TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 1996: Pours with the darkest brown foam with serious similarities to A le Coq. At 70 degrees the aroma is at its best and portrays coconut, dark fuits (prunes and black cherries), heavy alcohol, licorice, and roasted malt. Baker’s chocolate dipped hops alongside coffee, yogurt, and charcoal. Notably acidic twang at colder temperature. 1997: Oh heavens to Betsy and son of a buck! Oily appearance, very dark brown, whisky aroma, and round oatmeal smoothness due to the addition of flaked oats. Good hop snap and a very long, bitter finish. Alcohol and slight chocolate in aroma. This beer has improved dramatically. Top shelf here.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 2001 12oz:Darkest of Imp.head. Huge coffee bean,dark fruit,caramel,and roasty,aromas.One of the more vinous ex.(aroma).Thick,and oily palate will destroy the palate.Big time matching flavors.Charcoal,chocolately,flavors with bittersweet finish. The alcohol finish and vapors begin to warm the stomach and nose as it is a little green.I really look forward to puchasing more of this to let it sit and age to perfection.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in 2001. Whoa, what pour. Thick black opaque liquid gurgled out of the bottle creating an immense shiny bubbled brown head. Aroma of dates, dark brown sugar, coffee and cocoa. Wait a minute there’s tar in the bottom of the bottle. I’m trying to pour it out, but it sticks to the bottle and creates a lutulent lasting layer of sludge to the top of the head. Flavors of roasted almonds, slight dark fruits, and dark bitter chocolate. Not terribly complex but if you like malt flavors like I do this is a good one. Thins out a bit as it warms. Alcohol also starts to burn a bit on the tongue. Finishes with a black malt bitterness that lingers and makes me want to chew on some 580l roasted barley. Great beer to end the day. Good Night.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark, dark. This is a great stout, and reinforces my belief that Rogue is one of the best brewers going.
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color, awesome lacy thick head, lots of roasted flavors like coffee and nuts, very heavy, lots of body, a little hint of alcohol in the aroma and flavors, great stout
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. It’s 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 5’s 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 (1374) - 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 miner’s 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...