ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rated 3/17/13. Bottle says 9%. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains fairly poorly.
S: Though chocolaty, it perhaps lacks the vibrant intensity of, say, Choklat. Actually, the more it opens up, the stronger the chocolate note becomes. Hard to smell anything else here, as expected. I’m docking points because something here’s rubbing me the wrong way - perhaps an artificial tone? Still a likable aroma.
T: Drier than the nose would lead me to believe. The opening is pure chocolate while the midtaste tries to balance it out with an upsurge of strong roasted barley and coffee. Finish has a bit of hoppiness to it, as well...and some strange chemical flavors. Honestly - and I say this as a HUGE fan of Choklat - the chocolaty flavors clash with the roasted and burnt bitterness. It’s not fantastic, or even good, but it’s easy to drink at least.
M: Like I said in the flavor, this is very dry. Seems like the aim here was for drinkability, and it does succeed here somewhat. Not as cloying as expected - maybe its because I’m not drinking a whole bottle of this solo.
O: This is NOT a true dessert beer, as any sweetness the chocolate provides (and it does provide a good deal) is scrubbed clean by the roasted and hop bitterness. And yet, it still comes off as being wildly out of whack. Cool bottle, meh beer, horrible price - basically, just another Rogue product.
tsd08460 (504) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, caramel,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: strong chocolate, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
brucebruce81 (345) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I really enjoyed this beer it was so smoothe unlike anything I expected from this beer! I could eat or drink this beer with no problem
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Patersoi (100) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate chocolate chocolate! Some choc stouts taste synthetic. This one gets that balance just right. Pours black and oily with dense tan head. The bouquet is all chocolate. The chocolate comes through on the palate with hints of coffee along for the ride. The finish lasts for minutes of chocolate coffee and vanilla. Perhaps a touch too high in alcohol but nice nonetheless.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
Fin (8856) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, consumed at Isobels, Eardisley, Herefordshire, Friday ’New Years Day 1st January 2016 Pours black with a light beige head. Rich chocolate, cocoa powder, milk chocolate in the mouth but strangely there is some dark bitter chocolate at the same time. Thick mouthfeel, rich, lingering chocolate, hoppiness also shows. This is a fab’ beer, really great, Loz was blown away. A8 A4 T9 P4 Ov17 4.2
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite a fine beer actually. Lots of roast, and big dark chocolate. Pours black with great head and lacing. Creamy consistency. Some caramel. Bittersweet finish. Bottle.
SteveOrz85 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Fridge chilled. Shared 3 ways. Served in snifter. Small tan head. Fairly heavy lacing. Aroma is light malts and heavy chocolate. Touch of hops. Taste is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Notes of dry chocolate. Lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation. Overall pretty good chocolate beer. Not sweet or artificial tasting. Slightly hoppy.
Mindwarp (149) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a stout black with small tan head and lacing on glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate and smells great !!! Taste of Chocolate and roasted malts. Overall all really good, not as chocolaty as Southern Tier but still really good
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome chocolate flavours, with notes of vanilla. Very long taste, with balance.
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz thanks to my dad. Oily black pour with a thick khaki head. Aroma is German chocolate cake. Flavor is what the bottle says. It chocolate, more chocolate, and even more chocolate. Not my first choice in beers but probably my favorite rogue beer. Straight liquid Hershey bar. I’m not sure how else to describe it. I live this once a year or so.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, a great combination of chocolate and imperial. This pours deep dark with a lasting skim of brown foam. The aroma is subtle, but amazing - dark semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is more complex with the noticeable chocolate combining with roasted malt and a slight bitter hop balance. I can go sweeter in this genre, but wow, what balance.