degbert (967) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Floral, citrus, and juniper on the nose; there are gin-like notes, but they’re subtle. Pours a medium, hazy gold with a moussy head. Flavor is clean and brisk; you can definitely taste the juniper, and there’s another note -- almost a savory one -- that reminds me of yogurt? Butter? It’s good, so maybe that’s not a good comparison -- but there’s definitely a faint lactic edge to it. Finishes clean and bright. Good beer.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. So, when is Gin in a barrel? Pours a brighter straw yellow with a nice fluffy creamy white head and spritzy carbonation. Not the freshest beer at this point but not really any off-putting oxidation flavors. Fairly simple and balanced beer actually, gin is hardly noticeable. No clue there was amarillo in this, there was a touch of orange though looking back on it.
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice light cloudy colour with a nice white head which dissipates quickly but leaving a little lacing. light aroma of spruce and juniper, taste is very smooth with a might earthy spruce and gin finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Aroma of ale esters and juniper. Nothing too complex here. Just pale malts and gin, with a balancing herbal bitterness. A little thin mid palate. I like gin, and I like beer, but this was sort of boring. I think the juniper dominates this one too much.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle in an English pint glass. The beer pours a slightly darker than straw-colored yellow, with a moderate but quickly fading white head. The nose is curious, showing a fairly unpleasant yeast/ester profile. One must imagine it to be the juniper berries, although the scent is certainly different from the nose of gin. Hop/malt notes are not evident. Carbonation is not inaccurate, for the style. The palate shows the flavor version of the "juniper/yeast" nose, before transitioning to some back-end earthy bitterness. Specific malt characteristics aren’t detectable, but there is enough residual sweetness to provide near-balance. The finish leaves a slight yeasty/junipery note that lingers for a moment before subsiding. Overall, not brutally flawed, but not really memorable, either. Another indication that Rogue has far too many offerings.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of floral notes, juniper, biscuit, light earthiness, light vanilla and a hint of oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, juniper, spruce, light earthiness and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering juniper finish.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Light malt and light spruce aroma. Woodsy, malt flavor with juniper and light butter. Medium bodied. Oak and malt lingers with light juniper.
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber pour with a tall, fluffy white head. Herbal and floral hops in the nose and soft spicy notes. Taste is spicy and hoppy with more herbal notes, light floral notes, fruit and soft malt. Body is medium with a moderate bubbly carbonation. Ends with more spicy notes, herbal hops, light earthiness, fruit, soft malt and floral notes.
Gachupines (786) - USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a white head. Aroma is slight juniper and grassy. Flavor is about the same, light and crisp. Not bad, refreshing with a unique flavor.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Total Wine, Durham. I’d not have thought that Dead Guy would be so easily susceptible to fairly interesting variations, but this beer - while I don’t think it’s quite as good as the bourbon JJ - still sorta revitalizes my interest in Rogue. Caramel pour, with an abundant creamy head and lively carbonation. The familiar malt aroma of DG is certainly there, and I wasn’t sure that the gin and juniper would necessarily work here. While they don’t mesh perfectly, they’re tastes I generally enjoy, and that forgiveth a multitude of sins. They tend to activate the floral qualities of the beer to me, and it enlivens things in a fairly interesting way. Still a pretty basic beer, and still a fairly high price point, but I enjoyed this.