mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2005
very bitter up front. Creamy and frothy mouthfeel. Tastes sweet and creamy as well. Bitterness of semi-sweet chocolate. Definite coffee notes as well. Dry, sweet, then dry again. A bit too watery for a porter. Really nice flavor profile. Long bitter finish. If this just tasted a bit thicker it would get a much higher score. I really enjoy the chocolate/cocoa flavor. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Re-Rate:
A Sim rate (cask at GBBF): Amazing aroma of coffee (of course), chocolate, whiskey and sherry. Opaque in appearance with impressive lacing. Sweet chocolate flavour with a rich, almost red wine and gravy finish.
A Mes rate:
Yeah it’s ok, nothing more really. Bit too over the top bitter for me. Nutty and chocolatey but there is something a little strange in the finish I can’t quite put my finger on. Something sweet. Yeah bit of a pointless rate really isn’t it? Ah well it just didn’t create that much of an impression, CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Muddy brown color with a roasted aroma. Coffee and chocolate overtones with a creamy finish. This is a wonderful porter that is not quite as good as the chocolate stout. I like this one better on tap then in the bottle, but hey that’s just me. It’s definitely worth having either way. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Aroma is milky and roasty. Very black with ruby edges and a light brown head that lasted all the way down. Flavor is roasty with some coffee and chocolate, along with a big hop assault. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some big bitterness and roasty astringency. All in all, a great porter that I would love to have more of. andco924 (15) - Millbrook, Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Dark malty chocolate flavor with decent head. For a porter off the shelf this brew is one of the better ones in my opinion.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours black with a tan creamy lasting head. there is lacing. In the aroma I can definitly smell chocolate and coffee as I would expect, nevertheless the aroma is a little bit weak. Taste has accents from coffee. some espresso and some mocha. there is a faint taste of chocolate. also the taste is very creamy and a little bitter quite nice. brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours dark, with very little head. Burnt chocolate aroma with hints of molasses. Well balanced burnt hoppy flavor with an even finish. Aftertaste fades gracefully. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours brown to black with a creamy light tan head. Mostly lasting with nice lacing. Aroma is light, coffee, chocolate and some hops. Flavor is coffee and cream, some hops near the end. Lively carbonation, medium to thin body, sparkling. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2005
My second Rouge installment. This one isn’t bad, though hard to get over the ol Fuller’s London Porter.Ill agree with yayforbeer that everything is downhill after the Fullers. None the less, he did recommend I give Rouge another shot with this one. Oil dark colour with a mocha cake head. Nose is almost a chicken-boyoun flavour.*Who want’s chicken and rice?!?!* Taste is definately different thank tha 1!!11!1(one)bittersweet dry malts imbedded with some decent roasted hoppygoodness. Cream mouthfeel apon a light swig. Chocolate and coffee hints, though not bangin present. highschool. An easier drinker. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle. Very dark brown colour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and bitter hops. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A bit unrefined, but still pretty good.