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RATINGS: 208   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 re-rate: draught...nice looking, dark chestnut & frosty looking..covered by solid tan froth. It has a mature IPA aroma showcasing the dry apricot and other fruit notes of the malts and the refined resiney character of the hops. Thick mouthfeel with a refined combination of hops and malts showing superior bitterness as well as delicious dried fruit notes. This is a big beer, and quite tasty IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Full malty amber ale, quite sweet with a slight fruity flavor from the hops. Great body, excellent ale all around. But contrary to the bartender’s opinion, not the best beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Draft- The description says ’not for the faint of heart’ 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 I’ll stay away for now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAle99 (1) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
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 it’s 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.

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