triodes (7) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2009 does not count
One of Rogue’s best products. Reliable, well made, a real friend in need. One of best stouts in the nation, bar none. TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2009
This beer seems to be an enigma. Tough to nail down just what the story is after some net searching. Only other raters seem to be talking about it.
Thick and oily brownish black body with a very dark almost rust colored head which soon leaves the oily surface quite clean. Smell is a powerful combination of sweet chocolate, as well as coffee rinds and cocoa. Thick and creamy on the palate, taste of mostly coffee and then chocolate throughout. There is a rounding bitter coco/hop finish, the sweet notes are more in the background I think. Excellent beer! JaBier (7871) - 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. slowrunner77 (11933) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"Whoa...what a beer. Black/brown with a thin brown head. Takes everything good about Rogue Chocolate Stout, squares it, and gets rid of the watery mouthfeel (the weaker beer’s only shortfall). The aroma is mostly chocolate...tootsie rolls ...with some roasted malt detected underneath. The mouthfeel is big and creamy, which is quite nice. This is definitely a dessert beer...pretty sweet, although i bet there are high IBUs in there too. Just tasty. Roasted malt and a ton of chocolate. You can tell it’s got a backbone, but not that it’s 10%. Hard to get info on this beer...got it at the Rogue Alehouse in SF, brewed in Oregon, presumably for Ezo Beer in Japan, but even though ezo-beer.com is right on the bottle, this beer isn’t on there. Only 3 ratings on ratebeer and beeradvocate. Worth buying a few if you can find it...sadly i was loaded with beer so i got only one :("
willisread (3308) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Keyaki 2014 Ezo beer tasting set. Dark brownish/black with a minimal tan head. Huge milk chocolate, roasted malt nose with coffee, toasted pine nuts, almond notes also present. Slightly watery mouthfeel with some creaminess still noticeable. Tastes almost like a thin dark chocolate milk. The flavour is more of the same with toasted cacao nib and smokiness also present. Great lasting finish. Very smooth.
sebletitje (10067) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown, courtesy of juiceisloose.
Pours dark brown, insane thick mocha head, golden lacing.
Aroma huge amount of chocolate and roasted malts.
Flavor was similar to aroma, a whole mouthful of pure chocolate goodness.
Plain chocolate bomb, felt as chewing chocolate. Fairly simple in concept, but thick and tasty. When Rogue said chocolate, they were serious. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Deep brown color with a tan head. Big bakers chocolate and mocha aromas. Smooth medium body. Great blend of sweet milk chocolate, dry bakers chocolate and bitter blackened malts. Intensely tasty stout ! angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Black pour with a small light brown head. Nutso glass staining. Aroma is chocolate, chocolate milk, oatmeal. Flavor is chocolate, oatmeal, and the faintest smoke and ash on the back end. Dogbrick (12936) - 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. daleharshman (1064) - 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)