zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coal-black. Big beige head that stuck around. Hoppy, thick, and complex with a dry/burnt aftertaste. The burnt taste is a little too much, imo, but overall, a nice flavor and good, thick body.
jotbeer (5) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent roasted, burnt flavor. On the dry side, typical of a stout. Chocolatey (like dark chocolate) and good head retention. Aftertaste is similar to after smoking a cigar (whether that's good or bad is up to you).
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich ebony with a creamy medium tan head that seems to fade a little too quickly. Smells flowery and the hops are prominent. Extremely hoppy...I wish it had a bit more maltiness to balance it out. Ends with a bitter aftertaste, but a good one.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicious milk chocolate aroma. Beautiful looking stout. Pours used motor oil black and looks almost as thick. Long-lasting, dark, foamy tan head. Always a bummer when the flavor doesn't live up to the nose. Way too burnt tasting. A little dark chocolate flavor in the finish but too burnt overall.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rogue Nation, SF: Dark black pour with a foamy, clingy mocha head. Subtle burnt and mossy aroma. Thick smoky taste with a burnt leave. Good offering.
DocLock (9245) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 The beer pours as black as a raven, with a nice off-brown head. Copious brussels lace presents itself in the glass, as one savors a mixture of taste sensations. Shakespeare has a subdued hoppiness, some sweetness and a full body, with overtones of molasses, brown sugar, and even black cherries. I can’t do justice to the complexity with words. Try it if you like stouts. You won’t be disappointed.
Tessic (1023) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout poured a black colour with a dark brown head. Scents of artificial everything, including cocoa, roasted malts, oatmeal and a little alcohol. First sip has almost burnt malt taste with a hint of coffee and finishes with a usual wet ash taste. Palate is smokey with more burnt flavours.
Pretty good Stout.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great stout! I do however think that Rogue again has overemphasized the presence of chocolate in this one. Kind of thin and watery, but this was not detrimental to the overall quality of the beer, I did enjoy them in fact, quite nice.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice chocolate, malt, and coffee aromas here. Tastes of chocolate are more present than coffee though. Nice black body with a copper head. Full and smooth in the mouth. Very tasty indeed. Seems like Rogue can't go wrong.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Pours a beautiful deep black with a a thick light brown head. Roasted malt, mocha and Pacific NW hops in the nose. Overall, this stout is very bold and flavorful. Has notes of dark chocolate/coffee, caramel and cascade hops/slight grapefruit. Pleasantly sweet. Plenty of bitterness provided by ample hops and roasty bitterness - leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste. Some roasty acidity too. Lacing hangs on the glass in thick sheets, great head retention. I overlook this one because it’s widely available, I forget how good it is.