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XS McRogue Scotch Ale - Rogue Ales

XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale

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very good

158 Ratings

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%

Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO 7/26/12

A - Poured a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, khaki head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with some caramel notes.

T - Tasted of earthiness, peat, grasses, toffee and caramel maltiness. Some spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice scotch ale. Glad it was on tap at 44 Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 02:16:17 | More by zeff80
Photo of Merkur


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a bit of off white foamy head.

Beer smells very malty and sweet. Caramel and earthy.

Beer tastes a bit muted, considering the smell. Caramel is present in the sip and is slightly sweet, followed by a fairly boozy finish. Not enough flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 02:48:29 | More by Merkur
Photo of WrathsU


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with small white head that isn't long lived.

S - Grainy, and caramel, no hop aroma. Tinges of vanilla. Very inviting and welcoming.

T - Very malty, very grainy tasting. It taste like the smell of when you just walk into a homebrew store. Slight dark fruit towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with no harsh alcohol or carbonation features.

O - Great scotch ale. It is very rich but not overtly filling. Great taste to it and although it isn't a session beer I could get stuck drinking this for a long time happily.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 14:31:33 | More by WrathsU
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 18:54:57 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" white head over copper liquid with good clarity.

S: Some citrus hops and some yeast.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front which transitions to an finish with a relatively heavy presence of alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: A drinkable Scotch Ale whose taste is affected by the presence of alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 16:56:45 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of AgentZero


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 19:57:26 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy reddish-brown with a patchy layer of bubbles for a head. Malty aroma, caramel, bready, with a slightly smoky quality. More of the same in the taste, lightly roasted malts, caramel sweetness, some indistinct fruitiness, a subtle touch of smoke, and a mild alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, but perhaps one serving is enough.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 18:00:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet candy and hints of vanilla. No hops to speak of.
The tastes begin with brown sugar, toffee once again and caramel maltiness. As it warms it becomes more balanced with bready malts balancing the sweetness; some butterscotch notes emerge as well.
Mouthfeel is surprising light bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and malty finish. Over this is a good beer but a one and done for me because of the extreme sweetness. To be true to style this could have used more darker malts to balance the slightly cloying sweetness. Even though I had this on draft I understand now why it's only sold in such small bottles, some would have a hard time finishing a whole bomber of this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 15:13:17 | More by claspada
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap the PDX pub.

The beer pours a reddish coppper color with pretty good head retention and minimal lacing. As is typical at airport pubs, the beer is served much to cold initially. However, as the beer warmed a bit, I got some sweet malt and hint of vanilla and brown sugar. The beer is pretty sweet and malty on the palate, but with some nice chocolate, butterscotch and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, malty finish. Drinkability is OK, though the overt malty sweetness wears on me after a bit.

This is an OK beer, but I'd swear it was a completely different animal back when this beer only came in the 7 ounce XS bottles. Now, this beer just comes across as a sweet, malty, wee heavy ale. It's OK, but is nothing to get overly excited about.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 20:48:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Jesse13713


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a brown color with a slight purple hue. No froth or lacing whatsoever. Has shadow transparency that is only slightly visible.

Smell - Smells of dark fruits and caramel. It is light and watery on the nose with hints of light plum.

Taste - Very light and malty. This has a very heavy caramel taste; the most prominent in any beer I've ever tasted. Slight toffee as well. Bitter on the tongue with a consistent caramel aftertaste. A very sweet and smooth beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Not bitter at all; sort of like a smooth whisky flavor. Very light bodied and delicious. I am glad that I got to have this on-tap. Definitely a different-tasting beer that is worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 03:41:27 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of Fluke828


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 22:41:49 | More by Fluke828
Photo of JamesS


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gibbie's, Morgantown, WV.
Poured a wonderful dark brown with copper flashes of light throughout with excellent head and a bit of nice lacing. Very deep malty scent with a bit of smokiness in the nose. Wonderful flavor, with deep malt tones, a great smokiness, hints of peat, and a touch of caramel. Goes down quite smoothly, but it does have an odd, almost generic, flavor on the tongue at the very end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 18:16:31 | More by JamesS
Photo of BMMillsy


3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:12:03 | More by BMMillsy
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a vintage 2010 7oz bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter.

