Loose Caboose - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +16%
22 oz. bottle
A - Copper color with a very nice head, creamy. Lacing was strong throughout.
S - Caramels and malts.
T - Tons of creamy, caramel, malts up front. The finish is piney hops that linger.
M - A bit too much carbonation and I thought the hops didn't quite balance the malts.
O - A really good beer right in my neighborhood.
05-15-2011 06:01:56 | More by LuthersMug
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
I was fortunate enough to try this brew on tap, straight from the source.
A: Rich, copper color. About a two finger head that lasted a good deal in.
S: Pretty fair balance of malt and hops, more so on the grains. Smelled sweet.
T: Didn't realize it was at 7.8% until told. The alcohol was smoothly hidden within the depths of the slightly sweet lager. Went down smooth...too smooth...enough to not realize it until beyond the point! Caramel tones, with a hoppy finish
M: Didn't really coat the mouth, but didn't fade too soon. Right down the middle
07-02-2011 04:08:27 | More by SiriusBock
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 8/23/11
-- I picked up this bottle at Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA when visiting my sister in the middle of July --
A: Clean and filtered amber. A good pour yields a one finger head and minor lacing.
S: Some sweet alcohol and an ample amount of crisp, earthy malt.
T: Big time alcohol, which transitions into a rather creamy and robust burnished malt. Some layered sweetness runs through this beer's veins. Hints of toasted water cracker on the finish.
M: Pretty rich and creamy. It could use a touch more oomph considering the "Imperial" designation, but I'm certainly not complaining.
O: Roanoke Railhouse's Loos Caboose is fine example of a style that no one really asked for. Along with their Track One, Roanoke Railhouse had proven their ability to produce solid lagers. I'm excited to see what they do with an ale.
08-30-2011 22:20:59 | More by Rhettroactive
3.78/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a reddish copper color, with a creamy cap of foam that hangs on for about a minute before chilling to a skim.
Candy-like aroma, almost like a grape- or cherry-flavored chewing gum. Indicates prominent sweetness and alcohol presence to come in the taste. Not much else really, but nice, and the distinctive sort of aroma I've found in other big lagers. Alcohol is fortunately not medicinal, and is actually very well-incorporated here.
Yep, it's sweet, and it's candy-like, gum-like even, but not cloyingly so. Pretty close, though. But I seem to dig these big lager confections...occasionally. Big bursts of cherry pie, grape Bubble Yum, peach syrup, toffee, maple, and a kiss of the alcohol, which gives a pinch in the ass to everything else. Pretty intense and a bit tough to grapple with a whole bomber, but I like it for what it is.
Smooth, round, slick, creamy...texturally goes very well with the rest of the beer's character.
Wasn't familiar with this local(ish) brewery, and apparently they're not even close to prolific. But I know I like this, and am happy to award it a relatively high score. I mean, I'll take this slow...I see myself nursing it for well over an hour, as it's pretty sweet, but it's got plenty of balance, nothing totally out of whack, and is an acceptable alternative to the bigger ales I've been rocking lately. Try it if you see it, if you're an inquisitive beerist into the more experimental stuff.
08-18-2011 23:48:42 | More by Metalmonk
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - One inch off-white creamy head; Clear and copper colored with visible carbonation; Scattered patches of lacing
S - Sweet lager smell with faint hints of cloves and lemon peel; A bit of pine and spice from the hops are detected as well
T - The taste is pretty sweet as well; Flavors of cloves, lemon peel, syrupy sweet malts, and just a touch of alcohol; The primary hop used in this beer is the Perle variety, which after looking up, is known for its slightly spicy and light mint qualities - both of which can be found in the taste here
M - Low carbonation; Medium bodied; A little syrupy in the mouthfeel; Just a bit dry and minty-like in the finish as well
O - Overall, I enjoyed having this beer again. The amount of sweetness may have been a bit much for me, but I thought there was a nice, light presence of spicy, minty, piney hops to bring some balance. I'm not one to drink lagers too often, but this one is a solid choice for those seeking a sweeter, bolder option.
