pivo (2646) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 (sampled 5/2002) - A powerful fruity nose (raspberries?) with chocolate tones. Opaque, muddy brown color (I poured the sediment from the bottle in the glass.). A bitter, dirty taste that is supported by loads of maltiness. Thick and syrupy. Very strong alcohol. Had this in 2002 (7 years old) and got the impression it was past its prime. Good stuff though!
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 1998, sampled 5/2002. Still amazingly hoppy. HOp flavor not particularly enjoyable either. Strong liquorice flavor and aroma. Harsh bitterness and alcohol flavor predominate. Not a particularly enjoyable drinking experience.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(1999 bottle, sampled 5/13/02) Some nice flavors underneath all the hops, but the bottle I had was too bitter to really enjoy them.
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little dissappointed with this little 6 oz. guy. I love barleywines, but the Rogue tasted more like a Stout, with a slightly burnt flavor. Furthermore, my bottle lacked the fruity finish normally associated with this brew style.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The label says 120 IBU’s and I felt like I had to fasten my seatbelt before sipping on what seemed like it was going to be a train wreck. While the first couple of sips did rush to the back of the throat and unleash a citric hop bitterness it really wasn’t as harsh as I had anticipated. A few swirls around the front of the palate reveal the secret to how 120 IBU’s isn’t as big as it seems. There’s plenty of malt in this, that’s sugary with caramel and even chocolate. The malt however is sublime hiding behind the hops and although losing the fight striking a great balance. A world class brew for sure.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well it certainly has the Rogue nose. This is an extremely thick brew with sediment in the bottom, it also has a chocolately undertone with hints of toffee and burnt wood. However this is not as bitter as some make it out to be! If you can handle Guiness Extra Stout, then you can handle the mild bitterness of this. Overall I enjoyed this Rogue a lot. If you want to try another good Rogue with a distinct taste try Rogue Honey Cream.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a barleywine that smells every bit like a Tripel or Quadrupel Belgain Abbey Ale. No sweetness passes the lips, though. There is an initial tease in the nose, but in flavor and finish this one is extremely bitter. Well, let me emphasize that: Extremely Bitter. 120 IBU. An interesting, yet extreme, beer.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2000) Bottle: Nice Barleywine Too bitter to enjoy more than the 7oz bottle. Strong alcohol taste. Unbalanced.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got hops? Whew, this is some bitter stuff. Nice aroma of table grapes, though you can smell the alcohol wafting. The taste is almost all hops, though there’s a hint of grape-y sweetness in there. Bitterness stays with you for a while.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Balance this and you might have a beer. Way too much alcohol and hops. Are you embarrased with the malt or just choose to leave it out?