golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Black pour with almost no head. There are a lot of citrus hops in the aroma, some burnt malt, and chocolate. Flavor is similar, aggressively hopped, roasted / burnt presence. Not so much like a schwarzbier, but a hopped up porter. Decent overall.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) Brown-back body, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, roast, some smoke. Solid bitter aftertaste. Smooth medium body.
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Mahars. Dissapointing for the style. Not nearly enough body and the flavor wasn’t very strong.
3fourths (8537) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ RFD. Dark brown with some murky light at the bottom. Nose of coarse grains, toast, some sweet chocolate liqueur, and the flavor is a mixture of twang, some chocolate sweetness, and some sharp alcohol notes (less than 6%??). Fuesal, perhaps. Not bad, a bit hoppy, which is typical for Rogue, and I like the house character as much as I always have with Rogue. I’d drink it again.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Brew Kettle. Darkest brown appearance. Strong flavors of roasted malts and hints of licorice, with an assertively bitter finish. Does not pair well with wasabi mustard.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Uber. Let’s just start off by saying that this is not a Schwarzbier. It may share some common characteristics with the style, but that’s as far as it goes. Pours clear blackish brown with a lightly lacy tan head. Aroma of oranges, chocolate and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Lightly astringent grapefruit and coffee finish. The flavors in this beer seem to fight with each other rather than being complimentary, and the result is a lack of balance. Not ’bad’, but just barely edging into ’good’ territory.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought that this could have been a bit more hoppy, but it was still good. I would like to try it a bt warmer.
adrian910ss (2416) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capone’s. Pours a burgundy black with a small white head. Aroma of malts, dark fruit and citrus. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, cola and citrus. Has a tangy aftertaste.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Rogue Brewery. Pours a dark but not impenetrable black to brown. The nose lacks the sweetness suggested by the appearance. More floral hops. Some slightly biting roat. Thinner body. The flavor is drier & hoppier than I would have guessed. Roast bigger. Something like coffee. Easy to drink. Reminds me of a porter more than a schwarzbeir, but that’s not necessarily bad.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Carrboro. One of the better Rogue seasonals/occasionals in recent memory. Pours like a healthy dry stout, with an appetizing aroma - a bit too heavy on the roasted malts, but you can still get some of the complexity of the nose, a mixture of toffee and autumnal fruits that, strangely enough, suggests fruitcake to me! Rich and nutty flavors blend well with the roasted qualities, all backed by the signature Rogue hopping. Fine stuff. Bottle this (but not in the extortionist bottles, please).