Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black with a brown hue, the head was think and very brown. Rich black malt aromas. Tasting the real-deal, it delivered roasted malt flavours which were dry and bitter, like 80% coco dark chocolate. Coffee/mocha finish. Nice long palate but not as smooth as some. Possibly a little on the thin side compared to its contemporaries.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 This is quit an outstanding stout. This Rouge Stout has the taste and aroma of darkly roasted malt, French pressed coffee, and bakers’ chocolate. This brew is most likely the most viscous beer that I have ever had. I can’t wait to have another bottle.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is filled with scents of licorice, coffee, sweet molasis, slight spice. Appearance is jet black. Opaque. Dark brown head. Consistency seems thick, pours very slowly in the glass from the bottle. Very soft and smooth going down, not heavy but very rich. Smokey, complex flavour. Caramelized sugars, molasis, sweet goodness. Malty with a slight, very subtle hoppy finish. As you drink it, the bitter flavour becomes more apparent and pronounced.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Very well balanced. Very good drinkable all around stout. Smooth with chocolate malt accents. second time i had it i tasted oatmeal. Rerate: The aroma of Choc stout, hazelnut, and this are very similar. Makes me conclude that it's the Pacman yeast. Aroma is an incredible chocolate milk. Even with the more watery hazelnut, the same aroma is there. If this could just
be incorporated in other beers, this could be monumental.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black color with a very thin tan head. It has a chocolate/coffee aroma. Has a good chocolate flavor with a little more coffee taste than I personally like. Definitely a great beer. It will be in my beer arsenal for when I'm feeling like something other than my usual Youngs Double Chocolate.
Dobbs (16) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As I pour it, my senses are re-awakened. Definitely an unmistakable aroma. Wonderful contrast between sweet mocha and hops. A favorite.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer pours a dark black color. The first thing you notice is the grapefruit smell of Cascade hops, then the subtle malts start
to kick in. It has a decent enough tannish colored head on it, but it doesn't last long. Smells of roasted barley, and black patent
malt. Has a strong coffee aroma to it, along with an expresso flavor as well. My opinion of this beer is that it's a little on the thin
side, especially for a stout. Other than that, it's a fair beer at best. Not something I would want to drink everyday.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark brown/black. Nice aroma, toasted chocolate. Good chocolate, coffee flavor, full rich body, little more hops than average stout. Good finish, not too bitter, Nice all around.
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colored, nice tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Aroma is not that of a typical stout; instead, it is fully hopped and almost buttery. If I was blindfolded, I would swear that I was smelling an IPA. Only after the 3rd and 4th sniffs could I start detecting some chocolate malt aroma intermingled in with the hops. Flavor is absolutely delicious: smooth, roasted malt front that quickly pops with a nice hop explosion in the middle. Bitterness wanes into velvety chocolate at the end. Finish is slightly bitter and long lasting. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Perfectly opaque. Full, creamy tan head. Strong roasted aroma with solid malt backing. Nice hop aroma. Hopped with Cascades, although this isn't readily apparent. Some yeast in the nose although quite subdued. Strong roast flavor with underlying dark chocolate notes. Full hop bitterness and moderate flavor. Silky mouthfeel. Full body. Very creamy. A tad bitter but otherwise, one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. My favorite non-imperial stout and that's saying a lot given the Bell's line of impressive stouts.