BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would say that there is more than just a hint of chocolate and coffee. Good, not great! Aftertaste gets more powerful as the bottle goes south. Thats the only draw back to an otherwise excellent stout.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It killed me.
drm49ers99 (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wonderful beer, beautiful brown head, on a dark dark beer. I loved the flavor with chocolate, malty, and the right hops to give it a nice bitter touch. I tasted the coffee in the finish which was very enjoyable. Wonderful beer.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2003 Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. If there's one thing I can't abide, it's a citric/sour stout. And this is one of them. The grapefruit in the otherwise simple aroma puts me off as well. Undrinkable to me, loved by many...hell if I know why. So be it with Old Rasputin, so be it with this one. Third review in two years, that's it for this one.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think most of Rogue beers are over-rated. Shakespear stout is not only the best from Rogue, ranks high on my favorites.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice one. The first time I had it I wasn’t too impressed but I think something I ate eariler messed up my taste. Tried again, was very good. Stay away from anything with sugars for at least an hour when drinking dry stouts!
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
omhper (18753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black powerful stout. Dry, almost harsh, with big bitterness.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good strong (coffee )roastiness and a healthy hop bitterness that doesnt annoy, but this is not the rich, complex brew I expected it to be.