TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Rocky foam, which leaves nice lacework, abounds the pure deep copper liquid. Intense round pine cone aroma with loads of sappiness and underlying notes of butter, jammy malts, spice cake, concord grape, and coconut. This tells me right away that this will be soft and chewy. Amazing initial flavors of piney goodness, numbing to the palate, followed by mint leaf and dryness. The finish is hop, orange rind heavy with a notable emphasis on the Crystal malt, as well. Hop burps are immense! The texture and feel uncannily resemble raw mint leaf; dry and vaporous. I had the expectation for this to be this good. This ingeniusly keeps within the boundaries of a Barleywine and Imperial IPA. My new favorite American Strong Ale. Bring this back, Mr. Maier.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Judging by the color I thought it would be an amber, then i tasted it... and it tastes like a very bitter IPA... but sweet too. Nice combo. Yeah Rogue!
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full malty amber ale, quite sweet with a slight fruity flavor from the hops. Great body, excellent ale all around. But contrary to the bartenderís opinion, not the best beer I have ever had.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown color. A BIG bodied ale. Malty and fairly hoppy. Big full taste. Nice complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. No alcohol bite despite a 9.1%. Excellent beer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft- The description says ínot for the faint of heartí and they are right. This is one powerful hop experience that I did not enjoy. The guy next to me at the bar seemed to enjoy it but it was way too over the top for me. Maybe my beer palate has not evolved enough to appreciate this type of beer so Iíll stay away for now.
RealAle99 (1) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was given a six pack of Charlie 1981 by John M. while visting the Rouge brewery @ newport last year. I do remember it was a wonderful brew with a fantastic hop content and rich robust flavor.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful, deep garnet and ruby color; Head was dense to start and then faded quickly to a thin whisp that stayed lively; The nose was much more bready then usual for a Rogue product. Whisky dry to start. Very similar to the Jubilee in itís dryness (must be the Amarillo). AT the top of the mouth and towards the front, there is some bready sweetness. Alcohol staying well hidden at the 1/4 mark. The first touch to the tounge is thin, but the beer expands as it passes through the mouth. Slightly grapey as it warms.