apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells better than it tastes, I think, as it makes you expect sweetness that just isn’t there. Instead, only dryness to the flavor and a bit of a bitter finish. Not bad, yet I’ve had many a better chocolate stout. This is more like a "cocoa stout".
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny, but pretty tan head and nice dark, black color. Smells and tastes like slightly bitter, baker’s chocolate. Maybe a little too bitter. The finish is a bit watery, but leaves a nice chocolate flavor lingering on the tongue. A decent stout.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A unique specialty brew. Flavors are almost exclusively a convergence of bitter chocolate and northwestern style hopping. Chocolate flavor is somewhere between baker’s and semisweet in sweetness--good because I feared this would be overly sweet. The problem is that gobs of chocolate and hops just don’t go together that well. Good but not great.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, double the chocolate, double the fun! I really liked the flavor but I think it somewhat overpowered any other flavors that might be present.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy Willy Wonka, Batman! This beer delivers what it promises: chocolate. This is the darkest beer to my recollection. I held it up to a halogen light and could barely see a ruby tint. Anyway, the chocolate favor masks any other ale/stout characteristics.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
liquid hershey’s with trademark Rogue hop finish, when novice beer drinkers hear about a choclate stout this is what they imagine, I love this beer!
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Beuatiful rich chocalatey brown offering, including the head too, which by the way was chock full of tiny bubbles and very tightly packed. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate too. Tastes like a rich, creamy hershey kiss. I could drink this all night long. The hops do a good job of balancing out the whole package, but I'll remember it for the chocolate, which is all over the aroma, the flavor and the finish. Later on the same night I drank a half of a Butte creek porter and a bit of a Deschutes Jubelale and I could still taste the Chocolate stout over 'em all!!! Love this stuff!!
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The reason this beer is so good is that it is not sweet for the sake of being sweet, and it is balanced. The traditional Rogue hoppiness is the fronline of this beer, after the tip of your tongue recoils from the initial hop shock, a rich chocolatiness blankets the palate and then you realize...this is really good. Chocolate malts and licquor flavors are everywhere in this beer, the aroma, the flavor, it even looks like chocolate. Very good.
Indra (2594) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is straight out of a scratch n’ sniff book from my youth. Sludgy, opaque ebony appearance with a tan head and good lacing. Roasty chocolate flavor with a very apparent cocoa component, lightly sweet and with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste is chocolate and fading to a light bitterness. Creamy consistency. Um, it’s okay, but to me the chocolate tastes extremely fake, again like a Tootsie Roll. I know its real chocolate, but it doesn’t taste like it to me. 22 ozs. of this was far too much for me.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the only chocolate stouts I’ve had that stays true to its name by providinga huge chocolate taste in every sip. Dark and burnt tasting, with appropriate hopping. This beers really shines with the thick chocolate malty taste. I couldn’t drink this every day, but what a great beer from a great brewery.