Emeister84 (2659) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rated 3/17/13. Bottle says 9%. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains fairly poorly.
S: Though chocolaty, it perhaps lacks the vibrant intensity of, say, Choklat. Actually, the more it opens up, the stronger the chocolate note becomes. Hard to smell anything else here, as expected. I’m docking points because something here’s rubbing me the wrong way - perhaps an artificial tone? Still a likable aroma.
T: Drier than the nose would lead me to believe. The opening is pure chocolate while the midtaste tries to balance it out with an upsurge of strong roasted barley and coffee. Finish has a bit of hoppiness to it, as well...and some strange chemical flavors. Honestly - and I say this as a HUGE fan of Choklat - the chocolaty flavors clash with the roasted and burnt bitterness. It’s not fantastic, or even good, but it’s easy to drink at least.
M: Like I said in the flavor, this is very dry. Seems like the aim here was for drinkability, and it does succeed here somewhat. Not as cloying as expected - maybe its because I’m not drinking a whole bottle of this solo.
O: This is NOT a true dessert beer, as any sweetness the chocolate provides (and it does provide a good deal) is scrubbed clean by the roasted and hop bitterness. And yet, it still comes off as being wildly out of whack. Cool bottle, meh beer, horrible price - basically, just another Rogue product.
750mL bottle from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of fudge brownie, dark milk chocolate. Black with a mostly lasting beige head. Dry, roasty, bittersweet chocolate flavors, a roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a lingering bittersweet chocolatey bitterness. foodgazer (39) - MALAYSIA - NOV 3, 2017
Chocolate-y, creamy stout. It hits the nose immediately with a head of deep roasted malt and cocoa. It’s pretty intense, in the same vein as freshly ground coffee beans. The smooth swirling body builds into a lasting creaminess that unfortunately never quite lives up to the promise of the aroma. Still very good though. Not a fan of most of Rogue’s stuff, but this one is a pleasant exception. Pair with Gerry Mulligan. Alternatively, have this at the Great Beer Bar with the girl from Alice Porter and spend the next month regretting your decision to ever tell how you thought you felt. RasmusOtt (2926) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle thanks to søren. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of.. Yes chocolate. Vanilla, dark sweet malts, caramel and brownie. Taste of chocolate cake, vanilla, dark sweet malts, fudge and slight roasted malts..pretty one sided but pretty good. tightslice (1529) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle from BevMo! in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, mild cinnamon. Taste is chocolate, dry cocoa, cocoa cereal... honestly this was a bit thinner than expected. Reminded me of a mildly chocolate Brown Ale. oobawa (1863) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Not a big fan of this one. Leans too far on the sweet side, mixing a deep milk chocolate core with honey and anise, leading to a growing syrupy backbone that gets stronger as the pint warms. Pine-and-mocha bitterness comes through on the back end, but the sweetness never quite abates. Thin texture doesn’t feel all that imperial, and the pour’s mediocre as well, coming out black but watery and almost head-free. Not bad per se, but kind of a bummer; I had high hopes for this bottle. (Love the packaging.)
garyford (4) - - MAY 12, 2017 does not count
Chocolate in your face even when cold. Very velvety and smooth. Hints of cinnamon when warm. Great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone steelman1213 (2) - Camden, Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2017 does not count
Outstanding overall beer. Love the chocolate after hit. An absolute must try for a chocolate stout lover.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
Dark brown. Thin head. Big choc syrup, sweet and syrupy but a bit thin. So just thin base beer with bland Hershey syrup in it. fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2017
Draught at Alibi Room, VancouverFerris (17107) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2017
Black color with beige head. Mild roasted malt aroma, rosty mouthfeel, very dry, with chocolate and ashes.
Really disappointed by the lack of sugars, not as pleasant as I was expecting.
Draft - Insane amounts of dark chocolate syrup. Jet black brown with a decent light brown head. Crazy chocolate syrup notes with a long finish. Exactly what it claims to be.