ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 I must have had a bottle of this from 2000 or 2001, not sure. It was a very small bottle. Great beer though, wished i would have cellared it. Complex roasty tones and some bitter burnt hop taste. Not too strong a stout, though it was just exceptionally smooth and balanced which was unexpected. I think this bottle had been sitting for a while on the shelf,(it was on special at beers of the world). Rerate finally. 2001 bottle sampled 3/9/04. Amazing pour, just amazing. Deep rich dark brown/black with a huge creamy bright orange-tan head. Completely opaque and bottle conditioned. Huge roast tones add an incredible amount of bitterness (the cascades dont hurt either) BUT the chocolate in this stout is magnificent. It’s like a chocolate imperial, rich, rich salty sweet milk chocolate meets dry roasted barley, bitter NW hops and yummy rogue yeast goodness. Better than I remember, but then, it’s aged about 2 more years. Maybe just a little too light and bitter on the finish.
2002 bottle drunk 12/04 Rich chocolate and toffee abound in this one, with less hops than I remember, only a slight minty/herbal bitterness, very easygoing. Saltiness present, as well as some light toffee notes. Smooth, rich, velvety body as always.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
angry and agressive, exactly was i was expecting from rogue. think, think black brew with a heavy dark foom. Sit down before you drink this beer or it will knock you off your feet.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as knight, big brown head, little aroma. Coffee, chocolate, hops and alcohol and just a little malt sweetness. Mouth feel is big and sticky. Let me bring up the alcohol again, this is a big beer and it will hit you
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1991 bottle. Very dark, thick and has a tan head of tight bubbles. Aroma is dominated by hops and roasted notes. Flavor is the same but chocolate and coffee start to come in as it warms up. Bitter from dark malts and from hops. Very good.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
- deep dark black/brown color, pours oily, light brown foam head, rich roasted malt aroma, some hop aroma, very light coffee aroma and light hints of chocolate; oily rich roasted flavor – extremely bitter and roasted, touches of alcohol flavor along with some hop bitterness, a very light touch of chocolate sweetness, very rich texture but not as syrupy as some other imperial stouts, some saltiness too, smooth
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent. That about sums it up. Hops ar eout of balnace and this is big from an admitted hophead. While I could deal with it on Old Crusty, it seems out of whack here. Maybe it will mellow and belnd with age. I have twelve in the Cellar!
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the best Rogue product I've ever had. Though, I prefer more complex untraditional Bells-like stouts. This beer had an almost sour bite of a finish and it was tough to discern any real character about it.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to admit, that really didn't like this one. It was way t creamy, and didnt have enough of a hops or malt flav to it, but it was good, just too creamy.
Kodos (205) - USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow! This is a DARK beer...Pours BLACK, with a large black head to boot. Nose is filled with a good chocolate aroma. All syrup in the mouth, more chocolate, coffee and mucho hoppiness leading to a bittersweet lasting finish. That little bottle contains more than it appears to. I bet a couple years will tame this beast a little, this bottle was still too young!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty decent beer.I just wish they had put it in a bigger bottle ,it's kind of a drag to pay 3.50 for a 7oz.bottle.Enough complaining.It had a very nice coal black color small head that disappeared fast.aroma was very malty with chocolate and hint of alcohol,the flavor was definately malty,chocolate and some alcohol in the taste but it didn't do much to the over all flavor but gave that nice warm feeling going down.nice finish that wasn't to bitter or sweet well balanced brew.