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.
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.
woodychevy (654) - - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Tried this on tap at Closed for Business in Charleston. Pours incredibly dark with a generous head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee- deep and delicious. Heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting, but well balanced. Practically desert like. Feels like a colder weather beer, or something I would have with a spicy meal. Really warming and nice- smooth. Lots of levels on this one- felt like I tasted something different with each sip. Not an everyday beer- but really well done. Addendum: December 6th, Ocracoke. Better than I remember. More complex- really earthy and chocolaty with some coffee for good measure. Definitely feels like a winter beer. Still tasted something different in every sip and definitely changed as it warmed to room temp. Impressive effort. originally 3.9 now 4.2
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is the worst beer I’ve ever tasted from Rogue. I get the concept, but don’t think it comes together well at all. I do like the color, but the result of that darkness is a bitter grainy beer. Aroma is extremely earthy, and any hops are blunted by the thick earthy maltiness. Flavor has a metallic character followed by bitter coffee. Won’t be trying this one ever again.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best black lager I have ever tried. Pouring this, I really thought it was a stout. Had the head and body of any stout I’ve tried. Pours thick dark black with a nice tan head. Smells of hardwood smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Tastes of smoke, wood, coffee, mocha, and some chocolate ice cream in the background. Awesome brew.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with a dark brown head. Very deep natural flavors including chocolate sugars heavier roasted malts. A very organic chocolate in light cream flavor with a very bittersweet finish. The body is full tilt! Been a while since I had a great Rogue Beer!
mbgrayson (628) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is malty and dark, with hints of chocolate. Taste is rich and malty, with hops, chocolate, and coffee. Nice hoppy background. Smooth, well blended, and quite drinkable. Thumbs way up!
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a thickish black with a little chocolate head, roasty chocolate and cocoa aroma. Light mouthfeel with some chocolate notes. Nothing too spectacular.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent black beer. Opaque in appearance with a thick, tan head. The nose and palate are dominated by roasted malts. Espresso and hazelnut flavors coat the palate. Long, dry finish.