nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source:Tap at Barleys a while back.
Appearance:Black pour with a thin tan head.
Aroma:Roasted malt, coffee and ashes.
Flavor:Roasted malt, nuts and coffee with a hint of chocolate.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Pretty good. Just a little much in the summer time.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From groovy black bottle purchased at someplace quite a while ago. 2008 vintage I believe. The aroma has a little bit of age to it already, almost like good quality soy sauce, but mostly it is roasted coffee notes and burnt oat. The flavor has a nice smooth roasted almond flavor, smooth chocolate coffee and and some light vanilla notes. I think this is the kind of thing Rogue needs to push into full force, let the flavor loose and start sending palates and palates of it to Ohio.
drowland (5683) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap in a pint glass. The flavor was mainly big roast with a dash of salty soy sauce.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery on 6/28/09. Pours black with nice tan head and great lacing. Incredibly smokey aroma with coffee and chocolate. Well balanced with a nice bitter coffee finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Rogue in SF during RBSG09. Black with a light tan head. The aroma was kinda nice with chocolate and plum, but also had an odd pencil lead component to it. the flavor was darkly roasted, dry, and lightly sour with a medium bitterness. Medium-full body with a chalky feel. Not really good, but oddly drinkable after a couple more astringent beers.
illidurit (1948) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBSG09 on tap at the Rogue Publick House in SF. Pours deep clear red-brown with some dark tan foam. Aroma is chocolate with caramel and roastiness. Light boring porter flavor, doesn’t taste imperial at all. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, light acidic roasted character. Chalky astringent mouthfeel.
ketchepillar (1021) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bait shop. Kinda cloying. Soy sauce. Chocolate. Twang. Slight roasted barley character. Finish is alright. Twang is bad.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light, but strong. Low viscosity- crispy with a strong ,clean, fresh coffee flavor. Caramel, really dries out your mouth. Went great with carrot cake and a glass of milk afterward. sweet Goodness. Bottle at Stop and shop oral Gables, Miami
VertBaconStrips (1947) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out a very large medium tan head that neared an inch and that was from the last half of a bottle. Retention goes quickly to a skim with decent messy lacing. Super dark brown (which does lighten as the glass thins) in colour. Aroma: milk chocolate and dry cocoa, vanilla, oak, fake cherry that is weak on the ’fake’ side, so complex! The flavour is excellent - how, after numerous Rogue XS overpriced beers have they finally came up with a superior beer; creamy chocolate, vanilla, unknown fruit, coffee (very faint, thank god), a bit of herbal hops. The mouth feel is amazingly smooth and soft, full bodied, sometimes there is notable strong bitterness on the finish. Wow! Finally, an excellent above expectation XS beer from Rogue -easily the best of the entire series up to this point. Even at a retarded 23$ a bottle, I may get more. Best just before warm.***I have to say, at a very room temperature, the bitterness and hops come out.... so, don’t wait that long!***
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany with very good, creamy brown head / Winey nose of chocolate, dark fruit, coconut and oak / Medium to full body, chewy, with pleasing big hop balance and dry, somewhat hot, finish / Flavors of tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, coconut, and vanilla / Body doesn’t quite measure up to the alcohol.