shorlin (573) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 25, 2001
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black as black can be. So malty with a
great long aftertaste. Oaty and creamy.
It’s the kind of beer, after drinking which,
you feel as if you should brush your teeth,
but that’s a good thing.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2001
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont really like stouts, but this one has a lot of character.
celticg99 (22) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ive only had it once since i am not from the west coast, but it is one the best beers i have had in a while
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 11, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautiful combination of huge chocolate/mocha/coffee flavors along with the signature hop explosion of all Rogue beers. This beer is very fragile, though, since it is unfilter and unpasteurized- I’ve had bottles that made me think this was one of the ten best beers on earth, and bottles which made me think a Rogue employee had relieved himself in the brewing tank. If you live on the West Coast, there is no reason why this beer shouldn’t be in your fridge at all times.
damascussteel99 (18) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Still my favorite Stout. This is a beer that you have to try to believe. The dark, roasted flavor is wonderful. I detected a hint of chocolate bitterness after each sip, which is a one of a kind. Truly a fantastic stout.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 re-rated 9/2012; draught@erzbierschof black beer under a long lasting dark beige foam; solid aroma of coffee, hints of nuts and licorice; medium to full-bodied; fairly bitter and quite dry; long and very roasted aftertaste of coffee, tar and chocolate with a respectable hop presence
1/2001 - dark colour, fine long lasting head; aroma: roasty, truffle, strong and fresh; strong coffee flavor and very deep bitter aftertaste. (5/9/8/4/17)
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know that I am in the minority, but I feel that this style should be on the sweet side. The Shakespeare stout over emphasizes the hops.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best stouts bar none in the world. As full-bodied, rich and flavorful as any beer of any style could be. A mouthful of deep roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a smooth, creamy texture. Balances well with an appropriate hop bitterness in the finish which is very long. If you are a stout fan, you’ve got to try this!
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2000
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2003 The beer pours that deep rich jet black color that so typifies the stout style, the head elephantine in size, the consistency frothy, the color a deep chocolate brown with the resultant lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. The aromas of rich roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar sweet, also a light hop floral scent to seal off the nose. Start is bitter chocolate sweet, malt and the top thick and chewy, with a finish that is hop bitter and purposeful in its bite. The carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Quite a good stout in my books and one I enjoy often when a big beer is called for.