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

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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.


3.5
   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 (877) - 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 (5000) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
From tap at Rogue Ale house in SF. Poiurs clear and golden dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark malty and light fruity. Bitter, fruity and dark malty flavoured. Mild roasted note. Bitter and dry into the finish. Nice dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Sample at Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay. This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with flavors of earthy malt, hops, citrus and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is hoppy with a touch of yeast on the back end. Decent overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
A nice beer. Aroma was so so. A nice roasted caramel and hop mix. Pour was a nice murky dark brown with a one finger almost tan head. Taste was full and good. In the front there is roasted malt, caramel and toffee and the hops kick in in the after taste. Extremely bitter and mouth drying aftertaste. Thick chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Even better as it warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (871) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 13, 2010
650 ml bottle. Pours an unclear, dark brown with a decent tan head. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, hops, fruit, pine and some earthy flavors, like wood and dirt. Slight dryness and bitterness in the finish. Thin, slightly watery body. Rather enjoyable as it is very easy to drink and quite smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 bottle. slightly yeast-heavy ( & egg shells ) note to go with your pine / resin hops and chocolate / roast malt. hearty with a lived-in feel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamherbert (1328) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Earthy malt aroma. Pollen-flowery hop. Red-brown appearance. Pillowy off-brown head. Very good lacing. Flavor is a hint of perfume in the hops. Floor cleaner. A decent roasted malt. Flowery hop. Feels like a fine English ale. An okay pale ale with an earthy malt.


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