Charlie (JLS Release #22) | Rogue Ales

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Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 06-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 88
Photo of watermelonman
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived far more pale than expected, orange and somewhat opaque but definitely not the deep mahogany or brown I usually find in this style. Foam and lace were microscopic.

Flavor is where this one comes to the plate, malts supporting but not overpowering the caramel, pine, and alcoholic burn. The smell is strong and sweeter than the taste; the taste is powerful and caramel malts quickly take a backseat to the hops and booze. Great flavors and nicely blended at that.

It looked and felt a little too light, but still a good showing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #30 on the top American Strong Ale list. Served in a snifter.

Beer is tan / brown and hazy and way way way over carbonated. The head is massive and has some retention power to it. I asked the bartender if this is a problem with the beginning or end of the keg and he replied that the whole keg has been this way. Interesting.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of hops, some sort of floral earthy hop. Smells decent.

Beer is medium to big in body despite the carbonation issues. It tastes like sweet malt and some booze. Interesting beer overall. The flavors seem a little muted to me but overall it is a decent beer. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrus flavors; grapefruit stands out in particular, especially in the finish. There are also some notes of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped because it’s both hoppy and high in alcohol content.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange with a decent darker creme-ish, orange hued foamy head

S - Citrucy hops were pretty overpowering in the nose with not too much else coming through

T - Wonderfully bitter with grapefruit coming through initially. A little lemon follows up before an odd but pleasant dandelion taste finishes the tasting fun.

M - Somewhere between syrupy and creamy (somewhere along the spectrum, but I couldn't decide where!) with an incredibly bitter dandelion aftertaste. A little bit hot on the back of the throat. The bartender "reported" the ABV as 10%. Whether or not that's accurate, I don't know, but that's what he said at least...

O - Great to start but a tad of a chore to wrap up. Not saying it was bad by any measure, but 16 oz. of this bad boy was quite an undertaking. Not for pounding, but great for one beer to seriously contemplate in an evening of dedicating to just one beer!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice big white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Interesting aromas of toffee, toasted malt, and citrus. A lot of orange and perhaps tangerine notes. There's a slight oxidation type aroma to it as well. Some sweetness of brown sugar and just a little bit of alcohol.

T: A touch sweeter than I had expected with a lot of brown sugar and toffee. A nice toasted bread malt base to the beer with good hop flavors. Nice and floral with some moderate citrus levels to it.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A somewhat generic "strong ale", but it was good, so no real complaints.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are intially citrusy with slight pine and grapefruit. Slight caramel maltiness. Pretty standard for a West Coast DIPA/American Strong Ale.
The tastes intially begin with the caramel maltiness which was suprising, but quickly shifts to the above hop characteristics.
Mouthfeel and carbonation were both adequate. Overall this was a good beer, however nothing too memorable. Recommended but don't break your back to sample.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Charlie 1981. I had this on tap at the Petrol Station in Houston. First I've heard on this one in a while, since it was called Charlie.

This is a hazy beer, near translucent, brigth orange copper color, almost no foam. Well hopped aroma, lots of keynote rogue pine & citrus. The malts come through clearly beneath the hops, lending a DIPA quality to the whole aroma.

This tastes balanced while remaining pretty agressive in both malts and hops. Hops taking the lead. Toasted and caramel malts temper the hops edge as much as possible. Not exactly refined, this could get into barleywine territory if the hops fade a bit, my guess is that this is best fresh.

Not exactly easy drinking, more of a sipper. But a flavorful sipper.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Digging into the vintage notebooks for this one. Had this one on a trip to Newport ten years ago, below the beer and breakfast while playing (legal?) blackjack in the bar. Poured a good amber color with a decent white head. Warming and pleasant to drink, with aromas of hops, alcohol and bready malts. Flavors of hops, alcohol and sweet malt. Warming and delicious. If I remember correctly, this was one of the better beer experiences I had had at the time. Please brew this one again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.37/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small hint of fruit, but not much of anything else. In the taste, malty and some candy sugar. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry malt in the aftertaste. Hides the 9%, but not much of a flavor or taste.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue John's Locker Room Stock Charlie 1981, apparently only 130 bars get it. Had this at the Z Bar in State College.

A: Huge white head that takes off after the pour, overflowing over the top of the glass. Golden brown, almost orange in color.

S: Subtle. Hoppy up front with a nice caramel malt backbone.

T: Hop front taste but very balanced. Maltiness is present, but not dominant. Bit of a bitter and dry aftertaste.

MF: Light to medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

D: Very high, if only this was available elsewhere!

