axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark used motor oil appearance. Nice and thick. Strong dark chocolate and coffee aroma and flavor. Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Refreshing hop finish folowing the thick chocolate. Great stout.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A mighty stout, and mighty, mighty delicious! Black as the dark night, she is, with a thick, prodigious, bubbly brown head. With a little stirring, it reminds me of Quik cocoa mix, which adequately describes the aroma and the taste!
Aroma is dry and earthy, loaded with cocoa,plus hints of anise and rum. It all gets richer, the more I drink in the nose...so pull it out, and drink already!
Smooth, very smooth, and tasty. Chocolate taste is not shy, and lingers in the mouth.
Goodness gravy, this is delicious!
Any technical knowledge I can pretend to fails me, and with a very good reason. This was the third, and largest, sample in my trio of chocolate stout tastings. I may have gone overboard...
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Talk about dark with a rich creamy head -- this is it. Strong chocolate tones. Have had it on tap and in the bottle -- on tap gives a crisper taste. Another excellent Rogue!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Opaque black body and rippled tan head. Smells like a chocolate Easter bunny. Very chocolatey flavor with a nice long finish. The hops sneak up on you and contribute some considerable, understated bitterness. Good, but sort of one-dimensional with all of the chocolate. But I guess that’s the point. Still, damn tasty stuff.
obxdude10 (2153) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely enjoyable beer, black color with a thick brown head, great lacing & head retention, roasted malty & chocolate nose, full bodied, roasted & burnt flavors, lots of chocolate in the flavors as well, it was almost like drinking a brownie, flavor started off more like milk chocolate but as the beer rested in my mouth & slid down it turned to more of a dark chocolate taste, creamy & very smooth, awesome flavored stout
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured pitch black with a medium tan head. Huge bouquet of milk chocolate. Taste is very full with enough hops and chocolate to balance out the whole thing. Leaves a somewhat powdery finish in the mouth but a very nice beer.
MaxRebo (6) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate aroma. Roasted malt flavor followed by dark chocolate finish. If you like chocolate, you'll like this beer. Great for sipping. I can't think of any negative aspects -- just that it's very different from any other type of beer that I've had.
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opening this bottle was a little like walking into a chocolate factory, the smell was everywhere. While this may appear to be a good thing, it was detrimental to my opinion of this selection. I did not enjoy the intense chocolate-y-ness of this one, way too much. Tasted like other chocolate stouts, and had a rich creamy palate which was quite enjoyable. Overall I think Rogue relied too much on creating the sense of drinking melted chocolate for this to be a great beer.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 feel like Homer Simpson right now. Mmm.... Chocolate. The first smell after opening the 22 oz bottle was a bit hoppy with a hint of coffee, similar to the Shakespeare Stout. A deeper breath and the smell of Chocolate broke through quite clearly. When poured in a pint glass, it looked the part with an opaque brown body topped with a rough brown head. The taste is dominated by the presence of chocolate. Because of the strong flavoring, other tastes are a bit hard to distinguish. I can detect a bit of coffee, and burnt toast. Quite dry and a tad too harsh in the mouthfeel department, I think. It left me wishing for more maltyness and a smoother and sweeter body. This is definitely not to be chugged, but sipped and allowed to coat your throat and tongue as it goes down.
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, thick, dark brown head of fine bubbles. Head lasts for a while also and reduced to a nice cratered surface. Distinct chocolate aroma, along with cola and a hint of coffee. Color is black. Flavor is quite good with a note of chocolate again. The bitterness in the flavor and the finish surprised me though. Was not expecting that. Bitter and dry palate either from the bitter dark chocolate or some hops presence. A good quality "sweet stout" which is not as sweet as you would expect.