01-07-2012 16:45:54 | More by TechTriumph
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
Have put up the Christmas tree, and now it's time for some bier and football... From a 22oz bomber, a brthday gift from Artied2...
Into an imperial pint.... it has a smidge of haziness present which helps hide some of the steady carbo streaming upwards. Color is a deep golden, perhaps looking more like apricot jam. Head is minutely dine and thin, off-white, and most clings to the edges. Not much lacing left behind, though... Aroma is a bit fruity, bringing to mind some more apricot and a little tangerine. It feels fairly smooth on the tongue, and the body is a passable medium.
Flavor has a touch of malty sweetness, being a bit toasty and biscuity. There is a touch of caramel here, too, but it seems like it was burnt a bit in a pan. A little fruitiness and honey is also present, and there seems to be a dryish, herbal quality to it. Trying hard to see how this is an imperial pilsener, but whatever... Not bad, overall... Thnx Bro!! Prosit!
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12-09-2012 20:41:08 | More by Bierman9
3.53/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at Sawmill Tap Room in North Raleigh.
Pours a copper with a 1/4" of head. Smells sweet; caramel malt and fruit. Taste is well balance of malt and hops; caramel and piney. No indication that this is over 7% ABV. Mouthfeel is light, over carbonated for my liking.
07-19-2011 01:20:25 | More by tdm168
3.48/5 rDev +1.5%
A new brewery in Roanoke,its about time!Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze color with a very thin white head that was gone in a flash.The aromas were great with big green apple and some alcohol sweetness,I even detected a light shot of herbal hops.Sweet on the palate with some drunken fruit and sweet alcohol dominating.A German Stark lager its heavy handed in the sweetness department but its not awful.
7.8%ABV per bottle label.
06-29-2011 02:00:40 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
Thanks to my boss for bringing me back this Imperial Lager to Ohio. Poured a hazy light orange, nice but small creamy head. Aroma is faint, hint of honey accented malt. Flavor is oddly sweet up front, more honey notes, A little hop bitterness on the finish. As it warms it seems to get a little more sticky, and have a slight alcohol burn. Some tropical fruit taste. This is OK....I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this, but it's decent.
01-12-2012 01:29:55 | More by beergod1
3.2/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a strong amber hue and a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some tiny spots of lace.
Smell: Mostly sweet malt with some apple and citrus as well.
Taste: Begins Somewhat bitter and spicy with some fruity sweetness and citrus, finishing with lots of grassy and herbal bitterness. Could do with a bit more balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with assertive carbonation and a clean finish.
Overall: A decent beer, but, again, this could do with some more balance in the flavor department. Roanoke Railhouse is a relatively new brewery that just started bottling their beer, though, so hopefully the recipe will evolve over time. It is also worth noting that, according to Roanoke Railhouse's website, this beer is a Munich Dunkel Lager.
04-16-2011 19:03:01 | More by Mosstrooper
3.2/5 rDev -6.7%
Had this on 2011-04-14 at the Depot in Lynchburg, VA.
A - Clear copper/amber with a short tan head and reasonable lacing.
S - Light grain and strawberry
T - Strong, medium-roasted malt, aging strawberry (yeasty), peculiar earthy spice and moderate bitterness. Alcohol is apparent. Dries nicely with an aftertaste that fades fairly quickly.
M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Alcohol on the out breath. More alcohol than the reported (by the bartender) 7% ABV would suggest.
O - If you want something a little off-the-wall flavor-wise, this may float your boat. I didn't warm to it. It's not a bad flavor but not my favorite.
04-15-2011 00:04:42 | More by Tucquan
3.18/5 rDev -7.3%
22 oz. bottle poured into Duvel Tulip
Not sure of style. Listed on bottle as Imperial Lager.
This beer pours a golden, copper color with an impressive head. Very nice lacing throughout drinking.
The aroma is strong malt, sweet and biscuit. Once the malt aroma settles down you pick up the impressive hop notes.
The taste is actually fairly hop forward which I was not expecting. You also pick up the sweet malt again with a slight burn from the alcohol.
This is one of the newer beers from the only craft breweries here and I think they are off to a decent start.
02-28-2011 03:09:33 | More by dnolan36
Loose Caboose from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.