unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Cock and Bull Pub in Sarasota, FL. Pours a jet-black color with an enticing brown head, similar to what you would see atop a freshing stirred glass of chocolate milk. Which leads to the predomintate essence of this beer...chocolate. Aroma is chocolate intermingled with a hoppy bitterness. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, hops, vanilla bean and chocolate. Even spicy in an interesting manner. Body is think and oily as expected. Smooth with a medium bitter finish. This is good.
steview (1033) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
english pint: oily pour and black body. thick cremey brown head. hoppy taste with a lot of chocolate and roastiness. sweet, but more bitter than i wanted it to be. not as smooth as i wanted it to be as well, itís a bit sharp despite the creaminess probably because of all those bittering hops. oh hum, itís damn tasty though. itís a good brew, but in my opinion it's not balanced perfectly. as austinpowers rated: "well-bittered sweet stout" ?? sweet, guys, sweet
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, black, oily, and smooth, good chocolate aroma and appearance, but too bitter for my tastes in the finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thick and black with a toast colored head that diminished to a ring of bubbles around the rim. Aroma is bitter chocolate, toasted malts and light hops. Flavor is sweet, bitter and slightly charcoal. Really quite delicious. Full body and creamy carbonation.
celluloiddroid (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle into a snifter. Very dark, brown head that was very small. Smells like dark chocolate. Tastes like dark chocolate. Very pleasing, not an everyday beer, but would go well with an aromatic tobacco in my pipe or some pie. My favorite stout so far.
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Bottle: Aroma is mostly chocolate malt and some coffee. Pours almost black with a pretty insignificant brown head. Flavor is mostly chocolate with coffee. The chocolate flavor is more of a dark chocolate. Finishes a little on the bitter side. Very smooth mouthfeel. Bitter and coffee aftertaste that is relatively long lasting. Iíve only had one other chocolate stout that I liked a lot (Youngís Double Chocolate Stout) and that one seemed to have more of a creamy chocolate flavor as opposed to the dark chocolate. This oneís good, but is not nearly as good as the Youngís.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rogue does it again with this wonderful example of the style! Pours an extremely dark body. Looks almost black. Head is a foamy brown masterpeice. Some sediment at the bottom of my glass as well. Aroma is roasted chocolate magnificence with a slight hoppy edge. Taste is chocolate with some roasted hints in it. Smooth mouthfeel, followed by a pleasant bitter bite on the palate. Nice one Rogue! Thanks goes out to IPFreely for grabbing me a bottle of this.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Pours black with a giant brown head of smoothe texture, lumpy as it fades. Foam coats the glass as you drink; lacing improves dramatically when beer is not overly cold and creates a tan curtain(my curtain has vanished, mostly! ahhh!). Aroma is very yeasty in an earthy way, strong milk chocolate malts. Little carbonation, but silky; on the full side of medium body, slightly watery finish, not very dry. Side note: a large amount of sediment came out of the bottle upon rinsing. Definite toasty bitter throughout, strong milk chocolate malts hold the top and the finish is almost balanced; bitter, chocolaty, long lasting, slightly abrasive and almost "yucky" as it goes down, but the aftertaste is still pleasant, beer is smoothe.
Bottled. Filthy motor oil topped with a fluffy, big brown head, eventually leaving behind thick sheets of lace. Head turns into a small ring and stops lacing. Aroma of cream soda plus milk-chocolate (i.e. thereís a lot of vanilla in there), oats, molasses, along with some yeasty grass and earth notes. Very sweet aroma. Tons of foamy carbonation on a light-but-full (right around creamy, but a bit thin) mouthfeel and a pleasantly dry finish. Flavor is sour with yeast--sweat, grass, and wood; bitter with hops--toasted barley, and something almost grape-fruit rindy, but not...itís close to pine, but itís not (the alcohol is hiding in here, being rather transparent, but definitely contributing some astringence); malty like oats and milk chocolate. Strong chocolate finish with a bitter, hop aftertaste. Surprisingly sour. Itís funny to go three years without wanting something and then to suddenly crave it. This has pretty well hit the spot. Overall, itís a sickening combo of something really sweet, sour, and bitter all rolled into one. Enjoyed.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The chocolate is dominating. Sweet, not bitter. Has some characteristics of an oatmeal stout. Creamy but a little chewy/chalky. No roasted/coffee notes at all which was a good for a change.
shadey (1946) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. This was my first shot at a product from the Rogue brewery. Great color and head. Enticing aroma. Delicious flavor.