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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

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1,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 1189
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%


Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Label of 22 oz bottle:

8 Ingredients: Harrington, Klages & Maier Munich Malts; Cascade & Willamette Hops; Chipotle Peppers, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

No Chemicals, No Preservatives, No Additives.

Dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with ale.

This ale is deep amber in color with a rich malty aroma, and delicately spiced with smoked Jalapeno peppers to give it that extra bite!

Oregon Brewed - Established 1988

Oxygen Fixing Caps - 35 IBU

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-09-2002)
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a soft, white cap of dense head

S - smokey, peppers

T - all out chipotle peppers, some very very faint caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer, bit it comes across more as an ingredient rather than a beer. It has good flavor if you love chipotle peppers, but I'm not sure I would ever want more than this one bomber. I'm glad I tried it once.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 08:53:27 | More by tdm168
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Austin Liquors after much deliberation. Would have liked a little more heat though.

A - Poured into my Clown Shoes pint a copper colour with a fizzy one finger head that receeed to leave minimal lacing and an almost nonexistant halo.

S - Mostly just sweet malts here. There are some super light chipotle notes.

T - Like the nose this is lots of malts up front. As it moves in the mouth though a light smokey chipotle flavour comes through, finishing with just a little bit of nondescript chili heat.

M - Low on the carbonation here. Its good, it just comes off as a little thin and watery.

O - Its a pretty good chile beer. Could use a little more chipotle flavour. This is probably a good introduction beer to this style?

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 06:18:25 | More by rudzud
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 29, 2011. The pour is amber-copper with a short-lasting head that boils down to a ring and a slightly cloudy appearance. For the title, the aroma is actually rather straight forward with a nuice sweet maltiness and a clean hoppiness on the nose. The body is medium. Compared to the aroma the taste is entirely unique with a very spicy bite of pepper that pretty mucn drowns out the malts and hops. Unique for certain but not really something I would have regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:12:06 | More by puboflyons
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mynie

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour. Dark hazy amber, dark orange slipping to sunshine light orange, topped with a soapy, lacey head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of smokiness and lightly sweet malt. Strong, but not particularly complex. No big hints of meat and cheese like you get in a good smokebeer.

Tastes great, much more complex than the nose. Big salami and charcoal in the front, moving into a lightly sweet big malt middle and then the nodes of smokey yellow cheese kick up, moving into perfectly spicey but light pepper. Not at all hot, just peppery. Wonderfully blaalnced. Pepper burn lingers lightly.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 03:45:58 | More by mynie
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good-looking beer, cloudy amber with a medium- sized head. Aroma was Ale-like, with some pepper spiciness. I honestly cannot tell whether it was chipotle or some other pepper. Taste was hoppy with some warming spiciness. Fairly thin mouthfeel. I think this is a beer one would try as a curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 17:14:09 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange with yellow tinge, no real head. Slight haze but mostly clear. Leaves a line of lace where head was, but nothing more. Fairly flat and dull.

Wow, smells like a brew day. Lots and lots of malt. Virtually nothing else, maybe a slight acrid character, light capsicum aroma. But really that heavy, dominant malt. I don't mind it but it's not fantastic.

Taste is quite savoury, for sure. Has a quite sweet sensation at the front, with elements of glazed fruit and pale malt, then gets quite salty and smokey afterwards, almost meaty as well, and with aspects of steamed greens and a peppery sort of flavour without much spice. Bit of a funky flavour, and then a very mild chilli bite right at the end. But it's funky more than spicy. Not bad, but not sensational.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, a bit of viscosity which is good, but nothing to sink your teeth into in this brew.

I kind of wanted Rogue to blow the chile beer out of the water with this, but it just seems kind of savoury without being particularly pungent, spicy or full of character. Ultimately seems a bit tame, and a sort of muddle between chilli and smoked beer flavours. Not undrinkable but a bit blah.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 04:39:26 | More by laituegonflable
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 5/9/10.

