AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great, much more of that nice caramel colored head than I'm used to seeing, smells of roasted coffee, the flavor is great, mostly coffee and chocolate, but with hints of roasted nuts and a good hop presence. Though not the best, over all a great stout.
johndoughty (4874) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit dissapointing but perhaps my expectations were a little high.Nice
dark appearance but spoilt by the lack of body that you would expect in a beer of this strength. Nice burnt coffee taste blends with the dryness.
Not a bad stout just not as good as I had anticipated..
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours black with a medium coffee brown head in a La Maudite snifter. Aroma is deep chocolate and coffee. Very nice roasted barley matches solid floral hops. From the first sip, I find it quite sour, reminding me of a Guinness, but much thicker and hoppier. The finish is astringent and ultra dry (bad), but hops are pleasant and the roastiness is perfectly developped (good). Overall, I must say I expected more from Shakespeare Stout. Not only it is Rogue's best rated beer on Ratebeer(close-followed), but "The Other Site" had it in its top 10 last I checked.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Cask conditioned] Black coloured. Very full bodied and rather sweet. Bitter dark chocolate finish.
UNCCTF (518) - 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 (6543) - 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.