Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black. Small brown head. Chocolate/coffee aroma. Roasted flavor. Long bitter finish.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I haven’t been impressed with much from Rogue.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little disappointing as far as stouts go. I expected a much fuller flavor with a better ending. Worth buying, though. Good beer for the stout virgin.
beerwarrior99 (16) - USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big stout fan, but I could handle this one. Reasonable bitterness, full bodied, thick head. Hooray, i finished it.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn this is sweet. This is one of THE best stouts Brandon (me) has ever tried. Nice level of bitterness and not overwhelmingly coffe like. A supreme masterpiece that should be any stout lovers daily choice.
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 (6218) - 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.