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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer - just drink it and enjoy!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1826) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Clear dark straw color. Drinkable barley wine...at first. Bounces between alcohol and bitterness. Kind of a pale bareywine, but hot. ..... starts off as an ipa ends as a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (3698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2016
0,75l bottle brought by a friend from Susanís Fine Wine and Spirits, shared in a tasting. Pours thick hazy golden with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts, fruits, pine and hops. Flavor is creamy sweet malts, tropical fruits, pine, alcohol and hops. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4465) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5050) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
Thin quick dissipating white frothy head atop a clear light orange body. Now of nail polish. Flavour is sweet and alcoholic. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1689) - Lille, FRANCE - APR 6, 2016
Bottle from Caps & Taps, London - UK. Color: hazy orange amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and caramel malt domination. Really sweet malt domination and alcohol. Toffee notes. Well balanced with grassy and hoppy nose. Very intensive. Taste: full body with sweet oily malt sensation. Caramel and toffee domination. Really sweet beer. Good attenuation with a high resin and hoppy blast. Very intensive. This beer is a cross over between Barley Wine and then an Imperial IPA. Very impressive and high pine and resin finish. Aftertaste: sweet toffee caramel with alcohol finish. Resin and pine finish. Dry bitterness and astringent alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle, SX Bottle Share, 5/3/2016, Chelmsford Ale House I really donít know how to describe this but I do get a lot of bready and nutty elemtns. A little oxidised. What style is this? Iím super confused. Nice bitterness. Well hopped. Iím confused. Nice art though! I did enjoy it but was perplexed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (544) - - MAR 28, 2016
Quite sweet and malty but then piney, grapefruity in a lingering bitterness. More barley wine to me but thatís besides the point anyway. Pretty strong and sweet. Tough to get down if Iím honest

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2806) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Bottle from Wholefoods, Kensington, London. A hazy orange/amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes incredibly sweet, almost syrup like, malty, caramel, honey, orange, slight bitterness. This could only be an American beer, really complex, I rather like it. Dial down the sweetness and it would be even better. An interesting barley wine nevertheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy orange/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit, sour finish more like an IPA than a barleywine. Expensive at $13.99 for a 750ml blue bottle at Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (618) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Aroma: caramel, floral, citrus Appearance: hazy golden, white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate; medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Weird but good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Havenít been drinking much Rogue recently--though did my share back when they were early on the scene--but this one is very fine. The funky/cutesy name is accurate--more than an IIPA, not quite a barleywine or strong in terms of heaviness in malt and on palate. Aromas all over the placeóleather, caramel, bubblegum, alcohol. may look like an IPA but neither smells or tastesóalcohol, orange peel, pine, caramelómixed but not clashing, a little wave of sweetness followed by a raspy bitter. Warm, alcoholic finish.

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