XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales
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4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
Got a 10oz bottle from specialty shop. Pours an amber deep reddish hue with minimal head. Fairly hazy.
Aromas of sweet caramel and dough, alcohol too.
Quite sweet and malty, caught me off guard. Good dose of bitterness too, but not as I expected. I think it’s probably quite bitter but the level of sweetness brings it back a bit. Lively carbonation.
Good medium body. Very good beer, just not what I expected.
12-13-2012 06:06:49 | More by Braz
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
A: pours a fairly clear copper hue, left the yeast out, with a thin head of maybe a quarter finger of dirty white head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.
S: Yeasty and toasty right up front, like walking into a bakery full of fresh bread. It's followed in by soft and subtle hints of cherries, cedar and cranberries. Tartness is noticeable in the nose but there is a backbone of sweet caramel lingers in the nose.
T: The first sip was a little disappointing, a bit woody and there is certainly the caramel but the tartness and bitterness is a little toned back. I sense some of the cherry and maybe a bit of raisins. Still yeasty to say the least.
MF: A heavy beer, a tad chewy and a bit warm. Other than the warming sensation the alcohol is not that noticeable. It's not welled layered, as all the flavors kick the palate at once leaving you to think you've just been used for a quickie by a beer.
O: A good beer but I expected so much more out of a beer with that many letters and adverbs in its name in such a tiny bottle. Very open ended; it's in the bottle then the glass then after a sip your left thinking "hmm, now what?" Trim the ABV to 5.5 or 6% and you could have a great easy drinking flagship beer. But again, a good beer overall.
12-03-2012 03:41:30 | More by nickthetick
3.38/5 rDev -13.6%
Served from a tiny 7 oz. bottle into a snifter
A- Poured a murky brown and orange color, soapy head dissipated instantly that left minimal lacing
S- Sweet floral and fruity notes, big sweet caramel malts. Aromatic
T- Dominant herbal notes, lots of caramel sweetness, fresh floral notes, finishes with an unpleasant tea-like bitterness
M- Prickly carbonation, medium to lighter bodied, finishes semi-dry, some alcohol warming and light booziness
O- Pretty balanced flavor profile that finishes with an odd harshness and bitterness. I got this bottle for free, but imagine this one is worth skipping on considering how much these tiny Rogue bottles usually are
09-07-2012 01:40:52 | More by Hoptometrist
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a medium brown with a thin head. This is a 7% beer that feels a bit stronger. It's not so bitter as it is fruity, but there's a mild bite to it that keeps you from drinking too quickly. a 12oz. draft was more than enough. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't likely buy it again.
08-04-2012 00:34:18 | More by TheRealBigC
4.23/5 rDev +8.2%
Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Pours a copper hue with a thin 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace.
S: Caramel and bready malt aroma with mix of bitter floral hops .
T: Dry Bitter flavor with a caramel and floral hop backbone.
M: Full body and medium carbonation.
O: This was a one tasty ESB. Nice balance and well rounded.
07-22-2012 23:50:34 | More by ckollias
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
an angry little 7oz bottle keenly stolen from global brews or international taphouse (cant remember which) in downtown st. loius, later enjoed in lake champlain, new york. pours a mean and viscious looking caramel color with a ton of body and major sediment. small tan head rests precariously on top. smells like a huge english brew, tons of malt, earthy and sweet, on top of a very bitter brew, some kent goldings in here for effect as well i suspect. flavor is similar, less complex than you kinf of want it to be, with just an elementary level of curiosity inspired. oddball finish to this one, with an apparent malt/bittering hops war going on. mouthfeel is fine, but i think i need more than 7oz to make a fair judgement. lots of body though, and it aint flat. overall i like this, it feels like the base of the maple bacon, and id definitely have another. maybe ill pay for the next one... maybe not
06-15-2012 03:27:18 | More by StonedTrippin
2.8/5 rDev -28.4%
7 oz bottle poured roughly into a shaker, dregs and all.
A - Light brown, murky cloudy, with a 1 inch, lasting tan head. No lacing noted.
S - Estery, with mild plum and apricot. Slight English-style hop aromas detected (pungent, earthy).
T - Immediate yeast bite with alcohol warmth. Dark fruity esters mid with slight caramel sweetness. Astringent "spent tea bag" finish.
M - Medium to heavy body with surprisingly high carbonation, even at mild temperatures.
O - What are these guys doing? While rogue products are expensive, they typically have some value for the money. This is like bad homebrew.
05-24-2012 00:05:18 | More by Megahertz
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
Decanted into a Medieval Manor mini pilsner glass.
A: Cloudy rust/copper hues with whorls and eddies of yeast floating in suspension. Pour lacked a head, but a very quick stir
with a chopstick raised 1-finger of off-white head that just as quickly disappeared. Thick lacing around the rim slowly
fades away. Thin layer of yeast settles on the bottom.
S: Musky and a little sour with minimal caramel notes and a dash of pungency.
T: Not bad. Light fruity tones mingle with caramel amid a boozy backbone. Some beers at 7% abv would hide their alcohol, this does not. Not even close. Somewhat astringent on the end. Bready malts come into play as it approaches room temp.
M: Very lightly carbonated. Wet, smooth and viscous to the point that it's almost a light syrup.
O: Four bucks for only seven ounces? It's not bad, but Geary's Hampshire Special hits all the same notes and is a hell of a lot cheaper, in New England at least. Enjoyable, but the price makes this one not even close to worth it.
04-11-2012 12:19:00 | More by DirtyPenny
XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
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