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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Black IPA
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color, and festive in taste. Debuting in November 2009, in honor of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Brewed with 2-Row, Munich, C-120, C-150, Kilncoffee, and Carofa’s Special 2 malts. Hop bill comprises Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Continental, Crystal 90, Amarillo, and Rogue Farm Willamette. Free range coastal waters and top-fermenting Pacman yeast complete the recipe. No chemicals, preservatives, or additives. 16.5P, 68IBU, 77.7AA, 36L.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1929) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (874) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 21, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Cloudy dark ruby - impressive, thick, tan lace - a minty character hits the nose first, followed quickly by an herbal hop quality that compliments this well - some toffee, rolled oats, and light fruitiness underneath - medium body, creamy mouthfeel - the mint quality from the aroma is quite strong in the flavor, as are the hops (go figure) - a bit of oxidation before strrong caramel flavors arrive - some notes of chocolate and ambiguous fruitiness - the taste isn’t bad, it’s just kind of muddled - long, bitter finish - tastes like Rogue all right - not bad, though


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