drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Had this on tap at the Rogue house in Portland (I was rather surprised to see it actually). Very nice hop presence: strong hints of freshly cut grass and juniper. There is also a nice malt presence that coats the palate thouroughly, although the bitter cloying gets to be a bit much after a while. I had only a 4 oz. taster of this, but an entire pint would really do a number on the senses and there's something to be said for lasting power. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Very bitter, but not like an ipa at all. Lots of wooden/oaky tastes in the palate. Not too malty or complex, but a decent beer no less. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2003
extreme citrus hop aroma, dark orange cloudiness, fruity hops meld into an alcohol sweetness, big time bitters but they take a back seat, an awesome score at the brewery! DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 re-rate: draught...nice looking, dark chestnut & frosty looking..covered by solid tan froth. It has a mature IPA aroma showcasing the dry apricot and other fruit notes of the malts and the refined resiney character of the hops. Thick mouthfeel with a refined combination of hops and malts showing superior bitterness as well as delicious dried fruit notes. This is a big beer, and quite tasty IMO. TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Rocky foam, which leaves nice lacework, abounds the pure deep copper liquid. Intense round pine cone aroma with loads of sappiness and underlying notes of butter, jammy malts, spice cake, concord grape, and coconut. This tells me right away that this will be soft and chewy. Amazing initial flavors of piney goodness, numbing to the palate, followed by mint leaf and dryness. The finish is hop, orange rind heavy with a notable emphasis on the Crystal malt, as well. Hop burps are immense! The texture and feel uncannily resemble raw mint leaf; dry and vaporous. I had the expectation for this to be this good. This ingeniusly keeps within the boundaries of a Barleywine and Imperial IPA. My new favorite American Strong Ale. Bring this back, Mr. Maier.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Judging by the color I thought it would be an amber, then i tasted it... and it tastes like a very bitter IPA... but sweet too. Nice combo. Yeah Rogue! schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Full malty amber ale, quite sweet with a slight fruity flavor from the hops. Great body, excellent ale all around. But contrary to the bartenderís opinion, not the best beer I have ever had. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Medium brown color. A BIG bodied ale. Malty and fairly hoppy. Big full taste. Nice complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. No alcohol bite despite a 9.1%. Excellent beer. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Draft- The description says ínot for the faint of heartí and they are right. This is one powerful hop experience that I did not enjoy. The guy next to me at the bar seemed to enjoy it but it was way too over the top for me. Maybe my beer palate has not evolved enough to appreciate this type of beer so Iíll stay away for now. RealAle99 (1) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
I was given a six pack of Charlie 1981 by John M. while visting the Rouge brewery @ newport last year. I do remember it was a wonderful brew with a fantastic hop content and rich robust flavor.