goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not normally my style of beer but this one was very nice. It's so thick, you'll need something to wash it down with. Nice balance in the flavor.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice stout, although I prefer Rogue Chocolate Stout. Its chocolately, roasted, and somewhat dry flavor is finished by a hint of sweetness and lasting bitterness. Also a bit on the hoppy side. Not in the same class as my favorites in the style, Bells Kalamazoo Stout and Bells Double Cream Stout.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy big black stout from Rogue. Rich in flavor but not overpowering. Well balanced.
jamdead (8) - Ashland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Pours a deep dark brown hue, with a tan head. Superb chocolate flavor, really solid malt profile with enough hops to keep things very balanced.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge dark tan head, pours as black as midnight. I smell hints of coffee and malt in the aroma. Very smooth and drinkable, zero carbonation in the mouthfeel and heavy on the malt flavor. Maybe a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.
badgerben (4403) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Different. Very malty, blackest hell. Not much coffee. I had higher expectations, but it is still very good.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Dark, with a long-lasting brown head. Didn't pour quite as thick as motor oil, but close. Coffee and a bit of chocolate in the aroma. The coffee flavor that I'd expected is nice and mellow. A touch of chocolate in there too. Hop bitterness overpowered the other flavors, unfortunately. If they tuned down the hops a little, this would be amazing. As it stands, its just pretty darn good. Rerate: Chat Room Tasting, Jan 2004. I'm actually very pleased with my original rating of this beer. Definately stand behind my thought that this is a little too hoppy. Thought about lowering it a point overall, but I'll let it stand, as its still a good beer that I'd be happy to drink almost any time.
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am not a big fan of stouts that have a heavy coffee taste to them; however, this stout I liked because it has a very mild coffee taste to it.This is a stout that I would drink again.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very strong roasted chocolaty aroma. The initial pour formed a small head of small dark brown bubbles. As the head died, it left a clinging vine lacing stubbornly letting go of the side of the glass. Its body is dark as midnight although some carbonation could be seen rising up the side of the glass. I eagerly await my initial taste. All of the stout ingredients are there in the taste, coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors greet my mouth as the first taste goes down and leaves a pleasant impression. Relatively smooth I thought and a bit more than I expected for a potentially good stout. No carbonation in the taste at all, no strong after bite and surprisingly smooth for a dark stout. A stout I can drink more of in a night and that says a lot right there.