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..... DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
DArk amber with a nice white head.Full flavor of spiciness and hops.Some bitterness but not much at the end. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Another great Rogue brew. Strong hoppy, spicy maltly aroma. Cloudy dark ruby, greyish appearance. Small clear head. Good bitter hops aftertaste. Above average ASA taste. Good balance of hops and malt. Enjoyable winter beer. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Wonderful, full hoppy aroma. Taste is of sharp and spicy hops and dark fruit malts. The malt gives out too quickly at the end and the alcohol is a bit low for this to be categorized as a strong ale. A darker IPA, yes and in that category quite satisfying. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a clear copper brown with a thick frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is mild caramel and toasted malt with a western hop twang. Body starts with a thick semi-dry maltiness, turning more dry and hoppier toward the piny hop resin finish. A nice brew and well hopped, but also not that exciting.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
I think this is last year’s edition. Pours a reddish dirty brown with a rocky off white head. Aroma is strong in malt and vinous notes. Flavor is very malty and vinuous, some roasted notes. Some bitterness in the end but it seems to be from the roasted malt than a hop bitterness. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Poured Redish, Good head, Hop aroma and hop bit. Even a hoppy finish. Shared this with a hop head who really loved it. Ho Ho ho! pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Big bottle. Red brew with modest head; excellent lacing. Big american hop aroma. Great hoppy flavor and clean finish. Great for hop heads without hop harshness. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
I’m not finding this one as hoppy as some others.....spicy, chocolatly, slightly buttery aroma; nutty malt and toasted flavor, hint of smokey/peat ; certainly some citrusy hoppiness there, but really nicely balanced; prety tastey ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
On Tap@ Rogue San Francisco. Absolutely Beautiful looking beer! Dark mahogany with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Almost no malt balance in the taste. Very nice hoppy aftertaste though.