mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a dark but clear mahogany-brown with a thin off-white head and lovely lace. Aroma is quite inviting - sweet molasses cake , gingerbread, light hops. Taste is deliciously balanced malt sweetness and complex hops, lingering licorice & light citrus hop finish. Yum! Reasonably thick body with average carbonation. I thought this tasted more like an India Brown Ale. I am definitely buying more of this, maybe it’ll help me survive the very Olympics it was brewed to commemorate... nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with creamy tanned head. Aroma and flavour of lightly roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and fruity pine hops. Solid malt backbone it just seems to be holding back slightly overall. Perhaps lacking balance and it doesn’t entice me enough to want to drink this regularly. An interesting brew to try though. Cheers Jonno for sharing. thornecb (5918) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head pancakes as it recedes to mottle surface. Dark caramel and mild resin aromas. Sweet crisp bread and caramel upfront turning to a dark, resinous spruce finish. jonno (2762) - JAPAN - DEC 31, 2009
Another good but not great rogue. Full bodied Black IPA with a moderate bitterness. Big beer, but lacks in complexity and drinkability, which is surprising given the hop bill. As it warmed it gave a bit more, but didn’t leave me wanting more. emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours a dark nut brown with a thin tan head that fades a bit quick. some light passes through it but not much. The nose is malty and a hint of hops but not much. As you sip on it the flavour is roasted and earthy. It has great carbonation and is very refreshing. There is not much hop bite, it is more resin than citrus. Overall it is a good brew.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Ruby-brown pour with a small, frothy, white head. Heavy resinous pine aroma with toasted caramel with a note of ruby red grapefruit. The flavor follows through a lot from the aroma. A real lingering bitterness but a touch off balance. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Dark amber, coppery, large frothy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Roasted malt nose, soft chocolate malts, smidgen of hops.   Smells like a NW Red on steroids.   Good meatiness on the tongue.   Hoppy but not biting.   Mild sweetness.   Strong NW Red Ale.   Lingering malts, some roastiness and chocolate.   Nice beer, flavorful from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering maltiness, a little mealy, otherwise pale hop bitterness and a smidgen of chocolate malts.   Pretty tasty! nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Several pints at Matchbox, Washington DC. Comes a translucent, nearly opaque copper, amber with a creamy, slightly clumpy white head. Aroma is probably my only complaint, it’s a little mild, it’s slightly spicy, some biscuit malts, a little earthy. The flavor is very nice, good hop zing up front, grapefruits, lemons, pine, toasted grains, some light spice, some dry cracker, biscuit. Finish is dry with some lasting bitterness. I actually really liked this. It paired really well with the zesty pizza I was eating. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
22 oz. from Bottleworks. Dark ASA. Damn this thing didn’t produce much head, but it is sure dark. Translucent appearance, looks like a nice ASA to me. Ah...too much caramel/toffee malt in the aroma and not enough hops. I get a very buttery-type aroma coming from this. Again, not much to speak of in terms of hops. Some nice sweet malt aroma(s) coming from this, but I was expecting more of a balance between the hops and malts, but the caramel malts simply dominate. The only reason it has the aroma score it does is because of the fact that it is slightly aromatic. Bitterness upfront, but quicly turns to a buttery, slightly hop, mess. Ah.. I won’t say this is bad, but for an ASA this beer lacks a few dimensions. It is very smooth but this beer could use a tweak in the hops department. I can slightly taste the bittering hops, but again, this beer is weighed down by malts. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Not enough alcohol to be a winter seasonal, in my opinion. Tasted fairly ordinary, like a not-too-bitter red with some spruce added. Standard but nothing I’d seek again.