matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the many perfect brews for Christmas Eve.
Pours a robust mahogany body, with a thick and creamy tan head. This brew like the majority of Rogues beers has a huge hops profile, yet the ample malt keeps this brew in check. Notes of guava, papaya, and the typical suggestion of grapefruit & pine are abundant. This is a pretty enjoyable Strong Ale, especially considering the vast parallels between this and Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale. I possibly detect a pinch of rosemary?
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003. A beautiful dark-brownish red. Nice malt flavour before the sprucy hops kick in. Good
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a good winter ale, perhaps the best ive had. bitter, pours amber color, nice thin head, great beer, kept me warm on a cold evening :0
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I found a bottle of this. Pours brown with a medium-sized white head. Huge citric hop aroma I would expect from an Imperial IPA. Big-time hop bitterness follows you from the instant you take that first sip through to the finish. Very good stuff.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
red, nice off white head. sweet perfumy(almost rose-like) hops and roasted ma;t aroma. hops are more citrusy in the mouth and there's good malt flavour to back it up with caramel sweetness and chocolate roastiness. very nice.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish, big rocky tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, almost smells like an Arrogant Bastard. Lots of hop bitternes, malts are in there somewhere but I'm having trouble finding them.
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense roasted malt nose and taste. Also a long lasting hoppy bitterness, peppery. Medium frothy head on that deep red brew. Nice!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber/brown with abundant tan head. Lovely hops aroma with a nice "Christmas tree" aroma. Plent of hops with hints of spruce, but well balanced by malt.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very different from most Rogue's I have had, in that it wasnt as hoppy as I expected. With that said, this beer is loaded with lots of malt character. IT is a nice deep amber color with a decent sized head. I would have liked more hops, but it was ok. Not my favorite from Rogue.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grapefruit and citrus aroma galore. Excellent color. I have to say that the taste is a let down. It's drab, bland, not fun. What a let down given the aroma and color. Not their best effort.