brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
A: The pour is pretty much black in color with a small brown head that subsides to a thin ring around the glass.
S: Both milk and dark chocolate aroma fills the nose instantly. A really nice creaminess to it and a mild roastiness. Some sweet vanilla and caramel underneath to round out what is a very rich nose.
T: Sweet chocolate with an excellent creaminess, almost like a glass of chocolate milk. A mild bitterness from the roasted malt and some dark chocolate flavor. Toffee and caramel provide additional sweetness.
M: Medium to full in body with a very smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.
O: Despite a rather hefty ABV, this is a dangerously smooth beer that was very easy to drink. daleharshman (1073) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 ounce bottle received a year ago in a face-to-face trade with joetheyounger. Thanks Joe for picking this up at the brewery and letting me try a beer that is not available in the United States. I like the cap with the map of Hokkaido ("Ezo" traditionally refers to Japan’s northern lands) and the blunt statement: "If you can read this, you need to drink a beer." Pours just shy of pitch black with a half finger of creamy dark mocha colored foam which soon dissipates. Aroma of rich cocoa powder and it actually really reminds me of the Hershey’s chocolate syrup I would put in my milk as a kid. Flavor is also full of dark bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate (the Hershey’s syrup again), and chocolate-caramel candy (like a Tootsie Roll), and some vanilla. Finishes with more bitter chocolate. Hard to believe this is 10% as it’s incredibly smooth with no detectable alcohol. So much yummy chocolate...makes for a great dessert beer. Very well crafted impy stout. Just wish it was more readily available. (45, 515) JaBier (8235) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium brown head. Aroma of tootsie rolls, chocolate, cream and some roastiness. Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a hint of marshmallow before a sweet, yet bitter milk chocolate and roasted malt finish. If I had to compare it to the regular chocolate stout, I would say the chocolate flavor is a little darker and more dense and there’s more of it. There’s also more pronounced roastiness, which adds some bitterness. Truly amazing stuff. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle shared by Homerwantsbeer. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Yummy chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Rich and smooth body with flavors of sweet milk chocolate, malt and marshmallows (thanks JaBier). The finish is chocolaty and sweet. Good beer that they should distribute here. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured like motor oil with a light brown head. Liquid chocolate and roasty/chalky malt. In true Rogue fashion.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Black with a creamy tan head. Rich chocolate and mild alcohol aroma. Thick palate and a chalky chocolate flavor with some roastiness to the finish. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bear beer Sweet 10% abv/ Imperial Chocolate stout. Japanese version? Pours and oily near black body with a decent dark tan head. Aroma is oily chocolate, extract and essenses, perfume-like, fake chocolate, earthy, nutty, herbal with fruity raisins, green coffee and grassy with more vegetal content. Flavor is alcohol burn, DMS and acetaldehyde over the tons of chocolate extracts, nutty, herbal, green, toast, and lots of sweetness overall. Meh. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo NY, Dark black pour with oily looking khaki head. Looks great but bottle is lighter than i thought it would be, hence the 3. Big, big milk chocolate aroma. Taste is chocolate with little alcohol burn. Nice flavor. Good beer but like the Regular & ST Choklut better GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Pours black. Dark malts and chocolate in the aroma. Strong chocolate flavor without being cloying. Solid. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
A-pours a completely opaque black liquid with two fingers of a dark mocha colored head that has some retention but leaves no lace.
S-huge nose with tons of milk chocolate and a hint of burnt coffee. sweet dark fruit in back soaked in rum, notes of raisins.
T-the taste is huge and follows the nose. tons of chocolate, creamy, milky with a touch of bitter sweet bakers chocolate in the back. lightly burnt coffee lieing underneath finishing with a light taste of rum soaked raisins.
M-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate, low carbonation but holds, syrupy coating the mouth and slick on the back of the throat.
D-pretty straight forward chocolate, this is a chocolate bomb but doesn’t present much else with exception of the dark fruit and booze in the back.