mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve been itching to try a fancy malt liquor ever since I saw Dogfish Headís classy stamped paper bag. Unfortunately, 3 Floyds was all out of Dolomite during my last visit, and so I figured my best bet would be in a trade.
But then I stopped at the store and nearly passed over this here bottle, which at a glance looks a lot like the Nut Brown ale. I did a double take, grabbed it, and find myself here, three hours later, pouring out a dark gold beer with a very small white head that falls away.
Smells of deep corn, grain, and hints of alcohol. A lot like a regular malt liquor, actually. No Rogue pacmanniness, or anything. Just cheap grain.
Tastes pretty decent. Good pils grain up front, moving into a dry, sweet yeast in the middle which floats into a kettle corn kind of sweetness, ending on a solid dry cascade hop. The brew loses .5 due to an unfortunate chemical aftertaste--just like you get in Olde English or Mickeyís!
Firm body and easy drinking, but thatís not enough to save this brew. Might as well pay half as much for half as much Old Eí.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow color. Aromas of corn, grains, and a little hops. Flavor is smooth grainy with a detectable hop presence, finishes with a sweetness and a little alcohol tingle.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Had a bomber tonight and was fairly disappointed. Seems like craft breweries taking on malt liquor is a mini-craze right now, but Rogueís doesnít hold a candle to some of the other offerings. Nice looking beer with a rich golden/copper color and marginal head. But while thereís nothing too offensive about the aroma, it tastes thin and syrupy. Canít imagine going back to this.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, Noogfest, Hennepin glass. Light golden hue with a slight chill haze and a small, frothy white head. Standard malt liquor aromas of corn, fusels and sweet bread, but nothing sticks out sharply and nothing is really nasty (but still, not really good either). Interesting that I can smell some spicy hops...thatís a little bit out of style, heh. Fairly sweet taste but never disgustingly so. Some bananas find their way into the taste which was an interesting surprise. Medium bodied with a slick texture and medium, but delicate, carbonation. No alcohol detectible. Hell, it may be a malt liquor but Iíd take its mouthfeel and slap it on any number of íbetterí beers that suffer from thin wateriness.
PorterPounder (5491) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Market Square Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl. - 22 oz bomber. Dark golden pour, slight white head. Boozy, fruit salad-like aroma. Honey-sweet flavor with some cake mix bready sweetness. Slightly sticky mouthfeel for a malt liquor - missing that throat clencing dryness that malt liquors tend to have. Passable and the novelty is enjoyed and appreciated.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared a 22oz.-er with my Daddy. Wasnít sure what to expect. Itís always fun when a craft brewery puts out a malt liquor. This one definitely has a depth of flavor and aroma which you canít get from the likes of Mickeyís, Schlitz, Colt 45, Evil Eye, or even Steel Reserve. Then again, thatís not saying a whole lot. This is a really corny beer. The body is honey-gold (a little bit darker than your average malt liquor), itís got that syrupy mouthfeel. And itís a little on the sweet side, although a little bit of hoppiness and carbonation keeps things interesting. Thisíll be a good one to share with your dad whose beer tastes have perhaps been limited to the same three macro brewers for most of his drinking life.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle. Clear dark golden color with bubbly white head. Toasty caramel nose with a touch of light skunky hops. Flavor is similar, but is also accented by corn and a splash of alcohol at the end. Not bad, but not my cup oí tea.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. A clear piss-yellow pour with a small and fizzy off-white head. This beer features the crisp smell of corn with just a bit of caramel. Thin and watery. Goes down crisp. Caramel starts things off and transitions to some grain and corniness. Pretty sugary and syrupy sweet. Good for a malt liquor, but why even bother?
Braudog (5693) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: What a beauty ... golden and effervescent with a tornadic swirl of active carbonation resulting in a nice white head. Musty malt aroma. Smooth silky beer with a sugary candy-corn flavor ... this is remarkably like a "40" but somehow more respectable.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2006
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Drinks like uncarbonated sugar water. Slightly hoppy-dry. By the time I managed to get to the end of a pint, it had improved a little. A little. No, sir, I donít like it. The only thing this helped me get was a headache in the morning.