Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very dark and oily, the way a good stout should be. Strong aroma with chocolate flowing through as if melded perfectly in this sweet blend. This was a real pleasure to have. The Rogue Brewery is definitely growing on me. I’m looking forward to sampling more of their brews.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a slightly murky brown/black with a tan head that holds well. aroma is rich with chocolate, with some malty sweetness underpinning it. flavor is absolutely redolent of chocolate, with a nice creaminess from the oats, with the hops being perfectly understated. the beer finishes with an inviting dryness that makes finishing the pint a pleasure.
Tejas (920) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Well, if there’s one thing Rogue does exceptionally well is brew dark beers. This one is no exception. Intense chocolatey aroma makes me hungry. Sometimes this one is roasty & some sips are chocolatey but both are very smooth. Growing up a Texan, I’ve never been a huge dark beer fan but I crave this one.
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
YUUM. Pours really dark, somewhat thick. Can’t see through at all. Very nice aroma. Chocolately coffee aroma and taste. Tastes like fine roasted coffee.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. a very nice brew. a bit too chocolatey for my taste but a very smooth and drinkable stout.
riordan93 (14) - USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks fantastic. Black and opaque.
Rich chocolate taste well-balanced by a good stout.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pouring it out, then big frothy brown head, great flavor , taste like coffee sometimes, taste like chocolate at other times, great all the way through and very drinkable, will get again.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The darkest, blackest beer I ’ve ever seen. Pours with a thick brown, diminishing head. Only the slightest sweetness followed by a rich, bitter chocolate and hop combination. Thick, smooth body. I’m not sure the cascade hops are the best choice for this one, their citrusy flavor seems to clash a bit with the smooth chocolatey flavors. THe finish is long and bitter.
want2party (6) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 29, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this and I usually hate chocolate in any form. Better than the Rogue Hazelnut. Pours nice and thick with a great color.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Original Rating 97-5-7-3-15=3.7): Powdered cocoa aroma. Opaque dark brown, almost black, with generous, large-bubbled, brown head that recedes slowly with some decent lacing. Chocolate flavour has plenty of underlying roastiness and a fair bitterness. Grapefruit hop flavour melds with the flavours nicely. Even the aftertaste is complex with light underlying sugary sweetness to the lasting roastiness and subtle hop bitterness. Somehow the flavours never seem to be playing together for me. It seems discordant despite having so much going on. Medium body with decent carbonation that engages the front and sides of the tongue. Bottle.
Rerate (7-3-6-2-13=3.1): Huge cocoa, chocolate, marzipan aroma is quite appealing. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Cocoa-like chocolaty sweetness is offset by a pleasant roasty bitterness. Medium body is somewhat sticky perhaps owing to low carbonation. Cask at GBBF 2005.