XS McRogue Scotch Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

166 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

9 Ingredients:
Amber, Pale Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM Malts; Kent Golding, Willamette and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Rolled Oats, Free Range Coastal Water and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

17.5º PLATO
45 IBU
75 AA
28.6º Lovibond
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by IronCitySteve:
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown color with a small tan foam head that dissipated quickly. There was not much in the way of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted chestnuts, almonds, cashews along with some brown sugar and caramel. Lots of aroma.

T: Starts off with a smokey roasted nut flavor. In the middle the toasty smoked nuts are balanced by a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor that lasts till the end.

M: A nice medium bodied brew that leaves a toasty almost smokey flavor on the palate.

O: One of the better scotch ales I have had. Lots of rich malt flavor. Would certainly seek this out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured more of an uburn color with a very thin head,aromas have some nice fruity esters along with some buttery notes.Buttery nugget and toasty on the palate with a shot of fruit,it doesn't tase like your typical wee heavy but it's good.Sweet alcohol begins to creep at warms but the sweetness never becomes obtrusive likely because of a decent shot of drying hops (it is Rogue).Not bad but it isn't true to style,I would like to try on cask so all the flavors could really come out.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2010 (what month?)
Best aged one year
Not impressed.
In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange/amber color with just a tiny amount of head.
Caramel and fruit aroma. Some alcohol.
Caramel taste, raisin, alcohol. Very tepid.
This was a thin, almost non-existent beer. More sweetness than anything else.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tiny 7oz brown bottle with a 2000 bottled on date.

Appearance: Hazy reddish amber colour, tight bubbly off white lace that holds together well.

Smell: Sweet caramel, fruity with a light smokiness, earthy yeast and a slight hop leaf converge to make a complex aroma.

Taste: Big creamy mouth feel, bready caramel maltiness. Low carbonation with a stress smoothness. Smoke flavour is vague and should be, mildly fruit with a noticeable alcohol which seems drawn out by the year+ aging. Maltiness is close to being huge, hops are there but are faded by age yet still have a good balancing twang. Lustrous finish of malt and hops with fruity, caramel and a ghost like smoke.

Notes: First, 7 measly ounces of the stuff is not enough … what a tease. I’d love to sit down with an imperial pint of the stuff but it would be a $12 pint so being that you would have to buy three bottles. Just not fair.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 7oz. bottle purchased ($2.49 if memory serves me) at "The Party Source" in Cincinnati, OH. Bottles in 1996. Interestingly, it states on the bottle that it is "best when aged for at least 6 months." Hmmmm....this bottle is 7 years old and who knows how it was stored in that long period. This could be a fun review.

Appearance: No "pphhppttt" when I opened the bottle. Nothing. Zilch, zip, nada. Poured a muddy brown with lots of "floaties" in the concotion. Thick layer of sediment remains at the bottom of the bottle. No chance of breaking it loose. And in case you couldn't tell: No head.

Smell: Interesting aroma on this one....tough to put the finger (or in this case, 'nose') on it. A "Hershey's Quick" aroma is what best describes it for me. Like I said, strange.

Taste: Fruity flavor (mostly raisins) dominate the flavor profile. Some chololate flavor shines through the murky beer, too. I'm trying to guess the ABV of this beer, and I'm thinking it's gotta be pretty steep, given the alcohol warming effect this has.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Almost sryp-like. A real palate-coater here, folks.

Drinkability: Certainly a sipping beer. Lack of carbonation drops the score by 0.5. Still, a very good beer for being 7 years old with no clue as to the conditions it went through. I wish I would have picked up another.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a wee 7oz bottle. Aged from 2010. Poured out into a snifter glass. Generally unappealing colour to it; seemed murky, cloudy and brownish-copper. Ale smelled of dark malt with caramel notes and a hint of anise. Heavy scotch nose, yet clean. You could definitely tell that this beer had a higher alcohol content to it.

