omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky, ruby-topaz color. Sweet and hoppy aroma. It has a bitter start with a great hoppyness at the end. Rogue rocks for their Hops addiction. :)
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma(of course) with a hint of malt too. Clear ruby, with a small toffee head, and a bit of lace. Hoppy flavour, with some almonds as well. Very bitter woodiness. Happy Christmas Santa. Thanks for bringing this along frielock.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark redish brown color, light brown head. Dry malty and pnw hop aroma. Malt flavors upfront, but lost of hops on top of that. Very hoppy finish. Not bad.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a touch hazy amber red with a real nice tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor has the ASA profile flavor with the malt and the long lingering hop finish. Overall, this one stands out against all the other Holiday releases, including SNCA.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 June 2006 Amber brown body with a small beige head. Muted hops and caramel malt aroma. Pleasant hop accented caramel malt. Average palate. Pleasant but uninspired. 7/3/6/3/13 - 3.2 <P>
December 2003 Rating #500 Toronto Christmas Party at Oakes place. Nice dark amber body with a big hoppy aroma. I would not have guess that the alcohol content is as high as it is. Nice malty flavour provides some support to the hoppy bitterness, but the falvour is a bit one dimensionally hoppy. You can really taste the Rudolph!!! :) 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep garnet color with a thick head and good carbonation. Nice toasty balance of malt and sweetness. Very dry in the palate with a smash in the face of good ole' American hops. I really liked this beer and would label it one of my favorite Rogues
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super deep darkened amber color with an overall reddish tone with a evenly thick medium sized tannish head, lots O' bubbles at first, popping down to a creamy top that slowly dwindles down to a mixed thin & thick puffy haze and collar ring that stays the entire glass down. Tons of sticky moth-holed sheets of lace. Smell has a terrific caramel sweet malty aroma with some grassy hop notes. Taste comes across completely different from what the smell gives way to. A dry mild roasty feel and flavor lays immediately across the palate dropping notes of burnt buttered toast and caramel drizzled biscuits. Hops are super dry and leafy with a pine wood dryness and quick dry wood bittering that fades into the finish leaving hints of caramel and cocoa. But overall, quite dry and woodish. Feel is close to full with a nice textured carbonation and a nice hoppy drying finish. Rogue has another keeper with this holiday brew!
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ah, so it is different than rogue red. I thought I liked it better, but was told it was the same thing. Good stuff, Too bad I can't find it easily.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 2005 Bottle: While the beer is still quite hoppy, I am getting a chalky and musty character on both the nose and palate that subdued my overall experiance this time around. Perhaps it is still too green for me, will try another and let a few age as well. Dropping my rating for this .3 points.
Original Rating: My bottle of aged 2002: Slightly hazy reddish brown hue with a creamy off-white head and very good lace. The big hoppy aroma when it was new has mellowed but still very noticeable, the malt seems more pronounced. Also detected some spice and butterscotch on the nose. The initial taste is hoppy and crisp with a lingering bitterness. Good malt sweetness found underneath with a touch of citrus. This medium to full bodied brew has a lively mouthfeel, a bit chalky. Aging has mellowed this beer but only to some degree, still hoppy and nice. I will age a 2003 batch and hopefully rerate this next year.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Has a kind of spicy, fruity smell with hints of a liquid amoxicillian flavor (sort of like bubble gum). I could also smell a bit of black licorice.
Appearance: Reddish-Brown, almost mohogany in color.
Flavor: Dry, very hoppy, with a fruity aftertaste that lingers
Palate: Smooth and tingly at the front of my tongue.