edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 4/26/03: bottle. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2003
black body with no lacing. sweet malty aroma. flat looking but lots of activity in the mouth. malt and coffee taste. pretty strong with a bitter finish.
(10/25/03) tried it again. added notes include:
small amount of a creamy, chocolate head with a touch of lacing. chocolate nose with some sweetness. there are also hints of alcohol. extremely sweet and sour flavor followed immediately with a strong bitterness. the finish also notes a bit of a bitter tea taste. (7,4,7.3,17)
Pours black, thick, and syrupy w/ no head, but there is a fine ring of bubbles around the glass at the top of the beer. Hoppy and chocolate aromas with plums, raisins and caramel malt. Very young! This beer needs a few years to mature and develope more character. Chocolate malt and sweetness at the start with caramel coming through mid sip. No roasted grain flavors that are perceivable. Finish is quite bitter, but evenly bitter, not harsh. No dark fruit in the flavor either. This one is chewy, but not cloying in the mouthfeel w/ minimal carbonation. I've had a bottle of '97 and a '00, both were very good. I'd suggest aging this at least 5 years to let the bitterness subside and let it develope some other flavors and aromas that this young beer does not have just yet. The '97 was very smooth and had a lot of dark fruit in aroma and flavor and no lingering bitterness. The '97 was a little rough around the edges, but was starting to develope the flavors and aromas that the '97 had. The '97 was 5 years old when I had it and the '00 2 years old. 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 (5922) - Lakewood, 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 (455) - 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 (4236) - 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 (6319) - 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.