Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 20, 2017 Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy copper with a fluffy, quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is not bad, but not overly enthralling either. Sweet caramel, pine resin, light grassiness, whole grains, Earthy notes, light fruit (like raisins or cherries), dry biscuits and a hint of grapefruit zest. The body is big and full, almost surprisingly so. The bubbles are soft, but it doesn’t help the body all that much. The flavor is kind of odd, actually. It’s disconcerting to find that just as you’re about the grab the essence of the malt profile, it’s totally obliterated by the too-intense hop bitterness. I think this could be interesting if you could get some more malt goodness to come out. Or maybe if the yeast was a little more Belgian-y. I don’t know. I think I can imagine the hope for this beer, but I just don’t think execution really brought it to fruition.
From Mar 2007
Pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a clear deep amber with a huge billowy head of foam that lingers throughout the session as a solid layer with lacing. A very nice looking brew in my Chimay goblet.
The smell is on the light side. I can just detect some roasted and caramel malt.
The taste on first sip is of roasted malt, caramel malt, and grain. It's on the sweet side but not overly so. More sips in and there's a bready flavour in there as well and a touch of nuttiness along with a hop bite that is most prevalent in the finish. An interesting tasting American Brown Ale for sure and it's hitting my taste buds in a good way. Oh, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden so this one goes down pretty easily.
Bottom line: I like this example of the style and I'd say try it.
PS: When I bought this bottle at Wilburs in Ft Collins, because of the name, I thought it was going to be a Belgian style ale...
willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours a amber brown color with a big head. Caramel, almond, prune, fig and cinnamon on the nose. Spice and fruit flavors really stand out as it comes to room temperature. Long bitter finish with a bit of pepper present as well. A little astringent but not overly so. alexsdad06 (10670) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel and chocolate malts, herbal notes that bring up tea, some fruity character, strange that there isn’t much Belgian character. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft. Complex sweet malty beer, body is a little thin with some sharp notes. Light head, clear, amber colored. Not my favorite from Rogue. reebtogi (6350) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
650ml bottle pours an amber brown color with a 2 finger white head that settles down to some nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malty sweet with a nice blend of hops. Taste is quite bitter with some mellowing from the grainy malts. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Full flavored ale that is very refreshing and easy to drink despite the high ABV.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Pours a bright golden amber color. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light lemony taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.
williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2007: 22oz bottle...
Colossal ice cream float had. Deep, hazy dark red. Lots of carbonation, and a massive icy lace.
A very pungent malty (almost Belgian) smell. Spicy but very dark and very nutty.
Heavy roasted malt. Quite a sour accent. Hops are there but in the background. Has a sweet/sour mix of toffee. There is a taffy/caramel element. A bit much. Strong.
Thick and creamy but bubbly. Stays on the tongue long after. Really thick. Formidable. It tastes good but is very strong. Both sweet and pungent. DialSquare (5123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
From an old note: bottle. orange-brown pour with large white head. dark fruit and molasses in the aroma. tangy, sweet and bitter with caramel and pine. long bitter finish. need to try again sometime. jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber/brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is some caramel sweetness but mostly a hoppy wood. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT. thedm (6310) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a hazy with fine particulate softly carbonated and a fair lacing. The smooth aroma was brown malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a biting aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild hops dark malt and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.