Upon first taste, the ale seemed buttery, smooth, and mellow with a subtle scotch taste to it (minus the burn/bite of actual scotch). Slight roastiness. Clean finish; very minimal aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Definitely.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2000, Appearance: After a straight up and down pour forms a dark brown amber cloudy tone with a thin bubbly cream head leaves rings of speckled lacing. Aroma: Deep plum tones toasted caramel notes and a strong alcoholic force brewing there. Taste: Semi sweet air of smoked peated malts, bitterness is there too but not much of a dominant flavor of any kind. Malts seem stale here a bit of diacetyl cooking but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied ale not bad low carbonation, I'm guessing this one didn't age that well. Drinkability: Still a decent Scotch ale the roasted malts stood up with a smoky finish pretty solid brew that I find tame for Rogue, overall drinkability is somewhere in the middle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 - 7 oz bottle. It poured clear until I hit the yeast at the bottom of the bottle - thus, a hazy auburn body topped by a very thin off-white head that drops almost immediately. The nose, however, makes up for any inadequacies in the appearance with a bold sweet caramel that can express coconut, light fruit, and even a dull earthiness as it's swirled in the glass. The body is full with a very mild carbonation that leaves it exceptionally smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor doesn't deliver the bold sweetness that the nose indicates, but rather, a more balanced and complex maltiness with some bready character, soft chocolate, a firm bitterness, some limited fruitiness, some light smoke and a touch of alcohol. It finishes dry with some mild hop flavor and the light alcohol and smokiness laying about the mouth and throat. Very nice.

Photo of Dubbledown
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 4 oz. Pilsner sample glass. Small 1/4-inch head. Color of whiskey and iced tea. Danged if it don't smell a little like iced tea; tastes a little like iced tea, too. Also tastes like tobacco, leather, clean water and has a slight hop-butterscotch finish. Mouthfeel is a little light and the flavor is not as complex as some other Scotch ales. It lacks a top note of sweetness. The best Scotch ales all have some form of this, from Skull Splitter, Dirty Bastard and Robert the Bruce to Sheep Shagger, but this ale is bland by comparison. May benefit from cellaring for 2 or more years. The bottle doesn't list alcohol content, but I'm guessing it's above 6 percent.

Grade D+ Purchased at Stoney's -- $4.99 each

Photo of beerluvr
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled in 1995...took a chance on this one! The bottle was uncapped with just a shadow of a "pffft", and poured nearly still...just some large bubbles that ringed the glass after a hard pour. Murky brownish liquid in the glass. Nose is intense maltiness, some faded dark fruit and a little oxidation mixed in. The taste is syrupy, lightly smoky and very malty. Hints of oxidation, but not enough to mar the taste otherwise. A candyish midtaste fades away with chocolate notes. Would of scored higher if not for the flat mouthfeel.

Thanks to francisweizen for the unique experience.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed June 10 2007. 1996 6 oz nip bottle. Aroma is a unique and piquant touch of cedar smoke, british candy, old lemons and school paste. Aged and mellow. Gentle and nice. Nips of random spice perk up. Pours a clear burnished deep bronze amber, with a rim of micro white bubble and a few skeins of percolation, seriously. On the tongue, a matured cherry bark blends with old malt husks and candied pears. Quite oxidized hops find their way through and bite as a bit of old cask dusk. It actually bubbles a little bit and released a lit hiss upon opening. Flavors are subtle and marry with a sherry note. Light vinousness finds a home amongst salted minerals and salt-water taffy. Actually, I think this has held up alright. Any beer 11 years old is going to show signs of wear, but for a Scotch Ale with hops, it’s doing okay. I think I like old hops. Actually, in reality, I’m blown away at how good this Scotch Ale is 11 years later, after having purchased it from a minifridge at a shitty liquor store in Grand Island, Nebraska. A hidden gem.

Photo of negroobserver
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish brown color. Hazy. Doesn't appear to be filtered. Pour with a very tiny head, less than a quarter inch.

Smells sweet. Has a powerful scent of honey or cantaloupe. Malty. Definitely smell the alcohol, but it doesn't dominate as with other beers.

