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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.42%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Dave_Treat on 06-02-2014

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber picked up at TW in Naples, FL at the beginning of last month.

poured into a tulip. i swear this beer changes color. initially looked very dk brown, almost black, with a good oatmeal colored head. after the head dissipated, body color was more brownish with burdgundy tones. very little in the way of lacing.

couldn't really get much on the nose except for some sweetness and a clear alcohol aroma. judging by when this beer was added to BA, this beer is around 18 months old. (coz rogue doesnt do the dating thing)

taste was pretty interesting, because like the color, i got different things over the 3 hours of sipping it took to get through this. initially it was just alcohol and booze. later in the bottle, i began to get the strong berry taste coating the tongue while the alcohol was all in the back of the throat.

feel was above medium, pretty boozy.

overall, seemed very similar to an old ale, until the berries kicked in. an ok thing once in a while, but not a style i would search the aisles for.

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Photo of bnes09
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber color with no head. Berry, caramel, malt aroma. Lots of sweet berry flavor with dense malt. Minimal hop. Full bodied. Syrupy feel. Not bad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seems dark brown, but enticing deep ruby in the light. Fairly clear but hard to discern given shape and volume of snifter in use. Beige to tan, quickly dissipating head of finer bubbles, but retains well as soon as it devolves into more of a film. Lots of berries (marionberries, apparently), hot and sweet with booze, some molasses, a little honey. Tastes like honey and berries boiled down, very syrupy, extremely boozy and hot. Earthy, leafy, to almost spicy hops throughout, didn’t notice them at first, strongest in finish. Full-bodied with extremely fine carbonation, smooth, packing heat.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. The color is an attractive reddish-purple with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. I'm not familiar with marionberries is but I suppose that is what I'm smelling, along with some vanilla and honey. The taste is very fruity - it starts out quite sweet and turns fairly tart in mid-taste and finishes with some citrus. There is also a distinct taste of honey along with the booze; it's a little like drinking a fruity Drambuie. I'm surprised at how well this ale hides its 11.42% ABV; it seems very drinkable but really sneaks up on you. Overall, while I generally don't favor fruity beers, this one was quite good. It's a nice change of pace but I wouldn't make a steady diet of it.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too much booze. Interesting flavors. The berries show with a huge honey sweetness. Too bad this has so much alcohol showing that takes away from the flavors.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never heard of Marionberries before and so was interested in trying this beer even if only for that reason alone.

The beer pours out into a wine glass a purple color with reddish highlights. The off white, almost pink color head was a bit thin, receded quickly but did retain a circle of foam around the glass for a while.

The aromas contained a pleasant berry character which seemed like an interesting combination of blackberry, blue beer and a bit of something else, all mingled with a touch of honey in the background.

The flavors followed pretty much from the nose with the dark berries weaving together in an interesting blend that is supported by the honey backbone.

The mouthfeel was medium with a touch of prickliness from the fine and fairly long lasting carbonation. The medium long finish began about mid way through as the beers slid away leaving an interesting touch of earthy bitterness mingled with the honey. That all then just faded away.

I thought this was a well made and an interesting beer and was better than Rogue typically gets credit for. I could see having it again and think it would work best as a digestif to be served either before or after a meal. I don't think I'd be interested in opening up one just for drinking, both because of the ABV and the sweetness.

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Photo of KevCan
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at my parents' house. My dad bought it from Total Wine because it looked cool. Poured from the 750mL bottle into a mini snifter. Paired with a bag of Newman's Own mini chocolate chip cookies.

Look: Striking and attractive bottle. After pouring, I realize why they paint the bottle: the dark brown, murky appearance is not very attractive. Very little head which quickly dissipates, as expected for a high ABV.

Smell: Smells like mixed fruit jelly. Strong Belgian yeast. The honey is apparent. Like a fresh-baked biscuit slathered with honey and jam.

Taste: Less fruit in the taste than the smell. Like a Belgian dubbel with honey. Chocolate truffle with a fruit liqueur center. Yeasty with a bit of peppery alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Very sweet. Doesn't taste like an 11+% beer.

Feel: Extremely smooth and thick, syrupy.

