GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This almost tastes like Rogues chocolate stout without the chocolate. In fact I'm sure that's what they did. Having said that it is a very good stout.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as ink with a beautiful brown head and good lacing. Rich and chewy with plenty of coffee flavor. Good balance with a hoppy finish. Another excellent beer from Rogue.
fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Re-rate: It’s a very tasty stout, somewhat bitter (in a good way), with some nice chocolate and coffee notes. Not a particularly "big" stout, but very enjoyable and well-crafted.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Milk chocolate brown head turns to beige when it settles and laces and the liquid is pretty well black. All those dark grains and hops still come through! Although they are subdued compared to the roasty and chocolate aromas as well as some malty sweetness and a little toffee. Malty sweetness and roasty/bitter from dark grains start the experience, almost like chewing on coffee beans or drinking espresso. Chocolate comes in second while hop flavor follows right behind in the finish and aftertaste. Finish is also dry, lightly diacetyl, and slightly sour from dark grain acidity, and I'm not quite sure why it's qualified as a sweet stout as there is not much residual sweetness. Fuller bodied with higher than usual carbonation for a stout, but very well made. It's been a while since I've had one of these, it's good to find it's as good as I remembered it.
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 As black as the night. Big thick, dark brown, chocolate milk colored head. Slowly dissipates. Aroma is signature Rogue, flavor is tremendous roasted chocolate, somewhat bitter, a little coffee, but this really doesn’t tell you how good and truly unique the taste of this stout is. Long aftertaste of cocoa and coffee, terrific palate. Rich, thick, creamy, delightful. Triple A beverage folks.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color, brown thin head. Light malt, roasted, cardboard. Weak in the front, getting more interesting later with a strong roasted malt, nutty, but nothing else. Too flat.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 October 2007. Bottle. Black bodied with a large creamy khaki head. Looks like a stout should look like! Aroma is a bit mild, with notes of mildly roasty chocolate. Flavour is richly malty with a decent amount of bitterness coming from both the roasty bitterness and the hops. Undercurrents of dark chocolate. Average to medium palate. I don’t love it, but I do like it a lot. A very solid serviceable stout. 7/5/7/4/14 - 3.7
<P>Sampled April 2002. A hoppy stout. Very very dark and smooth. Not bad. Not a big fan of stouts, but I enjoyed this one. 5/5/5/4/13 - 3.2
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark and a nice brown head. Smells of bread, apples and licorice. Oily resins coat the mouth holding in some of the bittersweet flavor. Initial tangyness is ovrpowered by a somkey ending. I am not a big stout guy, but this beer is really interesting as it seems to become more compelling with each sip.
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, very dark brown color, with a tan head, that left no lacing and quickly diminished. Had a creamy, roasted/coffee flavor. I heard from a friend that this was an oatmeal stout, I wasn't able to tell?
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Ebony color with a small chocolate brown head. Nice lace. Light sweet roasted malt aroma. Flavor starts light bitter chocolate , the finish is bitter and dry with a lingering hint of coffee in the aftertaste.