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XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

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very good

284 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 7oz bottle into a Redhook Limited Release goblet.

Appearance- Murky, cloudy, amber/brown color with a nice foamy half finger head. Nice lacing probably due to the alcohol content.

Smell- Some cherry, vanilla, alcohol, malts, yeast. Sweet smelling.

Taste- Malts and yeast upfront. Alcohol flingers. Some cherry and raspberry I think?

Mouthfeel- A little syrupy, but the carbonation evens it out nicely.

Overall- Another great beer from Rogue. Damn good red, but if you don't like alcohol presence in your beer then you won't like this.

Seanniek91, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GiantMidget, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

PopnLoads, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mcsauter82
4/5  rDev +4.7%

mcsauter82, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
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

BigPlay1824, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Furtanken
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Furtanken, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 7oz bottle...

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a thick, sticky light tan head. Hints of caramel, peppermint, and a vague spicy-sweetness to the smell. Heavy sweetness in the mouthfeel. Taste is rich and sweet with a nice mix of hop bitterness and alcohol warmth at the finish.

A strong, heavy beer. The dominating sweetness seems out-of-balance somewhat. Not bad, especially for an imperial style, but not something I'd go out of my way for. Perhaps better suited for a mid-winter quaff...

beergoot, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of nickfran
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

nickfran, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

ImperialSnout, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

schnarr84, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

csmartin6, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 7 oz bottle into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deep red basically brown color with a thin dense off white head that has good persistence. The head fades very slowly giving a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is biggest of biscuit, roasted malt breadiness, and a heavy dose of booziness. These are mixed with sweeter aromas of dark fruit, molasses and a very light apple aroma which overall create a complex and enjoyable smell.

Taste – The taste is big of alcohol and malt. The malt is dark bread in nature with the booziness being of a slight rum flavor. It starts out more on the malty side and as the taste develops more it gets more and more boozy. Throughout the taste there is a lighter sweetness. It starts out as more of a dark fruit sweetness but then turns more molasses in nature. While sweetness is present it is quite light and helps to round out some of the more malty and boozy flavors. While rounded out to some degree, there is still a rather strange (more burnt charred bread flavor) that is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew has above average creaminess with an average level of carbonation. The creaminess is suiting, but there is a bit too much carbonation for the malty and boozy nature of the flavors and it would likely do better with a bit less carbonation.

Overall –It had a wonderful aroma, but other than that was a bit weaker then I would have anticipated. More sweetness in the taste would have done well to take care of the malty and char flavor of the brew and a lower carbonation would have suited the flavors better. Alright but not really the best of brews out there.

Darkmagus82, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Bradbury, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Googs, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Joshgonzales79, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Danobold, May 04, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
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.

BeardedRiker, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

amnesia85, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Riverared, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

justinm4bama, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy dark amber color with a tan soapy head.

S: Caramel malt with fruity esters and a bit of peat.

T: Caramel malts and a bit of friuty ester and citrus up front. There is a bitterness that kicks in and continues into the finish. The citrus pith bitterness intensifies in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Nice and smooth, but a bit sticky.

O: Rating against other red ales, it is definitely above average. Can't say it was the best, but it would be something I would have again.

Kromes, Mar 20, 2012
XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.