JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour clear rosewood with an off white head. Nice malty, banoffee aroma that is carried through in the flavour. I’ve only tried a hanfull from this brewery but this is my fave....so far.
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny I never got round to reviewing this ale after all the times I’ve had it on tap but this is the first time I had it in a bomber.
Pours deep amber with a great rocky cap. Aroma is unique and a signature of this hybrid beer. It has the sweet cookie dough aromas of a bock with the spicey-fruity notes of the ale yeast and just a hint of orange peel and herbs from the hop mix....great smelling beer/ale. Starts with a rush of sweet cake-like malts that are swiftly subdued by citrusy-herbal hopping. Fruity tastes are in the background as the finish comes up fast. The sweet malt drops away and a nice German hop herbal tone departs in the finish....bready-sweet after taste and a slow warming form the alcohol (which, surprisingly, is not hidden very well).
Mouth feel was on the aqueous side for an ale with a medium body... and I don’t recall the drafts of this I had at the Black Swan revealing the alcohol so easily...all in all a unique brew which bridges the style gap between maibock and ale. Frankly I’d rather drink German Maibock but if there is none available this ale will fill the bill.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Light amber in color with a fairly dense, tannish head. Fair lacing. Decent malty nose, some fruitiness. Light to medium bodied. Flavor follows aroma, fairly malty, decent hop balance with a nice light hop bitterness at the finish. Fair to good.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ahhh yeah! Finally get to try this! Thanks IMTHEOPTIMATOR for sending this one my way! Pours a dark amber body, with medium sized off white head. Aromas are subtle malts, some caramel, molasses, and some hops. Taste is malty, with some hops to balance it out. Nice sweet molasses flavour. Pretty damn hoppy for a bock. Good interperitation of the style. Rogue does it again! Thanks again Andrew!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle, LCBO Fall release 2005. Dark orange pour, hardly any head at all. Slightly fruity and hoppy nose. Medium watery mouthfeel. Taste is quite hoppy for a bock, with some sweetness as well. It does come off a bit bland no doubt due to the watery character of this beer that dulls everything down. Odd sort of spicy fruity finish. A drinkable beer, but not a Rogue I’m likely to buy too frequently.
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried this ale with some friends and some of them really enjoyed it, while others didnt like the bitter after taste....I personally enjoyed it the smooth flavor
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know this says honey in color, but it had a light honey smell to it so I thought. The color was more a hazy dark copper to me but I could see how one could call it honey. I am not actually sure what the flavor was, but it was very clean and refreshing. This one went down smooth and was very nice.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Beer is a dark cloudy orange color with a large white head that is short lived. Aroma is light and mostly malt. Taste starts with sweet malts and finishes with a fair amount of hops. A well balanced beer.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Pours light amber with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of spicy flowery hops, sweet caramel, and toasted malts. Taste is rich, sticky, and malty enough to be a Bock. Nice and hoppy finish. Has a medium body and high carbonation. There is some ale fruitiness hiding underneath the malts, but it’s hard to find. Pretty tasty.
BruinBeer (6) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff! My first introduction to good US microbrews. It was pretty damn strong at first but it started tasting great toward the end of the bottle. Will definitely drink again if the price is right.