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Rogue 21 - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

58 Ratings
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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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2/5  rDev -47.4%

alamode, Jan 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

beertunes, Aug 05, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 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 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
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Metatron6, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of a74gent
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer tasted at Ashley's-Ann Arbor on 8/21/10

Delivered a with a small head that diminished to a nice layer of lacing, it is a nice translucent light carmel coloring and has a matching flavor as it warms up, nothing is overly noticeable in the flavor here...a pretty well made but middle of the road non-stylistic brew.

a74gent, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rust color with a small head. The aroma is oddly faint with some cherry and a whiff of vanilla. There is some apparent sweetness in the aroma and what's there smells pretty good. The flavor has some vanilla and raisin with some earthy bitterness, some cinnamon spiciness and some apple. Overall the beer seems just a tad on the harsh side, not entirely bad... even quite tasty at times.

BieresDesMoines, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue 21 has all the halmarks of Old Ales, even the cask ale-like vinous, musty, and briney notes of staling beer. It gives as many favorable characteristics as it does unfavorable.

The beer pours a sturdy, froathy appearance of rich mohogany/ruby colors, stubborn lightly tanned foam, and soid lacing. The beer carries only a slight haze and gives a near-ideal look.

Aromas are fruity, malty, and gives the impression of staling and souring. Cherries, green apples, and wine allow for an estery start while a musty, bready, yeasty note follows up late in the scent.

Flavors are much less like stale breads and briney yeast, but more like well attenuated maltiness for a crisp caramel taste with countering esters, lemony, appley, grapey notes hit or miss. Mildy sour flavors kick in going into the later half of the taste, giving and acidic/tart finish.

The textures begin with a creamy froathy up start but with a very quick transition to a blend of maltiness and astringency that pushes way past crispness and cleanliness.
Abrupt at times, the sourness proves to be somehwat distracting.

There's almost two beers represented here. The first is the mature Engish Ale that showcases the masculine maltiness and estery intrigue. But the other part is the stale beer that gives an almost-lactic tartness that make Sour Ales so interesting. But neither is represented soley so the beer remains schizophrentic.

BEERchitect, Nov 27, 2010
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 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
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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ste5venla, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

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

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mattboyer182
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - muddy, cloudy brown. With a thick off white head with ok lacing.

S - dark, dark fruity scent. Very sweet malty smells as well.

T - same fruity taste. Plums and and raisons very strong. Very sweet after taste.

M - light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - pretty decent beer. I enjoy the the fruity taste it projects.

mattboyer182, Sep 06, 2011
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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CoryR, Jun 07, 2013
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Rogue 21 from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.