Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Hell yea, this is a beer! Beautiful dark color and massive head. Strong tastes of burnt coffee and some chocolate. Apparent alcohol notes in finish. This is a great beer, dare I say in compitition with the Shakespear Stout. Why does this have such a low rating? Watch out, beer is unfiltered. Drank part of the yeasty dregs which I had mistaken for a few last drops of heaven at the bottom of the bottle. Excellent stout!
Rerate. 2000 bottle, 12-05. Pours opaque with zero head or carbonation. Aroma is raisins, chocolate, alcohol. Very Rogue-ish. Taste is big chocolate, alcohol, slight oxidation. Roasted malt subdued. Hops seem to have diminished. Held up pretty nice for the last 5+ years, although I think maybe a few years younger it might have had some more hops.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 Black body topped by a medium brown head wtih a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a great roastiness, a little coffee and chocolate and a nice bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a hardcore beer...I would give this a 6 on appearance if I could because it looked better than all of the previous 5ís I have given. Pure black with this dark golden brown head. When you take a sip and bring the glass down the beer drains back into the glass and cascades back through the head like those sandscape boxes (you know, where you turn it over and the sand falls to the other side through the water). The beer was very heavy, strong alcohol aroma. I have had better imperials...this beer was hearty and complex but it lacked something to put it over the top....fruit? more sweetness? Back to appearance though, the yeast at the bottom of the glass looked more like the sludge at the bottom of a glass of hersheys chocolate milk (the powder kind) than yeast.....cool! All in all, thumbs up.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This only gets a 3.8?? Black as a coal minerís ass at midnight. Minimal and short-lived head, but perhaps the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Comlpex smell: alcohol, wine, plum, darkness. The taste...standard coffee-chocolate, maybe a little bit less than what I expected. Compares with my favorite, Stone Imperial, except the alcohol promotes a bit of acidity toward the finish. Still a damn good beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 2000 edition: black as evil w/ swirling tan phantasms...aroma hinted of roasted hop buds and chocolate syrup...perfect carbination...pickled raisins, bitter cocoa, wine-like with coffee undertones..bitter hops in the finish with a cocoa sourness morphing to smokey raisins with creamy filling...
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A huge foamy brown head. A mildly fruity aroma with roasted coffee. Wow, smooth as silk, not a grainy element to be had. Just pure roasted dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavor.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
probably the darkest beer iíve had, jet black with large dark brown head, roasted malt and alcohol aroma, hops evident in the finish, thick and chewy with roasted malt and coffee flavor, alcohol is clearly present, outstanding
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black color, virtually no head, no carbonation. I can appreciate what Rogue does but I donít think I have actually enjoyed any beer from them. Not yet anyway.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 1997 7oz. bottle, Dark black color,, thick full body, not much of a head. Sweet fruity-bready aroma. Taste like black licorice and raisins. Smooth, no bitterness in the finish, may be a bit past its prime or bad storage.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whatever you think about the Rogue doesnít seem to matter. It grabs you by the balls and twists. Aaghh! Not necessarily the best example of the style - nor the most refined - but definitely on the playing field and ready to kick some ass! Cheers!