bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent Barley Wine. For some reason mine had no head to speak of (maybe a dirty glass). Alcholic/hoppy nose. Sweet malty start with a middle and finish were the bitterness really comes at you. Not my favorite Barley wine.
Andrew196 (1156) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick head. Aroma of alcohol and yeast. Fruity taste with strong, but at the same time pleasant alcohol taste...weird...nice cascade-like hop finish. Probably the best barleywine I have had.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I bought this when travelling, for some reason I thought it had a high rating but I was wrong. It does have a cool red color which contrasts beautifully with the tan head. The aroma is malty and inviting. The downfall is the aftertaste, which is lingering and unpleasant.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as good as some, better than others. I can’t give an accurate review because I hadn’t yet decided when the stupid little 7oz. bottle was finished. People who sell beer in 7oz bottles shouldn’t be allowed to sell them for more than 99 cents, and definitely not over 2 bucks like this one. UPDATE: They now sell this in a 12 oz. bottle. My final answer: this is not as good as most of the heavy hitting barley wines out there. It is too bitter, not thick enough, and just does not have any outstanding characteristics.
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.