dropkickm79 (53) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2004
this had a lot of flavor. not very smooth but had a good palate. this isnt rogue’s best brew. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2004
on draft: i asked what this was, he said ’a pale bock’ i said ’filler up’. caramel colors with a thin tan head. lots of malty goodness in the nose maybe some prunes. into your mouth sweet cereal of flavors almost unfermented flavors. too sweet for me. but i like a bit more hop flavor...lots of these rogue beers to try! darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Heard good things about Rogue and grabbed this for the cool label....was not disappointed. Decent amber color, fair aroma, with good mix of spice and sweet, not overly bitter. DocLock (10688) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Pours burgundy with a nice white head and lacing. Aroma of hops, malt, and some sweet toffee. Tastes malty, with a crisp finish. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Lovely ruby/orange color with a lasting, white, frothy head. Aroma is mostly hops, along with some maltiness and honey. Flavor is a little malty up front, lightly sweet, and pretty hoppy in the finish (not an IPA?); a hint of vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and starts too fizzy for my taste. Overall, this is a solid, very drinkable beer, but it certainly doesn’t stand out.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Aroma: Some light malt in the nose, pretty clean. Toasty malt.
Appearance: Head doesn’t hold, slight cloudiness, dark-honey color.
Flavor: Cereal, malty flavor and a honeyish flavor is also present. Vague medicinal finish at first.
Mouthfeel: Nice balance, hop bitterness is medium, very well-balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Overall: Easy drinking, very tasty brew that I could drink as an everyday beer. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 Draught. Pours a rich, muddy, caramel brown with some lighter fuzzy oranges and yellows. Decent off-white head. What a great style for a flagship beer, not just a boring old IPA or amber or APA. Lightly sweet with some typical lightly sour notes in there as well, lots of chewy caramel malt, but also a good dose of hops that are quite flavorful but not terribly bitter. Wonderful balance, really good bocky flavor. Aroma has some caramel and hops, butterscotch, light earthiness. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Nice beer for being slightly gimmicky. Most beers with a marketing "thing" are terrible. This one is above average, but again not the best. pacman (9) - muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004 does not count
Aroma is not real strong. It is sweet and malty with a little bit of a mustiness. Very nice golden amber color. Hazy. No real head. The flavor is good. Nice maltiness with good balance. There is just a hint of a lingering bitterness on the very back of the tongue, but only a hint. Overall a good beer. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Deep amber. Malty beer. Some mild grassy hops. Balanced well, and highly drinkable. Ever if it is almost 7%. You’d never know it.