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XS McRogue Scotch Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
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: 9
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of NonicPanic
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of vkv822
2.08/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

7oz. bottle into snifter.

Cloudy brown with slight red tints and a ring of off white bubbles around the glass, no head.

Aroma is of roast and caramel malts, with some slightly musty and boozy notes as well. Overall pretty subdued and underwhelming.

The taste is fairly watery, though the flavors that do come through are decent. There are predominately notes of caramel, roasted malt and raisin.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and has almost not carbonation to speak of.

I am very let down by this beer, as I had heard good things about the older version. By far my biggest disappointment from Rogue. 7oz is more than enough.

Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this on Lincoln's Birthday 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appeance: This brew has a reddish/brown color.
Comment: You can really taste the alcohol in this beer, and that's something I really don't enjoy. Maybe I'll have to resample this one, but for now, I'd go for a different wee heavy.

Photo of Carpentiere
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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 Beer21
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of TubaDan
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is brown and hazy with almost no head, low carbonation and no lacing.

Beer smells sweet like brown sugar and some of that pacman yeast smell you get from all rogue beers.

Beer is bland and thin with a late taste of medium roast. Nothing to see here. This is about a plain as a beer can get.

Photo of Mbpike
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of champ103
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking reddish color. A tiny bubbly head forms on first pour, but recedes in a second. No lace, and looks dead and lifeless.
S: Some smoke, toasted malt, and sweet toffee. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Very light smoke, sweet malt, and dank hops. Not bad, but way to simplistic.
M/D: A light to medium body. Just a bit thin overall. Easy to finish the tiny bottle, but I would get board with this if there was any more.

Just kind of bland. I am glad I was able to get one of the really small bottles, because that is all I want.

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 July2Nov
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, muddied brown with an orange-like glow. Thin ring of lacing.

Smell: Buttery bread with what seems to be a raisin or dark fruit scent.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slight bit of carbonation upfront that lasts head-on. Not getting too much else from this beer. Has a "stingy" alcohol hold over the beer that seems like it wants to go somewhere, but never does. Some sweetness comes out in the end.

Overall: Very disappointed in this one, as I was expecting more. It just seemed too bland and one noted. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but if this was the representation of this particular beer, I would not be coming back to this one again.

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle poured into 10oz glass. Poured a reddish mahogany color with barely a ring of off-white head that had minimal retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt, with just a trace of the expected peatiness. On the tongue, it was much the same story, slightly sweet malt, a touch of peat and a trace of hops.

The body was fairly decent, although somewhat thin for the style. Drinkability was pretty, especially considering this isn't among my favorite styles. Overall, a decent enough brew, certainly worth picking up nip and trying for yourself.

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 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 BMMillsy
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pricey at $5 for a 7 oz. bottle, jeez. Pours amber with very little head. Strange aroma. Oyster sauce, tabasco, spaghettios, malt. Spaghettios for sure (wife confirms this). Flavor is nice, with a scotch and malt backbone on top if some sweet dark candy flavors and, yes, a sweet tomato-ey essence. Somewhat unique, but one of the funkiest smelling beers I have encountered. Medium slick mouthfeel, with some creamy finish. Not bad, but a little weird.

Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, brown colored beer with a half a finger of tan head that didn't leave a ton of stuck on the sides.

S - Toasted caramel, a bit of light roast, brown sugar, a little peat. Not a style I care tons for, would say the aroma is farily average for style though.

T - A little bit of toasted grain with some smokey peat. Decent amount of sweet caramel, and slightly bitter on the end. Nothing spectacular.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - A fairly non-descript beer, that I wouldn't be able to pick out of in a lineup of mediocure Scotch Ales.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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