Rogue 21 - Rogue Ales

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85
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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-23-2010

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
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 59
Photo of Perrumpo
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue 21 makes me feel like I am 21 again. Mostly because I didn't eat dinner beforehand. I'm drinking it on tap at Blind Tiger at a "Very Special Keg Day" and I can't help but give it higher marks because I feel special drinking it.

And therein might lie the problem. While all the elements are well done, there's nothing truly exceptional about the brew. The blend works. It's a dark ruby brown body, decent head, figgy-sweet with thick malt aroma, and a sugary malty taste. It's medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and it drinks slowly - which it should at 8%.

Ultimately, I guess I have to evaluate this as a fun to drink, but non-exceptional brew that I would redrink in a second but not necessarily rave about. (718 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. The beer has a deep plum color with a foam head the color of egg shells. The aroma is slightly sweet, with both candi and crystal sugars. I can also smell plum, alcohol, and toffee malts. It tastes very good, with lots of interesting flavors. I can taste raisin and plum, as well as some candy-like flavors: cherry, toffee and caramel. There is a little bit of alcohol as well. This is a creamy, full-bodied beer with medium carbonation. It has an average level of coating, and it isn't very sticky. The finish is creamy, and the alcohol is warm as it goes down. I find the beer to be pretty drinkable. I wouldn't drink it too fast, or order too many rounds of it, but as a single pour it goes down well. (728 characters)

Photo of a74gent
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: deep dark brown beauty and nice lacing and good head rentention
Smell: sublt hop aromas, brown sugar and spices
Taste: honor to try this. very rare. complex malty, nutty flavors. very robust and drank very easily for high abv (350 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Horse Brass 7.21.2010, 10 oz. glass.

Medium brown body, medium dissipation with good retention. One finger light tan body. The nose is a bit boozy, barrel notes, not a lot of hops. Taste is pretty funky but too boozy, minimal funk, decent hoppiness and barrel notes come through. Mouthfeel is hot, sticky, with a surprisingly dry finish, I believe partially from the charring of the barrels. A bit boozy to be too drinkable, IMO could use a bit more cellaring. This beer celebrates John Maier's involvement with the OBF, and for that we should all raise a toast to one of Oregon's best brewers. (605 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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). (835 characters)

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Rogue 21 from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.