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Photo of rpardon7
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap a bright orange to copper color with a slight haze and a strong white head that lasted for much of the beer. smell is a mix of hops, both floral and pine with a good amount of caramel malt. Taste is bigger than expected caramel malt surrounded by a good amount of hops. Mouthfeel is much fuller and bigger than I expected as well, good amount of carbonation lends itself to the hops for a big and dry hoppy finish. Drinkability was a little low for me..not sure but this beer didn't have everything i would want from an american strong ale, perhaps a little one sided hop wise, still a solid beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between an English IPA and a signature Rogue American-ish hop influence- Medium through and through with fruity, piney, and caramel taste.

This resurrected brand pours a hazy honeyish copper with amber highlights muddled about. Good medium white foam caps the beer and clings to the glass in sporatic pockets. The beer ends up looking heavier than it actaully is.

Classic Rogue caramel, biscuit, and highly estery scents rise from the glass with a maltier presence than hops. However, the hop character seems sprucy, grassy, and mild on citrus notes.

Flavors of malt sweetness and roundness seem of bread/bread crust, robust caramel, and powder sugar-soake fruits. The fruity esters of ripe or over-ripe peach, pear, and apple transition to a yeasty-briney flavor in the fatter mid palate. Spicy hops of pine resin, grapefruit and orange rind, along with earthy, grassy flavor offers a bitter balance against the malts and allow for a cleaner, crisper finish. But the malts and esters manage to linger into the finish and aftertaste along with the spicy hop notes.

Heafty and robust mouthfeel early, middle and late. A heavier than normal impression results from the light carbonation of the beer and sits on the mouth surfaces during all phases of the session. A semi-dry finish is aided by the hop crispness and minty alcohol.

I like this beer much better as an English IPA than I do anything American although a Columbus-like citrus note does emit from the hop structure. But in true Rogue fashion, their Pacman yeast makes this beer taste much like all of their beers: a medium attenuator, caramel/biscuit sweet, low carbonation, and muddled hop character. A nice beer but certainly not a standout.

Tried fresh on tap at The Beer Trappe.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark brown in color with some garnett dappling hues and nice lacing
Smell: can tell that this had some hop aromas, but left. roasty malts
Taste: nicely aged and an honor to try this beer. probably 3-4 years old, held up nicely.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $7.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Well-hazed, dark amber-brown body akin to a glass of bread crusts topped with a cover of white foam.

Smell: Malty touches of toast and toffee surrounded by strong hop notes of citrus, spice, and pine.

Taste: Pale malts rounded out by some toasty and lightly sweet toffee hints. Strong, assertive hop character with big tastes of earthy spice, pine resin, and citrus pith. Boldly bitter, as one might expect. Finishes quite dry with a long, lingering bitterness and touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Plenty of staunch bitterness; it's definitely a Rogue product, alright. One pint was more than enough for me, thanks.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This strong ale pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma is spicy, mainly of cloves, and malty. Flavor is malty and fairly hoppy, just a little bitter with more than a hint of cloves. Texture is lively and quite tingly.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ Radio Maria, Champaign, IL in an imperial pint.
Review from notes.

High clarity orange with the slightest red inflection, lasting, sticky foam, and visible trails of carbonation. Aromas of pine sap and sweetish malt. Plenty of signature PacNW hops, dry pine bitterness. Toasted malts, tiny sweet element in the middle with a dominant one-sided bitterness. Fairly clean overall, easy drinking for 9.1%, deceptive even. The heavy handed bitterness is typical Rogue, I guess I was hoping for more from this least it went down easy.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of pine hops. There's also an underlying earthy quality I can attribute to the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by pine hops. Midway through the sip the hops fade out a bit leaving room for a hint of woodiness but come back for a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it lacked the complexity to be great. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy burnt orangy brown. Great head and retention. Good lacing.

S- Carmel malts, floral and piney hops.

T- Great balance of strong carmel matls and floral and earthy hops. Dry, bitter finnish with a nice little zing of booze.

M- Medium bodied, slightly chewy and sticky. Great carbonation.

D- Excellent strong ale that blends the finest of ingredients in a perfectly balances way.

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Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL. This also claimed to be oak aged.

A - amber color with a 1/2 finger head

S - sweet oakiness and malt, which are dominated by hops

T - caramel malts with a huge kick of pretty bitter hops. The oak sets in on the finish. I don't think the oak and hops complemented each other very well.

M - full and smooth

D - This was decent. The oak was pretty noticeable and I don't think it worked very well with the hops. That being said, I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a a small white head. Nose was hops and not much else. Taste was pine, floral hops and malt. A little dryness to it. Mouthfeel was nice, not very thick or malty, more hop dominant than anything. Pretty good and would try again if available.

