XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by phisig137:
2.83/5 rDev -25.9%
A- Pours a murky deep amber color, with a one finger head. Retention is decent, but little lacing is left behind.
S- Wow, mostly solvent alcohol here, with a hint of hops towards the back. A bit of a surprise from Rogue, who usually hides their alcohol pretty well. This on the other hand, is right in your face.
T- The best that I can say for this, is that it is well balanced. There is a touch of caramel sweetness up front, and some firm hop bitterness after the swallow, but on the palate in the middle, this is pretty boring. Alcohol is very apparent approaching the finish, and is hot and astringent. Not a whole lot of good to say here....
M- Lightly carbonated, smooth, yet a bit thin.
D- decent at best.... Way to prevalent alcohol, thin mouthfeel, and a general lack of flavor.
Overall, I'm quite disappointed with this. Usually, the Rogue XS crock bottles are a solid buy, well worth the money. This however is barely acceptable. In addition to a heavy alcohol presence and an overall pathetic flavor, this is outrageously overpriced at $17 for a bottle.
In the end, expect a St. Rogue's red that was beefed up in alcohol, but severely dumbed down in flavor. I will not be buying this again, and can't honestly recommend it to anyone else. Sorry Rogue, but you missed the mark on this one...
03-27-2008 02:44:34 | More by phisig137
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Iam not a big fan of the 7oz bottles of the XS series but I have wanted to try this beer for awhile,so I bought one today.Poured a deep murky amber with a tight formed one finger off white head that held pretty well.Aromas are a mixture of the signature deeply piney and citric Rogue hop character,and caramel malt with a touch of slighter roast.The biggest thing I noticed about this beer on the palate was the lack of alcohol presence for a beer that packs so much of it,the resiny hops although not dominant played a big role intermingling with caramel malt and some biscuit.A real nice beer,not worth what I paid for the small bottle,but still quite good.
09-01-2010 01:39:56 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
Im not exactly sure when this is from. I want to say either 2006 or 2007. There is no best by or born on date. The ABV says 8.25, not 9. Recipe as follows:
Crystal 40, Chocolate, Munich and Two Row Pale Malts; CBitterig palisade and aroma crystal, free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.
Pours a deep mahogany red. No head momentarily, but bubbling up to a solid finger with ample lacing. I cant imagine a red looking any better. Its still got some staying power.
Carmel malty deliciousness. Slight aroma hops, but no pine or citrus.
Boozy and quite bitter. Not bitter in a bad way per se, but almost like an english hop character. I need it to warm a little to get more malt. Im surprised at the level of bitterness. Weird, but as I dont drink Red Ale's often, I doubt this is to style, but Im digging it.
Sits well. Definitely needs to warm over non-imperial counterparts. While the bitterness makes it unbalanced, I think couples with the malty character it goes for a unique representation of the style.
A+++ will buy from again
03-16-2010 00:57:34 | More by JasonA
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
In a tulip glass this beer was a dark red/brown color with a rim of tan head. Sweet malt aroma, as well as a bit of flowery odor. Mostly sweet malt taste, some cherry, and a little bit of piney hops. Dry mouthfeel. Not bad, but I was expecting more. Maybe try again.
05-05-2010 18:18:16 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
7 oz bottle.
Pretty deep amber color. Creamy tan head. Some visible light carbonation.
Some hops on the nose along with some dark fruit and spice.
Nice bloom of flavors. A little dry hop bitterness followed by spicy sweetness.
Lingering mildly bitter, yet sweet finish.
Very drinkable considering the complex flavor and alcohol content.
06-03-2010 05:09:21 | More by andyfrancis
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
.75L ceramic flip top bottle with no freshness date. I persoanlly don't like these bottles, they make for sloppy pouring due to the weight and not knowing where the liquid is at any given time. The higher pricing doesn't sweeten the reasoning behind the use either. Thankfully this is not beerbottleadvocate.com so I can move on.
Big bubbly dense off white frothing drops thick patch curtain of lacing on the glass. Garnet meets amber for the color, good clarity as well. Wild flower hop aroma, soft yet earthy with a tea-like backend. Strawberry and plum fruitiness from the alcohol couple with the nougat and toasted maltiness in the nose. Alcohol, hop flavor and a roasted / toasted graininess battle for domination though all seem to call a truce and meld well together. Alcohol is warming with ripe fruit and a faint solvent breath. Hop flavor comes in thick yet soft with an semi-oily herbal flavor but then the bitterness kicks in with more of a grapefruit peel taste. The malt is just as toasted as it is roasted with faint coffee and chocolate flavors as well as some sweet cake batter and fresh toasted bread within. Finishes bitter sweet with a lingering alcohol.
Tasty and certainly with in that "Imperial" realm that American brewers have created. Definitely worth a try.
