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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

163 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 8
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:
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-18-2013 01:06:27 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 18:40:13 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-06-2014 05:10:19 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-05-2011 18:54:45 | More by kjkinsey
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-01-2012 02:16:17 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S - Rich, brown malt character with lots of toffee, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Some light, red apple yeast in the background with a hint of musty hops.

T - Sweet caramel and molasses malt flavors up front with a bit of toffee. Some butterscotch and darker caramel appear in the middle with a light herbal hop flavor. It finishes with strong toffee and caramel as well as some cola and light roasted malt. Lingering flavors of toffee and butterscotch candy with just a hint of smoke.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, there is a great deal of malt character with an appropriate emphasis on toffee. While the malt is central to the experience, there is more than enough hop character to balance things out and it has a touch of English Bitter character as a result. The yeast comes in at the finish with some red apple character that works nicely and makes for a drawn out finish with the toffee and butterscotch.

10-20-2010 04:38:37 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%

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.

12-20-2010 00:37:43 | More by drabmuh
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

The beer pours a hazy, dark amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild burnt toffee scent along with a sweet caramel aroma and a hint of peat. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor along with a touch of peat smoke. The burnt toffee character is reserved. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but just an average Scotch ale. It's quite reserved for the XS series.

12-30-2010 23:58:34 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

06-06-2011 18:00:49 | More by Rifugium
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2011 18:18:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +7%

7oz nip bottle, 1998 bottle vintage, Sampled August 2005
This beer pours a hazy brown color, is almost devoid of carbonation and thus has no head. The nose has a huge caramel toffee note to it that is apparent as soon as I start to pour this beer. The aroma is full of concentrated malt notes with lots of aged malt character as well; there is a certain meaty maltiness here, hints of cherry, concentrated raisin, and a hint of sherry. The aroma is absolutely incredible.

The beer is surprisingly light on the tongue (perhaps it is a bit cold), but begins to coat the mouth as it passes on through. The finish is quite complex and interesting, it is almost smoky, slightly astringent, but definitely long and satisfying. The taste is lightly sweet, but has a full malt character with competing notes of toffee, chocolate and a slight burnt caramel note. The toffee note is definitely the dominant characteristic of this beer. This is quite the sipping contemplative brew, though the flavor did not quite live up to the awesome aroma.

09-01-2005 16:08:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Cloudy, dirty brown. Not much of a head. No lace.

Sweet, sherry-like malt aroma. High bittering hop smell, very unusual for the style, but welcomed. Light alcohol in the background.

This beer has elements of barley wines: sweet with a high level of alcohol. It is a thin-bodied but low carbonated. The flavor reminds me of brown ales with a light hop bite.

10-02-2011 23:57:08 | More by smcolw
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-05-2012 05:37:18 | More by MarkyMOD
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

10-30-2012 02:27:00 | More by stakem
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Murky brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose and flavor is sweet caramel, not cloying. Bottled 2010. $3.00 for a 7oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

01-27-2012 22:51:03 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

I don't know what to say, I was surprised to learn that Rogue makes a scotch ale. From a tiny 7 ounce bottle, on to the beer;

Chocolate brown in color with a reddish brown hue around the glass. Not much head is formed on top, a little bit of lacing stays around the glass. The nose says scotch ale. It's got a smoky aroma mixed with baker's chocolate and a fruit snack note that melds together well. In the mouth it's smoky and sweet; that's the way XS Scotch Ale rolls. The peat seems to echo and perfume in the mouth and into the aftertaste. The carbonation is a wee prickly, the body being medium and sweet. Overall, this is a good scotch ale, but the $4 pricetag for one of those tiny bottles is poor bang for the buck.

12-29-2010 08:04:44 | More by DoubleJ
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

McRogue Scotch Ale, from a tiny bottle. Pours a dark brown with a mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, brown sugar and piney hops. Flavor follows suit, on the maltier side. A bit nutty and bready, hint of peat but not as smokey as other examples of the style. Full bodied mouthfeel. A decent example of the style, albeit a simple one. Easy to drink, but they need to put this brew in 12 oz bottles.

12-13-2010 04:48:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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John_M

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

02-28-2011 20:48:07 | More by John_M
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-27-2013 19:57:35 | More by Kelp
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +27.4%

Just got this recently and it has a bottled on date of 1998. Hope it cellared nicely.

Pours with no head and a deep burgandy color. This beer has a lovely caramel sweet, smokey and woody aroma. This beer tastes fabulous. (And I only have 7 ounces to enjoy.) On the first couple tastes, I get chocolate, great wood character, beautiful hazelnut flavor, brown sugar, vanilla bean and some java. Astounding. One of the best beers I've had in awhile. And now I've only got about 2 ounces left to enjoy. Gotta go.

05-28-2002 21:14:20 | More by Bighuge
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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.