joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
full bodied american strong ale with an excellent roasted malt flavor with some nice hop bitterness on the finsih. the aroma is a little overwhelming but seemed to mellow after a while. the beer grew on me as i drank it.
NewBelgium5 (80) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red amber color with nice frothy off white head. Aroma has hint of fruit and spice. Incredibly smooth balanced slightly sweet complex malt taste with a strong but balanced hop aftertaste.
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Taco Mac - Lindbergh City Cen. in ATL. Poured a clear deep red-orange with virtually no crown. Spotty lacing. Aroma was rich with grapefruit, some apricot, and heavy with floral hops. Flavour was very hoppy all the way through with a very bitter finish. Some caramel and toffee sweetness could be detected under the hops, but the hops just overpowered every other taste in the drink. Like the sweetness, I could detect a small malt backbone but it was very weak in comparison to the in-your-face hoppiness (even though I’ve had much hoppier brews). So IMO, just not balanced well. A slight cinnamon and cardamom-ish flavour could also be detected but again it dissipated quickly as the hops overwhelmed. The finish is somewhat crisp, leaving a whole mouthful of hop aroma. Not bad - I’d definitely order it again just to give it another try, since I think it’s worth it, but I’d really like to try it from a bomber the next time.
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Big bold nose...hoppy and malty...very fresh. Caramel in color with a slight haze...meaty and firm head with great lacing. Balanced between malt and hops...aftertaste leans more towards hops. Medium to full body.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cherry brown color with a decent tan head -- gorgeous. Scent is spiced hops and a bit of malt background. The flavor is interesting... a dry overall character, but the hops actually have flavor. I taste a strange underripe raspberry something with bits of brown sugar, spicy herbs, and... tree bark? The finish is dry and sharp, with more earthiness than fruitiness, and the beer leaves a bit of bitterness behind. The beer is thin on the palate, and goes down pretty easily. Carbonation is sharp and plentiful. Not a bad beer, but I’m cold. This isn’t exactly warming.
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber served in a tulip.Pour was a cloudy cider with two inches of off white head with a meager show of lacing. Nose was chocolate,honey and dark fruits. Taste was malt,hops and dark fruits and bitter finish. Not a bad brew but just not for me.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head. Nice hoppy bite that sorta creeps up on you leaving a nice long bitter after taste. I bought this one on a whim at a reduced price as if they were trying to move it after the holidays. Don’t know why, a very solid beer for any cold winter evening. Nice!
ESPh (73) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head and amber/brown color. Medium body. Little sweetness and bitter from start to finish. Got much smoother as it warmed up. Not bad
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a copper color with a light malt flavor. It has a little hop and slight piney flavor. Good light ale with some pop.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hmmm... normally i like Christmas ales but this one doesn’t do it for me. Could be because i got it off the clearance rack for 3.99 a sixer 9 months after Christmas. Not a big amber/red fan and the extra hops aren’t exactly shining through. Balance is ok and the malts are probably the best thing this has going, there just aren’t enough of them, in my opinion. Sorry, Rogue. Normally, i love you.