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 (12576) - 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.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 Very dark black color, big reddish brown head. Aroma has roasted barley, chocolate, and a hint of vanillla. Strong flavor of rich roasted malts, slightly bitter in the finish. Pretty smooth overall. I liked it.
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good stout. Super dark color with a long lasting tan head. Roasted aroma, and some sweetness as well. The taste was more roasty and sweet as well. The malts had an apperance, and it finished a bit bitter. Really ran the gauntlet of flavors and passed through like a champ.
brownaler (488) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forms a small dark tan head with the expected black appearence. Has a lovely nutty taste at the front and a roasted toffee flavor in the back. A nice, comforting beer for Isabel.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice dark black pour. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted flavors with some hops and more of that chocolate. A pretty good stout.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 dark chocolately head, creamy chocolate aroma, the chocolate coffee taste comes through in a gushupon the first sip. The mouthfeel is not smooth,its heavily carbonateddry and bitter aftertaste. Tasted better as it warmed
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Beer pours (in Chimay Glass) a thick black liquid that light can not penetrate with dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing but a thin film of head. Aroma is a bastardly sickening hop and alcohol mixture. Flavor is a nauseating, disgusting hop overpowering a faint coffee. I hear great things about Rogue, but the more I try, the more disappointing they are. This one is almost as bad as Rogue Chocolate Stout. Still, both are deemed undrinkable drainpours by this rater. There is nothing to enjoy in this beer besides the stench and revulsion of hops. Other beers have more to offer than just overpowering hops. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.