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XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales

XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

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BA SCORE
86
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%


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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Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 189 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BeardedRiker:
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, it's time to try another beer my brother got me for my birthday. I had seen Rogue's ceramic bottles before but never bought the beers, mostly because of the price. It's time to see what's inside!

This is a bit of a difficult one to pour out like you want to because of the ceramic bottle. It comes out in little gushes. Fortunately, there's not much head on this beer so unless you're an idiot you won't mess it up. The head is maybe a bit over half a centimeter thick, foamy, and off-white. It fizzes away quickly and there's no lacing. The beer is an interesting, cloudy reddish-brown, mostly opaque.

This doesn't smell like any red ale I've had before. It has an almost quad-like smell. Sweet molasses, apples, slight tropical fruit, and a woodsy oakiness. Earthy hops.

The taste gets better as it warms and is much like the smell. Sweet molasses mixes with earthy hops and oak woodiness that make the stronger flavors. The hops also add a bit of spiciness while a slight booziness makes an entrance towards the end.

This XS is excessively (sorry) smooth. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:57:21 | More by BeardedRiker
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.