smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: just a beautiful beer! Big chocolate nose. Roasty, chocolate flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. They don't get much better than this one.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For certain, Rogue is one of my favorite breweries. This excellent sweet stout is a deep onyx color with a pleasing bouquet like vintate port wine delicately laced with chocolate-covered coffee beans. (nice, huh?) A sweet, caramel-color head. Very mellow taste, not a strong, overbearing "kick yer ass" taste as is too often the case with stouts. Sweet, but not too sweet. A hint of roastiness in the flavor! A dark chocolate, everso slightly sour finish.
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 A real nice stout. To anyone who has never had a type of beer like this i would recomend this be your first. Very silky almost creamy mouthfull. Flavor is a cross between coffee with chocolate undertones. Color is black at night with a good light brown head. Very tasty beer that can be enjoyed any time of the year.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Black body with a lightly orange and brown head. Aroma of old coffee and some sweet chocolate. There is also a little vanilla in here. The taste is rich coffee and chocolate, all kinds of roasted goodness. There is also some grass in the sweet finish. A nicely balanced stout.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color with pure brown head, which was medium sized. I didnt take notes so I forgot what it smells like. Tasted of roasted malts and orange peels with bitter malty coffee aftertaste.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mellow malty aroma. Roasted malt, but not overpowering. Pours deep, deep brown, nearly black. Decent carbonation and a thick tan head. A great looking beer! I would agree with other raters that this is more of a dry stout than a sweet stout. If it is indeed intended to be a sweet stout, the Cascade hops take away from that effect. I don't believe that Cascade is a traditional hop for stouts, but then again this is from Rogue and they are from Oregon. A quite drinkable brew that balances the malt and hops quite well actually. Dry crisp finish that is also uncharacteristic of a sweet stout and even dry stouts. Not bad if not traditional.
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark appearance with a good size tan head. Some coffee and hints of chocolate in the aroma. Medium-to-full bodied flavor, with a smooth roasted malt taste. Nice bitter bite in the finish.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great, much more of that nice caramel colored head than I'm used to seeing, smells of roasted coffee, the flavor is great, mostly coffee and chocolate, but with hints of roasted nuts and a good hop presence. Though not the best, over all a great stout.
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit dissapointing but perhaps my expectations were a little high.Nice
dark appearance but spoilt by the lack of body that you would expect in a beer of this strength. Nice burnt coffee taste blends with the dryness.
Not a bad stout just not as good as I had anticipated..
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours black with a medium coffee brown head in a La Maudite snifter. Aroma is deep chocolate and coffee. Very nice roasted barley matches solid floral hops. From the first sip, I find it quite sour, reminding me of a Guinness, but much thicker and hoppier. The finish is astringent and ultra dry (bad), but hops are pleasant and the roastiness is perfectly developped (good). Overall, I must say I expected more from Shakespeare Stout. Not only it is Rogue's best rated beer on Ratebeer(close-followed), but "The Other Site" had it in its top 10 last I checked.