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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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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RobertColianni, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

beefandbean22, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 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
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 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 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 feylure
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today. Love Rogue beer, and I love ceramic bottles!

Look is quite dark brown, almost opaque and partly cloudy.

Smells hot, sweet and spicy with floral notes.

There's a slight sweet taste up-front followed by the carbonation lifting the spicy + floral + woody notes. There's also a bit of a sour note in the middle that becomes stronger toward the tail.

Mouthfeel is full until the end which is slightly dry.

Overall, I think this is a good beer, but it is my first Old Ale style beer, and I'm not sure if I like the style...

feylure, Jun 09, 2011
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
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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 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 Perrumpo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decided to go ahead and buy this beer to try on my birthday. I tasted it right out of the fridge, and it seemed like it needed to sit and lose some of its chill. After that, it was full of flavor. It has many characteristics of an Old Ale without the sharp alcohol taste and with enjoyable Strong Ale bitterness. You can taste some of Rogue's molasses that is familiar from their Dead Guy Ale. The color is a deep medium brown with caramel head and a good nose.

I'm glad I tried it, and it was an enjoyable beer, but I probably wouldn't spend the $20 on it again. Bought it at Beltway Fine Wine & Spirits.

Perrumpo, Feb 12, 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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3.83/5  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 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
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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 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 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
Rogue 21 from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.