IndianaRed (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 BottlePours black with a very thick and creamy tan/mahogany head and very persistant brown lacing. Smells almost like a Hershey bar. I’ve had a few "chocolate" stouts and porters, but this is the most choc smelling. Also aromas of chalk and dust. Flavore is nutty and chocolate up front but lacking a little sweetness that would really fit here. Walnuts, hazelnuts and smokey at the trailer. Feel is not as thick and smoothe as other good examples of the genre but fair. My expecations were a bit high.
screigh (481) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured VERY dark. Canít be seen through when holding it righ up to a light. Large brown head with lasting power and some lacing. Kind of smells like bakerís chocolate. Chocolate taste right from the first sip. Finishes with a tingling sensation towards the back of the tongue. Another nice beer from Rogue.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium light brown head. You can actually smell the chocolate mixed with the hops. The initial taste in bitter sweet chocolate moving to the nice hoppy finish. The chocolate matches the hops nicely. To bad there was only one bottle there.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good sweet stout. Pours black with a very dark thick head. Nice lacing. Good coffee/slight chocolate aroma. Flavor isnít too sweet, as I expected, but very good. Chocolate/roasted malts really stands out. Slightly bitter/alchol finish. Smooth, great beer.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 Some people say this brew is better than the Shakespear Stout. Others say it is more better, and still others say it is more betterest. The last time I had this stout it wasnít as chocolatey as I remembered it. Before that I would have said it was one of my top 5 brews but now I think it dropped down. Still a really good stout and a must-try.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious treat. Pours out black with a frothy tan head. The aroma was chocolate laced with roasted coffee. There was some astringency in the mouth but it was creamy and smooth and full bodied. The flavor was a carry over from the aroma: chocolate laced with coffee. Perhaps one-dimensional but itís a great dimension.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap. Drinking dark chocolate with stout flavor. Only drinkable in small amounts or 8 onces for me. Very rich tasting and could be a great desert beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very sweet and chocolatey, with notes of hops and roasted malts. too sweet for me. not what i was looking for with this brew, maybe just bad timing. in general, not sure iíd every find a good time for a chocolate stout like this....in summer it just doesnt seem like a stout time in general, and in winter iíd prefer a stout with some more warmth to it then this. not something iíd buy again, but enjoyed the experience of having it once.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good chocolate stout. The cocoa aroma is great. The palate is very smooth, almost like milk. Has the bitterness of sugarless chocolate, but the sweetness of milk chocolate.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another nice beer from Rogue! Had this at the brewery. Roasted malt, chocolate aroma. Pleasant flavors. However, Hops seems to dominate at first. Making it a bitter start. Apon letting it warm up a bit, the richness of the chocolate came through. This is still a nice beer from a wonderful brewery.