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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Iíve tasted the original 1981. (AKA the New Hope, the Star Wars of Beers!!!) Amazing complexity. It is ruby red in color. Hop Aroma you could not believe. Redux was ok, just not quite the same. One Big Chuck, Please!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2007
On draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg. Robust amber hue with a rusty tinge, delivered with a firm head that slowly settled into a thin foam cap. Light floral hoppy aroma which left me a bit off guard on the first swallow ... thick and vicuous, stiffly alcoholic with a big hop oil undertow, too. Quality brew. Strong ... but Iím glad the bartender accidentally gave me a full glass.(#2732, 3/4/2007)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Draft at Summitís in Atlanta. WOW! I had this beer when it was originally released years ago and remembered it being one of my favorites. Well, it still is. This is a really good beer. Similar to Big Foot but dare I say better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Perfect balance of flavour, complexity, and alcohol. Many floral and citrus flavours. Delicious. Too bad rogue doesn't seem to be making this one any more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mjsherid72 (2) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004 does not count
Bought the last case Rogue AleHouse in Portland had for sale in May 2003. A rich beer that combines a complex mix of fruit and malty hops. Itsís alcoholic effects are swift and welcomed. I could not wait to indulge myself with the next sip.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5294) - 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.

4.4
   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 bartenderís opinion, not the best beer I have ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Gorgeous, gleaming ruby red color, and a big,fluffy, creamy tan head mark the appearance. Aroma is firstly citrusy, with grapefruit far ahead, hoppy, earthy, yeasty, rich, very deep and complex. An arousing snootful! Taste:OHMYGOD! Marvelously mouthfilling, roundly fruity, substantially alcoholic, fully dimensional, luxurious in all aspects, deep, heady, sweet, thick, resonating of port wine, maple sugar, raspberry jam, flush with fruit & booze! Alcohol is swift to rise up to the senses, but this delectability responds well and helps slow the impact of Lady Liquor. We feel forced to stifle our sipping and give great homage to this most excellent barleywine. Thick, luscious, majestic, a most worthy nightcap, that is, if you've been good enough to deserve it! Hail to Charlie P.! His smiling visage adorns the label, and surely a similar smile can only occur to any who are happy enough to have a taste of this exemplary ale! I enjoyed Charlie 1981 (my 2nd happily sipped bottle, after tasting it on tap in Portland last fall) in three stages: yum, yummy, yum.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 18, 2006
I was given a six pack of Charlie 1981 by John M. while visting the Rouge brewery @ newport in 2001r. I do remember it was a wonderful brew with a fantastic hop content and rich robust flavor.


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