Scopey (10658) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is soft, bitter-sweet, rich chocolate, coffee, fudge cake and icing sugar. The taste is rich, bitter-sweet, oily, cocoa, toasty, coffee grounds, earthy roast, mild acidity, umami and liquorice with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Works pretty well on cask. Smooth and easy-going, but not a whole lot to it. Pretty enjoyable anyhow.
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask, at the Great British Beer Festival 2015] - Rogue Ales and Spirits, Oregon, Shakespeare Stout, 5.8%. Dark brown, no head. Slightly sweetish aroma of vanilla chocoalte and mild coffee, oatmeal. Medium body, a bit watery still. Dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla and roasted malts at the start. Espresso in the middle, very bitter and the bitterness even increases in the finish. Really bitter espresso finish, with a bitter and sour coffee aftertaste. And that’s how they do it.
chinchill (3589) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black pour, with a modest light brown head that all too quickly reduced to a thin and spotty cover.
Smell: Medium + dark roasted malts overlaid with some spicy hops. Some oats, coffee and chocolate too.
Taste: It seems that the brewer replaced some grains (oats and/or dark malts) with hops; this is clearly an AMERICAN stout. It has a moderately bitter finish, with a relatively bitter and near-burnt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with mild carbonation. Has an unusual (for style) light crispness.
Overall: A decent oatmeal stout, but disappointing for a stout made by Rogue. Certainly served too cold and deserving of a re-tasting. I know you feel my pain. ;)
zimbo (834) - SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An old fav. Silky with light finesse and some end acidity, there is smooth rich dark chocolate and a lightness of touch. Old schoolish in style and interesting reminder of what the early American craft beer was like before everything went extreme.
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 1. Dark brown coloured pour with a lasting creamy light tan head. Aroma is toast, earthy mineral, charred wood, oyster. Flavour is composed of milky dark choc, earthy, dirt, oats and woody, little coconut character. Palate is medium, velvety. Smooth and medium bodied. Lingering woof and smooth roast.
likeatrainwreck (313) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick & black with a creamy tan head that lasts all the way down. Textbook stout flavours... roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee, slight smoke. Light bitter finish, perfect sweetness. Nothing to complain about at all. Spot on.
Beergaard (259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very roasted character with notes of especially Coffee, dark, and some Milk, chocolate , bitter oats and a bit of hops. A bit thin for My taste - good stuff though
alex_leit (1167) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a hint of hops. Taste has the same shades, light sweetness, good texture.
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 July 2015, tap at Rogue Ales in Portland Airport. black. nose is bitter dark chocolate malt and burnt toast. med, creamy body and mildly fizzy. really has a very burnt toast taste, slightly sweet dark chocolate. very nice.
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Certainly a proper stout, and among the better beers I’ve had from Rogue. Coffee and sharp oat with big roast. Pours jet black with mocha head and lacing. Medium bitter finish. Thick oily texture. Bottle.