hopdog (8254) - 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 (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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 (5119) - 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 (5557) - 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 (576) - 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.
Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught > Flying Saucer. Ehh, not bad. This is pretty hoppy but not IPA hoppy. Reminds me of a ESB more than a schwarzbier. I wonder if the description above is correct?
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: March 17, 2007
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque dark brown, lasting thick creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma
Flavor: lots of citrus hop flavor on a chocolate malt base, mostly dry with an earthy quality, long bitter finish, it’s all about the hops with tons of flavor
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Date: April 05, 2008
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black with ruby edges, fine dirty white aroma, thick drippy lace
Aroma: big citrus hop aroma, dark chocolate to balance the hops, just a hint of caramel sweetness
Flavor: big hop flavor with lots of roasted malt, lots of citrus, nice earthyness, long bitter finish, the bitterness keeps growing along with the roasted
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: *** /4