jsquire (4038) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark out of the bottle with a brown head and a vanilla bean/cocoa nose. This beer improved greatly as it warmed up. Molassess, burnt caramel, vanilla, oak, and lots of chocolate. Almost oily chocolate on the tongue. Not my favorite use of chocolate in beer.
brownaler (478) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nutty and rich chocolate aroma and pitch black appearance. It a silky texture with a dry malt finish. I must have some acid build up in my throat because I've had some bad encounters with the dry malt and I doubt this beer has that much problems with balance in the back, so I'm giving Rogue the benefit of the doubt.
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 (2205) - 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 (773) - 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.