redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pitch black with a large tan head. Looks very appetizing. Chocolate aroma initially with floral hops aroma coming through. Taste is, well, it is their Shakespeare Stout with a small amount of chocolate in it, a very hoppy stout. Bitter finish.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Willy Wonka watches in horror as this reviewer slips on chocolate froth and falls into a great river of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Aroma and flavor are easy: chocolate. I'm not talking about chocolate malts here; I'm talking about real, actual, chocolate. A unique experience. Although I agree with several of the reviews that this beer is one dimensional, this fact does not hurt my rating of this interesting concoction. I'll have to pick up their Shakespeare Stout soon. Good stuff!
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark pour with a creamy head. Strong aroma of hot chocolate (almost wanted to put marshmallows in it) is matched by the initial flavour. I'm sure I could detect the oats through the middle. Bitter finish with a lingering chocolate aftertaste. Mighty fine chocolate stout.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer needs to be allowed to warm to lessen the bitterness, It is an impressive stout with the visuals to go with it, Smooth with a semi sweet undertone that is more ballanced as it warms.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yum. This is the closest you can get to drinking chocolate milk and still be drinking beer. Dark, dark color with average, not terribly lasting head. Chocolatey aroma -- REALLY enticing. Flavor is of bitter chocolate. It does have some metallic elements to it, but the rich, deep, satisfying chocolate rounds it out nicely and makes it a nice, inviting, decadent beer.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big black body with big dense mocha head. Aroma is CHOCOLATE!! Closest to bittersweet, but I can pick up some milk chocolate qualities, and sometimes I take in a whiff of fine Belgian. I've never smelled such pure chocolate in a beer. Some vinous qualities sneak in there as well. Taste is, well yes, chocolate. Bit of fruitiness, but it's definitely subordinate. This beer is necessarily one-dimensional, but so wonderfully focused on such a delicious dimension that it's very hard to complain.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fairly transparent dark brown pour with islands and a ring for a head. Chocolate extract aroma (NOT coco powder but more like unsweetened chocolate liquer). A little milk chocolate, but I am getting mostly semi-sweet with a bit or fruit. Flavor is also very chocolatey, however the body is a bit thin for all this chocolate flavor. Semi-sweet on the tongue that I wish was a bit sweeter. Fairly dry bitter finish. Great aroma, but I like more sweetness and body and less hoppy bitterness.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Completely opaque black in color. The first pour yeilded a nice creamy head and lost of lace. The second, almost no head and very little lace. Smells faintly of unsweetened cocoa maybe some dark malts in the background. The flavor is very sharp and dry. Of course, the choclate flavor is there along with bitter coffee. A bit of sourness comes out in the finish along with some citrusy hops (which are sort of odd). Somewhat thin bodied. This reminds me of Stoney Creek Original Vanilla Porter in a lot respects. More specifically, in the way the added flavor clashes somewhat with the bitter nature of the brew.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very respectable chocolate stout. There was a nice aroma of coccoa. The flavor was more like a luke warm hot chocolate, than a hershey bar, like most chocolate stouts i have had. A slight hint of coffee, but hardly noticable. This would be a good brew to have if it were snowing outside, maybe after a nice round of snowmobiling.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/19/03: bottle. nice thick mocha head, which quickly dissipates to a medium ring of carbonation. a little bit of lacing noted. most heavenly smell of sweet hot cocoa with subtle hints of malt and vanilla. roasted chocolate taste with definite evidence of vanilla. smooth, somewhat bitter and a tiny bit lighter tasting than expected. nicely done.