kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Frisco’s. Pours a dark, slightly hazy caramel brown color; lightest tan head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing that lasts forever. Somewhat bready, soft wet malts in aroma; almost like fresh-baked bread. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, roasted malts, caramel, and dried fruits; a touch of warming alcohol and sharp citrus coming through. Generous, bready / malty beer. Lengthy, soft finish: wet malts, bread, and chewy caramel in the finish.
DocLock (8053) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours deep brownish black with tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malty, with chocoff notes and resiny hop wafts. The taste is roasty malty, with some licorice, chocolate, and a hop presence that is rather assertive and remains throughout the beer’s lifespan. This one is a rough-around-the-edges younger brother of Gonzo.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some roast, pine, and just hoppy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, and citrus. Some lacing left on the glass.
TomDecapolis (4539) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a deep brown with chestnut highlights and a medium bubbly/ creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, a touch of chocolate, vanilla and some floral notes. Flavor of toffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, some pine and a good bit of hop bitterness.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of hops. Not much to smell. Damn did this thing finish bitter. Some hops, citrus, and fruit. Rather sweet, but finished bitter.
egajdzis (5399) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark mahogany color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, roast, and light cocoa. Taste of caramel, nuts, citrus, roast, light chocolate, and a bit of smoke... some light pine in the finish as well.
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was called Rogue Black IPA at Brouwers. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is that of dark roasted malt, sweet licorice, and earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, a little licorice and some dry citrus and piney hops. Lingering roasted note. Good stuff.
closey22 (964) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On dreaft at Monk’s in Phily. Called Rogue Anniversary Black Brutal "Bitter". Reddish brown w/very think foamy head; aroma is hoppy w/ hint of sweetness; hops dominate the flavor but there are some roasty and sweet notes; the palate is think and creamy; finish is dry/hoppy.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: Floral, hoppy aroma. Poured dark brown with a hint of ruby and a medium to large-sized rocky, beige head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of floral hops with a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Thin, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter hop finish. Overall, nice and bitter, but lacking a bit in body.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This release wasn’t a whole lot different then the previous in my opion. A bit less sharp bitterness and less excess alcohol in the finish, but that could just be due to having it a few months after the initial release. Pours brown with a soft beige head. Roasty malts with a bitter citrus/pine finish.