Sweet. Smooth. Hints of chocolate or cocoa. Malty. Alcohol doesn't dominate here either.

Very smooth texture. Well rounded and easy to drink. Low carbonation.

Overall, it's a very easy to drink style.

Grade: B+

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and slight citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, cream, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The flavor profile on this one was very complex and quite tasty. In all honestly I really only bought this one for the little bottle, but glad that I did. The aroma wasn't too bad on this one either. All-around a very solid brew that is a must try.

Photo of JeremyHB
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7 oz Bottle reads: Bottled in 2010 - UNFILTERED & UNFI??ED BEST WHEN AGED 1 YEAR
9 INGREDIENTS: Amber, Pale Chocolate, & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare Malts, Kent Golding, Wilamette & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Rolled Oats, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Poured really smooth with a subtle foam. Very small bubbles, seems nicely carbonated for the style. Clear but heavily off red its Amber malts I suspect are Caramel 60L which gives it a phantom 'sweetness'. High ABV is pretty evident, but more of a warming effect than booziness. Has a pretty nice long lasting finish which is a nice contrast to the raisin like flavor you get right away. I would say this is a great example of a beer that is better sipped than drank. (grammar?)
Exceptionally clear. Best feature is its long lasting memorable finish, but comes across slightly too caramel for me.
Amazing beer, I must again point out the 7 oz. bottle which I think is a perfect amount for a beer of this caliber.
I will certainly try to brew a version of this for use personally but maybe I will decrease caramel and chocolate malt slightly and sub glacier for wilamette.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the mini-bottle marked "bottled in 2010." Sampled on April 8, 2011. The pour is a cloudy dark amber with a thin head. The aroma comes on strong with a powerful chocolate rush and malty sweetness. The body is slightly heavy and at the same time sharp. The alcohol bite is pretty noticeable in the taste but so are the chocolate malts and dryer hops. Nicely done and likeable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a small fading head.
Nose shows lots of rich syrupy malt. Big notes of caramel, golden syrup, chocolate and nuts. Soft peat and booze shows through too. Lovely, very expressive.
Less malty flavours, but there's still a lot of chocolate, nuts, peat and booze in there. In fact the alcohol is a little too strong, but otherwise very nice stuff!
carbonation could be a bit softer and the body seems somewhat watery.

Photo of MJR
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1998-dated 7oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours clear, dark brown/garnet into my brandy snifter with no head whatsoever...the carbonation's gone after 4 years.

Smell: Caramel, a woodsy yeast smell, and a faint smokiness. Interesting...

Taste: Flavor of caramel, a touch of smoke, and malt sweetness. Not much in the way of hops. This one's past it's prime...

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with an oily, flat feel. No carbonation at all...

Drinkability: Hard to say. They stopped making this beer awhile ago and I can't get a fresh one to compare. I like to think that it would be a great beer considering it's a Rogue, but I guess I'll never know.

The scores I've given are based upon this sample, which I've pointed out is quite a bit past it's prime.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AAWWWww.. she's so CUUUUttee, that tiny little bottle there. Let's throw here in a tulip glass and see how this goes.

Off the pour a creamy off tan head is made, and sits with a good retention of about a finger for some time. Body color is a very dark brown and red garnet, slightly see through looking up from the glass below. Looks great.

Fantastic nose. Giant milky chocolate, some faint clove and dark spicy malt. This thing smells wonderful, it's basic, it's a scotch ale, but it's about as great and solid as it can get.

Taste brings a bit of muted sense from the great nose but still the same feeling. Mild milk chocolate on the mid palate, with a slightly wet feel. Mild smoke on the finish.

Overall, pretty good, not mind blowing and slightly disappointing from the nose. But I certainly wont turn one down that's for sure.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit: The bottle says it is best after a year of aging.. crap.. This is at best an okay beer with no aging... and the little bit of cellaring is only gonna make a weak beer worse.

2010 Nip bottle picked up at the COOP today.... $4... way waaaay too expensive ..

Thin 1/2" tan head.. the brew is dark walnut..

okay nose.. toast and caramel... lite roast..