Overall: Very sweet. Great dessert beer. Better sipped than guzzled.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been wanting to try this for some time and when I had a chance I grabbed it, going with the style as a whole and not with the focus on honey but tavern owners mixing their own blend right on the bar....I really thought it was pretty good, wine like in flavor but hiding the 11.42 % ABV very well.
Poured from a 22 oz Bomber into a Mason Jar showed a reddish purple brew with a small tan head than goes away fast leaving a little lace that slides slowly down. Aroma hold wine like fruit with a little malt back ground, taste is the same and I feel this is were the honey is missed...we have a dry finish and a little sweetness here would really seal the deal for me. Mouthfeel is medium but has the heavy wine like dry finish. Overall this style is great to taste test due to different ways to blend it...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, no dating that I can find on it. Served in a wine glass/chalice, the braggot pours a hazy dark reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like honey, marionberries, dark fruit and some earthy woodiness. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also red grapes and a slight medicinal flavor noticeable along with a good amount of bitternesss in the finish. The bitterness eases up as the braggot warms up more, overall there's a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I can't say I've had many braggots so I don't have much to compare this one to, but I liked it. This was a nice change compared to what I usually drink, it's certainly worth a try!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/mahogany, slightly tan two finger soapy head. Cool bottle color and neat descriptions.

S&T: Malty smell, mild grape skin (I guess that's marionberry), sweet honey resides in the back. Flavor is the same, minus any honey elements, plus some wood, as if it's been barrel aged. Reminiscent of Belgian quad, without as much depth as the great ones. Kind of an unpleasant aftertaste though, chalky/tannic, medicinal.

M: Slightly astringent, but medium bodied.

O: Granted, this is my first experience with braggot. Not totally favorable, but still drinkable. Glimpses of genius (yummy malt and wood characteristics ) followed by the weird (medicinal/bitter aftertaste, no honey to speak of.) Part of this is my fault too, I imagined the marionberry being sweeter/juicy, but came off as grape. More tastings required.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rogue “Marionberry Braggot.”

BOTTLE: 750ml purple painted brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and eye-catching label purchased at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I’m not huge on the brewery but I always smile upon seeing more braggots in the world. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. Off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Average complexion and consistency. Average (~2 minute) retention. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Dull and unappealing.

Appears adequately carbonated. It’s far from unique or special looking for a braggot, and isn’t much to look at in general.

AROMA: Subtle but lovely berry notes. Clover honey. Faint smoked malt; it’s a unique smoked character and goes well with the pleasant caramel aromatics. Flowery notes. Floral hop character. Some hints of wood. I don’t find any true mead or infused notes. The berries are a highlight for me, but I crave more presence. It’s got a nice sweetness, but Rogue didn’t go overboard. It’s slightly tart (likely from the berries). I’m finding none of the 11.42% ABV evidenced in the aroma, which is damned impressive.
It’s an intriguing aroma for a braggot. I’m very excited to try it. Inviting and of average strength.

No yeast character, off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable. Hop presence is minimal (which is to style).

TASTE: The wildflower honey lends this flavor profile a natural cohesion, but does venture into cloying territory by the late second act. The berry notes are pleasantly fruity, and lend this beer some interesting tartness, but don’t feel as seamlessly integrated as they should given this is a braggot. While the aforementioned honey blends well with the caramalt and Munich malt base, it’s still not mead-like – which is definitely disappointing in this style. The light woody smokiness of the aroma is largely absent here, but I do find it in the early second act when I look for it.

It’s not a herbal or flowery as I hoped it’d be, but it does have some generic floral hop character. The tartness in the third act is more noticeable as the beer comes to temperature, and I find it grows on me.

This beer does an excellent job of concealing its high ABV. I’d guess this was maybe 8% if I tried it blind. Unfortunately, the flavor profile in general isn’t real well balanced, in large part due to the inherent artificiality of many of its constituent notes; what were these added “natural flavors?” Was the marionberry juice from extract/concentrate? It definitely doesn’t taste genuine throughout, but then this IS a Rogue beer…
It’s not complex or intricate for a braggot by any means, and the fundamental failure of the berry notes and honey to deliver on the promises of the style really hold this back. The tartness of the berries is the only subtle aspect of the beer I pick up on, and the flavor profile is surprisingly bereft of nuance given the style, which is usually defined by the potential implicit in blending rather than (and/or in addition to) brewing.

