apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 A jet black beer with a tan head that fades to a light lacing. Much too high alcohol presence in my opinion. More like a stiff brandy, but it's unpleasant in this beer. Thick and dark, molasses and maple syrup tasting coffee. A so-so Imperial Stout. Re-rate: This one is much better than the first time I had it...not such strong alcohol, and much more well-balanced. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Dark black with tan head - aroma is overly alcoholic, as is the flavor - coffee, brown sugar, molassas are all present, but the alcohol in the flavor almost ruins them - hop bite in the finish makes things interesting, but this is out of balance. [re-rate, originally 2.9] I think that my first sample of this beer had something wrong with it, because the second time I tried this I thought it was excellent - the hop bitterness, chocolate/coffee/currant/plum flavors and malt sweetness are all in perfect balance - this sample is right up there with the other great American-made Imperials like North Coast and Kalamazoo. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
An oily thick black with a medium creamy milk chocolate colored head. Pacific hops aroma with chocolate and roasted malt. What started out as a medium bitter beer turned astringent and undrinkable for the last third of the glass. Initial flavors of chocolate and roasted malt with hops as a background but these soon dominate and encompass the whole beer making it one dimensional. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Sweet burnt aroma with tart aromas coming out as the beer warms. Chocolate and coffee hidden in there among toast, burnt fruit, and a little esters. Smooth mouthfeel maybe a little over carbed. Sweet with a burnt smokey finish. Great stout. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Thick, oily black. Big brown head. Moderate lacing. Tiny bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Nose of sweet malt and dark chocolate with a hint of hops and alcohol. Thick and rich--quite a mouthfeel. Coffee up front. Raisins and some vinous notes come out in the middle. Dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. One of Rogue's best stouts.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 8, 2003
black with a large tan head. hoppy, starts bitter and finishes sweet. Drank side by side with expedition. late coffee and lots of roast, i would taste it 2 minutes after i took a sip. Massive amounts of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains but not overpowering. exceptionaly well balanced, excellent! thedm (6143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew pours a small brown head of finely sized bubbles with a pitch black opaque body. As one drinks from their mug, the lasting head leaves behind a wonderful clinging vine lacing. It has a typical stout strong coffee aroma with a very smooth, for a stout, initial taste and a strong coffee finish. I really enjoyed drinking this brew. One of the better stouts I have tasted. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2003
Onyx black, completely eclipses the sun. A dark brown thin head clung on for quite a while. Alcohol, chocolate(dark), hints of smoke. Heavily roasted and a tiny hint of black licorice. Full and heavy in the mouth. Lots of alcohol, a brandyish character. Great, long, bitter cocoa finish. Also a great warmer. atomsmasher (8) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003 does not count
Creamy light brown head. Complex roasted malt taste that is long lasting. This is a top grade stout. Panzuriel (2199) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2003
Beautiful dark opaque liquid with a fine brown head. Smells faintly sweet with a nice roasted malt kick. Good malt and bitter end. nice full round texture. A great stout.