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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU

Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012

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Photo of q33jeff
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber to pint glass. Drank very slowly over dinner, dessert, movie with kids, then work on basement. Really grew on me as i drank it. Appearance is Yellow-orange, small head. Aroma is malty, moldy, sour mix. Taste is Hoppy, ashy...drinking further i get some apricot, pear, Apple. A nice mix of hoppy/malty....not completely clashing, but melding. Feel is mellow, low carbonation, but a Biteyness that gives the allusion of sharp carbonation. Cool bottle as is almost standard with Rogue. Enjoying this thoroughly.


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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy orange/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit, sour finish more like an IPA than a barleywine. Expensive at $13.99 for a 750ml blue bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque pale amber, producing 2 fingers of shortlived, creamy, pale tan head that leaves thin rings & wisps of lace. Aroma caramel, candied apple, mango, pine resin & both citrus pulp & zest particularly orange. In the background there is a medicinal note & something faintly metallic (iron) like. Taste is a blend of heavy sweet notes: caramel, candy apple, cotton candy, bread & pie dough; with tropical fruits, orange, cedar, pine & citrus in a slightly in balanced background. Starts predominantly sweet & does not balance until the finish where it turns hoppy. The aftertaste is mostly dry & bitter with ghosts of the initial sweetness. Alcohol is heavier in the mouth than the nose, the taste of which manifest as bitterness, spice & warmth. Some have commented on its potency but I find it to be fairly subdued for a 10.8 ABV. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, slightly chewy & slick. I would give this a higher taste rating due to the complexity but the sweetness is just too cloying.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Old Guardian glass.

A: Clear light lemon yellow with two finger head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S: Big dank hops mixed with sweet malts.

T: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a huge hop bite. Blurs the lines between big DIPA and barleywine.

M: Medium to full body and average carbonation.

O: Solid beer and very enjoyable.

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Photo of boisehack
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Barleywine, or Imperial IPA, not my typical review. I purchased this from Albertson's, for about $11.
Paired with a charcoal grilled bone-in ribeye steak, grilled zucchini with balsamic vinegar and lemon thyme, and grilled multigrain baguette garlic toast.
Poured into a Kirin pint mug, which needed to be re-filled at some point.
This beer did not disappoint me. It was a nice dark gold in color, and had a decent head on it. The smell was not distinctive to me at the beginning, nor was the taste, but the beer was too cold at that point. I had smeared the steak with which it was paired with some grilled mixed hot peppers, so that made it even harder to taste at first. Hey, this is real life, OK? But as the beer warmed it's characteristics started to come through. The mouthfeel was just right, not sticky at all, not watery. It was nice to drink an IPA (sort of) that was not citrusy, but just right, and the maltyness came through in a comforting fashion. I did not pay attention to the lacing, but the unwashed mug shows evidence of large swigs by the widely spaced rings of delicate foam. Due to the Hop Nosh (my go to IPA) I had before this while grilling, I could feel the effects of this high octane brew creeping up on me in a very pleasant way. After the second pour, A little roastyness came through, and a bit of phenol. It paired very well with the food and the entire evening. Wonderful.
One of the few Rogue products that has the ABV on the bottle, but I didn't see it, and instead noted the °Plato, a whopping 24, so I knew that it was special. I suppose that the ABV on the bottle is a kind of warning label, since most of their beers seem to come in at around 13°. I don't usually spend this much on a bottle of beer, but it was definitely worth it.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark orange to brown color with a slim finger's worth of foamy white head that dissipated immediately. Lacing arranged itself nicely into a light messiness all about.
The smell starts off with some dark fruit and definitely has some harsh bitter citrus hops that punch my nose nicely.
The taste took the dark fruits and enlivens to a nice sweetness running into a semi-bitter citrus hops. Caramel and tobacco flavors assert themselves nicely. There's some light coca cola in the aftertaste and that leads to a refined mostly sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. I'd say, yeah, it was closer to sipping quality to it. Carbonation runs light, which is good.
Overall, its a barleywine that maintains its hoppiness. Move over SN Bigfoot. I wouldn't mind doing a blind taste test on these two.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach color under a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap. The nose is fruit over rich malt flavors and assertive hops. Palate starts with fruit and malt then the hops assert themselves on the finish and mingle with the potent alcohol and rich malt. They are all potent but well balanced. On the palate the fruit tastes like a blend of peach and pineapple with a touch of pepper with a little cola in the background. A chewy body. It has medium to medium low carbonation. This beer recalls a whiskey or bourbon drink.

