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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34322) - 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 (23012) - 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 (16055) - Dublin, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14362) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13233) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
On tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit and caramel. Tastes of citrus (oranges and grapefruit), nuts and caramel. Has almost a light sour start that ends in a nice bitter finish.

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