hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks. The aroma is heavily malty with huge imported milk chocolate notes. Also, sweet cinnamon notes with alcohol. Pitch Black. Black Hole Black. I have looked into the abyss... All the light in the room was sucked right into the glass. A large, tan, rocky head. Completely lasting with excellent lacing. The flavor surprised me. I detected no hops in the nose (give a brother a break, Iím just now getting over an upper respiratory viral infection), but BANG, there they were in the flavor. Moderately malty and chocolatey up front. Moderately bitter and very lightly sweet and sour on the backside... mostly sour. Chinese food anyone? Full-bodied with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A lengthy, very dry, crisp finish. Another small burst of milk chocolate on the tail end of the finish. A little too heavily hopped for my taste regarding the style. At 69 IBUs, this is definitely a HopHeads chocolate stout. Very good beer. I can see why itís a hit.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man, what a beautiful day. This beer is dark and thick and black, yeah, yeah, yeah. Itís also got some sweet chocolate and some roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Brilliant. Yeah, and thereís some hops in here too. I doubt anyone would forget itís Rogue, and they like hops. However, I did not find it to be overbearing. There is a very pleasant balance of sweet/roasted malt and a nice bitter hop finish. Well done.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth velvety chocolate pours thickly into the glass. A deep brown head forms and welcomes all into a deep chasm where bitter chocolate stalactites join in harmony with sweet chocolate stalagmites and a river of roasted malt and coffee runs throughout. You wonít ever want to leave.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great coal-black pour, large mocha creamy meringue head. Nose chocolaty indeed; Three Musketeers comes to mind. I like the bittersweet mocha more than Oakes did, but like him I found the bitter/roast a bit much; I guess I would go with Youngs Double Chocolate over this. Long bitter finish, good body; just too harsh and bitter, like many of the brewerís other products.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge fan of chocolate stouts but it was from Rogue so i figured what the hell. And as usuall a nicely done beer from a great brewery.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very hopy nose with a little bit of chocolate. Supurb head and lace. Natural chocolate flavoring? Expected more body. Too hoppy for the style.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great stout, with a good chocolate flavor and a nice balance of roasted bitterness and sweetness.
Treehugger (8) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Nice and chocolaty, but not as malty as a lot of stouts (not really a bad thing). Could use a bit more hops. This is a stout you could actually drink TWO of.
AndrewKoransky (30) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly good beer! Nice chocolate flavor, full body, an excellent stout.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of dark chocolate with a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and slight hops. Strong chocolate flavor backed by roasted malt and some hop flavor and bitterness. Quite malty. Full body. Tasty, although I donít think I could drink more than a half pint or so.