BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with big tan head, full-bodied, pours a dirty brown. Coffee, chocolate, hint of hops in the aroma, nice. Taste more of bittersweet chocolate and major hop rush, tangy. Not has creamy of mouthfeel as Youngs Double chocolate, dryer finish. Lingering hoppy bite. I agree, this is not a sweet beer, but is still a great stout.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black with vigorous light brown head. Nice lace. Aroma is coffee and a hint of hops. Predominant flavor is roast coffee. But the chocolate is there. Some bitterness at the finish, like a very dark european chocolate. Not a sweet beer.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoy good chocolate and stout so I was really looking forward to this one. The initial smell was disappointing, reminiscent of a stale Hershey bar. A second inhalation revealed some hop aroma and rich roasted and malty notes, but not much chocolate The beer was a deep black in color, and the head, which was very slow to dissipate, was a rich medium brown, milk chocolate on top of dark. There was considerable thick lacing. The flavor was lightly bitter and hoppy with overtones of malt, espresso coffee and, yes, chocolate. The chocolate flavor was weak, and I wonder why the people at Rogue chose to call this a chocolate stout. This is more of a mocha stout in my opinion, since the coffee flavor definitely dominates. In texture and mouthfeel this beer was a lot lighter than other chocolate stouts I have tried, approaching a porter. Not a bad brew but for a chocolate lover like me definitely disappointing.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, black as night pour with a tight lacing mocha colored head. Bittersweet chocolate aroma that is not overdone with too much sweetness. Flavor is chocolately but not overdone - Rogue has a nice way of making the hops kick in at just the right amount time. Very thick mouthfeel - almost as good as their Imperial - but of course it cannot be - why make an Imperial then? Bitters just a tad near the end - but still a great sweet stout.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark brown color with a substantial brown head. Aroma is a rich cocoa-chocolate behind which mild
hops are detectable. Fairly creamy and smooth body. Roasted flavor is initially earthy and hoppy with dark roasted chocolate becoming more prominent in the middle-finish.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really liked this one. Pours a beautiful dark black color (almost opaque) and has a tan head. A chocolate aroma vas very noticable. The flavor was of a thick dark chocloate with a pleasant bitterness. This has to be one of the best stouts that I've had so far.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cocoa dominates the smell of this one. Nice dark apperance. The flavors of dark chocolate are wonderfully balanced with bitterness. This was a very enjoyable sweet stout.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colored, pours with a large head. Malty, cholocate aroma. The flavor is all chocolate. What a desert beer. Hops give it a bitter chocolate flavor. Update by the time this bottle was gone, I was glad!
Aurelius (3845) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had high hopes for this one, but I'm disappointed. Aroma is tootsie rolls and western hops over dark roast. Nice black beer with khaki head. Gretchen there on the bottle didn't transfer well to a painted label -- though I'm sure that she's a charming young lady in person. Cocoa, roast, coffee bittering and moderate hops. A little sugary sweet both in aroma and flavor for me -- it almost came off as artificial or extractive -- somewhat similar to my experience with their Hazelnut, which everyone else seems to rave about, but also disappoints me. The palate needs some starching, but it was generally pretty good.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one blew me away! Rich roast barley aromas and flavours blend beautifully with the chocolate and hops. Outstanding ale.