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XS McRogue Scotch Ale - Rogue Ales

XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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


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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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Bottled in 2000
Unfiltered & Unfined
17.5° Plato
45 IBU
28.6° L
77M

Presentation: Well I picked up this little, erm sorry “wee” monster along with a bottle of Alesmith Weizenbock (1999) and Alesmith Stumblin’ Monk (2000), that and the pile of dusty clog that I wiped off of the little 7 fl.oz. bottle tells me that this is a vintage beer.

Appearance: Incredibly flat pour that showed little sign of any conditioning. A slightly hazy dark brown body with the merest rim of tan-brown bubbles that form at the edge of the meniscus. Even though this had been in my Fridge for sometime there was still some yeast carryover into my glass that soon settled out to a fudge-like sediment.

Nose: Smokey start dissolved in dark fruits and powerful alcohols, peaty middle with some sweet figs, dates and molasses at the back end.

Taste: Very smoky malts, with some evident bitterness that has lasted well for the last 3 years and it balances the sweet malts perfectly. The bitter-sweet warming feel in the back end has a reminiscent Whisky feel from many a Highland Scotia Single Malt. Quite something – bit definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, it has a very strange mouthfeel for it has no assistance from the carbonation whatsoever, but it is still incredibly warming and huge in the mouth. A real Auld Scotch Ale

Drinkability: 7 ounce was enough to be honest, it’s a warming sipper that has probably seen its peak a year or so ago, and the lack of carbonation detracts from the drinkability a bit.

Overall: Devoid of any conditioning – but still a very good Scotch Ale.

“Cee u, it’s a fecking grate beer, a wee bit auld, bet a canny bru”

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 06:57:31 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000, 7 oz bottle.
"McRogue Scotch Ale is a hearty Scotch Ale, not to be mistaken for its cousin, Scottish Ale, which is lighter in color and body. Debuted at the 1995 Oregon Brewers Festival. McRouge is brewed with Great Western Harrington, Klages, Beeston floor-malted Amber, Pale Chocolate and pale Weymann Caramunich Malts, and rolled oats. Willamette and Kent Goldings Hops."

17.5 degrees Plato, IBU 45, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 28.6.

Happened to find a bottle of this tucked away for many years. Completely flat with only the faintest "pssht" upon opening. A completely vertical pours yields no head, only the thinnest ring of bubbles at the edges. Murky and dark brown in color with suspended bits of junk hanging around. Aroma is rich with dark fruits...lots of prune and raisins, vanilla, dark caramel..no discernable hop aroma. Reminds me of Sammy Triple Bock in aroma. Flavor is very nice...again, lots of dark fruit with a lingering malty sweetness..the suprise appearance of medium-roasted coffee in the middle. There is a perceptable alcohol warmth, but no perceptable alcohol flavor. Herbal bitterness is well balanced. Body is suprisingly light from the smell but denser than most Scotch Ale. A burp produces a smoked peat note, though the smokiness is mild in flavor. The finish has more suprise notes of burnt caramel, butterscotch, and a damp rotting stump.

An interesting brew, but it's unfortunate that it's completely flat. This is common to the 7 oz bottles and probably one of the reasons Rogue did away with them. Even though it's flat, it still a damn good Scotch ale and one I'd be interesting in having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 02:29:22 | More by Mitchster
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goz

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 20:48:25 | More by goz
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jcalabre

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 01:07:18 | More by jcalabre
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 1998. 7 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with absolutely no head. Heavenly aroma consists of sweet toffee, caramel and chocolate. Oh, man, this is going to be good! Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected (somewhat watery), but still very smooth. Exquisite taste consists of sweet malt, caramel, toasted nut, oats and a touch of oak. The rolled oats used during the brewing process adds such a great smoothness of both texture and flavor to this Scotch ale. I wish I would have purchased more than one bottle. If I can find this again, I will definitely stock up.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 16:41:41 | More by Winter
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 16:41:45 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color with little to no head and no lace. Carbonation virtually non-existent. Malty aroma - primarily chocolate (more like cocoa powder). Malty chocolatey flavor. Medium-Full bodied, rich and creamy. Ages very well ! Would love to taste fresh.

Label states: "Rogue-XS", 17.5 Plato, 45.5 IBU, 28.64 L, 77 AA

Bottled in 1998
Tasted: 04/08/03

(7oz / $3.49)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 09:33:38 | More by RBorsato
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 22:09:43 | More by beerluvr
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes: 1995 Vintage! Yes, thats right...1995! This beer pours a hazy dark bronze, brown-ish colout with no head and no carbonation to speak of at all. This beer had some wonderful aromas of scotches, alcohol, fruits, chocolates, and more and it tasted like more of the same. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and the lack of carbonation was a little too evident. The drinkability was still pretty good considering. What a blast from the past...what a rare brew. Rogue should start making this stuff again. I'd love to taste a fresh bottle of this!
Cheers!,
F.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 15:54:14 | More by francisweizen
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paceyourself

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage
A roasted coffee and chocolate aroma is strong enough to make you take notice. A hard pour produced no head and no sign of carbonation. The rusty brown color gets cloudy with some sediment. With smooth and creamy feel the sweet caramel, toasted malt and smokey flavors hold off the hoppy bitterness to the very end. I wish i had more than just one 7oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 18:52:08 | More by paceyourself
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured in to the glass an amber color with ruby red hues when held to the light. Cloudy. The head was a cream/white color, not long lasting, 15 seconds I believe. The aroma was some what sweet with hints of coffee, malt, some chocolate, medium to light fruits, yeasty, and a light hop bite. The taste was creamy surprising due to the lack of head (I would have thought), tastes of malt, caramel, yeast/bread, some of the fruit came out and tones of alcohol and hops were also present. Small bottle with a lot compressed into it. I would like to get a few more bottles to enjoy and get more out of them. I liked it none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 09:20:57 | More by Jarod
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 17:04:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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MJR

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 21:45:39 | More by MJR
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hyuga

North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 01:36:34 | More by hyuga
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2002 21:14:20 | More by Bighuge
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2002 18:34:37 | More by Jason
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one more in Rogues XS line but for the life of me I can't see paying that kind of money for this beer. The others in this line I2PA, Old Crusty, Imperial Stout, Smoked all are very intense and or high in alcohol. This is a good Scotch ale (although the head on mine was nonexistant) I can't see paying XS prices. Lovely complex malt structure with the Caramunich and oats comming through. Subtle hopping, if it wasn't so expensive I could enjoy a couple of pints of this at 1 siting.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2001 14:50:05 | More by mattmaples
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