A - Poured a hazy, rusty orange liquid with ample carbonation and half an inch of light beige foam on top that quickly diminished into a thin patch and sparse amount of lacing.

S - Nose is sweet initially with light caramel malt notes paired with a faint oily, spicy pepper character. The peppery attributres emerge slowly at first until they culminate into an almost Spanish mole sauce character - peppery, earthy and spicy. A slight waft of alcohol and sweet tobacco also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - The chipotle character is much more apparent in the flavor than the aroma and elicits smoky and earthy tones with a light herbal hop character and mild spicy pepper notes. The caramel malt sweetens the brew, providing a complementary balance to the boldness of the spicy and smoky attributes. Finishes with a touch of leafy hop bitterness amid a spicy, peppery zing.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a sweet malt character and smoky, spicy notes on the palate with a hint of residual heat from the pepper oils. Bitterness and spiciness lingers for quite a while on the lips and tongue.

D - Pretty interesting brew that incorporates earthy, herbal hops with a spicy, peppery flair. This would pair quite well with Mexican food. The oily, peppery character really retained its spiciness, considering the age of this bottle (purchased November 2008).

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 00:37:20 | More by ffejherb
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 22 oz. bomber bottle into a mug and received a lightly-tinted brown with a frothy, one-finger head that died at a medium pace. Some earthy hops and a light malt base in the smell, but I really picked up the peppers (reminded me of a pot of baked beans for a second). I wouldn't say dry or crisp for the mouthfeel, but just heat. This was like a good ale with a noticeable hop presence and some malts in there. Then it was like I did a shot of hot sauce. OK, it is a little bit more complicated than that, but I am trying to get a point across. My mouth actually heated up from this beer. I am not a big chili fan, and I thought the chipotle peppers overpowered the ale a tad, but I would recommend this to try once to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 17:10:21 | More by clayrock81
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served chilled. Pours a hazy, burnt orange color, with an offwhite head that fades quickly. Only a few patches of lace were left on the glass. Aroma was very subdued for a Rogue. Sweet caramel dominated the nose, with just a hint of fruitiness and some smoke. Mouthfeel was actively carbonated with some mild hop bite and a slight twang of pepper bite. Taste featured the caramel malt sweetness, with a balance provided by sparing use of the westcoast hops. I could detect a mild, smoky chili flavor of the chipotle peppers, but they're in the background. Very well balanced, overall, and very drinkable. I think this one would be better with a more assertive pepper presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 10:54:21 | More by merlin48
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Vancer

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany pour with fast dying tan head – no bottled date on screen label.

Rich, malty aroma, with notes of the ol’ spicy peppers. Rustic tasting woody and smoky chili peppers stand out in this one – but they are not overpowering, fortunately

A very thin and quiet brew, the peppers are the whole story here. It’s just not a brew to savor, it’s more of a hurry up and finish it frosty. I think you really need to be working on some BBQ to fully enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 02:27:05 | More by Vancer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aye carumba, a spicy beer that works rather than burns and offends. This is a solid Rogue Ale with that great roasted chipotle taste on the finish. No, it doesn't scour your mouth out but rather it works with any spicy food or even better try it with food that is not spicy like a bowl of vegetable soup; it brings its own spice to the table. It is totally drinkable by itself( there is a smokiness to the finish like a lighter version of rogue smoke). Cool beer that is a benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 00:07:53 | More by canucklehead
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Super clear medium orange/amber color. Two inches of frothy off-white head with good retention and good lacing too.

4.0 S: Peppers absolutely dominate the aroma. I could very well be smelling a burrito. Perfect grade for originality, but there could be some beer-like aspects to the smell as well. Eh, I suppose there is some graininess to it.

4.0 T: This is one crazy ass beer, but I must say I like it. First off, I can't rate this the way I would a regular beer. The spicy hotness to it overrides any chance of tasting a malt or hop profile properly. It would appear to have a run of the mill slightly nutty, but tasty amber ale backbone. The peppers aren't overwhelming at all, but they do screw up the palate by adding a healthy bit of heat.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Pretty good, but nothing special.

