hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer rocks.
The aroma is of toasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso and alcohol. Itís pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head with excellent lacing. The flavor is moderately bitter (dark chocolate) and a touch sour. Not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is medium dry... as is the finish. Very fizzy. Interesting and delicious stout. I want another right now.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and thick. Darkest head I think Iíve ever seen. Nice roasted malts. Coffee, Chocolate, roasted cereals. Nice hoppiness in the finish. Bitter. Very nice. Something I could drink pretty often.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The great aroma and dark color of this beer made me very excited to take a sip, but when I did, I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. It is a great stout, but itís a little on the bitter side. However, the pack I bought may have been old (it was on the beer distributors shelf collecting dust), so that may be a factor in this review. Not nearly as good as Victory Storm King Imperial Stout, or Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, but still very good. Better than guinness anyway.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow. I havenít had anything this dark in awhile. Wonderful stout. Great balance between many ingredients my palate is too amature to pick out.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 This is the most intense sweet stout I've ever tried. The color was somehow darker than black! Nice chewy stout with a heavy hops kick. WOW!
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent stout, very sweet malty aroma, brownish tan lacy head, lots of different & vast flavors, seemed like a lot of chocolate especially in the lingering aftertaste, very well balanced, great stout
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, before I start rating, Iíd just like to point out something odd about this bottle of beer. It says on the side (and Iím still not too old, my vision is pretty good) 158 degrees Plato! 158! Youíd need a jackhammer! Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled rating. Aroma is almost on the magnitude of a typical West Coast Imperial Stout. Super roasty malt, cocoa, espresso, even that dark fruitiness and hop are there. Mostly opaque very dark brown-black color, with a light tan, thick and billowy head. Lacing is also impressive. Flavor is very full, even for a typical stout, and has a nice balance from the fruity, bitter Cascades. Big bittersweet chocolate. Great mingling of flavors for the finish and aftertaste. Very roasty and rich, just a little more gravity and this would be an Imperial.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just beautiful, another winner from Rogue. Pours black with a brown head, and has quite a hoppy aroma for a stout, but thatís a Rogue trademark. Malty/chocolate sweetness, but hops evident too. Lovely, complex, wonderful. YOU NEED TO TRY THIS.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours up with a body so dark it seems black topped by a substantial dark brown head. The aroma screams roasted malt goodness with notes of chocolate. The flavor is everything the aroma promises and more, with its thick roasted, almost burnt, malt flavors and dark chocolate highlights (though not as many as the Chocolate Stout). It has a creamy feel as you drink it. This is one of the best stouts going this side of an imperial.
Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost the perfect beer. As far as I recon things. A sweet stout, but a fine fine all around beer.