baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet burnt aroma with tart aromas coming out as the beer warms. Chocolate and coffee hidden in there among toast, burnt fruit, and a little esters. Smooth mouthfeel maybe a little over carbed. Sweet with a burnt smokey finish. Great stout.
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, oily black. Big brown head. Moderate lacing. Tiny bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Nose of sweet malt and dark chocolate with a hint of hops and alcohol. Thick and rich--quite a mouthfeel. Coffee up front. Raisins and some vinous notes come out in the middle. Dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. One of Rogue's best stouts.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
black with a large tan head. hoppy, starts bitter and finishes sweet. Drank side by side with expedition. late coffee and lots of roast, i would taste it 2 minutes after i took a sip. Massive amounts of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains but not overpowering. exceptionaly well balanced, excellent!
thedm (5609) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew pours a small brown head of finely sized bubbles with a pitch black opaque body. As one drinks from their mug, the lasting head leaves behind a wonderful clinging vine lacing. It has a typical stout strong coffee aroma with a very smooth, for a stout, initial taste and a strong coffee finish. I really enjoyed drinking this brew. One of the better stouts I have tasted.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Onyx black, completely eclipses the sun. A dark brown thin head clung on for quite a while. Alcohol, chocolate(dark), hints of smoke. Heavily roasted and a tiny hint of black licorice. Full and heavy in the mouth. Lots of alcohol, a brandyish character. Great, long, bitter cocoa finish. Also a great warmer.
atomsmasher (8) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy light brown head. Complex roasted malt taste that is long lasting. This is a top grade stout.
Panzuriel (1911) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark opaque liquid with a fine brown head. Smells faintly sweet with a nice roasted malt kick. Good malt and bitter end. nice full round texture. A great stout.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on draft at the Split thy Skull event at Sugarmoms is Phila. Good stout. Didn't impress me however. Maybe it was just the end of the day. Flavor was a litte to bitter as more apparent the the roast flavor.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like carmel, and coffee. Hints of roasted malt in the nose, as well as chocolate. Gave very little dark amber head, and color was solid black. Flavor is strong as hell at first. Hops spike you lips, followed by a smooth coffee and the roasted malt settle in. There is a conderable bite all the way through this beer. It does indeed leave your cheeks rosey.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 2001 vintage: Sampled at 54.7 deg F
Pours midnight black with a thick medium brown head. The aroma fills the room...intense hops bitterness at first. Behind that is a wonderful sweet chocolate and roasted coffee character. The flavor kicked my ass...very strong everything...almost too much stimulation for my tongue. Very sweet things happening in the flavor...coffee...chocolate...bittersweet hops...alcohol. The finish leaves my whole chest feeling warm. This would be the ultimate winter night snugglin' in front of the fire brew. The feel was silky smooth, creamy (the oats no doubt), coats the entire mouth with a coffee film. Well worth the wait for this hard-to-find brew (in Fresno at least!) How can one brewery make Shakespeare stout, Chocolate stout, and this! Incredible!