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Rogue 21 - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2 Row, Briess Amber, C-40, Wyermann Carafa & Rogue Farms RiskTM Malt; Willamette, US Goldings & Rogue Farms Revolution Hops; Simpsons Golden Naked Oats; Franco-Belges Carawheat; Molasses, Brewer's Licorice, Wyeast Old Ale Blend Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

20.75º PLATO
30 IBU
69 AA
21º Lovibond

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-23-2010)
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LumpyGuitar:
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Coles, limited release.

Poured an amber brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and has some lacing.

Smells earthy, with strong yeast and cracker malts.

Taste is strong. Strong hops up front, with a bit of buttery malt and tangy yeast. Flavors mix into a dry woody finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is a bit weak. Smooth finish.

Drinkability is average. Tastes great but cloys quickly.

LumpyGuitar, Dec 22, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although the hefty price tag made me have second thoughts about buying this beer,Iam glad I did.Poured into a tulip glass a deep rich chesnut brown with a tinge of auburn,a creamy-like 1/2 finger light tannish colored head atop.Tons of malt complexity in the nose,caramel toffee,molasses,light roasted nuts,and juicy fruit,amazingly enough not much hop presence from a Rogue brewed beer.Creamy and full in the feel,not much carbonation wich fits the beer well.Flavors are warming with deep malty fruitiness and caramel goodness,light spice almost phenolic in nature but not as annoying,some sweet alcohol chimes in late,there is some light leafy hop that lend that leafiness and drying to the beer.This is a malt lickers dream here,Iam a hophead but really really enjoyed this beer,this is nice.

oberon, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ste5venla, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of alamode
2/5  rDev -47.4%

alamode, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A georgeous looking bottle, complex flavours with great and not great flavour notes. The smell was awful, unwashed feet and hidden mould. A few months' cellaring was not responsible, rather brett and the like. Dark brown colour with significant retained white head. The taste was raisiny above all, malts and hops. Getting through the aroma there was good drinkability but it was wierd and boozy, as if this monster developed into a 10% plus overnight.Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Snow81
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very cloudy reddish amber haze with a lot of sediment

Head: Big light brown head

Smell: Coriander malty funk thing going on with a bit of hops

Taste: Funky yeast with a little hop, dark malts and some earthiness

Weight: Light body with a high carbonation

Finish: Sticky hop with a nice big dark malt still the funk sticks around till the end and then some

Snow81, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really dark brown with a honey yellow tint. Two fingers of off-white suds and slight lacing adorn the top of this good looking brew.
Smell is very fruity with an oak sourness at the front then a honey oatmeal aroma then a floral hop to finish this brew's smell. No alcohol can be detected here.
Taste is bready and spicey with caramel/honey in the forefront. Raisin and plum are a little further back. Slight alcohol detected here.
Mouthfeel is sticky but very clean for such a big ale. The flavors do leave the palate quite quickly though.
Overall this is a smoothe easy drinking big beer from Rogue. Too bad this thing cost me 23 buckeroos.

peabody, May 28, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber. Moderate to thick muddy brown head with lacing. Malt and cola aroma. Flavor is malt and light fruit up front, followed by a medicinal spicy flavor that deteriorates into an estery, bitter mess. I can't even figure out what this tastes like, but there is a strong phenolic, estery flavor that is almost interesting, but is combined with a acidic bitterness. Interesting at times, but not well balanced. Don't think I'll revisit this one. Does not seem to be an old ale to me.

LiquidAmber, May 06, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -21.1%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml black ceramic bottle, capped but with a reusable swing top attached. Pours out into a Westmalle chalice a deep amber, becoming a bright hazy ruby hue when held to direct light. Creamy light beige head that settles to a thin cap.

The presence of sharp yeast is most prominant in the aroma, earthy, tart and acidic, some wood, sour cherries, leafy and earthy hops.

Clean yet tart flavour up front, dry spicy notes, some wood with a spicy mild acidic tang on the finish along with intense herbal and leafy green hops. By the time it reaches room temperature hints of caramel malt poke through but remain a very meek background player in the whole mix.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body yet fuller in texture, low carbonation.

I dunno, for the price tag of this bottle I am feeling quite jilted, and feeling supported in my theory that Rogue continues to just phone it in now with their newer products, and get their marketing department to do all the difficult work regarding it in the end. What this beer comes down to is a bigger beer that hasn't decided what it wishes to be, and although I don't think any commercial beers are required to fit between the book marks of etablished style guidelines, this one from Rogue seems a bit confused as to what it wishes to come across as, and lacks a real sense of cohesion or balance or a chosen direction it's trying to go in.

IronDjinn, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Think beige head above a ruby colored body. Oily resin lines the glass. Aroma is of sweet brown sugar and caramel malts. Taste is dominated by sweet malts with some pitted fruits, mainly dates. The alcohol is not noted AT ALL. Amazing. Very easy to drink. I would warn anyone interested in trying this brew to be prepared for the sweetness and of sweetness is not something you want in a beer, stay away. As it is, this is a unique and amazing interpretation of an old ale.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of aanakinskywalker
4/5  rDev +5.3%

aanakinskywalker, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

calcnerd, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Metatron6
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Metatron6, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 release.

Pours a deep burgundy with actively rising carbonation and a very thick, frothy beige head that leaves the whole glass coated in lacing at first.

Smell is quite floral and estery. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian yeast strain oddly enough.

The taste follows the nose, with more esters and Belgian yeast characteristic.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with with pleasant light, slightly prickly carbonation.

Well I definitely wouldn't have guessed it to be an Old Ale, I would have guessed some sort of Belgian inspiration behind it. It was a decent beer though overall.

vkv822, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty straight forward. Given the ingredients on the back of the body, it is easy to predict what comes next.

Nose is full of sour funk. Some nice aromas of oak. Also some fruity and spicy notes as well.

All the aromas are present in the taste. Sour funk, oak, and fruit and spice.

Nothing really amazing or jaw dropping about this one. It's just good, and if you're into sours, this one would be a good buy.

Buggies, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a dark amber color with some lively carbonation bubbles and a rather nice looking khaki head.

S: Sort of a bland nose for an old ale. Mostly bready malt notes with a little bit of toast and toffee. There is some brown sugar type sweetness, but it's lacking that richness and big caramel aroma that I typically associate with an old ale/English barleywine sort of beer.

T: The flavor is certainly better, but that wasn't much of a challenge. Decently sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Still quite a bit of bread quality to it, and almost no bitterness. A little bit of toast and (surprisingly) almost no booze.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation.

O: Not bad by any means, but the extravagant price tag for a bottle really makes this a beer that I would not consider purchasing.

womencantsail, Apr 15, 2011
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Rogue 21 from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.