RobBestwick (642) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong and sweet chocolate aroma, very dark black hue with a large frothy brown head, well laced, flavour is of dark chocolate with hints of nuts and coffee, firm bodied with a lingering chocolate finish.
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
cascade aroma overwhelms all else. i guess i have to work hard to get used to cascade and then i might find some of the things that at the moment seem to be given the big heave-ho. pleasant burnt chocolate cake finish but by the end of the glass it seems as thought there is a little too much baking soda in this particular cake. some saltiness, just doesn't show anything particualrly ineresting
leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, with a coffee coloured head. Aromas are earthy, sweet and sour. This has a good roast character with plain chocolate bitterness. Smooth and moreish. Not bad!
RichardGretton (4379) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer alround, with a lightly hopped aroma and a bitter and slight chocolate flavour. A good dry stout to my taste buds.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
More bitter than I expected of a sweet stout. Can taste those cascades. Reminds of storm king but with more chocolate aftertaste. The chocolate finish is a real winner.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thick head. Slight hint of bittersweet chocolate throughout. Finishes slightly dry. Decent, but not a favorite.
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 (499) - 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 (1094) - 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.