Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at AleFest Dayton: Kudos to DFH and Rogue trying to bring some respectability to this style. The beer is an orange/gold color with a medium off-white head. Thin patchy lacing. The aroma is of course malty, with some dough and fruit. Medium-bodied and saccharine sweet with a lot of malt and corn flavor. The finish is grainy and sweet. Despite being made by great breweries, I just canít get into this style.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler from Half-Time. Pours a very hazy golden amber without much of a head, so it already at least has a bit more going for it than the malt liquors I vaguely recall from my halcyon college days. Very sweet aromas, malt and corn mostly with a little bit of cardboard and alcohol. Remarkably sweet, reminding me of a fruit lambic, but without any of the lovely funk or tart acid that one would expect. Still not an unpleasant flavor. But way too sweet. Finishes with a little lemony acid, and still on the sweet side. A whole lot better than I had thought it would be.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 10, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Mondial 2007.
Crisp clean deep gold lager with decent bright white top.
Aroma: Earthy, grainy lager, sweet Mocne like brew with low hop profile.
Medium bodied, with malty off fruity character. Lacking crispness and smoothness. Rough off like finish. Grainy front but that all good there is. A bit off like
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells and tastes of corn and rice with a skunky finish.
jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours clear yellow. Nose of malt and light pepper. Taste of light spiced malt. Mostly, just malt as expected.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear and golden. Less than a minute there was virtually no head remaining. Just out of the frig there was zero aroma. As it warmed toward room temp some sweet malt became apparent. Sweet syrupy malt flavor with some corn. There is just a hint of hop bitterness. Probably a pretty good brew for a hot summer day.
HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev, my bottle. Hazy/oily-looking wan gold, dead wisp of head. Smells of cheap alcohol, corn, and dead flowers. Tastes the same, more dried flowers, a hint of plastic in the mercifully quick finish. Thin, watery body, astringent, weak carbonation, boozy pvc finish. Why????
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Almost clear yellow body with a small white head. Smell of honeyed cereals. Taste is buttery plain cookies, sweet, some corn. Very cold it wasnít very tasty so was almost drinkable but a few minutes after the pour it was developing a terrible movie popcorn taste. Like my cousin Louis for my family, this beer is the shame of the Rogue family.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain), with notes of plastic, alcohol, and DMS.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly bad. I expected this to be more along the lines of Bear Republicís hopbomb version of a malt likka. But this smells and tastes nearly as awful as the real deal. The question I have is why the hell did Rogue make this crap? What an insult to fathers.
DuffMan (5772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was an interesting experience for me. My first malt liquor made by a very reputable brewer. Normally this style is known for being exceptionally disgusting, and generally an excuse to package jet fuel and sell it to junkies looking for a cheap drunk. Yes, malt liquor is generally shit beer. So was this any different? Did Rogue finally allow me to see this style in a different light? Yes and no. I would say that this beer was certainly well crafted in the sense that it didnít have any of the harsh alcohol and otherwise empty sugary palate that most have. The aroma wasnít off-putting either- - corn syrup and pear juice was a little odd, but not horrible. I didnít get any stinky sewage corn adjunct stench that a couple of other raters found. The flavour was mostly corn syrup malt, but there was an astringent bitterness in the finish that kept it from becoming cloying. The alcohol was barely evident in the palate. I didnít find this appalling as several other raters did, but neither did I enjoy it all that much. Definitely my least favourite of the Rogue range so far, and not one Iíd come back to. However, it did prove that not all malt liquor has to be jet fuel.