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 (4646) - 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 Iíve ever tried. I hate to say that Ií 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 donít smell good I canít 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 elmerís glue and is about %12. Try an Anchor Porter.
sfontain (850) - 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. Iíd take an Anchor porter over this any day.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice appearance in the glass. Chewy texture, slight chocolate, coffee beans and mocha laced with prune. Finish was a little creamy as forecasted. Was a bit disappointed in this one given the brewer is consistenly one of my favorites - I hope Rogue will begin to focus a little more on quality versus quanity in the near future. Iíd honestly still prefer a Fullerís or Sammy Smithís Taddy Porter.
pacman (9) - muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004 does not count
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some dark roast malt aroma and thatís about it. Black! No light coming thru this beer. Small tan head that disapears quick. Dark, roasty, coffee flavor with a touch of maltiness. Little bit of a lingering roast malt bitterness. Medium body with quite a bit of carbination. Overall, itís not one of Rogueís better beers... Itís almost like drinking carbonated coffee....
Sammy (10017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In your mouth carbonation and hops and bitterness with some mocah masking. Light and whipped Expresso Coffee and creamy but somewhat artificial. Reddish brown colour.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a tan head. There is some fizzyness in the mouth. Great flavor, only slightly mocha, with a bit of hops in the finish. Nice porter.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: deep, dark black, showing no light anywhere, with a large, creamy, toasted tan head.
Aroma: soft, full of cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt notes.
A sizzling effect on the palate, a fine, fuzzy meeting with the tongue, a great, hoppy feeling, and it soon fizzles, but not without leaving a distinctly roasty feeling on the finish. Full-bodied as they get, with a rich taste, delicious bitterness in every sip, at first, but it's quickly matched by the rich, and sometimes sweet flavor.
Tasty, tasty, tasty! A smile rises on me with every swallow!
The chocolate character is felt, too, but it's light as a shadow. To be called a "mocha" porter, this ale would need a heartier helping of the cocoa bean. That's my main, and only, criticism.
For a plain porter, this one's got it all!