papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper/ruby color. Sticky, creamy light tan head. Burnt caramel and light cocoa flavor. Nice hoppy bitter finish.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big beautiful off-white head atop deep, reddish-brown brew. Lots of maltyness in the nose. Smells of cinnamon and a bit of brownsugar as well. Take a drink. Sugary sweetness that fades to a slight coffee-like bitterness. Has a bit of spicyness upfront as well. Really great beer.
does not taste like drinking wood.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very hoppy, dark ale. Taste like drinking wood.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one damned tasty brew. Copper hued with a wood fruit nose. Complex flavors that take center stage as the glass warms. Yes, similar to Stones AB but a bit mellower. I do love them both!
jcalbi (378) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When I placed the order for this through Liquid Solutions my intention was to order the Hop Rod Rye Ale. I guess I got my wires crossed, but, on the other hand, I wish all of my mistakes would turn out this great! Claret in color with a rich and creamy head that reduces itself to a thin ring around the glass. Immense toasted malt aroma with traces of fresh baked bread and caramel. Intense roasted coffee flavor (akin to biting into a freshly roasted coffee bean) with hins of bitter chocolate. A long, hoppy and malty finish. Great way to wind out the weekend!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well what do you know. A happenstance gift from PsychProf fulfills two recent ambitions of mine. So much buzz about Bear Republic recently and this becomes my first shot at them. And then yesterday Oakes initiates the American Strong style onsite and lo, turns out Red Rocket fits the bill, giving me a chance to explore the style. The beer? Oh yeah. Well, it comes surging forth with a huge head roaring over a deep garnet body and an effervescent effect much quicker than, but similar to, a Guinness cascade. The aroma is honeymalty, strong with hops and you get a charge of those hops in the taste, too, but they’re largely blasted away by the sweet gunpowder smoke of the exceptional malt. I don’t know if it’s easier to handle than the Bastard or if my palate has just ’grown up’ considerably from by first sip of the ol AB. Anyway, I enjoyed the beer. Chalk up two ’American Strongs’ for hennes!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet in color, the head is large and beige, the lace in sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, floral and hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is highly hopped, acidic, dry, and quite a ’Hoot’.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 You have to admire this brewery. I have never had a scottish ale packed this heavily with precisely the malt required, and a heavy dose of hops to boot! Not true to style, yes. The bastard brother to a more refined version like Alesmith's, but hey, who needs refinement. This brewery rocks my world. Thanks to crate and barrel stoppers, I can sample away without drunkeness, or maybe not...Sweet, peat, and heat.
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I tried it this evening. I tell ya...It sounded good and the reviews all read well so, I’m sure it’s me but, I didn’t like it. It was too sweet and too rich (if that’s possible). Maybe I was looking forward to it too much. It smelled great and had a rich full head that stuck around but I just couldn’t tolerate the taste and didn’t finsih it.
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark amber. Nice creamy foam with generous lacing and a resinous surface. Huge hoppy green, bushy, piney aroma with wisps of peat over a resinous surface. After the big flavor smack in the face, it feels a bit drying, slightly finely particulate. More big malt, big hops with some alcohol in the finish. The 6.8% is definitely appreciable. Comparison to Arrogant Bastard is unavoidable.