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 (1964) - Limerick, 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 (2560) - 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, I’d just like to point out something odd about this bottle of beer. It says on the side (and I’m still not too old, my vision is pretty good) 158 degrees Plato! 158! You’d 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 that’s 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 (1242) - 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.
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’mellow’ chocolate aftertaste? No way! Tons of chocolate at the finish, and that’s what makes it stand out for me. Would be great for desert, but I can’t imagine drinking it with anything else. I prefer the Mackeson Triple, which is similar, with less chocolate.
jaymobrown (1609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a stout it has an oddly hoppy aroma. Dark with chocolate head that quickly disappears. A great array of flavors. The various malts and hops creates a delightful blend. It might look like a stout but tastes more like an IPA. A complex and challenging beer.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is one of my favorite stouts pours black with a tan head that disipates after a little. the initial taste is a little sweet and chocolaty and the after taste is bitter and coffe like. the cascade hop comes through keeping it in balance. a great stout for those who like stouts.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan - wonderful beer selection! This stout has a remarkable color, deep and shiny dark with interesting highlights if you hold it up to the light. Beautiful head, too. The taste, though, is too sharp and dry for me - less creamy balance than I like in my stouts and a touch more coffee taste than is good for this coffe phobic woman.