Ungstrup (38238) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
A hazy amber beer that has a large orange head. The aroma is sweet hoppy with notes of chocolate and oranges. The flavor is very hoppy on a sweet malty background and a rather bitter end. A lovely beer. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Drum roll please, here it is, my 1,500th rating on ratebeer (where does the time go?). Poured a darker and cloudy brownish-amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel and an earthiness to it. Lots of hops in the aroma for such an old IPA. Tastes of caramel, light pine, oranges, and other malts. Nice lacing left on the glass. Light to medium bitter finish. Impressed me more than I would have thought for its age. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/01/2001jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
dark muddy rusty brown with a big fine beige head, nice hop aroma on a slightly sweet carmel malt base, lots of rich hop flavor
the intense hop character has faded over the last year into a nice bitterness allowing the malt to come through with a touch of sweetness to balance it all out
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
RBSG 2005. First auction beer of the night for me - a steal at 5 tickets. Hazy brown body with a smallish beige head. Sweet caramel and malt in the aroma, a mild touch of yeast. Sweet malt in the flavour quickly gives way to a moderate hoppy bite, and a pleasant bitterness that lingers. Very mild roast / toasty caramel in the finish. Smooth medium body. Was glad to have won this one. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
More like a winter strong ale than an IPA in my opinion. Has a rusty brown and copper color, strong alcohol nose with the usual PacMan yeast smell... also has that oxidized "aged" smell and flavor, though not that extreme, that’s common in old ales and big barley wines like 5+ year old Old Crustacean bottles. Roasted caramel candy and butterscotch flavor, some bread crust, peanuts, cashews, etc. Very different than other Rogue’s, woody, nutty, hoppy, old and just plain strange in some respects. Still a drinkable beer.
Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2005
Slightly cloudy, gold amber with white creamy top. High hoppy aroma, alcohol and some sweet full malt .Touch of spice at the finish. Flavours - slightly medicinal huge hoppy front. Plenty of alcohol out there. Bitter middle with flat end. Alcohol was bit rough. Rough Rogue. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle shared by kp: Transparent, lightly hazy copper pour has a thick, light tan head. Mild citrusy hops and earthy caramel malty presence in the aroma. Body starts with earthy caramel malt flavor balanced with a nice, dry earthy bitterness toward the finish. Seems to have aged very well. A nice, still hoppy brew. egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Malty, oxidized, citrus fruits, and grassy hops in the background. For its age, this is a nice beer. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
22 oz bottle, 2006 RBSG, provided by kp (Thanks kp!). Pours a clear dark copper with a small whispy beige head. Aroma is quite malty with a syrupy sweetness and a fairly aggressive hoppy bitterness. Flavor is a nice mix of aged sherried malt and a fairly aggressive bitterness. Finish has a touch of smoke and moderate alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly soft but active carbonation. A little thinned out due to the age, but not so much that it’s a negative thing. Overall, this has a nice aged character to it and seems like it could hold up for a while yet. Without knowing the style when tasting I would have guessed a lighter style Barley Wine, but after the fact IPA does seem to make sense. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Undated notes: Brown and syruppy. Resiny bitter flavor. Not my thing at all.