desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
After reading several ratings, I thought I was in for a hop delight. Unfortunately, I liken this to SNCA with only a mild hoppiness. I must be a total hop junkie. This was a decent beer, but I had high hopes that were thoroughly dashed. In the end, it comes out as an almost strong, almost hoppy, almost worthwhile beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Pretty good. This beer reminded me of an Oktoberfest but with a stronger taste. The aftertaste is quite nice. Not bad at all. I took a chance on this beer and I was pretty satisfied.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. strong nose and hoppy flavors mixed with hints of spice that result in a bit of a bitter finish... a beer that makes you thirsty... i have to restrain myself from rated this a 20 overall because i was sipping it while a very sexy man had his hands and mouth all over my body... i think this is a fair rating... but then again he had such a very nice 6pack of his own
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I expected so much more from a "reserve" rogue....due to Rogue’s disdain for freshness dating, there’s no telling whether I got an old one or what. This beer seems to rely on flavor hopping for most of its taste, bitterness is in check and aroma hops are almost non-existant. And like Pete’s Wicked before it, beer cannot rely on flavor hops alone anymore. Much more is needed to elevate this common strong ale. Decent heading, medium malt. Average.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Bottle poured a dark amber with smallish head but good lacing.
Nice aroma of hopps ,citrus, spice.
Taste grapefruit ,hopps..full flavor big tangy finish..very good!!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.24.04 Bomber, of course. Handsome cherry red with thick tan head. Caramel and spicey aromas with hints of citrus/spiced gumdrop. Sharp hop bitterness but hardly any noticable malt to hold it together.Sort of an empty mouthfeel. A letdown this from stellar brewery, I didn’t finish it.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting blend of hops... many hops to choose from, mostly dry and in quantity. Malt is in there too... somewhere. Mouthfeel is a slightly thin, ABV slightly lower than expected. Very nice, enjoyable creation, although atypical for a winter seasonal.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber, hints of red, thin white head. Typical hopped up Rogue nose with blasts of evergreen, pine sap, grapefruit, with touches of toasted caramel and brown sugar, slight buttery note at room temp. Deeply hopped and bitter up front, but the malt slowly shines through late. Not balanced, but who cares if you dig the hops. Medium bodied, light carbonation, drying bitter pine finish. If you’re lookin for your hop fix.....
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
DArk amber with a nice white head.Full flavor of spiciness and hops.Some bitterness but not much at the end.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great Rogue brew. Strong hoppy, spicy maltly aroma. Cloudy dark ruby, greyish appearance. Small clear head. Good bitter hops aftertaste. Above average ASA taste. Good balance of hops and malt. Enjoyable winter beer.