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Rogue Farms Fresh Roast - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale | 5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-04-2013

A dark, bold, roasty ale reminiscent of fresh-brewed coffee. Just imagine that smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air early in the morning.
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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable dark brown, nearly black with a minimal light brown head. Aroma is lots of roasted malts with some milk chocolate and caramel lingering in the background. Taste is again lots of roasted malts with milk chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coffee. Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth. Very enjoyable, seems to be more of a porter then a brown ale but is tasty none the less.

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a dark brown with a brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of chocolate, nuts, and toast.

Taste: There are flavors of chocolate and nuts, with hints of toast.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with a medium bodied feel to it.

Overall: The flavors are simple, but pronounced. It is fairly easy drinking with plenty of chocolate and nut flavors.

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Photo of GrumD
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer, balanced and tasty. It is a deep brown colour with a fairly solid head that stays relatively well to the end. The aroma is lovely with hops to the fore. This is clearly a US version as the sweetness is less dominant and native hop varieties add interest and a long and gorgeous finish.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look; opaque black, thin milk chocolate head, leaves a thin covering, some lacing
smell; creamy vanilla coffee, then more roasted malt smell, a little caramel, pretty mild
taste; roasted malt, coffee, hint of hops, caramel, finishes slightly tinny or sacchariney but overall a nice full roasty malty flavor
feel; medium bodied, a little thinner than expected,mild carbonation, the right amount
overall; full flavored roast of their own grown malts, i like the whole rogue farms series

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, mahogany color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted notes mostly.

Tastes of full roasted notes and some light, earthy hops. Roasted notes lead off with coffee, chocolate, and some brown sugar. This gives way to earthy hops and roasted bitterness. Finishes with a bit of cocoa and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a mooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good brown.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of off white color. The head fades rather quickly leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – As one may expect for a coffee stout, the aroma of the beer is strongest of an expresso smell mixed with some roasted bready aromas. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of caramel and vanilla with just a hint of a chocolate mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong roasted malt flavor mixed with some lighter coffee notes upfront. As the taste moves on the coffee intensifies some and becomes moderately strong more toward the end of the taste. All the while, some sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel develop, only later fading more toward the end. With the roast gaining more intensity at the end, and with an increase in the coffee and decrease in the sweet, one is left with a roasty and darker, malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly more creamy and thick side with a carbonation level that was a bit low. For the coffee and roasty tastes of the brew the feel was rather nice and created a mouth coating coffee feel for the brew overall.

Overall – Not a bad coffee porter/brown/stout. Less sweet and not overly strong in coffee, but containing a good sum of roasty malt. It really wasn’t much different than a more standard (non-coffee) drier stout in my opinion, but with that said, it was a nice and enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: liked the bottle.. Poured, we
Are talking black, slight red hues, nice tan head that dissipates slowly. S: strange. Slightly off putting. It's metallic and not what I would expect. Weaker for the beer. T: great! It's so fresh, lives
up to the name. Barley that is toasted but light. Nice flavor. F: pretty smooth, no Guinness, but its not a stout. A nitro on this would be magical. O: I think Rogue is somewhat underrated. Quality beers like this will put them back on the map.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of tan head on an almost black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
The taste is mild chocolate sweetness, a touch of smoke, finishes a bit watery.
The texture is softer.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rogue Ales Public House, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear and very dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that there are stronger flavors of coffee beans and nutty malts along with subtle bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little too light on the palate but is very quaffable. It would make for a good breakfast beer when you aren't looking for something that's very heavy in body. The coffee flavors are a little weaker compared to other coffee beers.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown with a firm and persistent head of tan foam. A fantastic looker.

Smell is of roasted malt with equally strong aromas of milk chocolate and a mild dark chocolate bitterness.

Roasted malt dominates the taste with a fine balance between the milk and dark Chocolate. This is bitter sweet with the sweet just ahead by a tad. Delicious.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

A very nice beer from Rogue.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber into a Porter Bar goblet.

A: The clear dark brown body is nearly opaque and nearly black. It's topped by a tan head that recedes very quickly with almost no lacing. Very good complexity for style.

Aroma: Fresh roasted grains, with medium and dark roast, some vanilla, and some faint, spicy hops.

Flavor: More hoppy that the nose suggests, and both faint coffee and chocolate are added to the mix. Vanilla in the background. .Moderately strong, at most, yet there's a surprising flavorful and long-lasting aftertaste. Improves with warming.

M: Medium+ body with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid, American style (i.e., noticeably hoppy) brown ale. Let this warm up over 45F before serving.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured tonight into my CBC tulip... The brew looks like a porter, mostly black with a nice foamy dark tan head.. Smells like a big roasty American Brown ale... dark dry toast with a fudgy sweet backbone.. Roasted malts on the palate never verge on coffee or char, instead just tastes "brown".. drier nutty essence with warmth... pretty interesting... Though I doubt I will buy another, but I dig the concept.

All 3.75's

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nobody really thinks about the freshness of malts, so it's cool to see Rogue diving in and seeing what a super-fresh malty beer can do. More than anything, I notice a huge aroma with nutty cocoa and wisps of roasting coffee. The flavor that follows is smooth and more mellow, with a dry earthy finish. I'd drink another bomber, or a pitcher. Check this out.

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Photo of dd43
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a brown ale, this beer is a bit of a strange duck. Darker in color, more opaque, and bigger booziness than the ABV suggests or brown ales tend to land. I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't intended to be a stout. Even had some vanilla character you might associate with a bigger/barrel aged beer, which this is not. Interestingly this beer had a nice head on it after the pour, but it faded without lacing and I wasn't able to rejuvenate it after repeated swirls. Roast qualities are appealing but for a brown ale I like a little more maltiness to come through of its own accord. The mouthfeel is rather slick, again not necessarily what I look for in a brown ale where more quaffability from a lighter body is the expectation. This is a nice beer and is worth trying, but a reference brown it is not.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a wine glass.

