cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours dark brown-amber in color with a beautiful large, frothy beige head. Great retention. Overall has great balance. Aroma has slightly sweet malts along with sprucey hops. Medium body, mild carbonation and moderately sticky texture. Flavor of well roasted malts followed by a dry bitter finish of charcoal, with a hint of nuttiness. Almost a black IPA.
pintbypint (2603) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Red brown colour, very full, very creamy, thick beige head which leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Some citrus aromatics, some notes of chocolate malt. In the mouth some sweet chocolate malts, caramel and citrus. Finishes with some dark chocolate/coffee like malts and decent lingering citrus bitterness and piney woody hints. Citrus/grapefruity aftertaste with some lingering dark malts. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, very sessionable for it’s strength. Great mix of hops. Drank this while watching Canada beat Slovakia.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vast, large-bubbled pale beige head covers the clear copper liquid. Well-balanced aroma where the fruity, cakey, buttery Pacman yeast provides a sound counterpart to the solid toasted malt background. Soft though relatively complex pacific NorthWest hop ballade vibrated on these foundations. Plenty of citrus come out in a juicy fashion, providing a lingering bitterness that aptly completes the nutty, very toasty malt character. It feels a bit bigger than it is in terms of alcohol, but remains drinkable, just rather nourishing in terms of warmth and flavours despite not being particularly thick. Archetypal Rogue.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle/22 - Pours a dark reddish brown in color with a thick, creamy light tan head that stuck around to produce some really nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight malty and sweet to begin, but the piney hops dominate. Flavor is also quite hoppy... not much malt to back it up. Finish is dry and clean. OK... not great.
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/black colour, big tan head. Pine, roasted malt and earth on the nose. Roastiness, soot and spice on the palate. Nice mouthfeel initally, but bitterness is too high. This beer is not balanced. Regardless, it is interesting and by no means bad.
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown hue with a tan head that had good retention on moderate lace. Aroma was of malty caramel notes and hints of resinous pine notes. Flavor was subtly sweet and finished with a smooth hop bitterness. Both the malt notes and hop notes seemed to balance out well without one over powering the other one. Finish was smooth.
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, pours a reddish brown with fluffy tan head that subsides quickly. Aroma nice lots of sugary sweetness, malty, some black pepper and pine. Taste - is nothing like the aroma a little sweetness initially then huge pine hops i had to peel my tongue off the roof of my mouth due to the dry finish that lingers - that is good, but something is off... smooths out as is sits. Not great, not really good but pretty good
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-brown pour with a huge tan head, excellent foamy lacing. Aroma of malt, brown sugar, and piney hops. Flavor is a little odd, not bad, just different. Much drier than you would expect from the aroma. Finish is long and dry with hop bitterness, a little spicy in the finish. This is a strange beer, not excellent by any means, but pretty good.
kevd193213 (874) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Opaque brown pour with a nice thick frothy tan head. Aroma of hops and pepper. Strong, overpowering taste of hops, brown sugar and pine with a peppery finish. Full bodied. Complex flavor.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a nice, translucent ruby color with a khaki, average, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some loose, sporadic lace. The nose is pac-man alright with the typical rogue fruitiness but with pleasant notes of raisin, toffee, nice rustic notes, and hints of bread, spice, and pine. The flavor is much hoppier than the nose led on; some light but rich sweetness begins with raisin and toffee but quickly a moderately high bitterness takes over and dries out slightly with notes of rustic, pine, and some herbal. The palate is nice for the winter beer with a moderate body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety mouthfeel. The finish is bready with yeast, herbal/rustic bitterness lingering, and some raisin creeping back in just for a second. An interesting beer for the holidays with more hops than malt richness. A very drinkable beer during the cold months but the herbal hop notes and the slight dryness detract from what could be a greater winter warmer. Typical Rogue - very intriguing but falls short of greatness in a few areas.