hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black hole and a dark brown head. The aroma is roasty, smokey and fruity. The flavor is very chocolaty with coffee, smoke, soft fruit, ash, and a leafy greeniness that lingers. The palate is huge, very very heavy. Very nice.
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black body, dark brown head. Very nice malty aroma with smoke, coffee, caramel, licorice and chocolate. Medium body with decent carbonation. Excellent roasted malty flavour with smoke, coffee and chocolate. Great.
Daytonbeer (685) - Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet balck with aroma of expresso and chocolate. Taste of cocao and coffee. Very smoth. A great black lager.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 I certainly didn’t expect this one to taste like a stout, but it does. Aroma is roasted with a faint hint of lager yeast. Flavor is very similar...decent roasted character with only a little lager finish. Not much in the way of hop flavor but there is some lingering hop bitterness. Although a lot of what Rogue brews is over-priced, I like this one and the fact that they are using their own hops/barley.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. from Grocery Outlet. Pours "black" as if it weren’t a color but simply the absence of light. Tan foam covers the surface and sticks to the sides of my handled mason jar. This looks like no lager I’ve ever seen.
Once I brewed a stout with blackstrap molasses. It turned out OK but had a weird metallic aroma that reminded me of my days as a convenience store cashier. At the end of the day my hands always smelled like dirty coins. This smells the same way.
The roasted malts give the impression that this has "body" for days but that is simply not the case. The Risk malts make it full enough (though not too much) but the real surprise is the smoky flavor. This is more than just "roasted malts". This is "burned by a flamethrower malts" and it is not unwelcome.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This is one of the best Rogues I’ve had. Pours black with a tan head that fades rapidly. Aromas of coffee, smoke, chocolate and yeast. Palate is pleasantly carbonated. Taste is mild and bready at first and then moves into smoke, nuts and chocolate with a bit of a citrus linger.
Dodgrblu (661) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This is from Rogue? 22 ounce bottle from BevMo. I find Rogue to be consistently good but not usually great. This is stellar!
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Royal black, opaque in fact, with dark brown head. Nose is a whollop of lovely roasted malts. On the palate this beer comes across more like a true dark & bittersweet chocolate than any other in recent memory. Loads of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish isn’t too sweet, yet plenty of roasty bitter dark chocolate to take away with you.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber was $6.49 at Pappy’s Beer Store in Rose Hill, Virginia. Pours jet black and viscous, like a stout. Large tightknit cocoa head is creamy and lasts the journey. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and freshly brewed coffee. Creamy and coating, almost full bodied. The dark roasty notes also dominate the flavor profile. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are present throughout. Spicy and earthy hop notes emerge in the middle. A nice smoked almond note adds some interest. Quite odd for a schwarzbier. Seems almost like a stout. Enjoyable.
asedzie (656) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a bit to motor-oilish to be true to style. More along the lines porter/stout, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Medium tan head, beautifully smoky, grainy scent. Flavor is not heavy or sweet - lightly nutty, mild chocolate notes, definite background of grassy, fruity hops. Great creaminess to the palate. All around, an excellent beer, very easy to drink with just the right amount of complexity.