Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary AleRogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

27 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 27
Hads: 55
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 27 | Hads: 55
Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml ceramic capped and swingtop closer bottle picked up for a staggering $22. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out an opaque black colored body under a small coffee colored head. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the beer smells like a stout. roasted malts are the first things to greet my nose. after that i get chocolate, caramel, and toffee. earthy hops and coffee at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get a great combination of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. very dessert like. earthy hops and a blast of rich espresso comes in at the end.

M- the body is on the extreme upper side of medium. the carbonation is nice and subdued. moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- although too expensive, this was an enjoyable beer that i would pick up again were it not over $20. (920 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome looking, 750 ml ceramic swing top. Very nice.

Pours a very dark body, pretty much jet black. Big and frothy, tan head. It builds a nice defense and isn't going anywhere.

Creamy milk chocolate and hazelnut on the nose. Mocha coffee aromas. Not much else to say, but it smells great.

Creamy and nutty, with flavors of almonds and hazelnuts. Sweet, milk chocolate, with a roasty, toasty finish. Light, earthy hops are barely present. Drinks like an imperial brown ale. Very nice.

This is a perfect example of what Rogue can do, and yet get it wrong. This beer is very good, but the pricing is way off. Don't get me wrong, it was worth every penny in retrospect, but this is just priced way too high and will scare too many people away. The only reason I picked it up was because it was on sale for pretty damn cheap at a local grocery store. If you don't care about the price, pick it up! It's a great beer. But Rogue should learn something from this; you're alienating too many people with your pricing! (1,013 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad. Let the stoneware crock bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, slightly thick, tan head that slowly settled down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, very dark cherry mahagoney with no trails that I could see. Aroma is malt, roast, clay,yeast, dark fresh baked bread. Flavor is similar to nose with a little anise coming out and has good bitter/sweet/tang balance. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and lasts a while. Session if it weren't so pricey. (528 characters)

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass. Really no noticeable head at all.

I paired it with Rogue Creamery blue cheese and grilled skirt steak.

This beer was darker than I expected and very malty. It was tasty but the ABV certainly catches up with you quick.

This was a fun and interesting beer to try but fairly expensive. If you're a lover of beer and interested in trying new and unique things then go for it. If not you probably wouldn't have purchased it anyway. (462 characters)

Photo of Theitos
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown. Almost like a dark soda color. When you hold it up to the light I can see a very dark ruby color. It poured with about two fingers of head that disappeared quickly.

S: Smell strong malts, caramel, and a little dark fruit smell

T: A nice balance of malt, caramel, dark chocolate, nuttiness, and a nice creamy flavor. I just keep picturing Barq's Creme Soda.

M: The carbonation gives a nice bite probably why I keep picturing Barq's. It has a nice warming sensation to my mouth.

O: a very well balanced and enjoyable brew. Its a bit pricey, but I purchased it a month ago so the sting of the price has faded in the background. (665 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a light beige, short-lived head.

Smell: A malty amalgam of toast, chocolate, and caramel given a small sprinkling of alcohol and with a fruity fig and raisin note undertone.

Taste: A sweetish taste of generously toasted malts, caramel, and a hunk of baker's chocolate. Slight perceived silky, milky accent and a hint of nuttiness. Moderate degree of dark fruitiness. Softly leafy hops, though really not too much hop character or bitterness. Retains the initial maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A well-mannered, malty, strong ale. However, I'm very happy to not have been to foot the bill for this steep-priced bottle. (713 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with dark cream 1 finger head. Very little retention or lace. Much darker than expected.

Caramel nose with lots of syrupy malt. Very, very light tart fruit underneath, but really a barely noticeable trace.

Taste is very complex. Brown ale malt with lots of caramel and even a trace of milk. Milk stout finish. Light hop trace at the very end. Don't really taste the alcohol.

Body is appropriate for a strong ale, maybe a bit on the thick side.

Very expensive beer, but worth a try. (502 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into a couple large snifters

Pours dark brown, very little hiss when the top came off, not much head, but the head that is there is a light brown color. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is sweet and desserty...it's like a chocolate shake, but not overly sweet and not overly chocolatey. Little bit of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, a little gritty. Overall, pretty good. (427 characters)

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing, Oct. 2011. Originally tried at Savor 2011 and reviewed. Have since found a few bottles. Poured into a tulip.

