DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the LCBO (Funny how all we Gords seem to post the newest offerings almost simultaneously!!!!). I love Rogue offerings, so when I saw this I "had" to buy it. I am sad to say that my enthusiasm has not been matched by the result. Mind you, itís not bad...and as a stout goes, it has nearly all qualities I look for..opaque, rocky tan head, and a smoothness. However, it is the overwhelming chocolate on the nose and in the taste that spoils the beer for me. Okay, okay...so I bought a product, what was I expecting, caveat emptor and all that. However, itís not for me. Which is too bad.
pootzboy (1671) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber from the LCBO. Date code stated it was well within freshness peak. Served at 43deg.F in a thick English pint glass. The pour revealed a black stout that allows no light through the glass. Lovely frothy chocolate colored cap... mild to medium carbonation. Nose is predominated with sweet spicy cocoa tones with some must from the oats lemony hops were just barely detectable. Mouth feel is big with sturdy malty/oat body and predominated by distinct chocolate tastes balanced against grassy hops that mildly bitter the cocoa flavor in the surprisingly silky, light (for a stout) finish. Very reminisant of liquid semi sweet bitter baker's chocolate. A very tasty stout and very drinkable ( I usually donít value stout for easy smooth dinkability). I like this stout....would recommend it and actually prefer it to St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout. One tip: when you pour this from the large bottle, leave 2 fingers in the bottle...swirl it then pour this into your glass.....there is quite a bit of delicious oat and cocoa sediment on the bottom that really aids in the smoothness of the finish.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Part of Fall 2004 new beers. Tasted in a dimple mug. Pours deep black. Opaque, no light visible through the beverage. Head starts off relatively large, but subsides. Deep brown / tan / tobacco coloured head. Rich. Once the beer settles the aroma is of intense chocolate. Bitter sweet. Taste is of mocha, chocolate. Very nice. Roasted hints and a very well rounded chocolate finish. One of the most intense chocolate stouts I have had in a while. Nice one.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, no room for light in there. Fizzy dark brown head. Barley malts and chocolates hit you right away in the tastebuds. Coffee and yeast catches up in the aftertaste. The aroma is remisicient of cola. Thank you Oregon! This is a great great brew!
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 not too shabbly. nice coffee abd chocolate notes with a bitter finish. a little watery, but decent. enjoyed this after a long day at work. drank from my P.I.M.P. goblet.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark chocolate brown colour with a diminishing frothy tan coloured head. Milk chocolate battles with roasted coffee in the aroma. Lightly astringent roasty malts up front, rich chocolate backbone throughout, with a lingering roasty bitter finish. Full bodied, rich and smooth mouthfeel.
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice stout. My daughter did not want her vanilla ice cream cone, and this went well with it. Pours dark black, with a tan head that hangs on. Fullness in the mouthfees from the oats with some nice black flavor from the roasted malts is very nice. Bitterness is notcable but not overpowering. Chocolate is there, but agian does not overpower in my opinion. This a beer that goes very well with rich deserts.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, I have to disagree. This beer did not taste totally like real chocolate--more like Hersheyís Chocolate Syrup. Very nice balance, though, and gorgeous, incredible black color. I like it.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is mad chocolatey. Like, not "chocolate-flavored" but ACTUAL chocolate taste. The head was practically maroon colored it was so rich and dark. Masterful.
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is easily the best chocolate beer that Iíve had. Strong aromas of chocolate, along with the slightest hint of roasted coffee. The flavor is of authentic chocolate, not processed chocolate syrup, but REAL chocolate. The sweetness is well balanced by the hops too. Iíd be in big trouble if I could drink this all the time!