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XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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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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Photo of Megahertz
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kromes
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy brown color with a thin tan colored head.

S: A caramel malt aroma with some melon and a bit of hop.

T: Starts sweet and caramel and then transitions to a bit of tangy berry and melon fruit and bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Usually ESBs are one dimensional, but this one has a bit of depth to it. The fruit comes out a bit as it warms.

Photo of truthcontortion
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky burnt copper hue with a slight wispy white cap. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy pale malt, grassy hop and fruity ester.

The taste consisted of toasted malts, a light grassy hop and some faint tropical fruit.

The mouthfeel was full for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty ale, although Imperial ESBs approach crime against nature status.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy caramel with a two finger off-white sticky head.

Smells of caramel malt with a touch of earthy hops.

Caramel/meladroinen malt up front rounding into a spicy dry hop finish. Has that unique Rogue yeast flavor.

Fairly light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Pretty good beer, but at the price not nearly worth it.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet. Pours a cloudy red orange amber. Thin white head with light lacing, leaves a ring around the glass. Aroma dominated by sweet and caramel malt, slight fruit component; reminiscent of a barleywine. Flavor also dominated by mild neutral and sweet malt, a hint of dark fruit and hops. Slight hop bite in the finish. Fairly low key flavors. Light to medium bodied. Pleasant, but tastes like a watered down old ale. Would not buy again at this price point.

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of schoun
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got one of the small bottles at quick 6 in West York, PA - poured into a pils glass chilled.

The color is a lightly hazed amber with a thick cream colored cap which is comprised of tight beading. The lace sticks well and carbonation is visible in the liquid. the smell is inviting right from the start- mix of caramel and toast with a marmalade type hop scent with subtle pear notes form the yeast and mild pepper accents with a hint of stone fruit, brown sugar and date notes in the peripheral. the feel is good with spicy and dry texture and moderately high warmth with a full feeling body and texture has great balance with hops and moderately high carbonation. The mouth is bitter and mostly dry with a fruity finish the indicates a little residual sweetness.

the taste is moderately sweet up front with a subtle malt followed by a bitter combo of slight piney and the caramel malt with light fruity stone fruit and herbal hop juxtoposition. I like the mild toasted taste with subtle alcohol as the pepper notes form the hops meld with the dry nutty malt with slight plum and woody flavor from the yeast. The hops keep playing to the malt into the subtle pine finish.

Overall this is a really decent beer I was glad I didn't pass it up. A solid take on the style with nice balance and the only real drawback for me was the price.

Photo of kenzak
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - a very cloudy almost swampy orange, half finger tan head and some nice lacing

S - lots of citrus, a nice little sugary smell, pine, bright flowers, nice grain, flowers, slighty fruity, funky yeast, zesty, a bit grassy, dry wood, soil and fallen leaves

T - lots of very nice bitterness, huge malt back bone, slight sweetness, some wheat notes, great funky yet very nice yeast, lots of citrus, fruity, pine and dry wood

M - medium plus body, medium minus acidity, very well balanced, nice complexity and long finish

D - very, very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Refreshing and tasty! Good flavors and nothing is overwhelming at all! For fans of craft brew get a glass of this one

Final thought - the price isn't very awesome a $4 a 8oz. Best beer rogue makes as far as ipa goes

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy copper with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Leaves a nice foamy lacing.

S: Caramel malt, big notes of grapefruit and citrus.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Light butter flavor. Caramel malt. Nice hop bitterness. A bit of spice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and silky. Very warm. Wow.

O: It's hard to find anything wrong with this beer. Well worth the price. The thick and creamy mouthfeel is perfect for the winter months and so warm.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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