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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Originally brewed and bottled for the 2001 National Craft Brewers Conference-a private bottling & release with no distribution. A second batch, Charlie Redux was brewed with very limited distribution. 2005 is the hat-trick batch, Charlie 1981 returns for a third time as part of John's Locker Stock!

Charlie 1981 is an unfiltered strong ale, it exhibits massive bitterness and a firm malt backbone. Hedonistic! Brewed using Pale Malt, Munich and Crystal 40 malts, Horizon, Sterling and Amarillo Hops. Estimated measurements are: 18.2 degrees Plato (OG), 3.5 Degrees Plato (TG), 75 IBU's, 8.5% ABV. Prost!

Charlie 1981 is named in honor of Charlie Papazian, president of the Association of Brewers, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and homebrewing guru. John Maier, Brewmaster for Rogue Ales, made his first batch of beer in 1981 using Papazian's influential book "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (12418) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours hazy dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel / butterscotch, tropical fruits (peach, pineapple) and booze. Flavour of caramel, dark fruits and booze - the booze sort of cancels out some of the other qualities. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3334) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
On tap at the brickstore. Deep orange pour with a white head. All citrus aroma and nice bubblegum flavor. Caramel malt adds a nice body and balance to this drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5954) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2011
(draught - listed as Johnís Locker Stock Charles?) clear amber, creamy head with excellent lacing. Nose of caramel, delicious hop mix, yellow cake, pineapple, smells great. Taste is a bit astringent though. Twigs, bitter citrus oils, bit of caramel but masked by the intense bitterness, oily body with s bitter palate finish. Not too hard to drink and some alcohol presence. Big On pine as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2871) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Draught from the tiger. Pours a cloudy burnt siena. Fizzy head that leaves concentric rings. Aroma is hops and earth. Bitter taste with a bit of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average cloudy cheddar yellow with a nose of light, buttery grapefruit and tea leaf bread. Flavor is semi-watery grapefruit and light pine/orange. Average mouthfeel. Too restrained; tastes like an early effort homebrew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 15, 2011
A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice big white head and some spotty lacing. S: Interesting aromas of toffee, toasted malt, and citrus. A lot of orange and perhaps tangerine notes. Thereís a slight oxidation type aroma to it as well. Some sweetness of brown sugar and just a little bit of alcohol. T: A touch sweeter than I had expected with a lot of brown sugar and toffee. A nice toasted bread malt base to the beer with good hop flavors. Nice and floral with some moderate citrus levels to it. M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. O: A somewhat generic "strong ale", but it was good, so no real complaints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt and citrus. Light, clean body with flavors of citrus, mild hops and sweet toasted malt. The finish is sweet and citrusy with a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
on tap. Pours a brown orange withwhite head. The aroma is of hops and citrus. hoppy upront which is sweet and then ends slightly bitter. Good beer and good ob hiding the alcohol taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft at J Clyde Birmingham AL 3/2/11. Hazy dark yellow. Very yeasty, tangy, sharp, lots of carbonation, fluffy. Does not stand out- a bit of a mixup beer but not awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (7180) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Draft at RnH with Linh. Pours a deep, hazy amber with no head and slight lacing. Aroma is indecipherable out of the sample glass. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of bitter pale malts, and hops.

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