Pours black and thick and opaque, like a very strong coffee. The head is tan, small and long lasting. No carbonation visible in the glass... not much of anything is visible in the glass, just black. A white LED behind the glass shows up as a faint ruby glow on the other side.
First sip: Heavy, slightly bitter chocolate and coffee flavours up front with mild malts. Nice hoppy bitterness that lingers. Mouth-feel is thick and creamy with a faint carbonation tingle on the tongue. The beer burp is very nice.
This stout is like washing down a mouthful of Lindt 90% cocoa-mass dark chocolate with a black coffee. But, unlike the Lindt chocolate which kills any chocolate cravings with one square, this is highly drinkable and more-ish. As the beer warms in the glass, the dark roasted malts become stronger and the bitterness decreases.* It is a little too heavy to drink on its own; it needs a munchy to go with the quaffing - crisps, or cheese, or toast. I had toast, with Vegemite of course. Oh my goodness, eat toast and Vegemite while you drink this!
Note to self: add some to chocolate ice-cream next time I buy some.
This is a yummy beer.
Rogue Ales, Oregon
650ml bottle (3.3 standard drinks, and I drank it all! AAAAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! *burp*)
Same again, sir? OH YES PLEASE!
*or I became used to the bitterness.