XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales
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3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-20-2012 00:22:11 | More by Kromes
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-02-2012 02:28:49 | More by plaid75
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
03-01-2012 23:50:35 | More by jmarsh123
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-02-2012 04:09:35 | More by LiquidAmber
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
01-05-2012 19:50:04 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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
12-22-2011 08:49:20 | More by whatthehull
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-11-2011 23:43:33 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-02-2011 05:20:53 | More by scootny
XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.