A: Black with a light brown head that hangs around. Nice lacing.

S: Great aroma - subtle sweetness with cocoa, caramel, cream & toffee.

T: The flavor is a bit more subtle. I get more caramel and toffee than anything else. Great balance. Sweet but not overly. Very dessert like but still drinkable.

M: Medium body with almost no carbonation. Very creamy. Not much alcohol burn at all.

O: I still enjoyed this beer tremendously 2nd time around. I agree with some other reviewers that it could had a bit more flavor and I get how some people wouldn't be impressed for the price point. But I guess this balance of flavors just works for me personally. (775 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. The aroma is full of nuts and toffee. I seem to remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue tasting similar to this beer, but it has been a long time since I have had it. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee malt with some cocoa and nuttyness. There is a cream flavor to the beer as well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice, but not worth the price. (430 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this pick-up at a local store, and I was pretty happy to find this limited edition beer. It was pretty pricy at around $25. I saved it to enjoy with the Super Bowl. It seemed like a good match with the presentation of a ceramic bottle with a swing-top. This is one of the few bottles that I will be holding on to for presentation.

This beer pours very dark brown with almost no head. Whatever minimal foam there was present dissipated immediately.

The flavor is a very good example of American strong ale. It is very strong, but not overwhelming. You get a lot of flavor. However, it falls short of the ABV listed on the bottle.

After the fact, the flavor eases off with balance. It doesn't hit strong for any single contributed flavor.

This was a good beer. I am glad I picked up a bottle, but it was a little pricy for what I got. (847 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with some ruby tinted hues around the edges. Creamy looking off-white head that starts around a finger width and lessens to a respectable sliver. Beautiful looking.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some chocolate undertones.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Some sweet and dark chocolate flavors come out along with a slight peppery taste. Pretty even keel in the flavor. Slight "sting" in the end with a mellow, chewy, glowing aftertaste. The medium mouthfeel is the MVP for this beer. So, so smooth and the carbonation is low on this one

Overall: More than surprised by this delightful beer. It really won me over with the body, and the taste was good too. Love the flip-top bottle because sometimes I just don't want to drink the whole thing in one setting, though this one might be gone right after I put the period on this sentence. (863 characters)

Photo of StaEva
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown tinged with red when held up to light. very little head, moderate lacing. smells of roasted malts, caramel, and some dark fruit. good flavor, deep, full body, carbonation like a root-beer. Reminds me of a roasty, less sweet root beer.

Would have it again. Wouldn't pay a high price if it weren't for that killer bottle. (332 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. The bottle itself is a work of fine craft. Colour is a deep, dark brownish black. Head barely exists, just a thin film with some bubbles around the rim.

Smell: Lots of roasted and burnt malts, coffee, toffee, a bit of spicy yeast, and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: Subtler than the smell. Primary flavours are, as the smell, roasted malt and toffee. Aftertaste is a little yeasty and hoppy. Balanced, a little complex., but not so strong.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light-bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Sticky finish.

Overall: The taste is a bit of a disappointment considering what Rogue has been able to do with their flavours in the past. Presentation and appearance are great as well as the aromas. But, for a 75th anniversary, I would expect a little more "greatness" given the occasion. (851 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears brown and mostly transparent. Ruby sunburst highlights appear when held to the light. The head is light tan in color, and leaves sparse lacing on the snifter.

The aroma is pretty weak, and doesn't gain much momentum as the beer warms. Scents of light roast with alcohol are there if you bury your nose in the glass.

The beer is really creamy and smooth on the palate. The flavor offers more than the aroma, with some subtle toffee notes and mild chocolate. In general, all the flavors just seem subdued. I was expecting / hoping for something with some more flavor and nuance. That said, the beer is still enjoyable and drinkable.

The body is thin to medium, with light carbonation. Alcohol presence is there in the finish, but not harsh.

I'm glad to have tried it, but don't see myself ordering it again. (857 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, lactose, caramel, and some slight roasty flavors. A very mild roasty quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's not worth the price tag it carries. Luckily, my buddy bought this one so the joke's on him! (597 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown hue letting only a sliver of light through. Tight, beige bubbles slowly expand and linger for a decent while.

