unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2006
First beer I tried at the 2006 OBF. I don’t know what I got into. I love this brewery. I just wanted to see what they had to offer. Dark Orange in color, white head. mightily hopped. very similar bittterness to many ROGUEs I’ve had. Malt bitterness aroma. Very nice suprise! MarkSachon (1009) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
12 oz bottle compliments of my neighbor Bob - thanks! Some notes of caramel and citrus with a nice balance. A true winter warmer that will put a bit of fire in your belly. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear brilliant amber with a dense, lasting head. Lemon/hop nose is fairly strong. First taste packs a hop bite with a sweetish piney character. Finish trails off into slow, sweet, warming glow with just a tang of hops left behind. I liked this year’s batch over the last couple. Leighton (21085) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Vintage bottle from 2002. Pours mostly clear copper with a medium, off-white head. Toasty malt aroma, some caramel. Medium sweet flavor, restrained and mellowed but still with tons to offer. Lots of caramel, mild leafy bitterness, some toffee. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, toasted malts, caramel, brown sugar. Very good condition. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2013
PNW Christmas ale for sure. Serious flavorful malts, with nice spices on top. Caramel flavor, just lovely. But hoppy! A somewhat unusual characteristic in this style, but really makes the beer interesting. Really good. A-
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Pours dark, cloudy golden, big frothy head. floral/spicey hop nose, sweet malt flavor balnces with nice bitterness and hoppy flavor, hops linger on the finish a wonderful holiday ale beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Pours a nice Dark amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is filled with xmas spice, ginger, and fruit. taste is very sweet and malty, with hints of ginger bread and carmel. very sweet and malty with a nice hop finish in the taste but not very bitter. Very smooth and thick. Amazing winter beer that really impressed me. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Hazey pale orange with a very thin cap of off-white foam. Lots of lacing in thick webby sheeting coats the glass.
Aroma is thick and fairly full of broad intensity from a big load of juicy, citrusy hops and caramel covered bread dough.
Taste is just as broad, lacking some fullness until the finish where it gets a bit more complex and thick. Citrus stays the course from start to finish with bittering tangerine skins and blended dark orange flavors. Quite nice really. The malts stay in the back, the way back, with a pale malt dryness and some doughy sweetness. Keeps a tilted balance as the hops are heavy on the flavors and character leaving the malts behind to do just a little bit of placement along the way. Quite orangey. My tongue is getting a work out. Whew...
Feel is abourt medium with a heavy citrus carry-on of orange flavored luggage that provides extra heft to the overall payload. A bit of warm and rough hoppy citric skin and pithy texture finds its way once you get into it. Gets SO much more vigorous as it warms my head is swimming with sillyness now.
Mucho yummy stuff. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Poured a deep copper-golden somewhat orange body with a small but residing white foamy top. Aroma of sweet citrus hops and robust malts. Dark fruity flavor with a distinctly gripping finish of grains and resinous hops. Chewy and delightful for a winter seasonal. Gerbeer (3698) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a light copper/orange with very small head. Aromas of ripe fruit, oranges, and melons. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, and some caramel with nice malty balance. Nice carbonation though quite smooth. A great beer.