junon (359) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Jet black in color with a tan head, medium to full bodied, deftly balanced, seamless dark roasted malt flavors with a smooth bitterness, lingering long finish."
Holy crap thats exactly what I was going to say, word for word, honest!
Kidding aside. This is supposed to be a black lager? Makes me laugh even more at the what Heineken thinks of as a dark lager.
Also what a great name "Chatoe Rogue" and with playing up the wine angle "First Growth".
Put Rogue right up there with the best breweries & wineries in the world.
I wouldn’t argue.
FaithHealer1 (357) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Friends of Ham. Pours a dark black, finger of head. Aroma is dark chocolate, lager, roasted malts, coffee. Taste is roasty malts, cocoa and coffee, with some caramel teamed to a good black lagery drinkable-ness. Medium bodied, good clean, slightly ashen finish. Really nice indeed, this one.
DeliriumT (345) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet back with tan head. Aroma is coffee. Flavour is slightly more bland due to the lagering process.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a VERY dark brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma: Roasted malt and coffee. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with hint of cinammon.
944play (330) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz in Chapeau glass. Black with diminishing brown head. Smoky, bacony, meaty nose. Flavor lacks the savory goodness of the aroma; it’s rather chalky and mineral-forward, and precious little roastiness is to be found. Finish is very dry, uncannily fleeting and slightly astringent. This beer is bizarre. Listing should read 130ºL and 75% AA, though I would guess this beer’s AA to be more like 85%!
jrmac (329) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours black with a thick brown head. Aromas of cocoa, malt and milk. The palate is very thin and disappointing to me. it does have a nice hoppy backbone.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Whoa! Are you sure this is a lager? It looks like a stout, and a big one at that. Thick and absolutely black with a dark brown head that really sticks for a long while. I never give a 5 for appearance, but this one earned it - there’s this awesome interplay of shades of tan and brown in the head whenever I take a sip. Very cool. The nose is packed with chocolate and earth. Very much the same notes in the flavor - deep chocolaty malts are accompanied the full way through by a pleasant earthy, smoky, coffee-like bitterness - not due to the hops, though, but definitely from all the specialty malts.The carbonation is strong, a little sharp, which helps to balance the heavier malt. I’m really digging this one. Unique and very well-balanced. I’m amazed it’s only 5%, too.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample draft at 2012 Columbia World Beer Festival. Dark black with thick brown head. Roasted, charcoal malt with some hop flavor as well. Looks and acts like a stout except a little hoppier and a little thinner. Very good.
molly75 (276) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - MAY 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
schiuma marrone marcato, media presenza, non finissima, buona durata
nero impenetrabile, pulita
INTENSITA’ / FINEZZA / AROMA
non intensissima, con profumi di malto torrefatto, bruciato ma non affumicato, qualche nota di contorno che ricordano il caffè, la liquirizia. Luppoli quasi assenti.
GUSTO / RETROGUSTO / PERSISTENZA
entra secca , con da subito sapori amarognoli dovuti al tostato e torrefatto. Si riconosce caffè, con leggeri riflessi di liquirizia. L’amaro tende ad essere più marcato sul finire dove dentrano in gioco anche i luppoli, anche se meno del previsto.
CORPO / CARBONATAZIONE / CONSISTENZA
corpo medio, però con una consistenza quasi oleosa al versare nel bicchiere. Ben carbonata.
Buona, non c’e che dire. Al versarla nel bicchiere uno pensa subito ad una imperial stout o baltic porter ( che si siano sbagliati a scrivere in etichetta "lager" ?!), visto il colore di birra e schiuma e la consistenza visiva molto "solida". Poi in bocca si ritorna al mondo lager, senza quel classico apporto ale leggermente astringente, le note di caffe e liquirizia e cioccolato sono molto meno evidenti, lasciando spazio ad un torrefatto spinto, secco. L’amaro rimane contenuto, i luppoli non sono dominanti ma fanno da sostegno ai malti. Per concludere, una schwarzbier complessa, sostanziosa e molto godibile.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a mid sized tan head that dissipates quickly. I instantly get an aroma of a candy whopper, chocolaty and full of malts. The flavor is full on dark roasted malts. Medium body and carbonation. A bit of smokiness comes through at end with some mild hops. Long dry finish. My first thought is that this would go great with a cigar. I enjoyed the strong flavorful character of this Schwarzbier.