frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cocoa dominates the smell of this one. Nice dark apperance. The flavors of dark chocolate are wonderfully balanced with bitterness. This was a very enjoyable sweet stout.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colored, pours with a large head. Malty, cholocate aroma. The flavor is all chocolate. What a desert beer. Hops give it a bitter chocolate flavor. Update by the time this bottle was gone, I was glad!
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had high hopes for this one, but I'm disappointed. Aroma is tootsie rolls and western hops over dark roast. Nice black beer with khaki head. Gretchen there on the bottle didn't transfer well to a painted label -- though I'm sure that she's a charming young lady in person. Cocoa, roast, coffee bittering and moderate hops. A little sugary sweet both in aroma and flavor for me -- it almost came off as artificial or extractive -- somewhat similar to my experience with their Hazelnut, which everyone else seems to rave about, but also disappoints me. The palate needs some starching, but it was generally pretty good.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one blew me away! Rich roast barley aromas and flavours blend beautifully with the chocolate and hops. Outstanding ale.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost pours like a synthetic motor oil. Smells like a chocolate factory. Very dark head that dwindled, leaving a smooth and rich feel. YUMMY
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Godiva chocolate brown and thick with a dark froth. Aroma is distinctly chocolate, roasted malt and a little earthy. Very smooth like most good stouts and creamy as well. Hop flavors are present but in the background and flavor is full. This is a very good stout and I'm continually impressed by the high quality brews from Rogue.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Should be renamed Rogue Bitter Java. For me, this is one of those easily obtainable beers that I keep thinking I've already had. This beer is thick and rich with flavor. Hops are more noticeable here than in some other stouts. The roasty and burnt flavors which are offset by a lacto-sweet taste. Nice and balanced, if you care for a well-bittered sweet stout.
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a chocolate malted milkshake - awesome. Deep black liquid with thin foamy brown lacing head - looked like a shot of espresso. Medium carbonation and heavy watery body. Kind of weak in flavor. Roasted burnt smoky malts. Good sourness like bitter coffee. Chocolate. Nice chocolate after with light bitterness. Nice balance and a good stout.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black hue. Big dark chocolate nose. Dark brown/tan head. Velvety smooth on the tongue, medium to full bodied, raosted/burnt grain, chocolate covered espresso beans. Very drinkable, I would imagine would go well with dessert. Not bad at all.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep opaque black, with a quickly diminishing small creamy tan head which leaves a minimum of lacing. Aroma is nice and full of dark bakers chocolate. Flavor is similar, with dark (maybe a semi-sweet) bakers chocolate being dominant, and a hint of hops bitterness in the end. Body is smooth, creamy, and slick. Goes down quite easy, great with desert, or maybe by itself for desert.