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Photo of Floydster
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass at the brewpub in Portland for about five dollars, reviewed from notes I took on my cell phone, color is amber with some dark brown tint, 3/4 inch light beige head, some decent retention around five minutes, some lacing towards the top, aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, grains, floral accents, caramel, roasted nuts, and earthiness, starts off with some malt that appears to be roasty at times, almonds and other nuts provide some chewiness in the middle, finish has pine and citrusy hops that were apparent in the smell, starts off malty and ends hoppy, almost has a little wheat in the aftertaste, something else chewy though, goes from roasted to nutty to dry, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, could drink another glass, pretty light considering it is eight and a half percent, can be a little boozy once it warms but the hops are there to mask it and they do a pretty good job, worth trying

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of having this outstanding beer at Barleys the other night. I had heard many a good thing about it so it was near the top of my wants list for sure. Served in a pint glass, this was consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown in color and light ruby hints around the side and the bottom of the glass. Rich malty aroma, lots of caramel and hints of dee piney hops mixing in, really strong aroma here as it cuts through the air. For a beer over 9 percent it was remarkably smooth and subtle. I could have gone on drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Huge notes of woody malts and mellow, sweet, syrup like flavor mixed with the lovely bitter piney hops. This was a match made in heaven.

Charlie impressed the hell out of me and if I had the time I would have gotten another pint damn quick. This was a really solid beer that you should really check out if you see it around.

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Photo of everetends
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask yesterday at The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL. They broke out a couple casks due to a Free the Hops meeting, so I enjoyed the festivities. Served up in an imperial nonic pint glass.

A: This beer was crazy when it hit the table. I had seen many people walking around with it and it caught my eye immediately because it had such a unique color and appearance. I inquired upon my server and then ordered. This beer looks like a light brown tea that has been deluded with milk. So, you have this almost grainy brown presence with a slightly thicker looking cream color pushing itself around in here kicking up all sorts of debris. Constant swirls of light and dark brown colors throughout. The head is a light tan color that sits and rests indefinitely on top. Very light and fluffy, this head easily sticks to glass and creates some fluffy, bubbly lacing on the glass. I have to give it high marks for its unique quality here.

S: Thought the smell was a bit weak to be honest. Strong Ales usually bring it in this category with some heavy presence in the aroma, but not this guy. Everything is pretty mild in there with some rich malt character mostly. There is a slight brown sugar presence along with some syrupy smells as well. Finally it finishes with a citrus/floral hops aroma that is really nice, but could come out a bit more for me. Overall it smells pretty clean and mild.

T: Taste steps it up a bit. The malts are not as big a presence in the flavor as they in the nose. The malts are sugary with that brown sugar and light roasted. Mostly just a sweet presence to attempt to harness the craziness that comes out in the hops. The hops are all over the place and hardly restrained. Lots a strong grapefruit comes out along with some floral sweetness. There is also some more tartness coming out in an almost cranberry fashion. Then some pine resin comes through with that bite. Alcohol is here as well, but it works with all these hops. Its kind of crazy and seems a bit off balance for a strong ale, but it is enjoyable.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, but on the high side. This beer has a milky creaminess I was not expecting at all. It just has a thickness to it that I haven't experienced before. Its hard to explain. It has some nice creamy coating to it and really sticks to the palate. ABV is noticable with a slight heat on the throat. Aftertaste is all that hops with grapefruit and pine lingering about. There was also a bit of graininess going on at the bottom of my glass due to a lot of debris in the brew. This may have been because I got on of the last pours out of the cask.

D: This is interesting for sure with such a wild appearance and feel. The flavors are fun and wild, but they are a bit much for multiple glasses in my opinion. It has just so much going on and is strong enough to call it quits with one pint glass. With all that said, I did enjoy this one and was happy at the chance for giving it a go. Definitely different.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thin head with spotty lacing. Deep tea color, virtually opaque.

Smell - Rich roasted malty nose with milk and bitter chocolate and a hint of maple syrup.

Taste - Similar to nose with hop bitterness obliterating all other flavors in the finish. Hop bitterness too pronounced in my opinion. Although there's a touch of hop juice in there too.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Mouthfeel is juicey yet drinkability is lower again in my opinion due to over pronounced hop bitterness.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Brickskeller in D.C.
A-Golden reddish-brown w/haze and sediment. Off-white head. Solid tracing.
S-Sweet malt, light floral hops and esters.
T-Estery attack (apple, grape) yielding to lightly toasted malt in mid-palate. Honey and cascade hops in finish w/bold citrus notes. Cinnamon and other spices also present. Alcohol is somewhat well-hidden...I can tell it's strong, but I'd guess a little less than 9.1%
M-Excellent medium-body and light carbonation make for a well-balanced mouthfeel.
D-Surprisingly smooth, but not so surprising considering I am fond of almost everything Rogue delivers.

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