Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2000
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent example of the Vienna style.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta
hazy light amber, whispy head, spicy hop aroma on top of sweet hops, rich malt flavor, underlying hops, slight bitterness in the finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Bov (8837) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 2, 2000
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber colour, strong malt aroma like a bock beer, caramel, sweet - excellent
3fourths (7536) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - 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.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel malt, oranges and apricots point towards what could very well be a scottish ale. The yeast aroma’s shows signs of wear, and thus suggest that the malt sweetness might have been bolder.
Softness is the key for the oranges and apricots. Mellow flavors in a quenchable if not thin body. Probably getting tired, but still good and ultimately drinkable.
Respect is due for a valiant soldier still sharing his experience.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Y2K bottle. Cloudy sedimented amber. Growing oxidation starts to haunt the aroma. Stale caramel malt doesn’t have the conviction it must have had once, it comes out chocolatey, earthy and fruity (apricot), but with weak corners if I may say so. While there’s still a biting carbonation, it feels thin and too mineral/rocky for its own good. Watery mineral water flavours (not so flavourful then), slightly buttery, biscuity…
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, apricot, chocolate notes to the aroma. Opaque tan body with very slight, fully-diminishing head that leaves a whisper of lace. Plenty of sedimented yeast in suspension. Caramel, toasty malts are somewhat tired with an overall sweet and fruity flavour. Medium-light body is rather still with low carbonation. Bottle (2000) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, circa 2000, shared in stuporous amazement with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Orangy-apricot slightly hazy hue, virtually no head...big yeasty, vinous, slightly vinegary/cidery nose, interesting if not exactly "right"...body somewhat weak and thin, watery and oxidized not surprisingly, a bit woody and lightly caramel-accented...this is clearly on the dowturn, but there’s enough left to indicate that it was probably a superb example at one time...why doesn’t Rogue make more stuff like this amongst all of their hopmonsters?
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998-2000 bottle (somewhere in there) big thanks to SkepticMAP for sending this. Opening beer of the best tasting of which I’ve been a part of, to date. Peachy-orange colored body, light ruddiness to it, with a layered effect of darker colors on the bottom. No head, only a smattering of bubbles, but it hasnt lost every last drop of carbonation, just most of it. Aroma has tons of brown bread, hints of cinnamon and some cider vinegar, though not terribly strong. Smells like old Seignuriale. . .Flavor....darn, it’s long overdue. Mostly oxidized/watery body gives glimpses of past grandeur. Caramel, strong chewy/nutty yeast, more apricots and peaches with some light spiciness that gives the effect of rye.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and do something different. As with many young samples of beer that are not particularly superb yet, but show great potential (and thus I rate on cellar potential), I am going to rate this on what it must have been in the past. Because you can certainly feel the large amount of thick caramel malt. Certainly this was not intended to have been aged this long, as well. Proper yeastiness (it’s Rogue after all), tons of sediment and bits of grainy vienna malt, light fruit. Rewind 2-3 years, taking out some of that oxidation and I have no doubt this is a fantastic example of the style. There are no off flavors in this old sample, just heavy oxidation. What can you really expect from a 5-7 year vienna?!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy peach color with yeast in suspension and a ring of white lace. Decent aroma and flavor of malt, yeast and caramel, feels a lot like candy too. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Surprising for a 5 year old lager.