Flavors are thin .. dark toast with some minor caramel... hints of peat smoke.

Mehhh.... okay ... but only an okay representation of a Scotch ale..

Really... $4??? ... medium at best Wee Heavy... at best. Again... Waaaayyyy over priced. Pike Kilt Lifter is much cheaper and alot better.

3/3/3/3/3/3.5

Photo of hyuga
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this 1998 bottle about a month ago. The bottle suggests aging for 6 months, let's see what 8 times that amount has done for it. Head is completely gone due to the aging. Nice color though, deep dark brown. Extremely intense caramel aroma, with some nutty sweet coffee aroma underneath. Tasting this I find that the full flavors I expect from a great scotch ale are mostly still there, and even more complex than in others. It seems that the body has suffered a bit though, I would imagine that this was once much more full-bodied. Many rich, sweet flavors, including caramel, chocolate, and roasted/coffee-like character, as well as a wood-like character in the background. Faintly smoky. Even without a head, it still has a nice, creamy mouthfeel. It would really be great if they started brewing this again for us all to enjoy. I'd probably give it an even higher rating with proper aging, and I know I'd be drinking it by the gallon!

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy coffee look with very little suds. Lots of lacing.
Smell is like an old beer that has been setting out in the sun way too long. Raisin malt and alcohol.
Taste is a very watery sugar malt , and not a lot of sugary malt. Really water with an alcohol aftertaste is about it.
Clean mouthfeel because there isn't much more to this. You do get the alcohol burn for a while afterward.
Drinkability would be only OK if this thing had some flavor. Very bland.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip. Pours a murky, dark orange brown, one finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is subdued, sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of nuts. Flavor follows, dominated by caramel malt with light fruit and nut elements. Very understated, almost watered down. Medium bodied. Could use a bit more robust flavor, but what there is, is quite nice. Year old refrigerated bottle.

Photo of Fluke828
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught last night and it was served to me in a nice clean, tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, burnt brown/red with less than one finger of head and minimal lacing.

S: Couldn't really make up my mind on pinpointing the smell at first but after it warmed a bit, there was a definitive smokey aroma that resembled burnt sweet hazlenut and caramel. It also smelled of somewhat strong mocha or alcholic chocolate (best I could come up with)

T: Taste is extremely smooth and almost velvety. Strength is there just as smell indicated but it is softened a bit. Chocolate is there along with a coffee-esque maltiness. It tasted very fresh as the carbonation was present but not overbearing.

M: Somewhat acidic but not unpleasant, carbonation again, is present but not overpowering and well balanced.

D: I am assuming it was fairly fresh being on draught and going down so smooth. Quite drinkable and perfect balance, not harsh at all.

Overall I throughly enjoyed this brew. I am new to Scotch Ales (and reviewing beers in general so take all of this with a grain of salt) and this was a welcome introduction. It was only $7 however I doubt it was a full pints-worth being served in the tulip, still enjoyed it very much. (I tried a taste of it at first as it seemed to be quite popular i.e. lots of people ordering it and the bartenders all were raving about it, glad I did because I would have this again.

EDIT: I am an idiot for not realizing this was an xtra special....feel extra special after enjoying it on tap for that matter!

Photo of goz
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7oz bottle from 2000 bottling.
Pours a muddy brown, small tan ring for a head, with lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma is super sweet, some alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is mainly just cloying sweetness, and somewhat alcoholic. Medium body, maybe a bit on the thin side.

Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottled in 2010. A hazy deep copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Good legs on the glass.

S: Big caramel and earthy, peat, and plum aromas. Noticable alcohol aroma also.

T: A very nice smooth milky caramel flavor. Lots of earthy flavors in there also. Some fruity plum flavors and alcohol. Finish is sweet and smooth and a touch dry.

M: Heavy body with a milky and smooth texture. Very nice feel to it.

O: Definitely one of the top Scotch ales I've had. Very pure tasting. Lots going on in this beer. Great flavors and very nice feel to it.

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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.