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

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3002) - 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 (920) - 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 (8602) - 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 (1385) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
It has a rich frothy head with a deep amber color. The flavor is bitter and roasted; a nice winter warmer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Pours a cloudy amber brown with very little tan-tinged head. Aroma is a mix of hops and brown sugar. Flavor is very earthy hops. Pine flavor coming from the hops. Some mild earthy hay notes. There is a sweetness coming through as well a mix of malts and mild caramel. Body is light with medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours deep red with tan head, aroma is a bit hoppy but mostly caramel and malty sweetness. Taste up front is a mild floral hop working into caramel and chocolate malt with a sweet but bitter finish. Very good brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear, dark reddish amber with a medium sized, dense, creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Faint hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. Taste is odd, a hit of dark roasty coffee at the beginning which is then dominated by bitter, dry, leafy hop notes. A bit of dark chocolate too. Medium bodied. Strange beer, and I find I’m liking and disliking it simultaneously.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Tap at Muddy Pig. Pours a deep orange red color with a medium head. Flavor is intriguing, combining chocolate roasted malts and mild sweetness with an ipa like finish. This beer seems to have a little bit of everything going on, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1149) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Poured a dark reddish/brown with a medium sized off-white head. Nuts, caramel, and sweet malts. Taste is smooth and hoppy with a slight creaminess. Grassy notes. Initially sweet and transitioning to a bitter caramel finish. I like this beer almost as much as I like moguls (a lot!)


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