spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly jet black with a syrupy tan head. Lacing diminishes quickly. Not much nose to speak of. Tastes of baker’s chocolate, roasted/burnt coffee, cola, spices and a hint of tobacco. Medium-bodied with a cola fizz and an increasingly bitter, salty aftertaste (in a good way). Similar to Rogue’s Mocha Porter. Wouild buy again.
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have had this bottled and on nitro. This is hands down my favorite stout and I have had far more than my current ratings show. This beer has a roasted chocolate aroma that follows in flavor leading into notes of coffee and more roasted chocolate. This is well hopped in perfect balance with the roasty bitterness smoothed out by the oats. The perfect stout.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasty roasted, chocolate aroma w/hints of nuts. very dark hue, w/small head, medium-full body. love the bittersweet mouthfeel, also feels a bit oily...but thats ok...another great stout by rogue.
jeffhobo (94) - Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as night with a good brown head. Smell is nutty, bitter and malty. The taste is surprisingly smooth. Chocolate and coffee in a perfect blend.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with burgundy highlights. The head is tan and sudsy. Definite taste of roasted barley. It is a delicious beer that I will drink again. Is that really Shakespeare on the bottle?
mcsquint (93) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours opaque black with thick creamy tan head. Aromas of malt, chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate malt, coffee,oats with a chocolate and flowery hops finish . Thick, full mouthfeel. This is one of the very best stouts.
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Clark St. Pours a black hole of a beer with a finger of tight bubbles that don’t dissipate at all. Malt, vanilla, and chocolate make up the bouquet. Generally smooth and full-bodied but relatively unassuming.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml pours deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells chocolatey and a little floral from the hops. Tastes of chocolate a little coffee and a dry bitter hoppiness.
Malrider69 (92) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent oatmeal stout, well balanced with a good combination of hops and malt. Pleasing in appearance and pours with a well defined head.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...this is a one great stout!!! Deep chocolate bwon color with an equally dark head. Chocolate-coffee aromas lead you into a gustatory experience you'll never forget. Smooth, rich mouthfeel with deep roasted flavors covering the palate. A dry hoppiness adds to the character of this beer. Finishes somewhat sweet and forever memorable.