3.5 D: One is plenty, but it's a good ride.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 04:04:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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ADZA

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit i always get a little scared about chile beers i mean they can either get it just right or sometimes go overboard with the chile taste which for me ruins it i just like that nice balance and this beer is a perfect example,it pours a deep golden amber colour with decent carbonation which leaves a nice two finger head that slowly dissapates to a peaky cap in the middle with lacing all down the sides,the first aroma i pick up is smoked chipotles with a malty,fruity aroma lying in the background its definately got me interested,it has an above average mouthfeel with the fruity,malt tastes hitting the palette first which is finished off with a subtle ting of smokey heat but not overdone at all this is definately one of the better examples of this style that ive tried but hey its Rogue that so doesnt suprise me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 06:33:01 | More by ADZA
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber.
Quite a good looking beer,dark amber/brown, with a good sized tan head..that goes fast but good lacing is left .
Aroma is also quite nice mainlly malty( unusual for a Rogue) but with a good whiff of roasted pepper thrown in.
Tastet is rather surprising as it tastes at first like a malty pale ale..then the rather pleasant chipotle , smoky hotness comes through but does not overwhelm the beer.
Pretty nice in the mouth not too thin and quite good

Nice drinkable ale with a nice extra "kick" in the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 06:23:58 | More by Reidrover
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - reddish, coppery pour. Medium-bubbled soda pop head gets thin fast but holds at a thin cap. Not much lace but very active beading looks nice.

Aroma - some vague malty sweetness, mixing at first with some mild hop aroma, then things get interesting as some chipotle pepper comes through. Hmmm...

Taste - smoky and peppery. Not spicy hot, more like a smoked beer. Just enough chipotle flavor to make it distinctive. Some hop presence on the swallow and finish, but the pepper and smoke keep it from developing. Pretty good stuff!

Mouthfeel - zesty carbonation, just about medium body, nicely done to make this a good one with food or without.

Drinkability - there aren't many pepper beers to contend with, but this is my favorite one. Great grill-food beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 05:53:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: malt, caramel, and pepper

Taste: malt and caramel dominate the start, hops and pepper dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation, you can feel some bite.

Drinkability: Very smooth for a chile beer. The balnce on this one is amazing with the hops, malt, and chiles all blending nicely. One, if not the best in the style that I have had that was not on tap. I will look for this again, but one bomber at a time is good enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 14:57:22 | More by tigg924
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours crystal clear golden with a slight amber tinge. The head is white, but fleeting. It retreats to the edges of the surface but lingers.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts. Slight fruity aroma.

The flavor is caramel with a slight roastiness in the flavor. The beer is fairly bitter but well done. There is a smokiness in the flavor.

The finish is dry and slightly smoky with a very slight burning sensation in the throat (I assume from the chipotle peppers). The body is medium.

If it did not state the peppers on the bottle, the only hint is the slight heat in the finish. I really enjoy this beer and the heat and bitterness work well together. Kind of a pale ale with a kick.

22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 00:17:33 | More by GCBrewingCo
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a murky amber color. The head is nonexistant, and there is no lacing. The aroma is very sweet with peppers in the background. The taste is mildy sweet with chile peppers mildly coming through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this brew is a lot more drinkable than I had thought it would be. I am glad that it is rather mellow, and certainly not in my face.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 20:54:53 | More by KarlHungus
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Overheard some guy at a recent beer festival complaining about one of the more experimental offerings: "Keep all that fruit and spices and shit outta my BEER!" I appreciate a pure approach to any craft, but for those of us who feel beer is somewhere between craft and art, his remarks seemed short-sighted. But it takes all kinds, even the people who don't want pineapple in their pizza or keyboards in their rock 'n' roll.

So it was with brave heart and palate that I reached for this strange Rogue offering several days later. Now I open it and find a light-tan head with a slight red tint to it. The color of the beer is also very red, with sparse and mellow bubbles.

