ClarkVV (4332) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bomber. Fantastic pour as usual, per Rogue. Bottle conditioned, unpasteurised, tons of sediment and a creamy, tan colored head. Aroma hints at the chocolate, with minor notes of roast, yeast and barley. Not much hops apparency in the nose, and as I drink it, not much hops apparency in the flavor either. Which is fine with me. Strange, though, because it says this has 69 IBUs. Starts out with a very light mocha coffee flavor, some roasted barley notes emerge, followed by a light chocolate syrup flavor. Finish has yeast, mineral water, some chalk and more roast and chocolate. Altogether, the chocolate is well-controlled, with no syrupy sweetness or artificial flavors, but the body is very light for a stout. I agree exactly with bitter, if they would have upped the OG a bit more, it would have made this much more satisfyingly stoutish. I think I prefer the more complex, salty, roasty Shakespeare.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured ebony opaque with a tan glumpy head. nose mostly of coffee toffee and droste cocoa. this dominates the palate at the tip of the tongue gives the sweet chocolate we were looking for and as the silkiness slips back towards the palate you get a slight bittering and roasted dark malt feel. slight greasiness. i felt if they would of kicked up the original gravity a bit more would have made this good beer much bigger.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a lasting khaki head and medium lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel & roasted malt. Smooth chocolately flavor with hints of toffee, vanilla & a little dark fruit. Lasting but clean finish with a mild bitter layer. Very nice.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Not my favorite kind of beer, but Rogue was able to do the chocolate flavor without going too overboard. Good balance, with some bitterness in the finish.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very very dark with decent tan head chocolate everywhere smell/taste/aftertaste
a little bitter in the end...i like this beer quite a bit...was not disapointed (pint 6oz bottle)
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap: Cap City Diner. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Huge chocolate aroma, biggest chocolate I have ever smelled on a beer. Flavor is, well, more chocolate. Smooth and creamy. This beer is dangerous because it doesnt really even taste like a beer. A chocolate lovers dream come true.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottle. Deep black color and foamy tan head. Smeels like chocolate, yeast and hops. The taste, yummy, chocolate, cocoa, roasted oats, nice carbonation, good bitterness. The best chocolate stout i ever tasted.
Stout de couleur noire opaque, avec un généreux collet brun. Au nez, le chocolat est prédominant mais jai également relevé l’odeur de la levure, typique aux bières de type Belge et odeur de houblon. Goût de chocolat, cacao, avoine grillé, bonne amertume et pas trop élevé en gaz carbonique. La meilleur stout au chocolat que j’aie goûté jusqu’a maintenant.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I didn’t really like this one, but having said that, I recognise its greatness. It certainly tastes like a chocolate bar, but is this a good thing? I don’t know, I just wasn’t feeling this one, although I may very well give it a reprieve at another time.
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours jet black with thick brown fluffy head. Aroma is malty and roasty and only slightly of bittersweet chocolate. Toward the bottom of the glass the aroma of chocolate is more apparent. Taste is very roasty and of bittersweet chocolate. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Not too shabby.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a dark tan head which doesn’t hang around for too long. The aroma of chocolate and expresso can be detected while pouring and is very present as you bring the glass towards you at every sip. The taste has the perfect balance of bitter chocolate, expresso and some hoppines. Unique and incredible in every way, my fave stout but I’d love to compare it next to a Victory Storm King Stout.