Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep opaque black, diminishing tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor of dark chocolate and espresso. Some grassiness somewhere on the finish. Not bad but a little less interesting than I had expected.
boto (1856) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught: This beer pours almost black. There was a bit of a dark tan head. The aroma is almost like taking a whiff of a Hershey's Bar. Definitely too much chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same. Chocolate bar is a glass. They have gone a bit too far with this one. It's not bad, but hard to finish more than 1. If I wanted a chocolate bar, I'd eat one.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black, light brown head. Aroma is heavy on the chocolate. I don't agree with the marriage of chocolate and cascade hops. They seem to battle each other to the end. Interesting, but not something I'd buy again.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Pours a deep black with a mocha head. Chocolate aroma, chocolate taste, chocolate finish. Also coffee tones and definite hop presence. Actually it reminds me of the Shakespeare with the chocolate flavors over-exaggerated. I think a beer like this relies on a complimentary food (dessert). Delicious with a chocolate cream pie or brownies, but odd (in my opinion) any other way. Rated with complimentary food.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a very dark black liquid that, when held up to light, can not be penetrated with a thick, generous dark caramel colored head that collapses but leaves plenty to cover the top - very nice. Aroma is of strong hops which skillfully hides a faint sweet molasses/chocolate character. Flavor is a strong, stinging, putrid hops that masks a roasted/burned coffee and maybe chocolate. This beer is not delicious. It is difficult to drink and even more difficult to enjoy. This beer is a good example of how hops ruins the taste of beer and makes it not pleasant to drink. It's so bad, I don't know why I keep drinking it - drainpour. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
Shag (2609) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black appearance with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate and smoke. Flavor is slightly bitter chocolate. Nice sweet stout.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, touch of cardboard (but in a good way). A medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate. Touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Hops are slightly spicy. A nicely balanced sweet stout. The chocolate flavors predominate. Etched/painted beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Light chocolate aroma, black color with a deep tan head. Flavor is rich and chocolatey, caramel is there as well as a very tasty sweet finish. Nice sweet stout, very well defined.
ReRate: Black color, creamy tan head and moderate lacing. The head is made up of a thin cap but large bubbles underneath pushing through. The aroma is full of cocoa baking powder (not sweet) with some roasted coffee. The flavor is well balanced with lots of carob and musty semi-sweet dark dark chocolate. The finish feels like non-sweetened chocolate as well. Good sweet stout, I like!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, its a bit gimicky. Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavour to start off with. The finish is quite roasty, with some bitter chocolate and then the mandatory hoppyness of Rogue beers kicks in. It had lots of flavour, and i quite enjoyed it, but i'm not quite sure it knew which direction it wanted to go. But...tasty. (Cask GBBF 03')
garrison (775) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very, very good beer, but not my fave in the Rogue lineup (Dead Guy Ale takes that place). Rich, sweet, and very dark with a clean taste, this brew is a great one to share with friends!