daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004 does not count
dark cherry with thin tan head. bizarre cream cheese aroma that grows worse when served in the recommended trappist glass and the beer warms. caramel and pine. less hoppy than other rogues, but still manages to be out of balance. light-bodied with a thin and drying aftertaste. the first rogue beer i don’t like. alas. PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Perhaps this was a bad bottle. Way too astrigent, tasted like they used way too much of a certain roasted/toasted malt.
Cloying, unbalanced, awful. I love all their others beers, but I cannot recommend this one. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2004
After reading several ratings, I thought I was in for a hop delight. Unfortunately, I liken this to SNCA with only a mild hoppiness. I must be a total hop junkie. This was a decent beer, but I had high hopes that were thoroughly dashed. In the end, it comes out as an almost strong, almost hoppy, almost worthwhile beer. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Pretty good. This beer reminded me of an Oktoberfest but with a stronger taste. The aftertaste is quite nice. Not bad at all. I took a chance on this beer and I was pretty satisfied. GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
bottle. strong nose and hoppy flavors mixed with hints of spice that result in a bit of a bitter finish... a beer that makes you thirsty... i have to restrain myself from rated this a 20 overall because i was sipping it while a very sexy man had his hands and mouth all over my body... i think this is a fair rating... but then again he had such a very nice 6pack of his own
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2004
I expected so much more from a "reserve" rogue....due to Rogue’s disdain for freshness dating, there’s no telling whether I got an old one or what. This beer seems to rely on flavor hopping for most of its taste, bitterness is in check and aroma hops are almost non-existant. And like Pete’s Wicked before it, beer cannot rely on flavor hops alone anymore. Much more is needed to elevate this common strong ale. Decent heading, medium malt. Average. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Bottle poured a dark amber with smallish head but good lacing.
Nice aroma of hopps ,citrus, spice.
Taste grapefruit ,hopps..full flavor big tangy finish..very good!! willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2004
11.24.04 Bomber, of course. Handsome cherry red with thick tan head. Caramel and spicey aromas with hints of citrus/spiced gumdrop. Sharp hop bitterness but hardly any noticable malt to hold it together.Sort of an empty mouthfeel. A letdown this from stellar brewery, I didn’t finish it. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
A very interesting blend of hops... many hops to choose from, mostly dry and in quantity. Malt is in there too... somewhere. Mouthfeel is a slightly thin, ABV slightly lower than expected. Very nice, enjoyable creation, although atypical for a winter seasonal. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Clear dark amber, hints of red, thin white head. Typical hopped up Rogue nose with blasts of evergreen, pine sap, grapefruit, with touches of toasted caramel and brown sugar, slight buttery note at room temp. Deeply hopped and bitter up front, but the malt slowly shines through late. Not balanced, but who cares if you dig the hops. Medium bodied, light carbonation, drying bitter pine finish. If you’re lookin for your hop fix.....