Frank (2730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark garnet black. Thick brown head. Tons of lace. This is easily better than Rogue's chocolate stout. None of the harsh bitterness. Roasty chocolately aroma. Mild cofee-like bitterness. A really tasty stout.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Appearance is black with a nice tan head. Flavor is quite hoppy. Taste is mainly coffee and bitter chocolate. Some dark fruit present if you focus hard enough. I detect no sweetness in this beer so Im curious as to why its a sweet stout? But its still a world class beer!
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted and chocolat aroma. Black color, dark brown head, good lace. Medium body, chocolat and coffee flavors but also a hint of soap. Bitter finish. Not a bad Stout but I had better ones.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark black with a nice dark brown head. nice roasted chocolate malt and hop aroma. taste is of roasted chocolate and coffee, with a nice bitter hop finish, yet the hops don't overwhelm the beer. creamy and smooth, a wonderful stout.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a deeep dark brown with a very nice tan head. Nose of chocolate and coffee. Very drinkable, almost too drinkable. A bit too smooth for me but a good stout overall.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black color and aroma. I thought it was very well balanced for a stout.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black ebony with small tan head. Creamy, but bitter chocolate flavor with a rich bite that lingers. Roasted flavors on the finish along with a full thick body make this very appealing. Excellent.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
- black with a brown creamy head, roasted malt aroma, whiffs of chocolate and mocha, enticing and fresh; rich roasted flavor, creamy coffee and chocolate, flavor emanates in the mouth and on the tongue, taste ranges from sweet to bitter and slightly dry - one of the best sweet stouts around
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I went in with low expectations, expecting another Rogue "overblown with hops" beer. Well, it was hoppy, providing a zing and a notable bitterness, but the first flavors were overwhelming: roasted, nutty, chocolate. Over time the hoppiness was more pronounced, but still this was compulsively drinkable. It got even better when I took a glass and added vanilla ice cream--WONDERFUL!!-- seemingly hazlenut-vanilla-mocha coffee with a mammoth fizzing head. The relatively high carbonation (making it a little bit suspect as a stout?) goes over extremely well in the "stout float" combination. Still, despite the carbonation, the palate is good, with a nice thick, oily body. Really good beer, though I could understand criticisms that it could do with fewer hops.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark appearance, without much of an aroma. This beer has a very entertaining aftertaste, sweet yet slightly dry. The more I have, the better the flavor.