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XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

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BA SCORE
86
very good

284 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Crystal, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats.
Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19.4º PLATO
58 IBU
76 AA
47º Lovibond

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 12-22-2007)
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jzlyo, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gspeer711, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hohnbaum, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Mattyb79, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

kybeerdrinker, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of cd34
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

cd34, May 20, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

7oz bottle with no date or any real info on the bottle.

dark, cloudy red-brown, small head that fades to a ring. smell has alcohol, pine, oak/wood, red wine. savory toffee, charred wood and chocolate syrup: the malt is great in this one. spruce, pine and spice, a weird vegetal note, some pepper, alcohol and red wine round out the flavor.

this one is old, and probably falling off, but still good.

jimmah120, May 12, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

VancouverHops, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of MrBoz21
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured opague amber brown with lacy head. Minimal retention and mild carbonation.

Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel and raison. Not much hops and a bit of alchohol. Some spice notes. Comes together sort of musty/oxidized.

Taste: Pretty flat up front, boozy and malty in the middle and some burnt bitter in the finish. Spice, chocolate and caramel malt dominate.

Mouth: Chewy.

Overall: I dont think the flavors really come together all that well. It seems that it can be more balanced and dryer. It has an oud bruin quality to it (without sour notes), which makes it inconsistent with style.

MrBoz21, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CSFerrier, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

crowbar540, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

7oz brown bottle found on sale for $1.99. I haven’t had much luck with these tiny Rogue bottles but I couldn’t pass it up at the discounted price. No bottled on date that I could find. A bunch of sediment was visible at the bottom of the bottle. The bottom of the cap had actually started bubbling for some reason. Drank out of a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Poured down the center the beer produced no head and a dark, murky, dull mahogany colored body. There was a very thin ring of khaki colored head. A film hung out on top. Does not look good.

Smell: Dark malts, dates, prunes, faded chocolate malts and some soapy hops. Smells old and stale.

Taste: More of the same chocolate malts, an herbal bitterness, ends on a long raisiny note. Also some kind of weird steamed veggie taste. Maybe I didn’t decant carefully enough?

Mouthfeel: Very still. Low carbonation. Dry and dusty. Very warming.

Overall: Recommended only if you feel adventurous and have the $1.99 to burn. I can tell that at some point the chocolate malts would have stood out and maybe it had potential but now it’s falling apart. Basically a sad barleywine.

CowsandBeer, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

heytomcat, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

standardcherry, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7 ounce bottle. Pricey, like most of Rogue's ales. They're good, don't get me wrong, but sometimes the price makes me seek other beers. Just a note, mind you. Beer is beer, quality is quality, Rogue is good quality beer.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark auburn/red with a pretty good head that left good lacing and lasted quite a bit.

Aroma and flavor wise, this one is dead-on for what I think of when I consider an American amber/red ale. Pungent maltiness, biscuit, caramel, toffee, some fruits with emphasis on darker fruits, with an appropriate balancing hops presence, which is high, and matches the ABV well.

Rogue did a good job with this one on flavor, body, taste.

I'm starting to be able to taste the pacman yeast more consistently now. While I do understand why a brewery might use a specific yeast all the time (not an uncommon occurrence), I sometimes would like to taste things that specific brewers might create if they could use different yeast more often, like us homebrewers do. Rogue with English ale yeast or Irish ale yeast? Stone with US-05? Might be interesting.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kelp, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very rich dark amber with almost no head. This is a fairly intense red ale so I wasn't expecting a gusher.

Smell at first wasn't impressive and almost off. This bottle was aged a little so I was afraid the hop notes dropped off and left unpleasant malts. There's a large amount of burnt toffee and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is what blew me away with tons of caramel toffe and some slight dark fruits. Totally thought this might be undrinkable. The crisp biscuit notes keep the malts feeling lighter than any sort of dark ale. Definitely can tell this is a red ale by nature although has some great brown/dark ale notes. Again this bottle was a little older so the hops probably dropped off quite a bit. Getting a hint of some pleasant floral bitterness. Only drawback is a faint medicinal note. The 7oz was more than enough though, flavor kind of turned on me towards the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. maintains a crisp bite that lends itself excellently. This is a thick one.

Overall, at first I was wary of the bottle being aged but the malty goodness that came through was worth it. Definitely want to retry this fresh.

lsummers, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
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XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.