unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
I’ve tasted the original 1981. (AKA the New Hope, the Star Wars of Beers!!!) Amazing complexity. It is ruby red in color. Hop Aroma you could not believe. Redux was ok, just not quite the same. One Big Chuck, Please! Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
On draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg. Robust amber hue with a rusty tinge, delivered with a firm head that slowly settled into a thin foam cap. Light floral hoppy aroma which left me a bit off guard on the first swallow ... thick and vicuous, stiffly alcoholic with a big hop oil undertow, too. Quality brew. Strong ... but I’m glad the bartender accidentally gave me a full glass.(#2732, 3/4/2007) jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Draft at Summit’s in Atlanta. WOW! I had this beer when it was originally released years ago and remembered it being one of my favorites. Well, it still is. This is a really good beer. Similar to Big Foot but dare I say better. SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Perfect balance of flavour, complexity, and alcohol. Many floral and citrus flavours. Delicious. Too bad rogue doesn't seem to be making this one any more. mjsherid72 (2) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004 does not count
Bought the last case Rogue AleHouse in Portland had for sale in May 2003. A rich beer that combines a complex mix of fruit and malty hops. Its’s alcoholic effects are swift and welcomed. I could not wait to indulge myself with the next sip.
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. 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. 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 bartender’s opinion, not the best beer I have ever had. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Gorgeous, gleaming ruby red color, and a big,fluffy, creamy tan head mark the appearance. Aroma is firstly citrusy, with grapefruit far ahead, hoppy, earthy, yeasty, rich, very deep and complex. An arousing snootful!
Taste:OHMYGOD! Marvelously mouthfilling, roundly fruity, substantially alcoholic, fully dimensional, luxurious in all aspects, deep, heady, sweet, thick, resonating of port wine, maple sugar, raspberry jam, flush with fruit & booze! Alcohol is swift to rise up to the senses, but this delectability responds well and helps slow the impact of Lady Liquor. We feel forced to stifle our sipping and give great homage to this most excellent barleywine. Thick, luscious, majestic, a most worthy nightcap, that is, if you've been good enough to deserve it!
Hail to Charlie P.! His smiling visage adorns the label, and surely a similar smile can only occur to any who are happy enough to have a taste of this exemplary ale! I enjoyed Charlie 1981 (my 2nd happily sipped bottle, after tasting it on tap in Portland last fall) in three stages: yum, yummy, yum.
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 18, 2006
I was given a six pack of Charlie 1981 by John M. while visting the Rouge brewery @ newport in 2001r. I do remember it was a wonderful brew with a fantastic hop content and rich robust flavor.