Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
An excellent beer. Poured pitch black with a captivating dark tan head. Nice lacing throughout the session and nice head retention as well.
Awesome aroma. Truly smelled like a chocolate covered truffle. Absolutely fantastic!
Chocolate! Chocolate! The best chocolate stout I have ever had. Really does a favor to the style! Bittersweet chocolate destroys the hops that are fighting for survival. Some suddle coffee and toffee as well, but mainly just chocolate. This is a perfect dessert beer. Smooth and silky with a nice bitter finish. Mephistefales (47) - USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 Holy cow! This stout rocked my world! Beautiful near-opaque color. Nice head. Welcoming aroma. Strong but super-silky chocolate presence. A great chocolate stout makes me giddy. This one had so much chocolate that I noticed a small ring of chocolate sediment when I finished it. Well worth the cost. PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours black, brown head, aroma is chocolatey.
Flavor is of chocolate and and roasted malt, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finishes with the right amount of hopiness.
Not as chocolatey as Youngs, but everything here goes very well together, this is a very good brew. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle pours a dark, dark amber - almost black, with a large Florida tan head and fortified lace. The aroma is chocolate, nutty, and vanilla. The flavor is liquid dark bitter chocolate. The palate is as smooth as silk. Overall, this is liquid silky smooth dark bitter chocolate. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Pours opaque with a small brown head. Very chocolatey aroma with some hops in there, too. Sweet, chocoloately flavor with a bit of a hop kick at the end. Nice and thick. Great beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2004
Bottle. Pitch black pour. Dark brown head that went away quickly. Intense chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Lots of chocolate in taste - real chocolate, not chocolate malt; some bitterness fought its way through the thickness as well. Almost a little too thick overall, but otherwise excellent. Now I’m going to have to break open a cellared young’s to compare. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Poured black with thin, but big bubbled dark brown head...definately hoppy aroma with some coffee and chocolate...aggressive with hops at first, giving way to soft chocolate malts...very hoppy finish...one of the better Rogue beers... Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle: Poured a pitch black stout with a medium brownish head with better then average retention. I was quite surprised at the hoppy aroma with light chocolate/ roasted coffee notes. I guess my expectation (because of the name) were to find real discernable chocolate taste, instead I feel that the overabundance of hops covered the chocolate with a lingering bitterness. A bit more sweet and chocolate taste would have been a better representation of what to expect of a chocolate stout. Nonetheless, this is a very good stout. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 man this is good.even my friends who wont drink stouts will drink this one.smooth, sweet,delicious. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
Smells heavenly, like the purest milk chocolate pudding with coffee and vanilla notes. I was worried it would be too sweet, but actually it’s the bitterness that’s slightly overpowering. Even a bit of sourness at it warms. Looks and smells fantastic, totally hides the alcohol, has a rich mouthfeel and it’s evident that they use quality ingredients. Bonus marks for listing said ingredients and other info.