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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

205 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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truthcontortion

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-14-2012 22:07:54 | More by truthcontortion
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2012 19:31:37 | More by UltimateLivewire
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:28:49 | More by plaid75
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:50:35 | More by jmarsh123
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-11-2012 02:06:11 | More by Tyrawlings
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-10-2012 22:06:18 | More by Jparkanzky
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:09:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-27-2012 18:45:41 | More by PhineasGage
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-25-2012 18:16:52 | More by rogueleonardi
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-11-2012 11:33:17 | More by facundoCNB
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schoun

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-07-2012 14:23:20 | More by schoun
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 19:50:04 | More by Slatetank
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kenzak

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-28-2011 02:15:49 | More by kenzak
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MacStinson

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-25-2011 20:47:27 | More by MacStinson
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-23-2011 01:07:27 | More by NvMyBeer
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whatthehull

California

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 08:49:20 | More by whatthehull
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-18-2011 03:54:02 | More by mhaugo
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-13-2011 05:36:41 | More by spedprof
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:43:33 | More by SolipsismalCat
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-10-2011 21:53:38 | More by djrn2
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-05-2011 04:37:20 | More by rab53
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scootny

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but a bit one dimensional. A 7 oz bottle that has fiery burnt orang color and a colloidal suspension of granular yeast. Smell is sweet and abounds with caramel and light citrus. Some bready malt flow underneath. Taste is quite nice with an English malt core that gives good smoothness. Toasted malt with a tea leaf bitternes. A touch of very light grapefruit like hop oiliness. Finish is clean and dry with toasted grains. Feel is light and crisp with a gentle creaminess but just a touch light on the bubbles for me. A hair more carbonation and the feel becomes like velvet. A Nice beer overall with a mild character and definite English profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 05:20:53 | More by scootny
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-01-2011 23:01:41 | More by Beertracker
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one by. More likely that it got lost in his pocket for a while and had just finally found it.

Poured from a bottle for elves, 7 oz., into a snifter.

(A) Pretty clean with an orange hue to it. Brown in the darker areas of the beer. Not much head but it leaves some lacing.

(S) Not much here. Light malt, some grapefruit, hops and sugar.

(T) Tastes pretty bitter. Definitely a lot of sweet light malt. Some light citrus.

(M) Kind of grainy. Light body.

(O) Tastes like a hoppier pale ale. Not a lot going on with this beer and nothing to write home about. Worth a shot, literally...like a small small bottle's worth, but don't feel shorted (pun intended) if you can't find or try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 14:09:43 | More by cjacobsen
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-28-2011 19:56:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.