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XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterXS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-row pale and Crystal.
Hops: Willamette, Kent Golding
and Amarillo
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

17º PLATO
52 IBU
76 AA
35º Lovibond

(Beer added by: klewis on 01-15-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a specialty store yesterday in a cute little bottle. I poured this into my tulip glass. There was about a finger of foam, but that died down to a halo really quickly. The lacing is minimal, but good looking. The coloring is a pretty deep shade of red.

I like the way the XS smells. I get a decent amount of hopping from this beer. There was also some good malt presence.

The flavor is very malt forward. The hopping is there, but the malt is the story with this one. I like the balance in all of this one. This is a good beer... Rogue did a good job with this ESB.

Photo of beerdhabelly
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of elcrawl
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Braz
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of csustar001
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nickthetick
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SnowFlowMfg
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GiantMidget
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ckollias
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.