someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark mahogany color with a off white nice head. smells of hops with a hint of chocolate. hoppy flavor with some chocolate malts coming out towards the end. typical spicy notes that are in an ipa. very enjoyable. rogue rarely disappoints.
Travlr (14772) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dark amber, tan head, massive lacing. Aroma has a ton of pine. Taste is same, but not overly bitter. Decent.
keepersj12 (2846) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice and hoppy in aroma and taste. It pours dark brown with a foamy head. There is a good deal of malt in the back ground. Nice lingering after taste.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to savvy1982. Pours with a not very black (but dark brown body) with a tan head. Aromas of tea, honey, bread, light citrus, mango and canned pineapple (lightly so). Flavors of citrus, tea, grain, bread and honey. There is a definite generic Rogue house flavor (I hate to say it) of their old hoppy beers. Medium bubbles. Light lemon. Kind of a boring beer.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown, mostly opaque, thin tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma is full of coffee, nuts, and piney resins. Flavor is rich and fairly enjoyable, reminding me of a weak IPA blended with a porter. Bitterness is restrained. The use of too many hops has resulted in a muddled flavor profile, with lots of characteristics trying to combine with each other and ultimately failing.
This brew has decent attributes, but my overall score has been highly affected by my experience upon opening the bottle... I bought it at a reputable store, drove it home carefully padded in my jacket on the passenger seat, and opened it within a few minutes -- at this point a huge amount of foam erupted from the bottle and went all over my kitchen table. I lost about 1/5 of the 22 oz. bottle to this ridiculous display of over-carbonation. In my many years of experience with craft beers, Rogue has always been an unreliable brewer that produces inconsistent, overpriced, and untrustworthy products, which is why I rarely support them.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A very nutty and very hoppy (wooden hops) brown ale. An acceptable mess.
How: Bottle 22oz. A few times. This rating for a bottle consumed when about 4 months of age.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Slightly off-putting nose of leafy resinous/woody hops clashing with a strong freshly baked apple pie smell. Taste is very nutty with pecan being the first nutty flavor that jumped at me. A bit sweet and the sweetness is more like plain brown sugar than caramel. Whole-wheat bread, citrus fruits, minerals (salt-ish). Finish has a resinous wooden bitterness, a weird astringency and a woody dryness. Some oxidation-like cardboard although the bottle wasn’t old at all. A lot of soft bubbles so the body felt a bit airy. Overall this was a fun beer. I have to disagree with the current classification as a Black IPA. More like a hoppy brown ale to me. Those expecting a black IPA are in for a big disappointment. When I first had it at a tasting I thought it was a fun beer because it throws everything at you. But when I drank a full bottle the beer started to feel more like an incoherent mess. But despite being a bit messy, it is quite drinkable and certainly not boring. An ok beer but not what you expect from a Black IPA (current style on ratebeer). I cannot imagine a hard-core beer-geek going “This beer is awesome!”, or “This beer is true to the style!” or “I have a healthy lifestyle!”.
VertBaconStrips (2150) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very hazy brown orange brew. Smells: darker, not really fruitcake, chocolate, IPAish, citrus, fake perfumy roses in old ladies bathrooms - I’m in those a lot as I like the greying milfs. Taste buds say: mmm hoptastic! Dark caramel, lemon, light pine, ruby red grapefruit, orange and a bit medicinal. Medium to long bitter finish, lightly sour and a bit plain. Burnt finish is good. Nice foamy mouthful of beer every time. Less than average for Rogue but still quite drinkable.
williamstome (1213) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with big off-white head.
Hoppy and nutty aroma.
Flavor is nutty, grapefruit and pine hops.
Medium full tingly mouthfeel with long lasting bitter finish.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - OCT 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hashigo Zake
Aroma: Bitter chocolate and hops and coffee, vague toffee notes;
Appearance: slightly murky, brown, reddish highlights, good cafe au lait head, good lacing;
Taste: Bitter and citric sour;
Palate: Dry and slightly astringent, slightly effervescent, medium bodied;
Overall: Not my favourite but I have a hard time finding fault with this. Big taste.
Sammy (9268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Peachy colour with fruit bits. Medium plus mouthfeel. Not for everyone but complex complement with food. Just as good on tap 2 years later.