jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rogue does it again, any overly hoppy rendition of a classic. Maier loves those high AA hops doesn’t he. Great brew, sharp hop up front(of course) and piney with a bit of citrus. Leaves the palatae a bit slick, perhaps the piney flavor. Addictively drinkable!!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2003 7/2/02: beautiful shining red with a dented tan head, damn good aroma filled with homemade whipped cream and cherry ice cream...ooh creamy ass creamy like ice cream, whipped cream, flavored coffee w/ lotz of cream woo goodness...bitterness...in fact very well hopped...a little too hopped..if tones down a tad i think the balance between the creaminess and the hops would have been perfecto..nonetheless, A good solid brewski, eh!
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not bad - but not really what I look for in a winter ale. too hoppy and too sprucy for me. leaves my tongue feeling all oily. reminds me of their red ale. maybe I’m just a wimp who likes them soft and malty - but it’s not quite my thing.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was pleasantly surprized by this beer. A nice piney hop aroma. The flavors start of sweet malt and some cereal/grains. The finish is hoppy, but not too bitter. Very easy to drink. I’d let Santa bring me some of these.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! This is a very delicious, and tastily hoppy, wintertime ale. Has all the dryness? of a red ale, but well balanced with a blast of Rogue hop flavor. Truly a pleasure.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color, lots of head. Maly smell, with a slight chocolate taste. Uninspiring, but not bad.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002: Sruce/pine resinous aroma. Beige head clings to glass. Nice deep garnett ruby hue. Toast, grain, medium bodied, nice carbonation, big well rounded super-hopped finish, long and lingering, big grapefruit bitterness. Superbly balanced, an excellent brew to look forward to each year. Rogue’s are just always great.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Balanced aroma hops (spicy-citrus), malts (caramel and roasted). Amber colored with a thin head. Very balanced beer tastes like a "heavy" (on the malts) IPA.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical Rogue taste, if that means anything to you. To me, it means this is a good beer. Adequate malt and hops, well balanced. A little dry, quite aromatic. Not as malty as most other winter strong ales, and not as much alcohol either.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2001 release. A hazy reddish-brown color with a creamy and foamy light brown head. The aroma reminds me of a Belgian with a nice spice and dark red vineous fruit nose. The beer itself is smooth, malty, and well hopped. Malts dominate the flavor rather than the fruit.