22 oz bottle in the usual Rogue presentation from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Jet black pour but without asignificant head or lace.
The hop nose and hop tastes are suprisingly reserved for Rogue, but at the same time too large for the style IMO. This is essentially an “Americanized” version of a Schwarzbier which, unsurprisingly, takes the hop profile way too far for me. Lingering bitterness replaces a sweet edge, and the hops also provide a biting note that detracts from the mouthfeel for me as well. In the grand scheme of things not especially astringent, but in the style we’re dealing with here it’s way off for me.
Roasty malts are present, but again they seem more bitter than we should expect in a classic Schwarz.
Drinkability is OK as long as you are not looking for a classic example.
In summary, although not a beer that is particularly “hoppy”, it’s still *too* hoppy and pretty much exactly as I anticipated from Rogue.