Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich deep velvety aroma, just as I like it. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and soft rich Kona coffee and to all of that decent amount of hops. Medium bodied with substantial carbonation, dark chocolate is more dominant than expected, mocha theme sadly shows late. Bitter finish with a bit to thin malt that had no power to carry on aftertaste.
FormatKid (7) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of the bottle a characteristic black with blood red tinges when held to light. Head rolls up titanically and is suprisingly white. Lacing is stoic and clings in chunky web patterns down the length of the glass. A vague fruity smell hovers over this beer along with tangy bitter aromas and playful hints of unsweetened cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is amazing. Soft bitter cocoa notes blendslowly into mellow roasty coffe flavors. Earthy bitterness from the hops register at the back and edges of my tongue. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is almost zippy. An amazing porter...will rogue ever let me down?
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Indiana Ale Fest at Fort Wayne. Bottle. Poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. Uncarbonated, opaque and a dark brown hue. The aroma was malty, chocolate, coffee and hops. The taste was lightly bitter, coffee and some hops which left a mild aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with sparse lacing.
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. Black pour with a thin dark tan head. Coffee smell with a little bit of chocolate. The chocolate reappears in the flavor. What a great dessert beer.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well-formed brown tar head sitting atop an oily looking, opaque mahogany body. Through the pocked holes in the bubble’s surface I smell fresh, grassy clean hops, some sugary rich malts and no mocha yet. This smells more like an APA than a porter. Taste is hop-strong starting sweet blended with sour apples and soured milk transitioning to a full-fledged, flaming hop finish. Very, very roasted bitter. Enough to make the back of your tounge sweat and crinkle. I find myself lifting the glass over and over to get that viciously bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate goodness in the aftertaste. Its very enjoyable. The mocha is present throghout the palate, alcohol is trace.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Smell is very roasted with a coffee scent. Flavor is creamy with chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee. Very smooth and lighter on the palate than what it looks. Very drinkable.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black, some red and brown hues, in the glass with a medium head of creamy tan foam, lacing in sheets. Aroma is very roasty, lightly yeasty, some coffee and a touch of milk chocolate. Light malts carried through, very subdued and chocolaty; dominated by roasty bitter, some nut character, finish fairly dry and notably bitter and long lasted with bakers chocolate, roasted. Body is medium, kind of watery, but heavier than water, very soft carbonation in an almost flat beer. Much less mocha than anticipated, much more roasty bitter; coffee is minimal in flavor and chocolate is slightly more, but so drinkable!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from 2003. Pours a dark, thick oily blackish-brown, with maybe a hint of magenta peeking through. Small beige head. Aroma is of bitter, leafy hops mixed in with dark, bitter malt. Black malt in full-effect, lots of rogue yeast and some hints of chocolate. Flavor begins with lots of hops, very bitter and lightly citric, then some crystal malt kicks in as well as some smooth chocolate notes and a more roasty, oily flavor takes over. Medium body is its biggest draw back, I really liked the flavor, but it seemed over too quickly. As it warmed up, it gained some better complexity, but the hops were still quite stiff. Bitter and roasty, ending lightly watery and chocolatey. Pretty good stuff, but I wish it had more body.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is only the second Rogue ale I’ve ever tried. I hate to say that I’ not too impressed. Looks brilliant out of the bottle. It set my heart affluter as I poured. I truly felt as though I might be stumbling on to something of infinite beauty. Unfortunately the bouquet made me want to run for cover. Smelled of burnt hair, burnt tires and asparagus urine. Not a good combo. Smell is huge for me. If it don’t smell good I can’t do it. Very fizzy. For such a dark brew I can only interpret this as the mark of a beer without enough body to support itself on my palate. With that said it tasted of all of the earlier things as well. It truly did taste like burnt tires, and a beer can only justify tasting like that if it is thick as elmer’s glue and is about %12. Try an Anchor Porter.
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a virtually opaque black with a healthy-sized dark brown head that eventually diminishes significantly. A bit of fine sludge on the bottom. Aroma is mostly coffee. Flavor is also mostly coffee with a light hint of chocolate; very roasty and very bitter in the end. Flavor does not last particularly long. A little too bitter for me. Good, but slighly disappointing. I’d take an Anchor porter over this any day.