jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black, of course, with a small brown head. Strong roasted coffee flavors fuels this beer. The aroma is semi-sweet with caramel. Hoppy and bitter. Re-Rate mid-October 2002. Tap at Rogue Pub. Chocolate aroma. Full body, rich and very creamy.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful roasted coffee with just a hint of chocolate.(ya!) Head stayed with you until the end. Great little bite at the finish!
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the hoppiest stouts i have had in a while. a chocolate and coffee undertone really makes u anticipate the next sip. Great brew. Good job rogue.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really great beer! Heavy on the roasted malts but well balanced with a little hops. This beer smells like it is cooking on my stove with notes of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is again a lot of smokey roasted malts balanced with a touch of sweetness at first then the bitterness of the hops kick in for the finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very, very black. Black body and dark, dark head. Very flavorful and coffee-like.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 This is my favorite beer...period. This is about as close to a perfect stout I think you can find. Beautiful brown frothy head and an excellent bouquet. The label description advertises an ebony color, but I couldn't really place it being so friggin dark. I held a flashlight up to it and could see nothing on the other side, except for some grains visibly floating around the dark liquid. The chocolate malts are very noticeable, and a winderful coffee-like finish - that nests right on your palate. Appropriately bitter (69 IBU) it's in the upper range for a dry stout, but they can be as high as 75. An all around fantastic beer. I think any comparison to Guiness (as I've been seeing here) is a weak one, this stands alone in my opinion.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark stout with a dark tan head. Chocolate aroma, roasted coffee flavor, with hefty, long lasting hops. Great stout that complimented my tuna sandwich quite nicely. And to those that would disrepute such a brew, I can say only this: "Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet!"
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest brown/black that pours beautifully in the glass--frothy pock-marked mocha head with clingy patch lace...Aroma is both sweet and roasty, a little toffee-like presence in there as well--very pleasant...Flavors are a smooth blend of chocolate, slightly sweet and roasted malts, very nicely balanced...Inclusion of oats gives it a distinctive mouthfeel and slight earthiness---also well-judged hops and carbonation provide gentle counter-bite...This is an excellent all-around stout--a little something for everybody here...
InTheHopper99 (11) - USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the only beer that can follow a Brutal Bitter. In fact the two enhance each other. A clean near black color and creamy slightly off white head are what you are looking at. The taste is full, sweet and root-like with a balance of hops and malt like looking at that picture of the two faces and the space between them is a vase. You can’t hold both thoughts in your head at the same time. So you flip continuously between the two, then order another.