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Photo of daijoobo
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in color and in taste then expected, but the flavor that was their was spot on.
Not really a Barley-wine, even though the 11.6% states otherwise, but an ideal
malted beer with the right amount of hops! Enjoy

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Photo of 57md
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Straw in color - way too light for a barleywine. The nose has a sweet note that is hard to place but certainly not unpleasant. The flavor is mildly sweet with not too much maltiness. The body is super light for either a barleywine or a DIPA - that DOES make it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber slightly darker than gold. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of tropical hops (mango) with hints of citrus (orange) coupled with a slight spiciness. As it warms, biscuit and apricot are also noted.

Medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but not balanced. It begins with a richly sweet blend of fruit - primarily apricot with notes of orange, mango and caramel. Caramel comes to the forefront as the hops fade approaching the middle. In the middle, alcohol attacks with an astringent vengeance and detracts from what would have been an outstanding flavor profile. The finish is a slow fade of residual sweetness and astringent alcohol. A moderate alcohol burn is present on the back of the throat, a bit of tongue numbness and pucker.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of bommber, into tulip glass : aged 5 months. Pours a hazy, no particles floating around, burnt orange to ruby red tones. Smell is apricot and dried fruit ie. Some apple, mango, smell has some depth. The taste is dried apricot, a little pineapple, some earthy bitter-hops. The hops bring a lemony and grassy aspect. Complex, and balanced. Medium-body not overly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Pair with rich crustacean shell-fish dishes such as Lobster in browned butter, scalloped withbrownded-butter, steak or lamb-chop "Oscar", or simply fresh crab fondue.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy pale amber body with nice white foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Big sour apple and earthy, grassy, hops

T - Nice citrus and lemon grass hop bite followed by caramel, cherry sweetness. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full boddy with moderate carbonation. Tacky and somewhat syrupy.

O - This was great. I'm typically not a big Rogue fan. I find their more typical beers to be weak and their absurd beers absurd. But this I really liked. A nice tasting barley wine with a more cali-hop bite for balance.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some caramel malt and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with lots of resiny piney hops and some harsh fusel alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, nice fruit and hops but the harsh alcohol is a bit overbearing.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Lighter than I thought it would be, but still a nice looking beer. Apricot gold body with a finger of off-white head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Mild nose. Light booze, water, touch of caramel, lemon lime soda, soft woody hops.

T - Honey, bread crust, bitter wood, and wax. Astringent lemony finish.

M - Super smooth medium body.

O - I like the concept, but the astringency on the backend is a little overpowering.

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Photo of Pencible
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemons and sweet oranges, with some tart grape juice.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and resin hops, with some sugary malt and alcohol. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with a lot of alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was barely a drinkable beer, with very one dimensional scent and taste. The body was good, but the finish was terribly rough like a shot of vodka. Age might help mellow the burn, but I don't know if the malt bill is strong enough to hold up over time. Not a high quality brew.

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Photo of leaddog
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6% ABV

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), grapefruit, bready caramel malts, dark fruits (plum, raisin), heat from the alcohol.

Taste - hit right away with the citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, pine resin, bready caramel malts and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant blend of the sweetness from the bready caramel malts and bitterness from the citrus hops and pine resin.

Overall - Rogue delivers an enjoyable cohesive blend of ingredients of an Imperial IPA with an American Barleywine. The aroma needs a minor tweak to bring out more of the hops. However, this one definitely speaks to Rogue's brewing creativity by pushing the envelope. An enjoyable brew nonetheless.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL capped bottle. no date.

pours a hazy cloudy orange color , thin white head. hoppy aroma - fairly earthy and floral. taste is bitter, dry, biting hop flavor. a little boozy. body is a bit syrupy and sticky. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear deep orange-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest a sweet smell with tons of caramel and toffee as well as some big fruity aromas of tangerine, orange, and apricot, Along with these are some lighter hoppy aromas of a grapefruit and grassy smell as well as a bit of a boozy aroma of a rum like nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a very bready and doughty taste with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Along with these flavors are a little bit of a citrus sweetness as well as a moderate showing of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the taste advances the grapefruit grows stronger in nature and is joined by some grassy and herbal hop taste. The herbal hops and grassy flavors actually out pace the grapefruit more toward the end all while a bit of a boozy flavor joins the profile. The sweet flavors all the while remain relatively constant, and in the mix of tastes that is left, ends up leaving a somewhat warmingly sweet and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweeter and more malty flavors of the brew mixed with the moderate hop and yeast the feel is rather nice and creates a nice slower sipper.