Appearance- Dark murky brown with zero head.

Smell- Smells barrel aged. Caramel, vanilla, light peat and scotch notes, light booze. Quite nice.

Taste- Light smoke or woody characteristic, plum(?), peaty/scotch flavor, lots of caramel malts, not a hop to be found. i have to mark down on the taste because of the mouthfeel unfortunately.

Mouthfeel- Super thin. Unbelievably so. Light carbonation, very low viscosity.

Overall- Rogue. This beer had a lot of promise, but unfortunately the mouthfeel with way too light. Wouldn't min trying this "fresh".

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 19:21:58 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of NilocRellim


3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 20:35:38 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of TheBrewo


3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack this baby bottle and pour a deep amber brew. It puts up a flash of a white head, giving intermittent spots of lacing around the glass as it goes. Haze is thick, with chunky sediment throughout. Carbonation appears moderate. The nose gives great Scotch ale sweetness, laying heavy with maple syrup, raw honey, and caramel malts, making it smell much like a bowl of freshly sweetened oatmeal. Toffee sugars, brown apples, and lemon candies round out the sweetness, to be balanced by leathery roast, light coffees, bittered pales, and thick tannins. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely consistent for the style, but lightens up a bit by the end of the sip. As we sip, sweet toffees, roasty caramel malts, booze, plastic phenols, and melted brown sugar start things off. The middle comes to a head with more of a bitterness. Here we get buttery diacetyls to cut, with tannic dryness, those aromatic browned apples, more caramel sugar sweetness, and the chewiness of salt water taffy. The finish pulls through with more saltiness, dried seaweed, a revival of the plastics, and a wash of lightly citric hops to sit against that dryness of grain. The aftertaste breathes of smoke, booze, lemon tea, chalky grain, flour, and that continue cooked caramel and toffee sweetness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. There is okay slurp and smack to each sip, with very little cream or froth to the lip. The mouth is coated initially with coolness, but quickly puckers and dries with the astringency of raw, unsweetened tea. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we like most about this beer was the aroma. There was such a nice robustness to the nose, with hearty sweetness, warmth, and spice. This, however, did not translate very well into flavor or feel, as both let up some lightness around the edges by the end. This made for a decent beer that was drinkable, but nothing to knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 03:52:31 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of stakem


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle vintage 1995. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a dark mahogany color that is only slightly lighter in appearance than barrel molasses. A bit of lighter brown hue is noted around the edges and some ruby clarity through the body. Initially a few tan bubbles sit atop and quickly fade to nothing. The brew looks still but a swirl paints some alcohol legs that coat the glass. Despite a careful pour, a bit of trub lands in the glass.

The nose is rich with caramelized sugars smelling of toffee, caramel, raisins, vanilla, chocolate and sherry. There is a bit of cereal or oat-like inclusion present which draws the focus in to more of the scents of chocolate and a bit of oxidation like cardboard.

The taste is like oats and chocolate grain that perisits from the onset straight through to the finish. A mild touch of raisin fruited quality and sherry oxidation is present with mild cardboard hints. The aftertaste is almost like milk chocolate and once you get the flavor of the chocolate inside your mouth, it is impossible to take in other aspects. There is a very mild tingle of alcohol felt that draws a bit of focus back into the raisin quality.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is pretty much still. For being 17 years in the bottle, it is surprisingly full of character. The lack of carbonation and thinned out body distracted a bit from the overall experience but as-is this was not bad. The nose on this was pretty phenomenal, the taste however was a bit lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:27:00 | More by stakem
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 22:13:22 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 Oz bottle poured into a tasting snifter
Bottled in 2010

A- Pours murky hazy dark amber brown. There is almost no head to speak of.

