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.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an ebony hue, with a full brown head. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma was a bit odd/foul. It smelled like something rotting or rancid. The taste made up for it, though. Roasty up front, a sweet fruit flavor in the middle. Alcohol warm going down. With a lingering flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay...one bottle I'm tipsy..ONE BOTTLE MOIND YOU. the aroma was pretty run o' the mill stout. the taste, however was something altogether different. you can taste the assertive malt profile but its behind all the other tastes of hops and molasses and coffee-ish things going on. The finish was like stale coffee. The alcohol is very well hidden as im placing this around 9-10%. My first imperial....very fine example. Rogue is quite tricksy.
dflip (27) - USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly head that lingered & medium brown in color; Carmel and berry aroma; Dark as night (even held up to the light); Tastes of sweet carmel and hops; Chocolatey also. That bitter bite lingers after each drink(a good thing). Not my favorite, but definitely worth the purchase.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely not one of my favourite imperials, but not too bad. Like the Shakespeare, this is heavy on the cascades. It's thick, chewy, molassesey, and bitter.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep black with a nice dark brown head. The aroma hints of chocolate and caramel,and almost describes the taste, but a presence of roast coffee is detectable. Goes down pretty smooth, and leaves a nice taste behind. This a pretty good imperial.
Crit (3509) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Even though this is a very good beer, it is one of the few Rogue products I don’t care for.The alcohol heat is much more harsh then any of the other Rogue brews, except the barleywine, which is substandard as well for this brewery