szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours black with brownish tints. Smells and tastes nutty, roasted soba. Would happily down another.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...Good earthy nose on this one. Nice roasted characters in the mix as well. Not my favorite but glad to have had the chance this far from a Rogue Brewhouse.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmm. Ebony in color with a medium light tan head. Subtle nutty and malty flavor. Well-balanced. Delicious on tap.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light black color with a thin, durable head. A bit more of a roasted flavor than the regular Rogue Soba with a clean bitterness and a medium body. I canít say too much more as this stuff just isnít memorable enough. I still love Rogue.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to say, Iím not a huge fan of the regular soba beer, and this one has some of the same flavors that turn me off. Its interesting though that the only dark malt used is the roasted soba-no roasted barley or anything. Still, Iím a big fan of experimentation, so kudos for that.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís black, alrighty, nearly opaque, but with crimson shining around the sides, and the head is big, tan, and chunky, leaving lace, and slow to settle.
Nose is a little grainy, but mostly smooth, creamy.
Taste, full-bodied, thoroughly flavorful, malty, rich, solid, ..tasty! Roasty! Intriquing...what should just be a smooth food-chaser has got some guts, some sturdy character, a real, true presence on the palate.
Very substantial, and ...yum...I could throw back a couple or three of these, for sure.
I said "solid" already, so...ínother good one, Rogue! Mmmmm!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin creamy tan head. Nice roasted flavor with some residual sweetness in the finish. I wouldnt call it a porter as it seems more like a schwarzbier. Pretty good easy drinker.
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderately malty ale, like a Mild, roasted with some milky quality and a distinctive celery seed flavor. Dark nutty color. A bit thin despite an attacking palate? Perhaps a contradiction?
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a cola-like body with a small beige head. Aroma of black licorice, and then later a smelly shoe. Flavor is slghtly smokey, powdered whey, cola, and flat (non-Rogue characterstic). Creamy, but thin mouthfeel.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown almost black, good beige head with little to no lacing. Very light going down for a dark beer, smooth and satisfying. A rich almost creamy start and a nice hoppy bite at the end which doesnít linger around too long. a good solid brew