XS McRogue Scotch Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottled 2010. Purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store, so I did not have direct control over the precise conditions under which this bottle was aged.
Pours out a hazy dark brown color with a flash head and no lacing. Fuller side of medium body heft and only lightly carbonated, causing a slightly sticky catch on the otherwise smooth texture in the mouth.
Smells of toasted grains, heavy luscious caramel and toffee with a solid dark cherry aroma presence. The flavor is bready and sweet with medium-light dark fruit presence and very lightly smokey around the edges... ABV hotness presence (and noble earthy hopping) is minimal and toasted / nutty presence is MIA.
The main criticisms I can muster on this one is that the price point is too high per volume offered, and the carbonation / head seems to be more cellar-fragile than normal levels of aging reduction. In terms of flavor and aroma, however, it's -really good- for what I expected from a 2 year old bottle of a beer that directly prints on the label that it is best experienced at 1 year old.
Perhaps a year ago there might have been a heavier influence of earthy hopping than this, and I can speculate all I want about how that *could've* been somewhat better in terms of complexity and sweetness balance than this, but I'll have to make do with what I've actually got in the real world.
10-13-2012 22:13:22 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-13-2012 23:27:18 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -17%
Bottled 2010 (what month?)
Best aged one year
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.
11-07-2010 22:19:02 | More by lordofthewiens
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
03-04-2002 18:34:37 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-05-2003 16:41:45 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.99/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-17-2013 20:35:38 | More by NilocRellim
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
02-22-2004 20:46:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
12-31-2002 17:04:48 | More by NeroFiddled
2.48/5 rDev -35.2%
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
04-28-2011 00:25:14 | More by Dubbledown
2.8/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
03-29-2003 22:09:43 | More by beerluvr
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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, its doing okay. I think I like old hops. Actually, in reality, Im 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.
12-15-2007 15:03:46 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-29-2011 03:59:37 | More by negroobserver
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-05-2011 14:12:29 | More by thagr81us
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-10-2010 05:48:35 | More by JeremyHB
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
04-09-2011 01:49:36 | More by puboflyons
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
03-10-2011 10:58:11 | More by CrazyDavros
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
12-10-2002 21:45:39 | More by MJR
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
01-31-2012 03:36:06 | More by smakawhat
XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.