroma. Lovely. That goes for the flavor as well, with coffee, mocha, chocolate, some hops, roastiness and alcohol. Full body and a long roasted finish with a warming note of alcohol, that stays for a good while. A really nice, complex beer that doesn’t feel like overkill. (070317) jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Very nice thick black imperial stout. Nose and taste of roasted nuts, coffee rinds, caramels, chocolate, cereals and breads. Terrific value for an imperial of this abv. Rated 2/19/03
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: I poured the bottle into my Cigar City snifter to reveal the beautiful and familiar jet black, viscous liquid that is Old Rasputin. A small mocha colored head sits atop the darkness.
S: Great aromas of chocolate, coffee, a roasted nuttiness, and hints of vanilla. A wonderful combination of sweet and bitter aromas.
T: The taste very much follows the nose, and I’m quite glad it does. Once again, a great balance between sweet coffee and vanilla flavors melds well with bitter coffee and a roasted, bordering on burnt, taste.
M: Now this is a full bodied beer. Very little in the way of carbonation, the way it should be, and this gives the beer that thick, creamy mouthfeel you are looking for in an RIS.
D: I personally find this to be one of the more drinkable beers in the RIS style, but that doesn’t make it a beer you’re going to drink 6 of. A great beer and I’ve decided to finally put some away to age, even though I love it fresh. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2008
35cl bottle. BB 05/08. Pours black (into my oerbier glass) with an excellent creamy brown head & lacings. Aroma is superb & complex - Roast, chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dried fruits, port, alcohol & hops. Palate is amazing - smooth, creamy ,oily, sticky & filling. Light warmth & a long bitter end. I am very impressed with everything about this brew - and so drinkable!! FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2016 355ml bottle (Beertopia, Nebraska) - Thanks Anna’s parents! (7:5:8:3:14=3.7)MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Practically black, healthy tight tan head, quite persistent. Roasty chocolate aroma, some pine. Pleasant carbonation, otherwise quite smooth palate. Retronasally quite fruity, some pine, ginger, and sherbet. Much of that in the taste too, but also an over-riding burntness in the taste. Very drying burntness, an almost astringent finish. Spoilt only by the fact that you get the feeling you’ve been chewing on a lump of charcoal, but otherwise very decent stout. Covers the 9% quite well, but the bitterness of the charcoal would easily cover a fair bit of booze.
Rerate: 355ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut! (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Very roasty aroma. Beautiful black with a sticky tight persistent tan head. Beautifully rich roasty palate. Burntness there, but not harsh or astringent, or acidic. But the hops are never forgotten about - lovely and dry and bitter, tickling your tongue after each sip. Love the fullness of the palate, smooth, and hugs the tongue. Utterly world class stout.
Bottle. Malty, slightly roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Black colour, small brown head. Good, thick body. Very chocolaty flavour with a slight bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste. Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle @ Monks Porterhouse, Stockholm. Pitch black, opaque color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell is amazingly good: malts, roastyness, coffee, slightly moccha, slightly chocolate, slightly smoke hints and wood. Taste malts, very roasty, wood and liquor, lightly coffee and moccha hints. Very very good. Full body, oily texture, medium carbo. Lovely.