A: Nearly-opaque black with deep ruby-brown accents along the edges. 1/4" Khaki head recedes very quickly with little-to-no retention or lacing.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, hints of booze are the big three. Vanilla is present, along with a subtle lactose note.

T: Really mimics the nose. More milk chocolate, spiked with booze. Surprising with such a low-ABV brew. Cane sugar. Vanilla in the background with that very same lactose note. Black coffee is present throughout, albeit of the weak variety.

M: Thin & oily. Moderate carb. Goes down pretty quick & slick.

O: This brew is pretty quaffable despite it's shortcomings. I'd like it to be a bit heavier on the palate, although the overall creaminess helps. Not a bad breakfast beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650mL bottle: 15 Plato; 37 IBU; 73 AA; 56 L; Brewed with Rogue Farms Dare Risk, Dare R-3, Risk R-1, Risk R-3, Risk R-7 & Freshly Roasted R-10 Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty & Rebel Hops and Pacman Yeast.

The beer poured a deep, rich, dark brown that produced a thick, creamy, light brown head that was well retained. The beer gave off some hints of coffee. The taste was a nice, not too thick, roasted malt, coffee, and slightly bready. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but still very good. The beer was very smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, a high quality beer.

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Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby edges. Coffee nose. The flavor profile has both coffee and the traditional bready flavors found a a to-notch brown.

This is a beer that would pair well with a large number of foods and would be perfect to serve alongside the main course in a beer dinner.

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Photo of seedyone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Listed as a brown ale, but it is more robust that those words depict. Closer to a mild toasty stout, every aspect in this glass is robust, yet mild. The thick rich head leads to a lacy sheath down the glass. To appreciate the great aroma, you have to find it. You`ve got to get the ol` schnoze well inside the chamber to get any effect, but when you do, it is very inviting. The texture is where I differ from the description offered. It`s much thicker than most ales, brown or otherwise. The balance of the flavors keeps the solidity going. The slight bitter of the coffee, countered by the slight sweet of the malt & balanced with the bittersett caramel lends a very welcome complexity.

The biggest surprise is the posted ABV of a mere 5.7% makes me wonder if this is all just a mirage.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small brown head.

Smells strongly of caramel. Smaller amount of chocolate and wheat toast. There is a little coconut scent to this. There is a German chocolate cake scent to this.

Starts out sort of dry with a caramel taste to it. This gets sweeter as you drink it. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors. A distinctly malt forward beer.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall an OK malt heavy Brown Ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large off-white head.
Nose shows bready, toasty and roasted malt hinting at chocolate.
Flavours are a cross between a brown ale and a porter. A fair bit of roasted malt but also some bready, toasty malt.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7 bomber poured into an over-sized Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Steady pour pretty much got the whole bomber into the glass with only a slim finger of a tan head on top of the beer. Drinking along, there's only a little bit of lacing. The color of the brew is a ruby black when held to light, and there are some floaters. It looks like a porter, despite being a brown ale.

Smell: As expected, all about that roast. The most significant aroma I get is caramel, but there's a kind of light roast coffee aroma there alongside it. Not much depth (considering that's really all I get), but it's very pleasant and fresh smelling.

Taste/feel: Quite good -- tastes just like the smell would suggest with a mostly caramel malt flavor, and some light roast coffee as well. The finish has a very, very slight (for the lack of a better description) spice and very subtly gritty/dirty flavor that makes you want to have another sip. The mouthfeel is "on point" as the kids say these days: medium-ish bodied with a moderate-to-high carbonation that makes this a very drinkable brown. A simple, very tasty beer. One of the better browns I've had in quite awhile.

Cheers, BA!

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Photo of LouZ
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma was not as pronounced as I'd expected, but this was a smooth and balanced brew. A solid and subtle malt backbone highlighted by an also subtle taste of roasted coffee. Some may find the subtlety as a knock, but I think it makes for a smooth drink and does not overpower. Delicious with a piece of chocolate cake.

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Photo of Ego
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

been sitting in my cellar for the past few mega cold weeks but still pours a hefty head (two full fingers strong), dark brown with light barely able to penetrate, kind of ruby tones on the outskirts, lots of columns of carb rising up keeping the head well fed, lacing is sweet, after some minutes the head settles in to a really consistent one finger of cloned micro bubbles, nice looking brew.

light and sweet roast tones, subtle cocoa powder, pretty subdued

taste etc...
smooth and like the nose the flavors are pretty subtle, light cocoa, light roast tone, near velvet mouth feel, the carbonation is just a tinge to bright for me, if it was a bit smoother/less prickly it would be perfect, the flavor tends to build over the course of tasting rather than at each sip, subdued coffee notes meld with the cocoa and then
fade away to the back of the mouth sliding into mild chocolate bitterness on the sides of your tongue, pretty good

tasty, a nice beer, well balanced and just light enough to accent a meal

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brief write-up. This is a decent brown ale, but the roast is subtle at best. I do pick it up in the mouthfeel however, making it easy to drink. I also like the gentle hopping in the finish, but I think the Pacman yeast obscures the flavor definition some. Not bad at all, Rogue.

3.41/5: One of the better Rogue beers I've had, but that isn't saying a lot

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep (cola) brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: more semi-sweet chocolate than anything else; deeply roasted grains; a touch of caramel;

T: lightly sweet malt through mid-palate; light bitterness with a touch of coffee on the finish;

M: medium bodied; creamy; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: wasn't a lit to the flavor; otherwise, this was stellar;

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Rogue Farms Fresh Roast from Rogue Ales
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