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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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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jparkanzky, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tiny 7 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I bought this alomost wto years ago; the label bears a stamp stating that it should be cellared a year before drinking. So lets see of the wait was worth it!

Pours a cloudy muddy brown, with minimal head. In fact, I'm getting more of a pond-scum bubbling on one side of the glass than what you'd think of as a true head of beer.

Has a wonderful aroma, with pleny of peat, butter and yeast, malty breadines and toffee, and a bit of booziness to make you think you're glad it came in a small bottle.

While it had quite the barleywine style aroma, that smell does not carry over to the taste. Smooth and lighter than would be belived from the smell, this starts sweet and almost fruity, with a warm toffee middle and a creamy buttery finish paired with the mildest of hop bitter.

Medium bodied, this has a smooth mouthfeel. Though not bitter or drying, it does leave a tacky feel on the tongue.

I had generally been unimpressed with this line-up by Rogue, but this ale has helped restore some of my faith. I don't know if this particular brew was just better than the others, or if it was aging it alomst two years. Either way, it was a wee heavy I would have again.

TheHoppiest, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottled in 2010. A hazy deep copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Good legs on the glass.

S: Big caramel and earthy, peat, and plum aromas. Noticable alcohol aroma also.

T: A very nice smooth milky caramel flavor. Lots of earthy flavors in there also. Some fruity plum flavors and alcohol. Finish is sweet and smooth and a touch dry.

M: Heavy body with a milky and smooth texture. Very nice feel to it.

O: Definitely one of the top Scotch ales I've had. Very pure tasting. Lots going on in this beer. Great flavors and very nice feel to it.

Kromes, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

JustinQ, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of darthbogart
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this tiny little bottle as part of a Christmas gift just over a year ago. I faithfully stored it away all this time, and finally cracked it open tonight to celebrate my first day at my new job.

Exceptionally well balanced. Very smooth, very drinkable. Hides the 7.0 ABV very well. Hits the tongue just right. A memorably vibrant, complex, and distinctive taste.

Wish I had about 11 more of these.

darthbogart, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip. Pours a murky, dark orange brown, one finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is subdued, sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of nuts. Flavor follows, dominated by caramel malt with light fruit and nut elements. Very understated, almost watered down. Medium bodied. Could use a bit more robust flavor, but what there is, is quite nice. Year old refrigerated bottle.

LiquidAmber, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of vitrael
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from XS bottle into snifter glassware.

A: Deep hazy red pour with a small tan head that didn't last.

S: Very nice caramel aroma, light citrus hops in the background.

T: Surprisingly mellow for a wee. Nice caramel flavor, along with the roastiness and slight graininess of chocolate malt. An unobtrusive citrusy hop background which translates to a slight fruitiness at the finish. Alcohol well disguised, slightly drying.

M: A thick, chewy mouthfeel that goes a long way to making this beer enjoyable.

vitrael, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

pschul4, Dec 27, 2011
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.

WrathsU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +30.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 7 oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with amber highlights with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Heavy malt aroma with a sweet caramel backbone.

T: Similar to the smell, heavy malt and sweet caramel flavors cross the palate.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Fantastic Scott ale - great balance and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

ckollias, Oct 27, 2011
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.

IronCitySteve, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

smcolw, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Grade: B+

negroobserver, Sep 29, 2011
XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.