Cybercat (5833) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque chocolaty brown, almost black, with a thick and fine-bubbled dark tan head. Aroma is quite strong, like roast coffee with a strong chocolate undertone. Mouth-filling flavor has strong coffee and chocolate components along with nutty and smoky hints and a molasses undertone. Texture is thick and smooth. A must for all dark beer fanatics! closey22 (1945) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
On dreaft at Monk’s in Phily. Called Rogue Anniversary Black Brutal "Bitter". Reddish brown w/very think foamy head; aroma is hoppy w/ hint of sweetness; hops dominate the flavor but there are some roasty and sweet notes; the palate is think and creamy; finish is dry/hoppy. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
on tap @ papago... very dark brown near black pour with a soft toasted marshmallow colored head. it leaves behind frothy stained glass-like lacing. the smell of coffee hits before the beer ever reaches my nose... rich dark chocolate, dark roasty grain, toasted nuts, pine, grass and grapefruit skin. the palate is quite unexpected... really dry! the flavors are strange... very ipa-like up front and on the finish but very porter-like in between.... coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted nuts, cooked cream along with some generic hoppiness, pine and grapefruit pith. bitter, grassy and pine on the finish. full bodied creaminess like a porter. ipa bitterness/parching keeps it from being too rich and undrinkable. soft creamy carbonation. pairs really well with chipotle ranch dressing.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
this certainly isn’t a schwarzbier by definition. but it is really effen good...
Rated 7/27/07. Draft at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV. Served in a snifter. Murky dark mahogany to black in color. Small tan head stuck around for the duration and left excellent, thick rings of foamy lacing all the way down the glass. Strong, bitter hoppy nose. I picked up piney, floral, and herbal hops, with a roasted malt and chocolate background. The flavor is wonderfully bitter, with the ample hops melding perfectly with a roastey, choclatey, coffee malt baseline. Medium body that went down like silk. Fantastic brew!
Bottom line: This beer is grossly underrated....period. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 On tap at the Drafting room. Strong aroma of roasted coffee. Very thick mouthfeel, deep malty flavor.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(draft) Brown-back body, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, roast, some smoke. Solid bitter aftertaste. Smooth medium body. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
This release wasn’t a whole lot different then the previous in my opion. A bit less sharp bitterness and less excess alcohol in the finish, but that could just be due to having it a few months after the initial release. Pours brown with a soft beige head. Roasty malts with a bitter citrus/pine finish. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Draught: Floral, hoppy aroma. Poured dark brown with a hint of ruby and a medium to large-sized rocky, beige head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of floral hops with a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body. Thin, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter hop finish. Overall, nice and bitter, but lacking a bit in body. adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 14, 2008
On draft at Capone’s. Pours a burgundy black with a small white head. Aroma of malts, dark fruit and citrus. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, cola and citrus. Has a tangy aftertaste. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2008
This was called Rogue Black IPA at Brouwers. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is that of dark roasted malt, sweet licorice, and earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, a little licorice and some dry citrus and piney hops. Lingering roasted note. Good stuff.