GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
way dark with a nice, tight light brown head. plenty of hops, cascades, and well now that I know, amarillos, and of course that rogue yeast character. roastey building to a burnt finish, well hopped. interesting. peppery, spicy and well hopped, some caramel and maltiness come through. doesn't seem like a schwarzbier to me?????? Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Dark in color with a roasted malt nose and a lingering beige head. Roasted malt flavor with spicy bitter hops and a definite alcohol presence. Would be better if they could cover the alcohol traste a bit more. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
Near black in colour with a thin coffee coloured head. Aroma was of black licorice, malt, some spice and a bit of sweetness. Flavour was spicy, deeply roasty, licorice, caramel, malty. Full bodied and lots of carbonation. Finish is a long roasty bitterness. Thanks beerhugger for sharing this bottle with me. beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 Poured near black with a lingering head (fairly big seemingly indicating a fair amount of carbonation) that draws you in. Couldn't easily find the citrus they talk about but definitely my drinking partner and I found it to be full of black licorice - both in the nose and on the tongue. I can maybe see some toffee in there too. Drank very smooth although the alcohol made itself known - worth splitting your skull for though. xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Looks like a stout, smells kind of like a pine tree, but in a good way...
Pretty amazing, I hope this sticks around. Worth the drive, I'll have to try it again soon.
Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2003
intense grapefruit aroma, looks like a porter, strong sticky hoppiness with a roasted finish
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Draft @ Portland pub. Really good nose. Carmel & Piney. Nice dark brown clear color. Roasted malt with carmel sweet taste. Kinda creamy, bitter finish. Very drinkable. Might be my new # 1 From Rogue legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
The most aggresive Rogue beer? It just might be. The Santa's is agressive in the hop department, but this one desperately wants to bitch slap you. Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
Deep brown,lasting tan head.Nose is carmel and alcohol.Malty scotch flavor with harsh alcohol and hop endings
The alcohol is too harsh on the palate to make this enjoyable. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Deep mahogany/dark brown. Off white,frothy,head. Intense,off the charts, grapefruit and pine. Toffee,almonds,chocolate,and slight roastiness are clouded but can be found. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Ample carbonation and stinging bitterness. Texture is silky,near watery. Toffee,nutty,roasty flavors.Hops linger all over. Some light sweetness in the finish,with boatloads of oarnge and grapefruit rind. As it loses carbonation little more malt becomes noticeable but becomes more watery. This is a insanely bitter,intoxicating beer that is true to it's name,I'm done for. Thanks Murph!