Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber in color with an off white head. Reminds me of thier american amber in aroma. Malt and hoppy grapefruit with a bit of bitter pine in the finish. Nice beer, glad I finally tried one!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the 22 oz. bomber bottle. Red in color. White head. Good lace. Aroma outstanding of both hops and malt. Chewy flavor that does not let up. Strong bitter hop bite. Great full mouth hop body. I don't get any of the "fruit" flavors reported by others. Just a well-done hoppy beer. Delicious Bub!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark garnet/ rich,ruby color, big, creamy head. Aroma: hoppy, spicy, dazzling array of fruits, grapes, cherries. Sits wonderfully in the mouth. Tangy, sour taste. Bitter finish. It's described by Rogue as having a "hoppy, sprucy finish", and I obviously blinked on the spruce. I like it very well, but, although you can call me a hophead, I wasn't expecting quite so much hops in a brew of this style. Although, to be fair, the "winter beer" style is increasingly a broad one. In sum, I thank Santa for sharing!
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber big tan head that holds up well nice complex hop aroma toasty malt flavor hop bitterness takes over. A good beer but Rogue has so many better
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured a medium sized ivory frothy head with fine-small sized bubbles. The body consisted of very little carbonation, transparent and a reddish brown hue. The aroma was malty, moderately hoppy, and sweaty feet. The taste was fairly hoppy with a tingly mouthfeel. This beer reminded me too much of a Pale Ale instead of an American Strong Ale.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 This bottled brew poured a large sized head of light brown colored foamy fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was transparent brown colored and uncarbonated. The aroma is that of an American Pale Ale with notes of strong hops and caramel. The mouth feel was tingly and very very hoppy from start to finish. One immediately notices the hops with a later enting of a smattering of caramel. The flavor is over poweringly hoppy.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome aroma, super hoppy. This is just St. Rogue Red with double hops. Huge head that lasts forever, dark red. Hops dominate.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color, nice frothy head. Crisp and hoppy, however Rogue brewing makes better.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice tan head. Aroma is hops, nice pine scent. Flavor starts off slightly sweet. Strong roasted nut/caramel. A strong hop bitterness takes over for the finish. A pine aftertaste follows. Nicely balanced. Better (IMO) than some of the higher alcohol Rogues. Better balanced and lacking the overpowering astringancy that can destroy the flavor of some Rogues. This one is very nice.
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a quite tasty ale, but with a much too bitter aftertaste. Too many hops in this one I fear.