rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this beer looked ok....was a little cloudy and head was non-existant. i noticed maltiness, hoppiness and bitterness in the mouth.. had a different after taste, not bad but very unusual.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As soon as I smelled and saw this beer, I new it was going to be good. The aroma was tantalizing, and the ale poured a medium amber color with a thin head that disappeared rather quickly. Complex hoppy flavor with a good bit of bitterness. An extremely pleasant beer.
kathouse (997) - Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spicy hop aroma is very mild. Thin white head tops the medium orange body. Head disappears quickly. Body is light with mild carbonation. I definitely do not find anything rich or hearty in the flavor. Some malt caramel sweetness followed by a dry bitterness. Decent balance of hop and malt leaning more toward hops. So far, Rogue has not impressed me. Maybe the dead like it.
Foxbush (1264) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Head foamed up nicely then went a way. I had a chilled glass that may have dampened the aroma. The flavor was full of hops and a bitterness that I like in my beers. The color was a perfect amber color. This is good beer that I would have again. This is my last Christmas beer for 2003. I had some on at Bar Louies in Richmond. Claire our bartendress said it was her favorite. It was very good. The higher alcohol and balanced hops make for a perfect all around beer. I edited my rating.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Slightly sweet caramel aroma.Body has a great caramel flavor throughout with just enough bitterness to offset it a little. A great session brew.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper with an average, fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (warm dough) with notes of pear, apple, and honey. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a dry-spicy finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. It has been quite some time since my first rating of this, and I find a new appreciation for this beer. I had avoided it for a while because it is so main stream, etc.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Has a good balance of malt and hops with a bitterness in front. A good beer, but Rogue makes much better ales than this flagship one.
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep copper colored brew with a nice white head with good retention skill. Complex mix of malts and hops that is hard to defined but easy to enjoy. Sweet aroma and taste with a bitter aftertaste. This is very good and the bottle design is excellent!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 Bottle: some malt, but mostly a fairly sharp skunked aroma. Nice looking beer with a deep honey appearance and an off white head. Flavor is slightly sweet and malty. However, I still detect some skunkiness. To be fair, though, it may just be the German hops instead of the Pacific Northwest hops that I am used to. Will have to try again to be sure - what a curse! ;-)
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Poured a deep copper color, thin head, a little lacing. not too much carbonation. Flavor is sweet malts and mild hops, a good bit of bitterness, and a grassy finish. The best bock I've ever had.