BeerandBlues2 (10700) - San Diego, California, 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 (5133) - 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 (704) - 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.
StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - DEC 14, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I liked the bottle. That sold me. Then I tasted it. Guess what?? It's an ale. Nothing impressive. Not bad, just not great. I suppose it's cool because it's a microbrew.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium honey color with a small white head. Another good flavored brew from Rogue.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden brown color with little head. Good balance of malt and hops with a little more malt than hops. It starts with a slight bitterness and ends quite smooth. This would be a good session beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle. This was beer was ok. Had a malty flavor to it that was pretty good but besides that nothing special.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
What a brew, over at a friends and he bought this one for just the occasion (apartment warming) drank two of these right out of the bottles and brought my third bottle home. Sweet start with slightly bitter finish. Would travel out of my way to obtain another sixer of this.