threethreads (5) - topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz. bottle. thin lingering head. orange copper color. sweet pine malt aroma. less citrus than in the past but still yummy. one of my all time favorites. would love to try it fresh on tap.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another decent beer. I thought it was very hoppy, but not too bitter. Not the most complex flavor.. I like other Rogues better for sure.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp bitter in the aftertaste. Long lasting finish. Tastes like real american hops should. A bit of malt in there as well. Woody/piney. Cedar. Pleasant and sweet in the front of the mouth. Nice cross between an ESB and an IPA.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz bottle: $4.49 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) I’ve had this beer several times in the past, although none were in the last few years, and I’d felt the beer was just really citrusy and bitter. I mean, Brutal Bitter, right? So this time I decided to buy a bottle and let it sit for several months to tone down what I had perceived to be a really hoppy beer. Well, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. This is a well-balanced and very tasty beer. The malt is decidedly toasty, without any noticeable caramelization and dominates the first few seconds of each sip. Hops is still potent (but not Brutal), fairly citrusy in nature, and really balances the beer, finishing with a flurry of crisp grapefruit. The nose is bready and toasty, and the aromatics of the hops have certainly faded, so I guess the aging is a trade-off. Medium "plus" bodied and nicely carbonated, the crisp finish keeps the palate refreshed and makes for a bomber that is pretty easy to finish without tiring out the palate. Somewhat hazy and bright amber in color, the body is capped by a solid, off-white head that rises to an inch (or more, if I pour quickly), and very slowly settles to a thin, quarter-inch layer. Lacing is patchy, but obviously has a tough time sticking to the glass since it mostly just slides right down as I drink the beer. Overall, though, this is a really nice beer. I think perhaps keeping the beer for maybe three or four months might be a happy medium with preserving more hops in the nose while slightly increasing the bitterness in the flavor.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice, easy drinking ale. Well balanced malt and hops, a but of depth and good aroma. Seems maybe a bit lighter than other ESBs, or at least a "brighter" flavour, if that makes any sense. I’d like it in regular 12 ounce bottles instead of the traditional Rogue Bomber, it’d seem more "casual" then, which is good for such an easygoing and pleasant beer, at least for my preferences.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This cloudy maple-colored ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated quickly. There was a faint wheat aroma and a full flavor, with cheek-puckering bitterness. A very nice brew.
Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rogue Brutal Bitter:
Not as brutal as I expected but proves to be a very complete beer. Instant aroma of citrus overwhelms. Hazy, sediment-y medium to dark orange.
Slightly nutty, not overpowering hops,
smooth and bitter. Does not taste as strong as it is.
NachlamSie (2999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. This is a murky light brown with a thin head. Quite a citrusy aroma on this one with some underlying sweet malts. The flavor is also quite acidic with some spicier hops too. More citrus in the finish.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Cloudy amber body, foamy beige head, so-so lacing. Aroma strange combination of hops, maple syrup and dirty sock. Bitter. Smooth. Nice body. Not bad but doesn’t seem like a finished product.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze. Big, bubbly, off white head. Big hop aroma-resinous,citrus,pine-some sweet malt, also. Same flavor, very bitter, great with spicy food. Medium body, nice carbonation level. Good brew.