This isn’t off-note free; some drinkers will be unable to drink much after recognizing a distinct cough syrup-esque note hiding somewhere in the tart berry character. Never a good thing. It edges closer to grape as the beer comes to temperature, making it more and more intolerable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, aptly thick, syrupy, and full-bodied. This texture does a decent job of supporting the taste, but overall presence on the palate is underwhelming.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, boozy, astringent, hot, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Better perhaps than I expected given the brewery behind it. The artificial taste holds it back considerably, but then we’re used to that from Rogue (or, by now, we should be). To its credit, it does a damn find job at concealing its near wine level ABV, but I wouldn’t encourage friends to pick this up, and the price is laughable given the (lack of) quality. The cough syrupy off-character, once recognized, is hard to ignore. That said, I’ll finish the bottle alone without much effort, and I’m grateful it isn’t the cloying mess many drinkers have come to expect from this brewery. I love to see another braggot in the world, but this may well be the worst one I’ve tried to date. I’d hate for someone new to the style to use this as their benchmark going forward. The pink paint marketing gimmick (and nonsense “Rogue Farms” label) will continue to work for Rogue, but I wish they’d put more effort into the beer inside the bottle.

BOTTOM LINE: Not recommended, especially if you’re new to the style.



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Photo of emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark purplish brown, interesting color but that's about it.

Smells like grape candy and alcohol. Blech.

Tastes like grape candy, Robitussin, and oxidized malt. Bad, just bad.
Harsh feel, the booze is obvious and it's rough. It's like grape flavored four loko meets sloe gin fizz. Pretty nasty. Glad this was a post-party freebie, I'd never buy this.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into stout glass. Pours a dark purple almost like the color of the bottle but much darker. No head but some lacing. The smell is alcohol, dark fruit like raisins and plums and toasty. Taste is alcohol heat up front then roasty malt and dark fruits. Fig, plum, dark berries. Mouth feel was slick and medium. With decent to little carbonation. I ending up drinking the whole thing in one night but it was a slow process. It was better a little warmer than completely cold. It was my first and maybe only braggot for a long while I haven't seen many. Just this and Sam Adams honey queen. But I would also not buy it again, but I did enjoy the experience

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a purple bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, low profile, tan head. Aromas of rich honey, sweet berry, floral and herbal highlights, and rich caramel notes. Flavors are tangy and richly sweet forward, with a blast of berry sweet and tart on the forward tongue, a solid caramel and honey backbone, and a vegetal and herbal highlight. Full bodied and smooth, with a tangy sweet blend of marionberry and honey in the aftertaste. The beer has a slight edge from subtle carbonation which helps clean the finish a bit, but there is still a considerable linger on the smooth feel. Good beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown. One finger, light tan colored head. Some haziness.

Fruity aroma with some cherry, raspberry, and gooseberry. Some herbal notes to go with honey and candied sugar.

Very unpleasant flavor. Bitter sourness, over cooked vegetables and rubbing alcohol.

Mouth feel is horrid. Perhaps the worst I've ever experienced. Oily, bitter, acrid, and noxious on the tongue.

This has a pleasant appearance and a decent but unremarkable aroma. Unfortunately, the flavors are nothing like nose and the mouth feel was gag worthy. This was a drain pour.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy purplish red in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of marionberries (reminds of cranberry and blackberry) which intensifies as the beer warms up along with lighter aromas of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of honey and just a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of marionberries - slightly tart. There is a light to moderate flavor of alcohol in the finish which lingers for a bit. No perceptible bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Easier to drink than I expected due to a lighter amount of sweetness than I expected for the style. Alcohol could be a little better hidden but the strength of this one makes it a slow sipper.

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Photo of MLDucky
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When first poured it was a hazy purple tone. Nice smell of berries lingered, but upon taste, the flavors were muddled for me. I on't know if I let my bottle sit too long, but the nose did not match up to the taste for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy purple red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blackberries and honey are present in the nose; the berries seem to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors of marionberries are stronger than those of the honey.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The honey in this beer makes it a slow sipper but for the most part it isn't overly difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delightful surprise with this one, on the nose and flavor and most importantly - drinkability. Dark brown color, hazy, some floaties too. Nose is sweet 'n fruity. Palate offers big fruit, some pleasant sourness, and fruity sour finish that is quite nice. No way in hell this one is actually 11%. So easy to drink.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a purple body. Interesting.
The aroma is Marionberry pie with barley. Pretty good.
The taste is quite sweet overall. Lots of Marionberry flavors and honey. Good balance though but the hops never quite make it through.
The texture is soft and a little creamy.
It's an uncommon style and this is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky brown and smells like honey and malt. Has a thinner mouthfeel than I anticipated for this style, but that's not to say that it's light; it's still quite heavy and rich. It's quite fruit forward with dark berries, cherries and plum notes that drifts into a mild bit of honey. The honey quickly gives way to the hop bitterness and dark maltiness, but never really goes away; it makes a second appearance at the end.

