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

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RATINGS: 368   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.


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 (2041) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Draft from Waterfront Manhattan. Poured dark, some caramel and earthy notes. Not too bad, not too remarkable either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours dark amber with a thin off-white head. Notes of toffee, deep aromatic malt, piney and citric hops. Full bodied, moderate resins with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
22oz bottle with glow-in-the-dark graphics. Transparent chestnut color, capped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts, pepper and earthy hops. Caramel and spruce hit the palate first and are soon joined by earthy hops, pepper, and spice. the finish is a bit astringent with earthy hops clinging to the palate. Not bad; would probably hit the spot after a day on the slopes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2009
22 oz Bottle -- Dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Dark roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Simple but good. Nice hop bite, heavy and full on the palate.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Draught. Poured caramel brown with medium off white head. Malty aroma, sort of toasty. Malt in the flavour without much else, full bodied, Sort of an off finish. Not all that interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pyromt30 (27) - Lebanon, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours dark copper reddish brown with thick cream head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with notes of alcohol. Flavor is warming with moderate bitterness. Very nicely hopped. There are notes of molasses and pine/spruce trees. Overall a very nice holiday beer especially for the hop lovers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle from Beer Cellar. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy malt and earthy hop aroma. Moderate body and smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy biiter flavor to medium to heavy bitter and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a good complex beer.


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