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

bottled
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RATINGS: 374   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.


3.2
   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 I’d seek again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3322) - 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 (11450) - 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 that’s not necessarily a bad thing; a very nice winter style American ale and one of the best recent releases from Rogue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Draft. Pours a mahogany red body with an off white head. Pine y viney hop tones, bitter pine notes and light etoh. Hoppy herbal pine notes, moderate bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle: Muddy mahogany, puffy off-white head. Fresh strong northwest hops and a muddled caramel malt note and some earthy prune notes. The flavor is slightly bitter with a balanced body and nothing really jumping out at me. Seems like a traditional winter ale with its aggressive dry hopping and mid-lovibond malts but they hold back with the actual gravity or bitterness. Chewy tail with a nice dull hop thud in the tail. Not the best choice of hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Draft from Waterfront Manhattan. Poured dark, some caramel and earthy notes. Not too bad, not too remarkable either.


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