Overall, a complex, heavy beer that would go well with a stinky cheese and strong bread.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a purplish brown body with two finger head and some lace patches.
The aroma is mostly honey and berries and then this sturdy, malt base that comes across as breadlike.
This is a smooth, thick bodied beer that I must note is a dangerous sipper because the new version is over 12% ABV and I cannot detect any alcohol at all.
The berries give off a sweetness that complements the noticeable honey sweetness but also a touch of sourness for balance. There is also a minor floral hop bitterness on the finish so it doesn't finish overly sweet.
Also, a touch of bread or chewiness in the beer so it's not a think, sticky, sugar bomb.
Well balanced beer that is probably not for everyone but I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who likes sweet drinks.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brownish musty rust color with a tiny fizz of foam on the top of the brew. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and boozy with a huge hot alcohol aroma mixed with darker fruit aromas of cherry, boysenberry, raisin and what I am assuming is marionberry (but this I am not 100 % sure of as I have never actually smelt marionberry). Along with these smells are some other lighter aromas of a roasted malt nature as well as slight herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a fruity and berry flavor being a mix of some raisin and cherry with the berry flavor being a mix of blackberry and, what I assume is, marionberry. These fruit flavors make a base taste for the brew remaining throughout the entirety of the taste and maintaining a constant intensity. At the start, the fruit is mixed with some roasted malt and a bit of a more bitter woody and oaky boozy tastes that brings a bit of dryness and bitterness to the taste. As the taste advances however, some honey and caramel flavors come to the tongue, with the loss of some of the more roasted flavors. With the boozy flavor steadily gaining intensity all through the taste, and getting enhanced even more at the end, one is left with a berry-fruited and sweet and hot oaky boozed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a brew of 11.4 % this one actually has a bit of a thinner body (but by no way that thin) with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the fruity flavors of the brew, these two feel characteristics are nice for keeping the brew more drinkable, balancing out and complimenting the more slow drinking warming boozy tastes rather nicely.

Overall – While at first I was a little put off, it really grew on me sip after sip. It has a complex flavor profile with a good balancing feel and a rather intriguing smell. While fairly pricey, this is certainly one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of imscotty
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Poured with a firm tan head that lasts some time with fair lacing. The beer is fairly dark with an almost purple hue.

S: A pleasant aroma and subtle of berries, spice, some malt and perhaps honey sweetness.

T: Wow, the flavor is unusual and assertive. The berry flavor hits the correct level I think, assertive without being overwhelming. The beer is sweet, but not really malty, there is a spiciness without being peppery, there are some flavors that are red wine like and other non-beer like flavors that are hard to categorize. Not really any hop profile to speak of. This beer is very unusual. There is a medicinal flavor to this beer (like Robitussin) that I did not enjoy. My friends gave this a pass so I had to finish the whole bomber by self. After some time the medicinal flavor went from being slightly off-putting to a chore to put down. I would suggest this beer be enjoyed in small quantities.

M: Medium mouthfeel, fairly well carbonated. This beer seemed to have a non-beerlike texture that I cannot describe. It seemed to coat my mouth and stay there without being sticky.

O: Definitely an adventure and worth trying to appreciate the range of tastes beer can provide. I admire the audacity and craftsmanship that went into this beer. My hats off to Rogue. Still, I would not seek out again. Pretty bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a brownish red amber with a fine-grained foam for an attractive package in the Affligem stubby chalice. Fizzy and zingy on the tongue. Full-bodied but not sticky.

This is a big mouthful of beer. Plums and molasses with a little bitterness. I don't taste too much actual berry flavor, but there is a deep fruity flavor that goes well with the powerful honey taste. It's sweet yet elegant. This is more of a liqueur with all that honey but the malt is part of the deep body. Hot with alcohol, which helps the unctuous mouthfeel somewhat.

Recent reviewers have made good comments. If you're going to try a Braggot this will give you a good introduction. But it's definitely a fat, brawling, remarkable beverage. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in OB, San Diego.

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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
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