HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best American brewed stout that I have tried. Chocolate, mocha, and roasted flavors blend nicely in this one. Full bodied and very satisfying.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this stout. Very roasty with a nice brown head. Chocolatety, with some bitterness. Enjoyable. Not like other Rogue beers. Very smooth beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 One fine looking pour, off that 22 oz bomber. Perfect carbonation produced an incredible brown head on top of total blackness. Nose was dominated by an American hop, with hints of chocolate and roast. Flavor was roasty and chocolatey, with the Bitterness there but kept a little in the background. Very smooth round body and full palate. This would really be like velvet in a few months of conditioning. Top notch.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Opaque brown with a thick, offwhite head. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and bitter, dark chocolate accompanied by an underlying earthiness and the faint sting of hops on the nose. Initial rich, dark roasted coffee bitterness slowly rounds into subtle, sweet chocolate with floral undertones. Pleasantly silky mouthfeel and a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well I'm not going to be able to add anything significant to this one. Creamy and rich and totally black and enticingly chocolatey and roasted nose. Full flavours followed by a fantastic aftertaste. Gotta drink this one when you have the chance to.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a large tan head. Sweet malt, bitter hops and slight sour lactose aroma. Very rich flavors of roasted chocolate malt, smokiness, and sour lactose. Full feel with a slightly dry finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The tan head on this stout is huge and just keeps hangin around. The body is black as expected. A very nice lokking stout. The aroma is full of malt with a nice balance between swet and bitter. Notes of fudge and hops are abound, and a slight roastiness lies hidden in the background. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and slightly sour with a nice maltiness. The hops take over, however, and are almost to much. Hoppiness fills the finish. It's medium to full bodied and relatively dry.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Black stout with a creamy lingering head. Strong flavors of coffee and chocolate dominate the opening, then the crisp grapefruit of cascade hops comes through. Finish is dry and bitter. A simple and exceedingly yummy stout.
Hangover (1107) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black (of course).. somewhat lasting reddish-brown head. Aroma is chocolate with strong hop notes. Heavily carbonated. Full mouthfeel. Chocolate, expresso, roasted malts try to contend with what I think is an overpowering hop presence. Finish was dry and bitter. The hops are just to distracting to me, and really take away from what could be a very pleasant experience as the flavors are right on. Perhaps I was expecting something along the lines of their chocolate stout. Still gets a high rating, i just wish the hops would come down a notch or two.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick oily black, but a surprisingly large dark brown head leaps up in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, aggressively bitter malts. Hint of pine in the background. Nice sprucey bitterness from the hops up front, fades into a nice mocha flavor. Definitely bitter on the finish. Surprisingly light in the mouth, a hint of that roundness you sometimes get with adding oats to the mash bill. A very pleasant, very West Coast beer.