Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black color, no head, aroma is of heavily roasted malt. Palte is thick, flavor is strong and dark, has some whiskey or scotch notes. Finishes with a lingering nut flavor, and pleasant bitterness.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty. Strong espresso and chocolate flavors. Nice hoppy finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Bottled in 2000: Tiny dark tan head, receding almost immediately, black as tar, hops and roasted malts in the nose. Very thick mouthfeel, with a strong burnt flavor, with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits some finishing bitterness. At $2.79 for 7 oz, it isnít cheap, but this is damn good.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great imperial stout. black with a beige head , that left a sheet of lacing on my goblet.
strong coffee, hop and chocolate aroma.
thicj smooth palate which is little buttery.
taste dominated by coffee and burnt fruit flavors. hasa nice quickng effect.
drinking this beer is an exoewrience similar to enjoying a good sherry.
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. Bakerís 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 thereís tar in the bottom of the bottle. Iím 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 (2102) - 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.