WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with a medium head and residual lacing. Flavor is roasted and chocolate malts, soft and cereal like. Light bodied but immense in flavor. This is quite the creation, but comes across perfectly. Finish is dry with just a hint of hops buried in there. One of the best Rogue beers they’ve made.
mbgrayson (716) - 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!
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this is a quality brew. Smells, looks, and tastes like an imperial stout. If you poured this blind and told me it was a stout I would have no problem believing it. I’m not going to complain about it being miscategorized, just going to sit back and sip the delicious goodness. The most beautiful creamy and velvety mouthfeel I’ve had in any beer. Super deep roasty flavors. Great job Rogue.
Aggiebob (712) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black in color with light brown frothy head. Aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Medium body with a lasting slightly bitter finish.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a small mocha head.
Aromas of green coffee, cocoa, fresh dirt, earth, carobs, roast and faint manure.
Dark malts flavor, with bitter chocolate, light smoke and medium bitterness.
Medium bodied, interesting and very good.
Tognetta (702) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Linda cerveja negra, espuma marrom em média quantidade, cremosa, bom lacing, pequenas bolhas irregulares por toda a superfície. Logo ao servir já é possível notar o aroma licoroso, achocolatado, adocicado, em menor quantidade café, cacau; amargor perceptível mas menos intenso, palha seca. Com o aumento da temperatura exalou um odor que lembra xarope, e o chocolate ficou mais intenso. Corpo leve/médio, carbonação média. Paladar bastante equilibrado/prazeiroso, com aftertaste amargo de grãos torrados. Uma boa SchwarzBeer.
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.
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.