IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Pours black with a fizzy dark brown head, almost as dark as the beer itself. The aroma smells like fresh baked semi-sweet chocolate chips. Probably the chocolatiest aroma I’ve smelled yet. Taste is of some roasted malt with a sweet dark chocolate taste, with very little bitterness. More chocolatey than Young’s Double Chocolate. I can envision it now, some dark brown cartoon character with a strange accent, holding a bottle and saying, "Everyone wants to get a hold of my Rogue Chocolate Stout!" Body feels somewhat thin and undercarbonated, the weakest point of the beer. This may be my top choice for a good examplar of a dessert beer, battling fiercely for the position with Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. Very nice beer.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like opening a bottle of hershey’s dark. Pours black with a brown head that laces surprisingly well. Flavor is immediately chocolate, both bitter chocolate, and overtones of milky sweet-ness. This is a rich, thick, stout, milk-shake of a beer. Finish is a satisfyingly bitter chocolate. This is a dessert pint for sure.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Delicious chocolatey aroma. Tastes like biting into a big block of dark chocolate. Nice long-lasting, creamy head. Medium-bitter finish.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smelled like malted hot chocolate on the pour. Deep brown, opaque color, solid amount of creamy tan head. Flavor was outstanding, malts mixed with tons of chocolate. A slightly bitter aftertaste with hints of coffe in the tail end. This might be the best chocolate stout I have had to this point. The best part about this is, I can buy it in New Jersey now.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holey Chocolate Flavor!! This is superb. Deep dark opaque brown, milk chocolate colored head with a very fragrant chocolate aroma. Can’t really relate the aroma or flavor to any particular type of chocolate, best I can do is say that the true essense of what makes chocolate great is beautifullly presented in this stout. Flavors complement each other very well, slight bitterness to balance the sweet barley and oats. Simply marvelous. Cheers
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been trying to find this beer for some time now and found it a Papago!
Bottle pored black with a huge chocolate head that diminished slowly with good lacing on the glass.
Aroma was of chocolate, roast and cofee.
Flavor was very good! Easy drinking roast chocolate with a bitter malty finish.
This beer tasted better as it warmed and my next bottle will be poured at room temp.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of carob and raisens like a raisenette. Luxurious body with a smooth, slightly burnt finish. Amazing gustatory aroma, with the raisenette quality seeping into the sinus. The flavor is like a powdery Hershey’s syrup.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black appearance. Nice light brown head slowly diminishing. Roasty flavor with the obligatory chocolate. Came off a little flat when compared to a Sam Smith or Bell’s.
ClarkVV (5367) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bomber. Fantastic pour as usual, per Rogue. Bottle conditioned, unpasteurised, tons of sediment and a creamy, tan colored head. Aroma hints at the chocolate, with minor notes of roast, yeast and barley. Not much hops apparency in the nose, and as I drink it, not much hops apparency in the flavor either. Which is fine with me. Strange, though, because it says this has 69 IBUs. Starts out with a very light mocha coffee flavor, some roasted barley notes emerge, followed by a light chocolate syrup flavor. Finish has yeast, mineral water, some chalk and more roast and chocolate. Altogether, the chocolate is well-controlled, with no syrupy sweetness or artificial flavors, but the body is very light for a stout. I agree exactly with bitter, if they would have upped the OG a bit more, it would have made this much more satisfyingly stoutish. I think I prefer the more complex, salty, roasty Shakespeare.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured ebony opaque with a tan glumpy head. nose mostly of coffee toffee and droste cocoa. this dominates the palate at the tip of the tongue gives the sweet chocolate we were looking for and as the silkiness slips back towards the palate you get a slight bittering and roasted dark malt feel. slight greasiness. i felt if they would of kicked up the original gravity a bit more would have made this good beer much bigger.