heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
On tap at The Sanctuary in Iowa City. This poured with a near black body that had ruby coloring on the edges. The thick head was a light tan color. The aroma was hoppy with some grapefruit and pine resin. There was also some fresh cut hard wood. The taste was fairly bitter with grapefruit rind and a dry woody finish. There was also a note of almond shells. Body was medium thick and somewhat chewy. This was an unbalanced hop bomb. No thanks. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2008
As a dark beer drinker, I found this offering from Rogue awfully dissappointing. I mean, if you’re going to call your beer "Brutal Black," then at least bring it strong and stop trying to create an IPA that looks like a stout.
BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville, bought by illinismitty to share with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting. Dark brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that left light lacing. Awful aroma of ammonia (cat piss) and hops with a light chocolate background. The flavor was about the same. Medium body and mild bitterness throughout. This has got to be a bad batch. lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2007
On tap at the South Hills Mad Mex. Dark black body with no head and a rather thin appearance. Thinness carries through to the mouthfeel as well. Aroma of dark fruits, a little roasted chocolate malt, and a strange astringent bitterness. Flavor similar to aroma but unbalanced and overly bitter. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
hazy tea color, Wispy top. Empty caramel nose, faint toast. Flavor similarly soft, orange and caramel amidst playdoh and light vegetal. Sticky and thin, sugars are thin.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Sean. Sean went to the bar and came back with some of this which was the locker stock series number whatever. This stuff is really dark, and has a big creamy head on it. The appearance is about the best thing this beer has to offer. After discussing at the table what the aroma was, the best we could come up with was cat urine and grass. The taste was off. Very bitter and unpleasant notes of grass and just funk. Not a good beer at all. cheap (6076) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Mad Mex in Robinson, near Pgh. Big 20 oz glass for $5. This stuff is BLACK, just black with a brownish tan head. The aroma of this stuff is like a strong impy stout of foreign stout. The smell reminds me of a mature campfire that has been extinguished with a gallon of water. You know something is coming when you smell a brew like this. Bitter and high hops initial flavor burst. The taste of this is impressively offensive, I can’t believe this is not an imp stout of foreign stout. I’ve never tasted schwartz so bitter. Barely any carbonation here. Wow the bitterness just overwhelms any other complex taste sensations that I’m searching for. Do I taste coffee? Do I taste black licorice? Very difficult to enjoy. Please, Lisa. get me a glass of Weyerbacher Old Heathen to chase this down with. Burnt wood, charred chicken skin or charred hot dogs remind me of this. Finish is bitter and medicinal, with qualities that just won’t quit. Does anybody know what charred grapefruit rinds taste like? I was going to rate a couple of other beers but this one ruined my taste buds for the day. Just like the commercial description. I wonder why this is not rated higher by the imp stout lovers on this sight? Perhaps because it’s incorrectly styled as a schwartz and not an imp stout? This does not even come close to Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager in taste. Again, are we sure this is a schartzbier? shigadeyo (3788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter... This beer was available on draught at Barley’s Tap Room and Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN. Sean (illinismitty) purchased a pint to share with everybody at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting on 3/10/2007...
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter looks dark brown and was near opaque in the glass. It has a creamy, light tan head that left thick, dense lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nauseous mixture of ammonia, citrus, and grass. The flavor is extremely earthy and a blend of dirt, old grass, and some trailing citrus hops. There is an aggressively bitter and dry finish that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the horrific aroma and flavor. The beer is both brutal and bitter, but definitely not good or remotely enjoyable. Unfortunately it was the worst beer of the evening. Four of us weren’t even able to drink more than half the pint! Even though this was such an abrasive and disappointing brew, I really do appreciate Sean’s thoughtfulness and generosity (even though I really think that he was just trying to make us all sick!).