BeerHawk (1790) - 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.
Arayaga2 (1714) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown-black with a very creamy brown head. Strong aroma of hops and to a lesser extent roasty malt. Taste is extremely bitter, as the name (which I did not know at the time of tasting) now suggests. It’s like a black IIPA with an underlying sweetness that borders on cloying. $6.5/pint
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5/08 notes: on tap, Eli Cannon’s. Must note my confusion in thinking this was Rogue’s Brutal Bitter. This beer poured deep black and smelled of heavily toasted – maybe burnt is a better word – bitter chocolate. Tastes of black coffee, toasted notes, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint of plum. Finish is notably dry and bitter, I commend Rogue for resisting the urge to throw some sweetness in the finish! Overall I enjoyed this beer, but felt that the toasted-bitter flavors were a bit one-sided: I think if they were toned down then more complexity would emerge.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head. Citrusy hops and roasted malt in the aroma. Tastes like a coffee IPA. Weird. The hops are citrusy, tangerine like. The malt background brings up fresh brewed coffee and molasses. Bitter in every way. A fun beer.
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.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Clear dark brown wtih a frothy stable head. Super hoppy aroma, resinous and citric. Big citrus hop flavor with a bitter finish. Small malt character. Nice beer, though simpler than you would imagine it to be. Personally I didn’t get any cat urine, though certain hops, particularly when dry hopping, will lend such an aroma. Described as "catty" by hop purveyers I’ve spoken to.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
As a dark beer drinker, I found this offering from Rogue awfully dissappointing. I mean, if you’re going to call your beer "Brutal Black," then at least bring it strong and stop trying to create an IPA that looks like a stout.
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.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, dark thick. Not what i was expecting when i asked for the bitter. Oh well, it was a hell of a beer anyway. NIce range of hops with a very nice malt character.
Sregnar35 (933) - 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.