brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced malt, hop aroma, bitterness of the hops is dominant in the taste, although the taste is not forceful , a wonderful bitter aftertaste.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber w/ generous finger of gold foam. Nice lace. Fresh, leafy, fruity hoppy aroma against a background of toffee & caramel. Medium-light feel. Nicely balanced, though surprisingly light flavor w/ a very bitter, lingering finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Now for an ESB, this really is up there for the style. A sweetness that is noticable, and a hop presence that balances it out nicely. Not bitter like an IPA can be but pleasant and interesting. Not a huge fan of the style, but this kicks ass. Bravo.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with a white head. Sweet hoppy citrus aroma. (lemon) Flavor is bitter as the name suggests. There is a sweet floral taste at the start and middle of the beer with a monster bitter aftertaste.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Itís the grapefruit and the hop that gets you... I had this one after the aprihop and thought I was STILL getting apricot out of it. So much hop that you get hopheaded after a while, a nice addition to a bitter that runs more citrusy than butter caramel like Fullers. The aftertaste is a wreckoning. Fabulousness!
DYCSoccer17 (3346) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Very citrus piney aroma. Lots of PNW hops in the nose. Smells good. Moderately hazy orange/copper color with a small frothy white head. Grapefruit juice and pine sol. Thats what this concoction takes like. One dimensional throughout. Not bad, but itís basically hop juice.
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange and hazywith an off white big lacey head. Grassy citric hop aroma. Brown sugar, strawberry. Lots of grapefruit. Late tangerine. Very dry somewhat chalky. Really tastey bitter.
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Made me an instant Rogue fan. Itís certainly bitter but in a great way. Hoppy brown smooth start with dry finnish. good stuff
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
with a name like brutal bitter, i thought i best beware so i took a hesistant sip. it was surprising smooth. nice apricot color with a humongous head. nice mildly hoppy scent with a nice mellow hop flavoring offset nicely by malt. i could chill all night with this stuff.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft) Nice cloudy orange color with a creamy white head. Really floral citrus aroma, all hops. Superlative hop flavor grapefruit and sweet with a nice bit of malt for backbone. Finishes bitter but smooth. If this is brutal than call me a brutalitarian. Great job.