Bov (8158) - 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
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 Iíve 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, itís 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.
Iím 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 (itís 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?!
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
Aubrey (3347) - 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.
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 Rogueís better beers. Great with brats.
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.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, here goes nothing. It poured out a big thick cream colored head, and eventually revealed the amber color of the beer. The aroma is a bit off. It has a bit of spice in it, some olives, ceral grain and honey. Odd mixture. As for the taste....Suprisingly not wretched. In fact somewhat enjoyable. Initially its decently sweet, but then It does get to you that with that feeling of past-its-prime taste. I donít know how long this beer was sitting at Chuckís Fine Wine and Cheese in Chagrin Falls, but there were two bottles. One that magicall appeared around the new year out on one of the counters, and the second that was sitting atop of a shelf away from the rest of the beer. So for as long as they were there, and fortunately somewhat out of the way, it has held up respectablly.
3fourths (6948) - StraŖgiech, Bavaria, GERMANY - 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.
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.
MartinT (6934) - 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 aromaís 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.