wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice large white head on top of a hazy brown-orange body. The aroma was of malty sweetness with a plum nose followed by a nice hoppy grass scent. The flavor was dead on to the aroma, maly sweetness upfront and a nice hoppy bitterness to finish it off. Overall a fairly dry finish. Liked this one.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Original Rating (23-Dec-04, 8-4-8-4-17=4.1): Huge malt aroma is sweet and full with some prominent dark fruity flavours. Hazy copper-tan coloured body is topped by a finger of dense, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks to the sides of the glass and laces very nicely throughout. Very malty without being overly sweet. Caramel, toffee and dark fruit flavours lead into a smooth balancing bitterness with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body has a creamy texture and lovely fine carbonation. Bottle.
Rerate (26-Apr-05, 8-3-6-3-13=3.3): Strong, rich, toasty malt aroma with a fair level of spicy hops. Hazy copper-tan with fine-bubbled tan head that recedes quickly to ring and partial cover. Thick, complex toasted and caramel malt flavours that are occasionally a touch grainy with some spicy, herbal hop character. Moderate bitterness in the somewhat dry finish that balances nicely and leaves a clean, spicy, peppery hop flavour in the aftertaste. Medium bodywith fair carbonation that is gently effervescent. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from the fridge. Bottle (trade, Apr. 2005). Thanks, Olivier!
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Bottle, bought at Whole Foods, Chicago. A bit of a surprise since I did not know what style this was. A flagship beer from a northwestern brewer thatís not full of hops? So be it. Big malt smell upon opening and pouring, almost like malt candy. A lovely brown body under a cream colored head. Great taste of caramel malts and something that must be honey, that canít help but overpower any hop bill. Big caramel and toffee malt finish.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Draft. Orange-hazy color. Amazing lacing, all he way to the end. Creamy head. Very malty, almost not enough hops to eevn things out but thats the style this one is going for. Very good beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. purchased at my local grocery store here in NW Illinois, amazing! the only drawback is the price I had to pay, $4.75 for a 22oz. bottle. commercial description is dead on. malt and bitterness all rolled into one big tastey brew. as much as I like this beer, is it worth the price? there are a number of other bock style brews at $7 to $8 a six pack that are a better value. that said, this is one good beer!
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 What an amazing color this beer is. It can only be explained by the true color of a dark honey. Small head with a light orange color. Nice scent of maltiness. The taste is so well balanced. Hoppy and malty with a smooth finish. Has a complex flavor that I have never tasted in a beer.
asheft (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange copper with a lasting, lacy head. On the nose, obvious fruitness including some kiwi and strawberry and a hint of malt. Very good balance of fruity flavour with malt and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body. Very good.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a great offering, oak tasting and creamy dark flavor, with plenty of complexity and ample variance. If I was a huge fan of bocks, I would probably have this one close to the top of my list. Again, my bias is the type, rather dark and dreary ... still a great beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I canít believe it has taken me this long to try this. Pours amber with a lite fluffy head. Huge malty aromas with some nice spiciness in the background. Med-heavy bodied. Rather hoppy flavors, typical of Rogue, w/ a huge munich malt backbone. Nice crisp finish. Really well balanced. I canít believe this is an ale. Very clean and malty. I never tried it cause I always figured itís Rogue mass-produced beer and threrefore would be rather boring. Of course Iíve tried FS amber and Fat tire. I also tend not to like ale-bocks. Now I think I might try it as a hombrewer.
Mooncheese999 (8) - USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Iíve read other reviews and was shocked that DGA didnít get the praise that it deserves. This is the perfect beer! Itís bitter and hoppy but it gos down smooth. I donít know what this fridge temperature talk is about...you gotta drink this stuff luke warm. The coolest thing about this beer is that its tap is a skull...thatís friggin awsome. Praise be to rogue because they rock it somethin fierce.