06-16-2008 03:03:52 | More by Jason
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 7 oz nip. The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and brown sugar with some alcohol mixed in. The flavor is full of alcohol and toffee malt with some earthy hops. There is also a little bit of sweet brown sugar in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Decent, but not worth the high price you have to pay for it.
07-18-2011 01:49:01 | More by Mora2000
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
Pouring a deep amber with red tinges, Imperial Red has an intensely sweet nose, malty sugars (maple syrup, apricot, orange) intermingling with grapefruit-like, rosewater-laden hops. So sugary is the nose that I felt as if i were sniffing liquid candy, or what would happen if Jolly Rancher outsourced their flavors division to a champagne factory.
On the tongue the ale turns out to be far hoppier that the nose belied, the grapefruit/pine bitterness coming in at medium to medium-heavy strength (58 IBU). Beneath that, however, is a sublime layer of malts containing an incredibly complex and nuanced variety of sugars. Maple syrup is here, but also port wine and cognac flavors, strong hints of oak, vanilla, spiced orange liqueur, and lychee nut. The only detraction is that the high alcohol content (8.25% ABV) does result in a slight alcohol twang. The sugars last well into the aftertaste, then peel back to let the hops shine one final time, and just at the end is a port-like swirl. Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, this is an excellent ale. It might be argued that the hops could be toned down slightly to better let the malts shine through, but I don't personally have any problems with the ratios. The beer is also slightly more expensive than usual (probably because of the fancy ceramic bottle), but it's well worth the cost.
08-06-2011 19:34:38 | More by jondeelee
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a nice thick head that contains a lot of flavor.
Smells hoppy, nothing too complex going up the nose.
Taste is very full bodied, hoppy but not piney. Slight notes of malt, a nice finish.
The mouthfeel is great: the beer is thick and nicely carbonated.
The flavors are very strong. Combine that with the high abv, and I wouldn't want to down a bunch of these, but I had no problem doing it with just one.
09-26-2009 21:25:31 | More by rickmick
4/5 rDev +4.7%
7oz bottle, a souvenir from a visit to the Pearl District pub in Portland a few months ago.
This beer pours a hazy, murky rust-tinted dark golden brown hue, with one finger of tight foamy beige head, which leaves a few amoebic specks of lace as it fades away. It smells of caramel cream malt, citrus and pine hops, some mustiness, and a slight booze edge. The taste is hoppy up front, with muddled aged bitter citrus peel and pine needle essences, over top of a decent bready, caramel malt, with touches of fortified wine and unprocessed dark fruit. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, and approaching smoothness. It finishes fairly clean, the emphasis on the lingering tangy, resinous hops.
A decent strong red ale, the big booze quite well integrated, and enjoyably hoppy, for when that itch arises.
10-15-2011 22:26:50 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours a clear dark deep mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is pungent with bread yeast,sweet malt, and some carmel. The taste is sharp with bitter and citrus hops,carmel,sweet malt,and alcohol. The taste is dominated by the bitter hops and alcohol and overpowers the sweet malt and carmel flavors. It's OK,but not Rogues best. The m/f is medium with the flavors not mixing all that great. This is only an average beer and I'm alittle disapointed in Rogue.
04-06-2008 22:31:26 | More by jmz62565
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
An expensive bottle, thanks Boutip. An amber with good bitterness, balanced malt and some roast. Off white head lots of lace,even barleywinish. A tad chocolate malt, Palisade and Aroma Crystal hops, Pacman Yeast. A winner for people moving up the crafty brew food chain.
05-18-2009 22:45:18 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 7oz bottle into my petite Moinette tulip.
Pale buff foam assembles over a dark burgundy body which glows a luminous rose madder when held to the light. Sticky soapy lacing, and good retention.
Pale malt, faint caramel, barley syrup, and grass in the nose.
Incredibly deep maltiness on the palate, a perfect blend of chocolate, crystal, and Rogue-grown varieties. A pleasing woodsy bitterness emerges slowly but steadily, suggesting herbs, and clove-studded citrus peel. Dry finish hints at pumpernickel and grapefruit seeds.
Medium-light bodied, not quite oily but substantial mouthfeel. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Very pure and dry, it seems to engender thirst more than quench it.
I'm pleased that Rogue is returning to offering their beers in 7oz servings, but I would have preferred a bomber of this really.
07-21-2010 00:06:24 | More by augustgarage
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5
Appearance: Dark brown with decent foam. Lightens up a bit to a medium brown in the light. Pretty nice carbonation effect as well.
Smell: Great smell of chocolate malt. Pretty sweet as well. Some dark fruit in the background here as well. Great balance.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes and feels like smooth chocolate. Almost like alcoholic hot chocolate.
Drinkability: Comes in a 7 oz. bottle you should be ashamed not to finish this with ease.
Overall: I quite enjoyed this beer. It's kind of a hard beer to describe. Worth the experience. I wish the bottle was bigger so I could get a better feel.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2010 06:40:43 | More by tjsdomer2
XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.