porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 23, 2005
(Bottle) Dark cola color, big tan head. Smells of coffee and a little of chocolate. Good lacing. Smooth mouthfeel, taste is like a good cup of coffee, a little bitter in finish. Didn’t like it quite a smuch as their stout, but that’s probably because I like stout better than porter. Real good beer. albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle Very dark brown, rocky tan head. Excellent aroma, cocoa, campfire smoke, floral hops & burnt toast, Dr. Pennfield. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is cocoa, dark coffee, hints of hops with a bitter finish. This is MY kindof beer. Well done. Can’t wait to find more Rogue. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Draft. Deep deep brown pour. Aroma of roasted malts and some bitter chocolates, maybe some hop aroma. Flavor was more of the same, but more complex. Mocha actually comes out here, with more of the nice roasted malts and chocolates. Finishes fairly bitter. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Murky brown with the barest tinges of lighter brown/red. Thin off white head. Bitter chocolate and hints of acrid floral hops. Bittersweet chocolate and subdued coffee flavors with a bracing hop bitterness. Coffee astringency and roastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
650ml bottle, from Sainsburys (thanks maeib). Pitch black, with a modest beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and smoky malt. Loads of mocha in the flavour (as expected) but more cocoa powder than coffee. It very bitter, tending towards sharp. The bitterness strays from assertiveness into aggression. Something a little phenolic and/or medicinal in the background. Lingering finish, but its just more bitterness. Came over to me more like a very dry, bitter stout than a porter. I didn’t dislike this beer but its not very refined. Big, but a bit rough and, I have to admit, a bit of a struggle by the end.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Small Head that dissipates slowly. Dark Brown cannot see through. Bitterness on first taste then grows sweeter. There is a dark semisweet chocolate component that rings through after taste. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Very dark,nearly black, nice brown foamy head, lots of sticky lace. Aromas of coffee, toast, malt, a little ripe dark fruit and a bit of floral hops. Tastes weak, flavors of malt, coffee, chocolate, smoke and peat all compete for prominence in a murky mix. Not enough chocolate to cal it chocolately, as the name implies. Fairly bitter hop finish. For all those different malts, I expected a lusher, sweeter, toastier, more complex malty character. The malt flavor was kind of in the background, though, and more of a simple barely-roasted bitter malt. Maybe I’m just used to porters being more on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and flat, but typical of many porters. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
This beer poured a dark brown color with light colored head. Smells was of roast malt, milk and dark chocolate, and a slight coffee smell. Taste was much the same but it seemed a little watery and thin in the finish but then again it seems that is how most porters taste to me. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Poured fizzy dark ruby-brown (almost cola-like), with a good light brown creamy, fizzy, rocky head. Sweet dark roast malt aroma of fresh-ground coffee, cola, chocolate, anise, some hops and a bit of hickory-smoked bacon. Taste quite bitter, coffee, hops, chocolate, burnt malts, wood bark - starts creamy/chocolate bitter, finishes almost resiny coffee bitter. Mouthfeel quite full-bodied and creamy. My idea of a hairy-chested porter - another winner from Rogue. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
12oz - Aroma is nice. Chocolate malt and roasted coffee beans. Pours black with a slight red tint. Small off white head leaves great lacing. Flavor is sweet and roasty. Coffee and chocolate dominate with a slight hop finish. Creamy and sticky palate. A real nice drinking porter.