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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (31467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2011
Draft. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has strong notes of hops, grass, and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, caramel, hops, grapefruits, and grass, as well as a light note of metal from the alcohol, leading to a dry, bitter, and grapefruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20445) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2010
Draft @ Issaquah Brew House, Issaquah, WA. Pours a hazy pale orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy aroma. Malty spicy dry hoppy bitter flavor with hints of grapefruit. Has a dry malty spicy hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - 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. There’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12499) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
(draft, Rose & Raindrop, Portland) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, fruity, grapefruit, raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, fruity, grapefruit, caramel, light alcohol. Medium-full body, light resin. Definite barley wine qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2005
On tap @ the Falling Rock poured a hazy dark bronze with an amber head. Aromas of carmel and toffee. Flavor was carmel, bread, and roasted malt with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
growler @Mels YEHA-pours a ? head and hazy gold color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, spice. Taste is medium malt-caramel, spice, pine hops, some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Under the name John’s Locker Stock on tap at Rogue Ales Public House, SF, August 2005. Reddish amber ale with a thin white head. Sweet caramel malt and floral hops aroma. In mouth, like maple cream with pinhey hops, and herbal grassy notes. Medium bodied. Very smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, which is appropriate as CVille is where Charlie Papazian made his first homebrew. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Charlie Papazian? Maybe not quite... but close. He’s certainly cooler than that other local celeb Dave Matthews. Too bad this beer isn’t worthy of the name. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and some kind of wet animal. I thought it was more wet cat, but my friend thought it was more wet dog. Anyway, you get the point. The taste is a bit better... toffee, bitter earthy and citrus hop notes. Medium bodied. Blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Name: Charlie Redux
Date: August 22, 2002
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Sandy Springs
Appearance: dark ruby
Aroma: rich malt aroma with lots of fresh hops
Flavor: flavor starts with rich malt with massive fruity notes and sweet piney hops leading to a short bitter finish, the more you drink the sweeter it gets with the carmel character, but the piney hops keep pace to keep it honest

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: *** /4

Name: Charlie
Date: May 06, 2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: dark amber, thin head
Aroma: strong piney hop aroma on top of sweet malt
Body: rich malt body
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, rich malt, touch of sweetness, long bitter finish
Overall: everything a celebration wants to be

Name: Charlie
Date: August 16, 2002
Vintage: 1981
still as hoppy as ever, maybe a touch more bitterness, amerillo hops are the best thing since cascade

Name: Charlie
Date: June 18, 2005
Vintage: 1981
Aroma: still a big sweet piney hop aroma
Flavor: big sweet alcoholic malt flavor, long bitter finish, all sweet and bitter with no middle, past prime

Name: Charlie
Date: July 15, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: summits cumming
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: muddy brown
Aroma: rich earthy aroma with lots of sweet pine, lasting tan head
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: very rich malt flavor, lots of bitterness on top of sweet pine, a back and forth battle between the sweet and the bitter with the sweet winning the early rounds before the bitter finally wins with a lingering bitter finish

Name: Charlie
Date: February 15, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: summits
Vintage: 1981
amber, thin fine head, lots of lace, but otherwise same as recent examples

Name: Charlie
Date: March 20, 2010
Mode: cask
Source: summits woodstock
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: muddy orange, scant head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: sweet and fruity citrus flavor

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10565) - 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.

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