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Rogue Farms Fresh Roast - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-04-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 77
Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (1,171 characters)

Photo of LouZ
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (1,038 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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; (435 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

despite lackluster and minimal reviews of this one, i found it to be exceptional, and i swear by this series from rogue, which is both high quality and truly in the beer spirit that i believe in, homegrown and delicious. dark in color, watered down coffee look, light red glow in the light, short lived khaki half inch on it. the nose is awesome, slightly smoked, maybe some wheat, peat, and chocolate, but all in good balance, and certainly not sweet, especially for a malt driven beer. the taste proves that this is a new direction entirely for beer driven by malt. so much more than a conventional and one dimensional brown ale, this has so much grain depth, and i have to admit, that the uniqueness and freshness of the rogue farms malt does indeed make a difference to quality and taste, and the fact that this beer is available nationwide at this price point is just the coolest thing, it has me tickled. campfire smoke meets burning caramel meets baking chocolate meets fresh baked dark bread, just underdone, but not doughy at all, this is nearly perfect, and for a hophead to move in this direction so swiftly and enthusiastically is a testament to the quality of this brew. truly exceptional, something different, and worth double what they charge in my opinion. not to be missed. (1,290 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,477 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, and some citrusy hops. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some nuttiness. It's mostly a roasty tasting brew but there's also enough hoppiness in it to make it interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation, and it's smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good brew. I passed on it the first time I saw it at the store last week, but couldn't pass on it 2 weeks in a row. I'm glad I picked it up this time! $6.29 a bomber. (735 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - this entry was added first, so I'm reviewing it here.

This beer pours a very dark, near black hue, with subtle basal mahogany highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and cake-batter-esque pale tan head, which leaves a band of melting snowdrift lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, a sort of musty dark cracker character, mild coffee beans, dark chocolate, an oily nuttiness, and very faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is nicely roasted grainy pale and caramel malt, an earthy nuttiness, understated mocha, a further slightly sour lactic essence, and more weakly leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite light on its feet, manifesting in a tame frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a pleasant, late-arriving creaminess developing as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, toasted malt, and milky coffee notes presiding.

I guess I was expecting a whole lot more of the titular acridity, and not a nicely rendered, even-tasting brown ale, out of this one. No complaints, then, other than the normally overpriced Rogue-ness of it all. (1,161 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Rogue Pub in San Francisco, CA

Appearance - Served to me in a 16oz pint glass with little head, this beer is deep, dark and auburn brown in color with a thin layer of suds across the surface. Very little lacing.

Smell - Hits on roasted malt with lesser notes of coffee and a touch of that sweet brown nuttiness which is fairly prevalent in the style.

Taste - A fair amount of coffee character upfront, but quickly gives way to more traditional brown character; moderate roasted malt, a touch of brown sugar sweetness, light caramel/toffee and some nuttiness. Faint earthiness. Finishes with nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A fairly good brown. It's certainly not on the level of their Hazelnut Brown. The roasted qualities are nice, but ultimately this doesn't hit on anything too special. Price dependent I'd be willing to give it another go, but I doubt this one will ever see a bottling line.

01/25/14 Update: Obviously I was wrong, they did push this to the bottling line. I'm drinking it now. Outside a bigger head w/ longer retention when poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass, the brew is basically the same as I remember. (1,244 characters)

Rogue Farms Fresh Roast from Rogue Ales
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