argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 (12/14/07, 12oz bottle) Clear copper body with medium beige head with nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some floral, peach, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, light caramel. Light-medium body, some chewiness. (7/4/7/4/14)
(1/1/03) Dark copper with medium tan head. Sweet grapefruit hoppy aroma. Flavor is intensely grapefruit hoppy, that finishes with sprucy hoppiness. Malts, what malts? I can’t taste ’em, but they’ve gotta be somewhere in there. (8/4/7/4/15)
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some what cloudy copper color with a smaller off white head. Somewahat thin feeling. Spicy hops aroma with a touch of chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, and hops. Interesting.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is what used to be called, on this site a year ago, an American Amber such as Speakeasy Prohibition and others. Quite hoppy, pretty clearly Centennial pineyness. One cannot separate the malts very well, but they are there and of fine carmel and toast quality. A very very good beer.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pour. Nice persistena head. Great lacing. Solid but understated aroma with good balance. Nice bronze color and very clear. Good substance in the mouth with pleasant moderate carbonation. Dark malty flavor with bright hop overtones. Moderate finish dominated by back of the mouth hops flavors supported by front and middle residuals.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As I sat in my recliner on Christmas Eve, reflecting on the holiday at hand and looking out the window watching it snow, I drank this holiday offering from Rogue. It pours out to a brownish-amber in the glass. The aroma of hops and grapefruit are present. This is a rather bitter ale, but in a good way. Hops dominate, but you most certainly know there is malt in there. A nice diversion on a mellow, snowy Christmas Eve night. One bomber was fine for the evening.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very enjoyable seasonal brew from my favorite brewer. Nice dark pour and tannish head with a bitter aroma. The most interesting feature of this beer is the citrus presence within the palate - it took me a while to identify exactly what I was tasting, but it’s something like lime or grapefruit peel. Awesome stuff - I wouldn’t expect anything any different from Rogue.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 ReRate-this beer has good potential, but the body is thin-thats its downfall. pours a deep amber hue with a nice tan head./ aroma of pine hops and toasty malts. promising! thin body and makes the flavors watered down. Very piney finish from the Chinook hops. good, but needs more umph to be a great ASA
I finally got a 22oz bomber of this stuff the other day and i sampled it on christmas eve-This is NOT an english Strong ale-way to citrus to be anything english-more american strong ale-Great malt up front followed by a subtle, but present 44ibu hop finish. This was a little bit thin, but none the less, would make a great session seasonal.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didnt know this was an English strong ale until now; I would have guessed a pale ale. Nice copper color and a well balanced hop character that is typical of Rogue. Great balance and flavor, although I’m not sure how well this beer fits in the style guidlines for English Strong. Nothing English in this bottle.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus aroma, dark brown in color. Slightly sweet, fairly bitter. Bitter on the finish also. If I was ask to classify this beer with out prior knownledge I’d call it an American IPA.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful ale with a coffee brown head on a crystal clear dark reddish brown body. I loved to look at it. Nose of floral west coast American hops. Loved to smell it. But wow, do these guys slam the hops around. I did not know that Santa’s private stock was made from Old Crustacean. At first I sort of lost everything but the bitterness; with this much hoppiness I could not taste the malt, or even the more subtle aspects of the hops! I liked it, but less would definitely have been more. I came back to the beer after a couple of hours and had the rest of it with food and it was like drinking a different beer. Still hoppy, but the bitterness was under control, and a strong taste of malt, grapefruit, and pine came through. Sort of as if someone had poured grapefruit soda into Stone’s Ruination. What a surprise. Second time around I loved it. One confusing beer!