jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a first rate stout. I have never had a better stout. So many interesting flavors going on it is indescribable. The maltiness is perfect for my taste-buds.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty with perfect bitterness. Extremely quaffable for a big stout.
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top notch beer. Excellent, complex flavor incorporating hints of chocolate, coffee, and bitterness.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is as high as I think I’ve ever rated a beer. Wonderful, outstanding, refreshing, flavorful....I could go on and on. This pours to a beautiful dark color with amber hints in the lace and foam. A wonderful mouthfeel is followed by a near-perfect taste all the way through. There is something magical that happens to stouts when oats are added. It becomes a food, an event, a happening and not just a drink. Yum.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Re-rate)Almost black with hints of ruby.Thin but persistent brown head and lace. Nose of roasted barley,coffee and a touch of chocolate. Tons of body. Awesome roasty and coffee flavor,moderately hopped and balanced by an oaty sweetness. Incredible balance but to me, missing a bright spot. It leaves me wanting something more. But top notch all the same.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate coffee taste, mellows a bit as it warms. the thick bitterness stays, but some of the sweetness is lost. a nice thick stout - just the way i like ’em. The color is soo dark, you could hide behind it. One of the best stouts I’ve had.
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a perfectly balanced beer with many flavors that dance with each other all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is a dark beer with a dark, frothy head. It goes down smoothly with a strong roasty flavor complemented by a great hop bitterness. This beer should be at the top of any list of stouts.
aracauna (3199) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 I haven't had a bad Rogue beer yet but this is the best so far. I've been thinking about it every day since last Tuesday when I first drank it. Perfectly black with a dark creamy head that looks a little like a chocolate milkshake. The taste and mouthfeel are equally excellent and are much like drinking an espresso flavored glass of thin chocolate milk minus the lactic and sucrose sweetness (although a small bit of that is present) Nice roasty and hoppy bitterness. Comes across a bit thinner than Guinness, but it's also not nitrous dispensed. Give this beer a nitrous dispenser and it will rule the world. Wonderful, Wonderful beer.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
as good as a stout gets..perfectly opaque, excellent coffee flavors that linger on and on!
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color of black coffee, none of the reddish notes in many other dark beers. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Aroma has coffee-chocolate, but flavor loses the chocolate in favor of the coffee (not a plus for me). Although I like a healthy dose of bitterness, this comes close to overdoing it. Sweet stout? See Kinmount Willie or Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. An okay dry stout, though, along the lines of a *bottled* Guinness.