ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Tap. Pours a amber-copper color with a soapy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, some citrus, earthy. Flavor is caramek malts, citrus, earth, raisin. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet finish. Nothing spectacular, kinda average. I some how expected more for such a comemorative brew. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Draught at (the new!) Blind Tiger, NYC. Poured clear copper with a frothy off- white head. Aroma of caramel/toffee malt with a fair amount of sprucey and citrus hops. Dark malty flavor with an underlying earthiness and a lot of hops--mostly resiny with some citrus. Full bodied and slightly syrupy. It left my lips a little sticky. This one seems like a cross between a 2IPA and a barleywine. Nice big solid beer, satisfying for sure, but for an anniversary/milestone brew, it doesn’t really have anything to remember it by. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Pours a hazed honey color w/ a medium sized, English style, beachball spattered froth. Head retention is minimal w/ just a nice ring around the goblet. My second pour was actually more full, semi creamy froth. Must be because it warmed a bit. Aroma of juicy malts and a nice hopsy citrus rind. Perfect!. Meduim to full nectar w/ soft residual effers creating a creamy, lucious texture. Not as it would seem. This brew defies my preconceived educated guess. I totally expected a different brew than what I have found in this. Amazing is what I say. Its not a malt bomb, nor a caramel clogger. Its not sweet or spiced. What it is, is a marvel of 18 years of brewing. The caramel malts are cut down quickly by the chopper hops. The honey comes on but is laid to rest w/ lightning speed by the reaper hops. Every chance the malts get to show, theres a hop blade right around the corner to cut it down. Like a lime rind dipped in salt. I get all kinds of flavors. Citrus rind being dominant w/ nuances of caramel, honeycomb, apple, black cherry, leather, and earthy sea salt. The colors really show as it warms.The finish is bittered excessively w/ hopsy asprin and is the last thought on my mind. Overall: This is a great brew. Not too malty and possesing more than enough hops to replace your lawnmower. This brew will cut grass. The alcohol is well hidden. Well balanced for a hop head. What I really dig is the likeness of the English style nectar intertwined w/ an American hop profile. I highly recommend this brew. 22$ makes it hard. It does have a cool graphic on the bottle though. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Yes, it is expensive. But then again, so is caviar and Dom. No, its not in that realm, but it is good and the bottle is just gorgeous. I’ve been a Rogue fan for over 15 years now and have always loved the range of things they bring to the table. Kind of along the lines of Stone’s most recent anniversary beer or
Alesmith’s Yulesmith. Hoppy and big-chewy, really a nice beer. I would probably not buy another bottle at this price, but I applaud Rogue for bringing out a big, bad well packaged beer for the big 10000! adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 12, 2007
750 ml ceramic bottle. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a thick frosty white head. Aroma of floral hops,pine resin and citrus(orange and grapefruit). Taste is floral hoppy with hints of pine, orange peel,grapefruit,light caramel malts and perfume. Leaves a perfumy/piney aftertaste. Very good, but not worth the $15 and change.