Overall – An alright Barleywine overall. It has a decent hop blend but also maintains a good level of sweet, malt, and booze. Not a bad try, but nothing all that exceptional as Barleywines go.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass over the course of an evening. Interesting description on the bottle, a brew unsure if its an IPA or a barleywine, and indeed, this offering does integrate key features of each style in a surprisingly effective fashion. Beer styles are clearly continuous rather than categorical variables ;). A light cloudy yellow-orange with ample rich and creamy off-white head. An initial sniff reveals spicy pine resin and fresh citrus rind, the expected IPA level of hop aroma and a sweet buttery malt undercurrent, with hints of peanut brittle and ripe tropical fruit. This one conveys a remarkable and perhaps unexpected degree of complexity on the palate. Pancakes and syrup, graham cracker, cotton candy, and rum-soaked raisins mingle with black tea, grapefruit and orange rinds, lychee, white grape juice, peach, and a massive cantaloupe melon flavor ... A veritable codex of hop flavors in lockstep with very sweet malts. Although these two dimensions are not integrated and do vie for one's attention, they do not exactly clash either. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite although I wouldn't say this brew tastes too hot. An American barleywine is going to feature some booze on the palate. Smooth body, on the thick side of moderate, mid-range carbonation and big resinous hops in the finish. Excellent hop flavor if a tad too sweet.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

New Crustacean pours a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice bold oaky and floral aroma. The taste has a harsh strong floral flavor, with big oak flavors. Good body and good feel, very strong flavors. Overall it taste a blend of barleywine and an old IPA, a bit harsh but is a nice sipping beer never the less.

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Photo of kflorence
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle grabbed my attention, love it!

A: Pours a clear, golden copper in color with an inch of thick, creamy foam atop. Tons of lacing on the glass edges as you drink. Carbonation looks strong, although the bubbles are small so it shouldn't be too aggressive. A beautiful beer, to be sure.

S: Sweet and spicy on the nose with floral and tropical fruit hops and bready, toasted malts. A bit of bubble gum and a touch of alcohol astringency. Comes off pretty much as described on the bottle, with a mixture of barley wine and IPA notes.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Sweet and spicy up front with toasty, bready malts to balance things out a little bit. Finishes dry with toasted bread at first but quickly giving way to a bitter, citrus rind and stomach bile aftertaste. At 11.6% ABV the alcohol is masked fairly well, although it is definitely more distinguishable as it warms. That said, a bit astringent for my tastes.

M: Medium bodied, this one goes down smooth with a bit of chewiness and a lot of bite. A bit of a palate wrecker, it does coat the tongue a bit and the aftertaste lasts and lasts. Fairly drinkable considering the ABV.

O: Another quality and unique brew from Rogue. In terms of appearance and mouthfeel this one is definitely a winner, but on the tongue it is far too astringent for my tastes as I find myself struggling just to finish the bottle. Somehow, I can picture this being an excellent pirate swig, but unless I'm out hoisting the jolly roger, I'll pass next time. If you're a fan of double IPA's and barley wine, I'm sure this will please. Cheers!

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Photo of seand
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a small amount of white head. Clumps of foam retain, leaving mild lacing.

S: Grassy, grapefruit-y hops, with a fair amount of malt background.

T: Sweet, hoppy, and grassy. It's a pretty strange blend, as the name suggests, with both barleywine and imperial IPA notes. Pretty good overall, though.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, definitely unique. I'm not sure I love it, but I do quite like it. I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is musty barn hay...
The taste has an assertive orange and grapefruit flavor, to include the bitterness, at first. There are some very sweet malt notes that snake their way in and out. And the booze is there too.
The texture is thick with low carbonation.
It's a big beer with big flavors. Interesting for sure.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4 June 2014 at a Rogue bar in the Portland airport.

In a big heavy 12 oz. Rogue goblet. Pours an opaquely murky pale orange-yellow wheat. Brought with a thin layer of whitish head, excellent retention and outstanding lacing. The color and cloudiness are unique.

Smell is somewhat absent. Malty, hoppy, but just not much there. Perhaps due to the serving temp, but even warmed up it was faint.

Taste is quite interesting. Hopped-up, but malted-up to balance it. Waves of bitter and not-quite-sweet grains. Golden, rich, robust. This is my kind of barleywineish beer - potent on both sides, letting each shine.

Feel is good. Pretty darn heavy, sitting thick in the mouth. Carbonation is medium-low, but it's enough to stir things up. Strong in the middle, and lasting, allowing those rich malts and biting hops to come through.

Fals at an interesting point on the spectrum. I find it to be more like a balanced barleywine than a malty DIPA, but either way I like like it.

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