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XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

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very good

281 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | 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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New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-24-2011 03:18:41 | More by jk3
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:04:40 | More by CowsandBeer
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

01-27-2012 03:10:19 | More by ryanw111182
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

11-15-2013 14:17:46 | More by heytomcat
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2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a murky, mud like color. A dirty brown with some reddish highlights. A minimal and bubbly head forms at first, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Burnt toast, very sweet malt, and light diacetyl. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
T: Follows the nose. burnt and charcoal like malt. Very sweet and some diacetyl. Plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit syrupy. Oddly, some prickly carbonation at the same time. Lots of alcohol, and way to sweet. Hard to finish the small 7 oz bottle.

Not impressed with this. Boozy and way to sweet. I will not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:26:40 | More by champ103
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2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 02:44:34 | More by phisig137
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New York

2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very murky reddish brown color with a ton of suspended sediment and a solid amount of carbonation bubbles that float towards the top supporting an ample head that is creamy and tan (kind of looks like pancake mix as its put on the griddle), lingers for a solid amount of time and leaves
S: interesting, im catching hops, a solid sweetness that is deep but not quite like molasses, birch syrup maybe? also dark fruits
T: finishes with an intense hop bitterness, through the middle is kind of thick and muddled with a bit of a drywall note (gypsum?) slight sweetness, malt notes are decent but not all that cleaned up
M: thick, minimal carbonation tingle, finishes smooth with a bit of a dry note that lingers on the palate long afterwards
O: its ok, not grand, not well rounded IMO, like i said all of it is just kinda muddled, there are far better imperial reds out there than this

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 22:44:42 | More by BigPlay1824
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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml swing top ceramic bottle that was about fifteen dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Deep amber color that is on the brown side, one inch off white head that is somewhat creamy, some retention, weak lacing
S-Sweet malt, spices, cinnamon, caramel, apples, toffee, faint hoppiness, oranges, booze, and sugar
T-Starts off sweet and full of fruit, bready in the middle, finish is boozy and in desperate need of dryness and hops from the very beginning, gets even more sweet each sip I take, too sugary and reliant on malt, this style needs balance and this definitely does not have it, need to see less hot flavors too, pungent going down
M-Medium bodied but pretty thick, needed a lot more carbonation because of its thickness, spicy, sweet, hot, oily, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingers a long time
D-This stuff is hard to drink and tastes much hotter than it really is, ABV is only nine percent but it is not hidden, heavy on the stomach with sweetness too, not smooth or inviting

I had heard this one was not worth the money from a few people but I had to go and see for myself, I agree with them, the only way I would drink this again is if I saw it on tap for five bucks or less and that was the only interesting thing there, with that said I do not recommend this one

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 21:54:59 | More by Floydster
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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Murky brownish red with a thick tan head that dissipated slowly leaving little to no lacing.

The smell of this beer was overpowered by the sweetness, if you've only smelled it you have no idea what you're getting into. Otherwise, the aroma is very pleasant and seems appropriate when you're actually drinking the beer.

The taste is what got me on this one, the flavors were scattered everywhere. It was sweet, fruity, and slightly smoky at first, but that flavor is quickly lost to something of an alcohol burn. I've had a lot of 9% ABV beers that cover the alcohol a lot better. It finishes dry and bitter, but not a really good bitter. Definitely an interesting array of flavors, but too scattered.

Smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

I warmed up to this beer after a few sips (and once it warmed up a bit), very different tasting than most beers I've had. I wouldn't turn down a glass if someone offered it to me, but I don't think I'd buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 18:33:33 | More by AndrewOToole
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Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifer from the black ceramic 750ml swingtop bottle, no freshness date to be found. This one has a Jekyll and Hyde appearance... from across the room it has a dark brown, nearly black color, but when held up to the light it has an almost ruby hue. The alcohol definitely comes through in the smell, too much for me, as I get hints of port wine and even a little cough syrup. Alcohol is very warming in the mouth as well; could use more hops to balance things out. Overall this one just seemed a little bit off, almost as if the taste represents a higher ABV than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:57:23 | More by coachdonovan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:35:52 | More by MrBoz21
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2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 7oz. bottle into a "tall" tulip glass
Brownish ruby in color with a rather short, off-white head of foam
Aroma-faint malt notes, spice
Taste-Malty, spicy, underlying hop notes that hang on to the rather dry finish. Chewy, with muddled flavors that seem to come from two or more beers mixed together, instead of balanced to complement each other. I've had better beers from Rogue at a better price. 3.99 for a 7oz bottle thet doesn't even fill my glass or dazzle my tastebuds was not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 15:16:10 | More by hosehead83
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

09-06-2013 18:18:20 | More by standardcherry
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-28-2011 02:30:17 | More by rwathree
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-12-2013 14:25:24 | More by TheMrFarnham
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-08-2012 22:01:42 | More by N1CK
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-26-2012 22:16:00 | More by jmilo64
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-12-2012 01:55:35 | More by jenray
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-19-2013 17:21:38 | More by drummermattie02
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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ahoy there, matey!!! This here ale is FUKKIN EXPENSIVE!!! $4.49 for a 7 oz. bottle!!! "Oh, but it's so cuuute!"...Listen, bitch, you and toto can go back to fukking Kansas for all I care with that damn price point...this better be freaking GOOD, is all I can say...

Smells really awesome, like a bowl of crushed cherries...I like cherries...

OK, is it just me or is there really no flavor to this? It's really well balanced - perfectly in fact, between the malty and hops, but it's got no verve to it, no heft. It's balance is key and is excellent. The cherries hang out way in the background and the finish is long and good-bitter. But, seriously, that price point? Not for this, folks. Try once as novelty...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:51:19 | More by SolomonGrundy
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a short pilsner glass. Enjoyed solo

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger head with nice lacing. Deep red and brown in color. rather clear with no floaters (all left in the bottle)

Smell: I get a ton of caramel malts with a hint of roasted malts. A floral and earthy hop aroma comes and goes.

Taste: This opens with a subdued floral hop, a mild malt backbone is present with start to finish. Very one dimensional and leaves a mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: This is a one and done for me only because its not one of my preferred styles. I recommend this for those seeking a amber ale with mild floral hops and a muted malt backbone. Kind of reminds me of a low ABV barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:19:46 | More by capra12
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not too much of a head, just a ring around the edge of the glass. a bit cloudy and burgundy in color like cognac.
smelled of raisin, plum and alcohol.
tasted a bit sweet and syrupy with hints of raisin and even oak. at the end of each sip there was a stinging bitterness... i couldn't tell if it was from hops or alcohol. i'm sorry to say that it was not very flavorful.
it was ok... i was expecting something more floral and hoppier... it was nicely warming. but as for Imperial Reds, it was sub-par.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2008 20:40:11 | More by getalife2k5
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3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not gunna lie. It was the cute 7oz little bottle that persuaded me to drink this beer.

Pours a deep red/brown syrupy color. Mostly just a ring for a head. No lacing.

Aroma is mostly just malty. A little hops in there but mostly malt.

It tastes like an average brewpub beer. Like a brewpub making an imperial red. Nothing that just makes it stand out. It's imperial, it's red, it's just kinda hoppy, it's just there.

Mouthfeel is too thick. Carb needs to be bumped up too.

Overall I won't buy this again. Not worth it. Most rogue beers are just not exciting enough and living in so cal I can get my hands on way better beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:16:03 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is piney, resinous hops, hints of caramel, lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.49 for a wussy 7oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:42:15 | More by jdhilt
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3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Great maple red hue with an agressive cream colored head that leaves a moderate lace.
S - Maltedd toffee sweetness, slight caramel, and smokey hop presence.
T - Ester and hop start that has a slight roasty bitter.
M - Slightly chewy with a higher then normal carbonation.
D - Good beer, not really my style, but definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:59:46 | More by turbine2475
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XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.