UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer #1 of my 21st birthday extravaganza. Probably the hoppiest stout I've ever tried - and that's a very, very good thing. Nice chocolate flavoring, and it goes down easy with a slight bitter feel in the back. Excellent.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Always a favorite of mine and just got around to rating it. Deep brown hue with a nice creamy light brown head and excellent lace, beautiful! Aroma is that of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, aromatic hops, earthy yeast, and a touch of fruit. Taste is bitter with a undertone of sweetness and hazelnut. Full blow use of hops and burnt chocolate malts. The coffee taste is very noticable in this brew, but enough complexity it doesn't become overpowering. Creamy yet lively mouthfeel. Not as sweet as some sweet stout or as dry as some in that style either, a tweener and damn good at it.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle at 60 degrees F pours a viscous opaque black with a big rocky brown head and a bunch of trailing lace. The aroma was of chocolate and very mild coffee and some hops to make the chocolate smell like the finest Godiva. The flavor: wow, very nice dessert beer! The flavor is of dark chocolate and espresso. The hops, as in the aroma, marry with the roasted malts to result in a fine dark chocolate flavor. The palate fits the flavor profile by being nice and rich. Overall, this is very nice at the end of the meal and marries very well with a chocolate chip cookie and vanilla frozen custard sandwich. I enjoyed this. Can you tell?
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured thick dark black like motor oil. The head was even a dark tan/brown color. The taste was quite good, with coffee dominating then losing to a chocolate aftertaste.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft) Deep dark black color with a creamy brown head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Fruity chocolate aroma sets the stage for a very nice balanced chocolate, bitter, alcohol flavor. Smooth creamy body caps this beer off nicely.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with a rich brown head. Aroma is very nice blend of those very stouty things like chocolate, coffee, fruit/prune, roasted malt. Can smell the hops right up front too. I can't believe this baby has 69 IBUs - sure doesn't taste like it. Coffee and roasted malt dominate the taste. Ashiness - dirt like quality. Sweet. Hops appear at the end, but not in an overpowering way. The aroma really stands out on this beer for me.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque pitch black color with a medium dark tan head with some lacing. Nice roasted aroma with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Medium heavy body with very tiny bubble carbonation, quite creamy. Flavor is quite malty with just touch of hops of front and then melds into a decent hop and coffee aftertaste to finish. Overall, a very good example of the style.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2004 Very thick, sweet at first with a bitter, nutty coffee finish. Rogue seems to make my favorite stouts.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a black stout that pours with a huge toffee colored head. The head retention is phenomenal as well. As the head recedes, it slowly fades into a rocky layer of film atop the beer, and leaves a thick coating of foam on the sides of the glass. A faint glimpse of dark redddish brown highlight is visible around the edge of the beer as you take a sip. The aroma is very nice, with roasted chocolate smells mingled with some hop spiciness. Malt sweetness is also evident in the aroma. The taste is very strong on the hops, and the citrusy notes of the Cascade hops is prominent. Strong roasted bitterness is also prevalent, with some chocolate notes to back it up. A faint hint of sweetness also creeps in on the finish
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Bottled version tasted: Black beer with very thin head, bubbly with a hint of chocolate.