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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 173
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.42% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dave_Treat on 06-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
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 -44.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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 (657 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (701 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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. (760 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (2,062 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

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. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +8.4%

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep brown with some slight purple hues topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a small mat and collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: smells of spices, honey sweetness and berries
T: taste is marionberries, spices, piney hops, honey and malts. swallow is a little alcohol, more hops, berries, caramel and some toasted malt flavors
M: this beer has a medium weight on the palate. carbonation is soft and slightly prickly and the beer has a drying finish
O: I think this beer is pretty good. the flavors and complexity are there but it does have a lot of sweetness. (650 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a purple hued brow, looks scarlet when backlit, with 2 fingers of tan head. Pretty nice lacing & head retention,

S: Berry notes, plus clover honey, herbal & medicinal notes

T: Berries mostly tart, dryness, a bit of woody bitterness & little boozey burn with honey notes up front. Honey & floral notes as this warms, some medicinal notes as this warms, some red wine notes as well, especially dryness, woodyness & some tanin. Finishes dry, tart, herbal, with a little bit of berry sweetness & a kiss of honey

MF: Fairly hefty with slight carbonation, becomes a bit slick as it warms

Fairly complex, but drinkable enough, probably the best example if this style I can remember having (697 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very dark beer for what I'm thinking is a fruit beer, though the definition of braggot doesn't specify fruit. The pour is a dark brown, cola colored. Dirty tan head up top, with better than average retention. No lace to speak of. Great looking beer.

Pretty amazing smell with lots of spices and fruity flavors, a whiff of alcohol and caramelly malt. Smells like a fruity, dark Belgian.

The taste matches the scent characteristics, full of fruity, spiciness with some caramelly malt and alcohol playing along nicely. Again, think fruity, dark Belgian beer. Dark ripe fruits, not the girly stuff.

Way up there ABV provides warmth throughout. This beer packs plenty of sweet, offset mostly by the spices and heat from the alcohol for balance. Bitterness is there, but only as a bit player. Medium- to heavy-bodied, but somehow it starts off with an almost watery feel before everything kind of takes over. Carbonation and heat make up the lingering finish.

In addition to the cool purple bottle, this Rogue beer provides plenty to like. I could get used to this. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purplish brown colored concoction with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells mildly spicy with a honey and brown sugar scent. Mild berry scent. Never met a Marion berry so I don't know what it would smell like.

Starts out bittersweet with a bread after taste. Berry with a fairly strong hop bitterness for the style. Mild honey and brown sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK

Overall an OK try once experience. (414 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a murky cola brown. The thin tan head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves very faint spots of lace.

The smell is of wheat bread, caramel and berries with floral accents.

The taste is of blackberries, plums, honey and booze.

The texture is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

A pleasant mixture of berries, honey and malt. Minimal hop presence with an 11.4% ABV kick. (397 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big blackberry, cherry, red grape, raisin, plum, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of tart blackberry, red grape, raisin, plum, cherry, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, red grape, raisin, plum, cherry, honey, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly dry/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited braggot style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,507 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%

Picked this up a few weeks back, having never had this before and not having a Braggot in quite a long time. The last few beers I had from Rogue were a bit odd and underwhelming, but that certainly wasn't the case here. Although this was quite strong, it didn't taste it and the flavor profile was smooth enough that this took quite a while to drink, since it was a slow and enjoyable sipper!

Nice pour to this, as the hue of the beer wasn't much different than that of the unique bottle that it came in. Enough of a head could be seen here and there was a fair amount of lacing, as well. Nice, sour berry tone to this but certainly not overpowering and the sweetness of the honey was potent enough to also be found in the nose, as well as the taste and the mouthfeel. Enough malt was present to give this beer a good body while it had a mahogany and leather undertone to it, leading this to be quite rich and filling.

To be fair, this was strong and having someone to finish this off with was probably for the better. When asked what a Braggot was, I had to reply to him that I had no idea but after reading more about the style and finishing this off, I'd have to say that anyone giving a go would be wise to start off here. There was a hint of floral notes to this too, ensuring that this was not too heavy, boozy, or spicy. This was really enjoyable and worth seeking out again, if for no other reason than because I haven't had anything quite like this before. A nice addition to Rogues eccentric lineup! (1,512 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

750ml bottle.

A: Pours a dark reddish-light brown with crimson highlights under a solid 1-finger thick off-white, slightly pinkish head which fades to a thin cap and yields semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Grainy, sweetness, floral, fruity berries.

T: Berries up front, mild honey sweetness, faint heat, caramel, faint citrusy hops.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with some berry infused heat.

O: Very unique and interesting. Creative. Like the mild sweetness from the honey, the hidden ABV makes for a dangerous long lasting bottle. (558 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first try of a new style. I'm psyched because a little internet research reveals this as a very old style of beer stemming from Wales, as mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 852 A.D. (levying a certain tax or fine on a property holder- among other things, Welsh ale is distinguished from "fine ale"). The Welsh name is rendered "bragawd".

The label lists 17 ingredients, mostly produced by this brewery. These include: 2 varieties of honey, several of homegrown malt, Munich malts, homegrown rye, "Rebel" hops, "Pacman" yeast and "free-range" coastal water.

Poured from a 750 ml (25.4 ounce) crown cap bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of a creamy white head with a tinge of crimson. This reduces fairly quickly to a thin coating of froth. The beer is a deep ruby brown, a bit hazy, with high carbonation.

The aroma really develops as you sip it, and as it warms. At first, the aroma is very clean and only faintly berry-like. As sipping progresses, the aroma becomes much more complex and perhaps more obviously berry-like, but never overwhelms. The flavor is rather malty, with a strong backbone of molasses-like flavors and dark fruit. Accentuating the malt is a complex, dark berry taste that is not overly sweet or fruity. Strong notes of medicinal plum and dark cherry probably stem as much from the malt and yeast as from the marionberry additions. I notice fermented honey flavors more in the initial sips, but I believe it provides yet another "backbone" and is very well integrated. The alcohol is well-hidden and serves to accentuate the fruit, malt and honey flavors.

A dangerously easy drinking beer, and quite possibly the strongest beer I have yet sampled (although technically not a straight beer, but rather a mix of fermented malt (beer), honey (mead)- and possibly also fermented marionberry? (wine). A great attempt at an old and scarcely known style for which this brewery deserves applause. Bravo! (1,974 characters)

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Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.