Gorbalev (2994) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour. Dark brown head that went away quickly. Intense chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Lots of chocolate in taste - real chocolate, not chocolate malt; some bitterness fought its way through the thickness as well. Almost a little too thick overall, but otherwise excellent. Now Iím going to have to break open a cellared youngís to compare.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with thin, but big bubbled dark brown head...definately hoppy aroma with some coffee and chocolate...aggressive with hops at first, giving way to soft chocolate malts...very hoppy finish...one of the better Rogue beers...
Boutip (5033) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 man this is good.even my friends who wont drink stouts will drink this one.smooth, sweet,delicious.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells heavenly, like the purest milk chocolate pudding with coffee and vanilla notes. I was worried it would be too sweet, but actually itís the bitterness thatís slightly overpowering. Even a bit of sourness at it warms. Looks and smells fantastic, totally hides the alcohol, has a rich mouthfeel and itís evident that they use quality ingredients. Bonus marks for listing said ingredients and other info.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Black as night, complex, delicious and full of surprises. A thick stout with a nice allotment of bitterness. Superior mouthfeel - coats the mouth with smoothness and a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Amazing aroma - sweet with a mouthwatering hint of citrus and a tinge of chocolate. A meal - or a dessert - of a beer.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark brown/black with a big dark firm brown head. Decent lacing. Typical Rogue hopped aroma carrying a gigantic malty milk chocolate nose. Fresh chocolate brownies and roast. Some coffee. Lots of oatmeal and cocoa. Some brown sugar, late maple. Milky smooth and thick with abundant carbonation. Round but a little heavy on the sweet side. Over the top but still terrific.
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the LCBO (Funny how all we Gords seem to post the newest offerings almost simultaneously!!!!). I love Rogue offerings, so when I saw this I "had" to buy it. I am sad to say that my enthusiasm has not been matched by the result. Mind you, itís not bad...and as a stout goes, it has nearly all qualities I look for..opaque, rocky tan head, and a smoothness. However, it is the overwhelming chocolate on the nose and in the taste that spoils the beer for me. Okay, okay...so I bought a product, what was I expecting, caveat emptor and all that. However, itís not for me. Which is too bad.
pootzboy (1611) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber from the LCBO. Date code stated it was well within freshness peak. Served at 43deg.F in a thick English pint glass. The pour revealed a black stout that allows no light through the glass. Lovely frothy chocolate colored cap... mild to medium carbonation. Nose is predominated with sweet spicy cocoa tones with some must from the oats lemony hops were just barely detectable. Mouth feel is big with sturdy malty/oat body and predominated by distinct chocolate tastes balanced against grassy hops that mildly bitter the cocoa flavor in the surprisingly silky, light (for a stout) finish. Very reminisant of liquid semi sweet bitter baker's chocolate. A very tasty stout and very drinkable ( I usually donít value stout for easy smooth dinkability). I like this stout....would recommend it and actually prefer it to St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. One tip: when you pour this from the large bottle, leave 2 fingers in the bottle...swirl it then pour this into your glass.....there is quite a bit of delicious oat and cocoa sediment on the bottom that really aids in the smoothness of the finish.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Part of Fall 2004 new beers. Tasted in a dimple mug. Pours deep black. Opaque, no light visible through the beverage. Head starts off relatively large, but subsides. Deep brown / tan / tobacco coloured head. Rich. Once the beer settles the aroma is of intense chocolate. Bitter sweet. Taste is of mocha, chocolate. Very nice. Roasted hints and a very well rounded chocolate finish. One of the most intense chocolate stouts I have had in a while. Nice one.