Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
- a slightly opaque amber color, light bubbly head, aroma is malty with a definite hop touch, sweet caramel and buttery as well; flavor has a sweet maltiness with a bitter/hop filled kick, butter toffee, caramel, light fruitiness (bananas), good texture
Dorwart (2450) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small head which dissapates quickly. Not much carbonation. Seemed a little bit flat to me. Decent foggy dark amber color. Roasted malt aroma with slight overtones of fruit. Hops present in the flavor but seems to be a little weak/watery in the flavor dept. Slightly bitter and hoppy finish. Not a great beer but complemented the ham dinner I just ate really well. I guess every beer has its place.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light amber liquid, intermitent lace and quickly diminishing off white head. Seems too dark for a true Maibock, but then again, it's also supposed to have lager yeast. You go Rogue! Nice Munich malt aroma to start followed by yeast, then light raisiny and a little bit of alcohol. Other fruity esters seem absent even as it warms. The Munich Malt flavor is interrupted very abruptly by the hop bitterness and there's some hop flavor as the beer heads down my throat along with some resinous hop mouthfeel. The raisiny aroma does not come through much in the flavor and this beer seems to be balanced toward hops, which seems slightly out of my expectations. It seems a little astringent due to overhopping and it also has a medium body. Also not what I'd expect out of a Maibock style (lager or ale). The carbonation is very nice, but this is definitely not my favorite beer from Rogue.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer. Nice off-white head. Noticable Malt and hopps and appropriately balanced.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very rich, malty flavor and good color, smooth with an aftertaste, but not very irritating.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice tan head. Malt/yeast aroma. Slightly cloudy amber color. Rich malt taste--you don't notice the hops.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber with quickly diminishing head. Full bready malt flavor, but dominated by the Pac NW hoppiness. Flower petals, piney resin, soap and grapefruit. There is a nice smoothness about it with the hops reigned in enough to provide an astringent bitter finish, but still leave the lining of the digestive tract intact. Standard sort of well-made West Coast micro-brew - not a criticism.
Larks (3) - North Bend, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drink this beer when I cant chew down another Arrogant Bastard. Its good but nothing to write mom about.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 (11Feb2003--12oz.bottle)
Disapp compared to my recollections of this beer. Though others doubt that this is a bock, I can see it; it resembles carbonated, alcoholic iced tea, just like Shiner "Bock". ;)
Pours with a small/medium head, off-white, spongy, mostly receding. Persistent, fine carbonation.
Medium amber in color, with considerable haziness.
Lots of fruity esters in the nose. Also yeast, alcohol, and faint hops, though I couldn't detect Saaz.
I found a yeasty sourness to dominate the flavor early. Considerable spicy hop bitterness.
The body is strange; a full peachy mouthfeel initially, but always finishes thin and dry. This doesn't improve as the beer warms.
Kind of a clumsy brew. Needs more crispness to be a bock; more "meat" to be an IPA.
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 RERATE: A nice reddish orange color and creamy, slightly off white head start this one. The aroma is nice, as well, though a little weak to be exceptional. Flavor is very nice, and a lot different from how I remember it. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste is nice, but FAR from being strong. Flavor is full and nice! A good beer, as usual, from Rogue!