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 (775) - 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 (1053) - 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 (2542) - 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.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark black with the faintest of mahogany highlights when held up to the light. A rich, lustrous head of cocoa colored froth. Nose of bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Slickly smooth on the palate, full mouth of malty, bittersweet chocolate combining with light coffee notes. Hops ride right in and meet the chocolate head on, achieving an ethereal balance. Superb version.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one on draught. Black as espresso with a gorgeous tan head. Malty, sweet aroma. Strong chocolate flavors with roasted malt and hops flavors. We all loved this one. A great after dinner beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good to drink with a meal. Ebony in color with a thick, creamy dark tan head. Smells like a chocolate bar with a slightly bitter tinge. Leaves a light tan lace. Smooth and creamy, which makes it go down pretty easily. However, I wouldn't recommend drinking this quickly, since it's more like eating a meal than drinking a beer. The amount of hops were perfect to eep it from being overwhelmingly chocolatey. Overall, a delicious find; one that I'll buy again and again.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Updated Rating: Hmm... maybe the first batch I had was bad, or the place i got it at hadn’t cleaned ther tap lines. This one was much better. Same color and head, similar aroma. Chocolate flavor was present with no pungent assault on the palate, just a nice bit of hop bitterness. Overall quite good.
Original Rating : 1.8 Aroma 6, Appearance 5, Taste 2, Palate 1, and OVerall 4.Poured a nice dark brown with an awesome tan head. Aroma was of bitter chocolate and hops. Started out pleasant, semi-sweet chocolate flavor...then BAM.. a fucking assault on the palate. Horrible dry, cloying bitterness, lasting into an equally unpleasant aftertaste. Sick, sick, sick beer. The first that i couldnt finish in awhile.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Only my second chocolate stout. The head is an interesting orange-brown. The scent has rich chocolate cake and some malt. It has a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate, but not so much that it overrides the stout's malt. This is my favoriute Rogue so far. I don't think I would want to drink a lot. However, this is a great change of pace.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rogue Nation, San Francisco: This stuff pours dark as night with a deep tan head. You can't see thru this one. The aroma is that of a truffle or dark chocolate bar, sweet with hints of bitter. The flavor is soft. Slightly smoky with a strong chocolate taint.