jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Saw it in the store and had to get it because I knew it was retired. Looks like cider, no head. Aroma has hints of spice and apples. Flavor is sweet malt with just-right grassy/floral hops. Why is this retired???
Update: Bought the last two bottles and one tasted pretty old. I would still recommend buying one in the hope of getting a good one.
Aubrey (3433) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice carbonation; very smooth texture. Light, flavorful malts with a sweet base. Floral, aromatic hops. Nicely balanced and flavorful beer.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A friend of mine found one of these sitting in an A&P liquor mart, and figured I'd like it, mainly to save the bottle. The beer poured a cloudy golden amber, with a copious head. Smelled and tasted a little old, slightly tinny and past it's prime. Aside from that, it was fairly full bodied, nice and malty, with very little hopping. I would have liked to try this fresh, but it was fun anyways. Ratings boosted slightly for potential.
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Found this dusty bomber in a local store. Pours nice and clear, small head with big bubbles. Smells like sweet spices. Taste is of slight hop bitterness, but mostly of sweet spice.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep golden amber.Little or no aroma. Good sweet malt flavor.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 Top notch! This is a superb Vienna lager on par with the world-class Great Lakes Eliot Ness. It's lightly hopped and has a hint of bockishness. Though I'm concerned my bottle is a bit old, I can still see why so many people loved this brew while it was still made.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral hop nose, deep malt character for a lighter beer, crisp flavor
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Never been a fan of this style but this brew is certainly an exception. Rogue manages to add its own twists especially complexity in this beer. The first thing that takes me by surprise is the barley wine-like maltiness that rushes up the nose when you first open the bottle. The palate is equally surprising, very malty with an almost caramel/toffeish ale like weight as well as a wonderful toasted and spicy hop finish. Pyramid brews a wonderfully complex Vienna for my restaurant (Palomino) that’s still top of my list but this Rogue is right up there.
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great lager, but not one of Rogue’s better beers. Great with brats.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 The best of the Rogue beers that I have tasted. Rich and smooth. I tasted the hops, but the malt balanced it out perfectly. I also like the statue and fireworks design on the 22 oz. bottle. I think i'll save the bottle.