The aroma is strongly of chipotle but even more strongly of the smoke they were smothered in. It's a very nice and, for a beer, very unusual smell. If I were blindfolded I probably wouldn't guess this was beer I'm smelling.

Flavor-wise, well, you gotta love smoked beer to get anything out this. As with the aroma, the smoke comes on much stronger than the actual chipotle flavor. But, chipotle being a very distinctive flavor, it's here, and the smoke/pepper combination is a hairy thing to have in the mouth in liquid form. Yikes. Had the smoke been a little less powerful, and the beer itself carried through something, ANYTHING resembling traditional ingredients, it would've helped offer more depth than it does. It has no depth, and thus strikes these tastebuds as a novelty.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry and the spicy and smoky elements linger long.

The first sip is cool. The second sip you start noticing its weaknesses. By the fifth sip I'm not sure I can make it through this bomber-size bottle. Maybe they should sell this in 6 oz. bottles. A novelty beer, a novelty bottle. Glad to have had it, and I still don't agree with the ultra-purist beer drinker referenced above...but no doubt, neither one of us are big fans of this particular experiment.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 21:47:45 | More by Metalmonk
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morimech

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a large white head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a smokey and earthy aroma. The flavor likewise is very Rauchbier in charactor. Very smokey with a little spice kick and heat coming in on the finish at the back of the throat. Has enough of a body to carry the smoke and chile spice. Moderate carbonation. A good beer but not something I would want to drink much of or often for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 19:54:41 | More by morimech
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srandycarter

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, somewhat murky caramel, nice large off white head that reduces to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Smoked pepper dominates this sucker. I love pepper and use smoked pepper ground up for all kinds of stuff, so I should like this. Oddly, I am not sure I do.

T - Malt and smoked pepper are married equally. Again, it was fun to try, but maybe not my deal.

M - Good bodyand carb, balance pretty good considering the goal here.

D - Not for me. Fun to try, but for me, probably better to use for cooking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 04:22:06 | More by srandycarter
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Pencible

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if it was actually unfiltered or not, but this definitely looked like it. It was a pretty dark brown with a sweet hops and spices scent. It wasn't very bitter at all. The prominent taste was malt, with other various peppery flavors mixed in. It started out very unique and interesting, but the more I drank it the more it tasted like a regular brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:09:12 | More by Pencible
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a malty and ready smell. Mixed with these aromas are some hot pepper as well as a smoky and char like aroma.

Taste –The taste begins more on the malty side. This more bready taste is soon met with some smoke and char flavors more toward the middle of the taste. The chipotle in the name is, for the most part , absent up till the middle of the taste, at which point some light hints of pepper heat are detected. At the end the spicy flavor gets a bit stronger (although never really all that potent) and leaves a light spicy heat aftertaste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. A good compromise for the more malty and spicy characteristics of the brew which overall create a good drinkability.

Overall – The beer has some good flavors and feel, but is not really something I would ever pine for on any real occasion. Worth a try, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 00:30:13 | More by Darkmagus82
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Floydster

California

1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo

Poured a deep reddish brown color into my pint glass

One of the worst beers I have had in a long time, peppers and beer do not mix at all

Smell was rancid and taste was so spicy, I needed to drink water with it

Only drank about five ounces before giving it to my dad, he will drink anything

Not recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:15:45 | More by Floydster
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this with me. It pours a deep amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slightly chile spicey, with a slight grainey sweet background. The chile is not all that strong, but it is well in the front of the brew. The flavor is not all that bad. There is a smokeyness that hits initially. The chile kicks in but not all that bed. No burning at all. Just nice roasted chile character. I would like to have this beer with some Mexican food. No real heat, just a slight spice in my stomach. I like it. The feel is moderate with a nice healthy carb. Overall, this is drinkable for a chile brew. The flavors are nicely balanced, the feel is good, the nose is nice. I think if you review this to style, it should be top dog. I take my hat off to Rogue for this brew. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 01:47:34 | More by kmpitz2
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