S- A sugary sweetness.. Tiny bit of dark fruit. Can smell the signature pacman yeast. Not as bold as I was expecting.

T- I get a sweetness at first. Followed up by a unique caramel toffee and a little bit of coffee blend. Sweet and creamy. Some dark fruits. A fairly tame and simple taste. Aftertaste is espresso coffee?

M- Drinks really easily. It has a good mouthfeel and a nice overall size. The beer doesn't have much alcohol feel nor taste.

O- Not entirely sure what to make of this beer. For a 5$, 7 oz bottle I cant really recommend this beer. Also, it didn't taste like and Wee Heavy I have ever had, its not that strong and doesn't remind me of a scotch ale. It is however a solid beer, just not one to sip and savor like I was expecting to get.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:47:35 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of StaveHooks


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 7oz bottle

A - Pours a murky brown with very little head.

S - Big aroma of brown bread crust, some brown sugar, doughy yeast, rich caramel malt, moist raisin bread.

T - A whisper of citrus bitterness upfront with waves of bready malt behind it. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins. Flavors seem to be thinned out. Alcohol comes through more on the finish.

M - Heavy upfront but then it thins out on the backend. Low carbonation.

I wish the flavor would have been as good as the nose. Flavor was thinner than I expected. Overall a pretty good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:35:39 | More by StaveHooks
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is this overly hazy cloudy beast of an ale. Decent white head. The smell is laden with caramel and toffee, everything I want to see from a scotch ale. Very sweet smelling and malt forward for sure.

The taste is actually really good. Very malt forward, with a strong caramel presence. Toffee is right behind in second but its close. Its so smooth and drinkable. I even think my girl might like how sweet and tasty this is, thats how sweet it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:15:20 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 7oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled in 2010, so there's some good age on this one.

Appearance: pale-brown hue with a goodly amount of murk and a thin head of frothy tan foam which dissipated quickly. I like the color but the head could be a lot better.

Smell: malty with a lot of chocolate character for the style. Some earthy hops come through as well, although deep in the mix. Decent, but not what I would call to-style.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's quite a bit of chocolate character in here. Luckily, there's also a lot of complexity here, with raisin and raw tobacco and a light but fresh and welcoming hop character. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body; a bit thin for the style, but not bad. A light carbonation lends a mild creaminess.

Overall: not a typical example of the style, but this beer stands on its own quite well.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 17:36:19 | More by flagmantho
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-brown with a one-finger, off-white head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel and orange. Sweet malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Molasses, dark fruit, and dark bread.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and slightly chewy.

O: Slightly lacking in hop character and under-carbonated, but pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:21:20 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured frm 7 oz bottle into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown color with almost a non-existent head. The lacing on this beer was quite minimal.

Smell – The smell was of sweet and slightly roasty malt. In the nose was a good hit of caramel and some burnt sugar smells.

Taste – The taste was rather sweet and malty up front. A brown sugar taste with some more dark bread and a little bit of chocolate tastes were most pertinent. Toward the middle the caramel in the nose became more pronounced in the taste. Some darker fruit flavors and a bit of vanilla work their way in toward the end, leaving a sweeter flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is creamy and the carbonation level is quite light. The body is very fitting for the abv and malt flavors, but the brew could use a bit more carbonation to balance out the sweetness of the beer.

Overall – The beer did have some nice flavor profiles. For the price however it was not really worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:22:52 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of JayS2629


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a two finger head that fades slowly and leaves ok lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate and vanilla with caramel swirls and grassy tones.

More balanced than the nose. The hops of earthy and grassy tones balance things out against a chocolate, caramel, and toasted bread background.

Overall, nicely balanced, easy and smooth

Overall a nice, drinkable, balanced beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:49:24 | More by JayS2629
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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.