Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon. This 7 ouncer was on the clearance rack last week when I grabbed it. Bottled in 2009 and best when aged for one year. Total Wine's sticker says this one was there since at least 7/21/2011. Hmmm. That date is already for sure past the ideal one year, assuming my math skills are still sharp. Not really sure what the guy on the front in the purple blouse is holding up. You?
Almost no head. Cocoa powder and strong vanilla aroma, with just a touch of molasses. Very inviting scent. Rich chocolate and a pleasing amount of the 11% alcohol right from the start. Not sweet. Rather, some roasted and almost burnt sugar and malt bring through a good dose of bitterness.
Coffee and licorice and hops, all present. Good body and very low carbonation. A bit boozy and phenolic on the breath but manageable. Enjoyable all around. Pony bottle was the right size.