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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Black IPA
Newport, Oregon USA
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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 Carofaís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Dark amber, coppery, large frothy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Roasted malt nose, soft chocolate malts, smidgen of hops.   Smells like a NW Red on steroids.   Good meatiness on the tongue.   Hoppy but not biting.   Mild sweetness.   Strong NW Red Ale.   Lingering malts, some roastiness and chocolate.   Nice beer, flavorful from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering maltiness, a little mealy, otherwise pale hop bitterness and a smidgen of chocolate malts.   Pretty tasty!


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Several pints at Matchbox, Washington DC. Comes a translucent, nearly opaque copper, amber with a creamy, slightly clumpy white head. Aroma is probably my only complaint, itís a little mild, itís slightly spicy, some biscuit malts, a little earthy. The flavor is very nice, good hop zing up front, grapefruits, lemons, pine, toasted grains, some light spice, some dry cracker, biscuit. Finish is dry with some lasting bitterness. I actually really liked this. It paired really well with the zesty pizza I was eating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
22 oz. from Bottleworks. Dark ASA. Damn this thing didnít produce much head, but it is sure dark. Translucent appearance, looks like a nice ASA to me. Ah...too much caramel/toffee malt in the aroma and not enough hops. I get a very buttery-type aroma coming from this. Again, not much to speak of in terms of hops. Some nice sweet malt aroma(s) coming from this, but I was expecting more of a balance between the hops and malts, but the caramel malts simply dominate. The only reason it has the aroma score it does is because of the fact that it is slightly aromatic. Bitterness upfront, but quicly turns to a buttery, slightly hop, mess. Ah.. I wonít say this is bad, but for an ASA this beer lacks a few dimensions. It is very smooth but this beer could use a tweak in the hops department. I can slightly taste the bittering hops, but again, this beer is weighed down by malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Not enough alcohol to be a winter seasonal, in my opinion. Tasted fairly ordinary, like a not-too-bitter red with some spruce added. Standard but nothing Iíd seek again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3669) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2009
650ml bottle. Looks great in the glass. Dark brown with a rich creamy coffee coloured head. Looks robust and hearty. Mild cocoa aroma with an earthy backdrop. Burnt malt and roasted coffee bean flavours abound. The flavour lingers on the palate. Tastes like a mix between a Belgian Strong Ale and a Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
Dark and rich in colour, on pour. The hops are aggressive. Very festive seasonally. Great after a day on the hill. Very much a eye opener!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours amber brown with a tan head. Aroma is citrusy, piny hops with a little bit of caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is a nice blend of citrusy hops with a nice malt backbone, that features a little bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
dark brown, light head. mellow nose with roasty caramel malt notes, and some full spectrum hop notes in the background. taste has some hop bitterness up front, followed by caramel malt goodness. nice

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear dark copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, grapefruit, light metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some pine, light chocolate. Soft medium body, light effervescence, fairly easy drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a bubbly tan head that lasts a while and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is both hoppy and malty with notes of toffee, pine, nuts molasses and some tropical fruit. Flavour is very much the same with an emphasis on the toffee maltiness. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a nice, long bitter finish. Quite similar to a couple of other Rogue beers but thatís not necessarily a bad thing; a very nice winter style American ale and one of the best recent releases from Rogue.


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