soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Smells predominantly of sweet roasted and burnt malts, like baking chocolate and a bit of coffee. There’s also a subdued but sharp, kind of fruity and tart hop characer as well.
Appearance: A rich coffee black. Completely opaque, except along the extreme edges, which shine with a bright cherry-red glow. The head is creamy, dense, and raspberry latte-colored with thick lacing all the way down.
Flavor: Tastes like an imperial stout! No-holds-barred burnt dark chocolate and coffee grounds are the main flavors, plus a flowery bitterness provided by the cascade hops. There’s also a hint of dark rum, which complicates the flavor beautifully. I think this would go well with any dessert en flambé: bananas foster, cherries jubilee... créme brulée would be good, too. Nice dry finish.
Palate: Sticky, medium-bodied with creamy bubbles. It is a bit watery-feeling and kind of sloshes around your mouth, but it’s good overall.
Overall: This beer is slightly syrupy and kind of dense, but also quite delicious! Highly drinkable. I would definitely recommend this beer, and it was pretty cheap, too.
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Unimpressive, almost no smell, I’m used to a much more powerful aroma from a stout. Appearance: Not impressive either, dark black, but a small (less than a finger) head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Taste: Gets a boost here, coffee, little wood from the barrell, oatmeal is a non factor, and chocolate. Something else that I can’t quite put my finger on. Palate: Beautiful palate, one of the best actually, strong carbonation in the front, smooth flavor as you drink, and no fade as it finishes. Best part of the beer. Overall: It’s good, maybe not something I would drink regularly, but its definitely worth a buy. I usually don’t like Rogue but they pleasantly surprised me on this one.
beoir (51) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate musty wood aroma. rich creamy mouth feel. bitter coffee with a sweet finish. tasty goodness.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark in color, brownish head. Roasty smell of chocolate and coffee, nothing overpowering. Flavor a little weak but smooth on the palate and easy to drink. Nice dry finish.
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. As dark as a night meant to keep secrets with promises of dark chocolate and coffee flavored head. Roasty, toasty malts, cocoa, caramel, and maybe...licorice? Tantalizing tidbits of smokey, hazelnut heaven. Clouds laced with chocolate and coffee.
wbdace (50) - los angeles, California, USA - MAY 17, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a big thick head. Tastes hoppy; like stout meets IPA. Not bad for a stout, considering I’m not a big fan of the style.
hoptimus (50) - Grand Island, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 22 oz bomber. Deep, black oily apperance and a creamy brown head. Just the right creaminess on the palate. Roasty with a bit of hop character and hints of chocolate and coffee. Nice warming finish. Much more complex and satisfying than your average guiness.
ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - OCT 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Difficult to figure out aroma. Hint of chocolate and maybe soy sauce(?). Typical black appearance with a rich, thick white head. Medium body. Definite chocolate in flavor.
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle...Pours very dark basically black with a brown head. Smells and tastes chocolaty. Also has some nice toasted notes.