estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red body with some rising carbonation, medium off-white head, sweet malty nose with a hint of hops. Roasted malt flavor with some hops. Bready finish with some bitterness. Pretty nice stuff.
ThomW (35) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma seemed off. Nice rich color and light head. Good flavor, but could be fuller.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Reddish amber with large beige head.Rich malty nose. Good malt profile with a dry hop finish.
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured into the glass a reddish brown color. The head was semi thick and a pale white color. The aroma was of roasted malt and hops, with slight hints of fruit. The taste was hoppy. It also had signs of light malt and a slight fruit taste.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled in a "Sea Otter Amber Ale" bottle, Redish amber in color. Slightly hoppy amber. I prefer a more malty presence in an amber.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
so I come back to michigan and what do I do but buy oregon beer, I’d never seen the otter or the shark tooth before but little did I know I see them everyday only in different bottles in oregon, I like the hop presence but this reminds me of a specious west ccoast ipa more than anything else
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
earthy nose, hoppy, IPAish, not so great.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not the biggest Rogue fan, but they make solid beers in the 3-4 range, I think. Usually they are too busy, not simple and clean. But not this one...it is a great west coast amber; beautifully malty, generous hops is right. A really really good amber. Now, on to the Mocha Porter!
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color, well balanced, nice lacy head, some coffee tones in the aroma, some roasted malts in the flavors, full bodied, a little bitter in the inital flavors, great amber ale
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had high hopes for this beer given my tastings of the last two Rogue offerings (Rogue Brown Hazelnut Nectar Rogue Red Ale), but this one came up a bit short, although a crappy Rogue plays out to be a damn fine beer by the standards of most. Full bodied amber that poured nicely, possessed the same head characteristics of the Rogue Red, but the flavor was less interesting. Bitter taste up front with very little room to grow as the finish isn’t much different from the initial palate and needs more activity; not near the palate of the previous two. With that being said, the brew itself was mighty refreshing and is better than most available if that makes any sense. You gotta love a brewer who’s crappiest beers leave you feeling somewhat satisfied!