S: Wafts of cola and nitro stout bitterness bring up the front with some roasted malt qualities following close behind. Not quite what I expected but really, I'm not sure what I expected so if I didn't know what to expect, I guess it's exactly as I expected.

T/M: The flavor is extremely nice: light chocolate and dark, roasted malt followed by smooth vanilla and just enough bitterness to quell any overwhelming sweetness. After multiple sips, nutty qualities really start to shine through. It's a little watery on the back end but at least it's a clean finish. The medium amount of carbonation is more than I was hoping but it's still not bad.

All around, it's not as complex as I wanted and the mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's a good brew. Is it $25 good? Not even close. Fortunately I had a coupon.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (993 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark brown in color with an off-white/tan head. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with a nice creamy note to it. A hint of vanilla, bread, and some mild earthiness. The flavor is quite sweet, as expected. Toffee, caramel, and toasted bread are the primary flavors. A bit of brown sugar, some light hop character, but overall, this is fairly one-dimensional and not all that great. (389 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the downtown Portland location, a late-night tap hook-up that I chanced upon.

This beer appears a clear, very dark mahogany hue, with one finger of thinly soapy ecru head, and little subsequent lace. It smells of bready malt, and dusty, earthy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, some mild oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and well, kind of creamy. It finishes pretty much in kind, the sweet nutty malt and earthy hops still holding sway.

A decent strong amber ale, the elevated booze never really materializing, although it may have played a part in the ramped up sweetness as things moved along. One was good enough for me. (705 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark mahogany colour with a large tan head with very poor head retention.

Robust sweet toasty bready aroma with some toffee. Nice and malty with some earthy and caramelly notes.

Rich sweet malt aroma with some citrus hops. A touch earthy, bready and toasty.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Actually quite creamy. Nice.

A smooth malty ale with a distinctly citric bitter edge. Nice and balanced. (416 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky brown with a tinge of amber. Two finger tan head.

S - Sweet malts, sugary caramel and dark fruits pop on the nose.

T - Bready malts and pretty sweet just like the nose. The flavor of an old ale doesn't come across as bold as I'd like.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - It's an old ale lite :-) (332 characters)

Photo of McWoods
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought the rogue anniversary ale in a bottle (which looked amazing).

It had a deeper red tint to it when poured, and a smooth aroma. Not a thick head, but a light cream color, which dissipated quickly. The aroma of coffee was present, but the taste was light. I was hoping that it would pack some more hops…or just a little more flavor.

Overall I was still impressed. A bit expensive, but I adore the bottle. (414 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the bowl.

Smell: Sweet malt, lots of over ripe dark fruit. Some vanilla in there as well.

Taste: Lots of bready malt. Quite sweet with some dark fruit notes. There is a very mild vanilla and caramel note, but the malt and fruity notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is kind of a strong brown ale. Decent taste, but not great or anything. Probably wouldn't search it out again. (604 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited to get to try this one. Saw it on the shelves a while back but was scared off by the ridiculous price. Luckily a friend brought it to a recent tasting.

A: Coca cola black with a thin light brown head.

S: Roasted malt, maple, wood, brown sugar, banana bread, vanilla, black licorice and some smoke. Damn!

T: And here's where it lost me. For a beer that smelled this good, it really didn't have much going on. Rosted malt, a hint of chocolate, some beef jerky flavor and a bit of cola nut. The mouthfeel is medium but the carbonation is nonexistent. With carbonation, this beer would be SO much better. As is, it's average and doesn't begin to justify the price. (684 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting 750ml bottle poured into Portsmouth snifter. Picked this up for $8.49, seemed like a deal.

A: Pours a very dark ruby red with a finger of dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick bubbly collar. A thin sheet of lacing was left down the glass after each sip.
S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, fruit syrups, molasses, dates, cherries, caramel, and raisins. I get a bit of hard candy and cocoa as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant flavors of dark fruits, sweet malts, molasses and candied sugar, with a bit of caramel, cocoa, and raisins coming through in the finish .The aftertaste has a light sour mash kind of taste to it, and is a bit off putting.
M: Medium body with soft but tingly carbonation and a frothy mouthfeel that could be a bit fuller.
O: I saw this beer a couple places for over $20 and I’m so glad I didn’t pay that much. This wasn’t awful, but I never need to drink it again. If you’re on the fence, pass. Not worth the price tag, even at $9. (985 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.