Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Barley’s, Knoxville. Well, I guess I like this stuff better than most, so far. Dark brown, verging on black, no head. Aroma is citrusy, with a hint of coffee, maybe rather stale coffee. Flavor is similiar to regular Brutal Bitter, with cheap coffee dumped in it, plus a touch of, well for lack of a better way to put it, funk. And not in a particularly good, Sly and the Family Stone way, either.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter... This beer was available on draught at Barley’s Tap Room and Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN. Sean (illinismitty) purchased a pint to share with everybody at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting on 3/10/2007...
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter looks dark brown and was near opaque in the glass. It has a creamy, light tan head that left thick, dense lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nauseous mixture of ammonia, citrus, and grass. The flavor is extremely earthy and a blend of dirt, old grass, and some trailing citrus hops. There is an aggressively bitter and dry finish that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the horrific aroma and flavor. The beer is both brutal and bitter, but definitely not good or remotely enjoyable. Unfortunately it was the worst beer of the evening. Four of us weren’t even able to drink more than half the pint! Even though this was such an abrasive and disappointing brew, I really do appreciate Sean’s thoughtfulness and generosity (even though I really think that he was just trying to make us all sick!).
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville, bought by illinismitty to share with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting. Dark brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that left light lacing. Awful aroma of ammonia (cat piss) and hops with a light chocolate background. The flavor was about the same. Medium body and mild bitterness throughout. This has got to be a bad batch.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker Center. Very dark, very bitter pretty disappointing. Decent malt flavor. Have not drank cat urine so I can’t go there
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Sean. Sean went to the bar and came back with some of this which was the locker stock series number whatever. This stuff is really dark, and has a big creamy head on it. The appearance is about the best thing this beer has to offer. After discussing at the table what the aroma was, the best we could come up with was cat urine and grass. The taste was off. Very bitter and unpleasant notes of grass and just funk. Not a good beer at all.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville, which I purchased for the tasting. I was pretty excited to try this. Pours black with a tan head and decent lacing. Carbonation is a tad aggressive. Aroma of cat wizz, caramel, and some orange. Flavor or medium dark roast and tea offset by some citrus hops. Finish has a rather unpleasant bitter tea like finish. This was not a very good beer, and a waste of $2.75.