Charlie (JLS Release #22) | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by Floydster:
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 oberon
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the growler filling station at Consumers in Orchard Park,poured a muky,hazy brownish orange color with small craterous well retainedwhite head left broken lace around my impy pint glass.Intense piney,resiny hop overtop of brown sugar and sweet biscuit but the hops are the show and its awesome.That big Rogue hop profile is there from the get go its very resiny and piney the sweetish brown sugar-like malt base takes a backseat to the hops no doubt a dry almost earthy finish lingers for a longtime after swallowing.Oh man this is good a strong ale strongly hopped,this growler wont last me to long I know that for sure.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bartender at an Atlanta pub was quite proud to have this,and I'm sure there is very little of it still around. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange/copper amber with a smallish ivory head that retains well and leaves beautiful sheets of lacing in its wake. Aroma is pink grapefruit and caramel, with spuce pine notes in the background. Mouthfeel features active carbonation and a stinging bite of hops. Taste is complex, with different layers of flavors fading in and out of the profile. Pine and lemonrind are the initial tastes, followed by a caramel malt middle. Orangerind and pine come on strong toward the finish, and the aftertaste is of pine and sour grapefruit. Quite an experience. Nice to discover that there are a few offerings on tap in Atlanta, that are technically above the state's 6% abv law, which will soon be history.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Gingerman in NYC, this one poured dark honey amber, minimal head, that leaves nice stringy lacing and a bready nose. This is a bold and tasty creation, plenty of resiny hops, notes vanilla, slight smoke, (this reminded of Stones Arrogant bastard, certaintly a good sign...) Nice creation from Rogue, wish it was more commonly available. Well worth a try if you see it on tap or in bottles.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this gem on tap at Red Bones while having lunch w/ fellow BA, Truh....
Arrived in a 10.5oz. snifter....rust in color w/ ruby highlights when light passes thru. A nice full finger of tan head w/ decent lacing.
Aroma is very inviting...hefty dose of malt sweetness w/ some raisins and citrus mixed in.
Taste was fantastic...all of the characteristics hit me more like a Barleywine IMO...quite thick in its mouthfeel, but not cloying.
Alcohol was very well fact, this brew could be very high in its drinkability for the ABV %. Not bitter at first, but quite bitter in its finish...very refreshing and carbonation was spot on.
Thrilled to see this one offered...leave it up to Red Bones to bring it in.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

Color is a slightly hazy copper with no head at all. My glass was filled to the brim and there was barely any lacing on the glass during quaffing. Aromas are hugely malty. All sorts of sweetness in here, though mostly one dimensional caramel. Barely any notes of hops. Flavor seemed very far out of whack, with just an overwhelming sweetness that was not tempered by the multiple hops used. Some earthen and grassy notes peek through here and there and near the end the ABV begins to warm things up. Finishes sweet. Body is wonderful, thick and creamy. Not that drinkable to me, given the overwhelming sweetness.

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Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Rogue's website:

"John Maier's third batch of his original Charlie 1981 recipe, back by popular demand for release in 2007 as part of the JLS program! The beer is named in honor of Charlie Papazian, president of the Association of Brewers, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and homebrewing guru. John Maier, Brewmaster for Rogue Ales, made his first batch of beer in 1981 using Papazian's influential book "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing."

A strong ale, amber in color with a rich malt backbone that carries a powerful hop character that explodes on the palate and lingers through the aftertaste. Once again, Charlie is brewed with Munich, Crystal 40, and two-row pale malt, along with Horizon, Sterling and Amarillo hops, free range coastal waters, and top fermenting Pacman yeast. Charlie measures in at 18.2 Plato, 31-degrees Lovibond (color), and 70 IBUs. Unfiltered and Unfined ~ Prost! "

Appearance ruby red copper tinged large cream head leaves sporadic strands of lacing around my pint glass at Mad Mex Robinson. Aromatics heavy handed hops with grapefruit citrus, floral, and pine noted ripened fruit and alcohol blend as well I'm getting some caramelized apricot and raisin huge in nature. Flavors more herbaceous hop bursts coats the palate leafy, floral, citrus hop flavors blende well with the toasted nut fruit malt character alcohol is evident with caramelized over ripened fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied even smooth mellow carbonation really full of hop oils that coate the palate and it definitely stays with you until you go home and brush your tongue. Drinkability solid and challenging, aggressive bringing a new batch of Charlie to the table I'm loving the JLS series always interesting and I'm glad I tend to catch them on a regular basis I gotta catch the Black Bruital Bitter.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its somewhat hazy reddish-copper body is capped by a full head of foamy light tan froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is malty and hoppy with notes of caramel, and delicate citrus and pine. The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation. The flavor offers a combination of softly fruity yeastiness and sweet caramel maltiness before some hops and a bold bitterness break through. It finishes dry with some residual maltiness and a bold lingering bitterness. The alcohol is never apparent. Basic but nice.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JLS Release #33, Charlie 2008 on-tap at the Acadia Cafe. Served in a Duvel tulip. I'm not sure where this review is supposed to be, so hopefully this is good enough.

This beer is just big on everything and immediately reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. The grains are a touch rough with rich caramel, toffee, and biscuit flavors. Big piney hops rock the bitterness with slightly earthy and citrus flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Very tasty and fairly drinkable. A must-order if you see it on tap.

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Photo of Jon
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing abilities for a strong ale of this sort. Smell is a Pacific Northwest Rogue onslaught of sappy, piney, and citric hops with only the slightest hint of some caramel and pale malt aromas. Quite inviting for the hophead in each of us. Taste is a well-rounded blend of resinous hops and a wonderfully complementary malt flavor profile. Caramel is the most dominant facet here, along with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. This beer turns more sappy and sweet as it warms up. Might be best to take this one just below room temperature for optimal flavor. Mouthfeel, while it starts off pleasant and oily, turns a touch thin as the beer reaches room temperature. For a strong ale, the alcohol is definitely there, but not so much that it gets in the way of drinkability. Finish is wet and lasting. A great strong ale that only Rogue can produce. I wish they would distribute this outside their brewery and pubs.

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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 CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty amber pour, moderate head. Heavy lacing. Big hop presence on the nose, I mainly was getting citrus and resin, but there was some depth there.

The flavour of the beer was a big malty biscuit and caramel flavour paired up with the moderately intense hops from the aroma, definite resin like aspects in the flavour, some subdued citrus. Not particularly remarkable for the style, but a good take.

Mouth and drinkability both were about par for the course, a good, full bodied strong ale that I wouldn't mind having again.

The bottom line: If you're looking for a solid strong ale, then Charlie 2007 is a good pick. It's not something I'll ever get a specific hankering for, but it was an enjoyable enough brew.

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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 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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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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color with copper hues. Tight off white head pours one finger thick. Some retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Citrus juices. Sweet caramel malt. Bread. Citrus and oine hops. Alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel maltsgive off a bread like flavor. Tastes of grapefruit and tangerine are followed by an herbal pine hop bitterness. Flavors of raw earth are followed by a hint of alcohol.

M.Smooth and medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

T: Interesting take on the American Strong Ale. In typical Rogue fashion there are plenty of hops, but in this case the sweetness of fruit and malts take top billing. Recommended.

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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 wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2011.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, amber toned brown with a thick, white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is earthy, citrusy, herbal, doughy, along with sugary and orange zest with mild spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mild, delicate caramel note that compliments the zingy citrus nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sugary, and bitter with lots of spice, and herbal hops lingering.

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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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Charlie (JLS Release #22) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 90 ratings