baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really great beer! Heavy on the roasted malts but well balanced with a little hops. This beer smells like it is cooking on my stove with notes of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is again a lot of smokey roasted malts balanced with a touch of sweetness at first then the bitterness of the hops kick in for the finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very, very black. Black body and dark, dark head. Very flavorful and coffee-like.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 This is my favorite beer...period. This is about as close to a perfect stout I think you can find. Beautiful brown frothy head and an excellent bouquet. The label description advertises an ebony color, but I couldn't really place it being so friggin dark. I held a flashlight up to it and could see nothing on the other side, except for some grains visibly floating around the dark liquid. The chocolate malts are very noticeable, and a winderful coffee-like finish - that nests right on your palate. Appropriately bitter (69 IBU) it's in the upper range for a dry stout, but they can be as high as 75. An all around fantastic beer. I think any comparison to Guiness (as I've been seeing here) is a weak one, this stands alone in my opinion.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark stout with a dark tan head. Chocolate aroma, roasted coffee flavor, with hefty, long lasting hops. Great stout that complimented my tuna sandwich quite nicely. And to those that would disrepute such a brew, I can say only this: "Fie, fie upon thee, strumpet!"
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest brown/black that pours beautifully in the glass--frothy pock-marked mocha head with clingy patch lace...Aroma is both sweet and roasty, a little toffee-like presence in there as well--very pleasant...Flavors are a smooth blend of chocolate, slightly sweet and roasted malts, very nicely balanced...Inclusion of oats gives it a distinctive mouthfeel and slight earthiness---also well-judged hops and carbonation provide gentle counter-bite...This is an excellent all-around stout--a little something for everybody here...
InTheHopper99 (11) - USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the only beer that can follow a Brutal Bitter. In fact the two enhance each other. A clean near black color and creamy slightly off white head are what you are looking at. The taste is full, sweet and root-like with a balance of hops and malt like looking at that picture of the two faces and the space between them is a vase. You canít hold both thoughts in your head at the same time. So you flip continuously between the two, then order another.
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, medium creamy head. Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. Somewhat bitter. Full flavor. Smooth taste. Slightly malty. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes like a good home-brewed stout to me. In fact I have a recipe that gives 22L of this/batch (itís real close). Big on chocolate and roasted malts, chewey mouth feel - silky. Commercial breweries tend to "clean" their products more than this, and itís why i liked this one so much.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am a big fan of the stouts, but not so much THIS stout. This is the second stout where the aftertaste ruined it for me. Both instances, i tasted a fishy flavor in the aftertaste, NOT my cup of tea. BTW, the other is a Hammerhead Stout at a local brewpub. The color of this Rogue is very dark, basically black. Initial flavor is nice, but not special. As the beer warmed, the aftertaste poked itís head out. This really is nít a íbadí beer, it just isnít anything gret IMHO.
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Re-rated from an aged bottle (approx. 3 years old). Deep black body with a creamy brown head. Inviting aroma of bittersweet cocoa and roasted coffee. Full mouthfeel. Luscious flavour of sweet malts, chocolate and smoky licorice. The hops had mellowed a bit with age, but were still there in the finish. Either this beer improved with age, or my tastes have changed - either way, Iím rating it higher this time.
Original rating (9/25/2002): Near perfect appearance, and a great aroma. The chocolate and coffee notes are balanced well, but the hoppiness can be a bit off-putting if youíre not expecting it. Not the best stout around, but itís pretty damn good. 8/5/7/4/16