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Rogue 21 - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%
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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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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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 ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Handed over by the waitstaff a dark, walnut brown body with a wispy, ecru head.

Smell: Malty nose brimming with notes of everything from a chocolate to caramel to heart-healthy nuts. A noted hint of licorice twists, a light touch of alcohol, and a fruitiness akin to Cherry Dr. Pepper.

Taste: Right off the bat, there's a lush, lavish maltiness presenting chocolate sauce, caramel squares, and a good drizzle of golden syrup. Resoundingly rich sweetness throughout. More tastes of licorice, brown sugar-coated nuts, Southern-style sweet tea, black cherry, prunes, and dried herbs. Low level of hop bitterness buried within all the dense maltiness. Some sleeping hints of earthy woodiness. Malty, sweetish, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Definitely sticky and chewy, this one.

Drinkability: A very tasty, very enjoyable nighttime sipper with many a malt complexity to sip and savor.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2010
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

21 pours an amber brown color with OK head retention and fair lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing brown sugar, lots of chocolate, caramel, cherry vanilla and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, although I also get some sherry and wood flavor as well. There is considerable sweet cherry and vanilla on the palate in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, moderately sweet finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though there is some noticeable alcohol in this aged ale. While not really very heavy on the palate, the beer is pretty rich and sweet, which makes drinking this beer pretty slow going.

Would be a nice beer to enjoy on a cold winter night in the NW (of which there are typically an abundance).

John_M, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +31.6%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

beertunes, Aug 05, 2013
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 ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this has to be one of my most favourite American breweries they are just so happy to ship their new brews over to Australia and i couldnt really think of a Rogue brew that ive wanted and havnt been able to get anyway enough of my suck up,the brew pours a deep ruby red hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly recedes to leave a layer of smog across the top and a nice rim of lacing,the aroma for me is very typical of a nice dark strong belgian with hints of yeasty belgian bread,brown sugary malts,figs and a little bit of a musty character,it has a rather pleasant mouthfeel which is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated and leaves tastes of brandied pears,sweet bready malts,sugary oats,plums,a touch of liquorice but not much as i dont like liquorice but its only a tiny hint and ends with a bitter,sweet,sweet candied fig finish and overall if it wasnt so pricey i really could drink it all night but thats the thing with Rogue they just continue to bring new brews to the forefront and most importantly they are by far the most consistent US brewery i have ever tasted that hits our shores regularly cheers guys.

ADZA, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ste5venla, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5.3%

shelby415, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 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 RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer during their Beerknurd Christmas party, served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark brown with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent blend of burnt caramel and dried fruits. The taste is dried fruit, caramel, molasses and slight alcohol. The beer is somewhat heavy with a bit of sticky alcohol. This one is a sipper for sure, I'm glad I got this one for free.

atsprings, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CoryR, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 24, 2012
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Rogue 21 from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.