XS McRogue Scotch Ale | Rogue Ales

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XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Amber, Pale Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM Malts; Kent Golding, Willamette and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Rolled Oats, Free Range Coastal Water and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

17.5º PLATO
45 IBU
75 AA
28.6º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 170
Photo of vkv822
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

7oz. bottle into snifter.

Cloudy brown with slight red tints and a ring of off white bubbles around the glass, no head.

Aroma is of roast and caramel malts, with some slightly musty and boozy notes as well. Overall pretty subdued and underwhelming.

The taste is fairly watery, though the flavors that do come through are decent. There are predominately notes of caramel, roasted malt and raisin.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and has almost not carbonation to speak of.

I am very let down by this beer, as I had heard good things about the older version. By far my biggest disappointment from Rogue. 7oz is more than enough.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this on Lincoln's Birthday 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appeance: This brew has a reddish/brown color.
Comment: You can really taste the alcohol in this beer, and that's something I really don't enjoy. Maybe I'll have to resample this one, but for now, I'd go for a different wee heavy.

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Photo of Dubbledown
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 4 oz. Pilsner sample glass. Small 1/4-inch head. Color of whiskey and iced tea. Danged if it don't smell a little like iced tea; tastes a little like iced tea, too. Also tastes like tobacco, leather, clean water and has a slight hop-butterscotch finish. Mouthfeel is a little light and the flavor is not as complex as some other Scotch ales. It lacks a top note of sweetness. The best Scotch ales all have some form of this, from Skull Splitter, Dirty Bastard and Robert the Bruce to Sheep Shagger, but this ale is bland by comparison. May benefit from cellaring for 2 or more years. The bottle doesn't list alcohol content, but I'm guessing it's above 6 percent.

Grade D+ Purchased at Stoney's -- $4.99 each

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Photo of beerluvr
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled in 1995...took a chance on this one! The bottle was uncapped with just a shadow of a "pffft", and poured nearly still...just some large bubbles that ringed the glass after a hard pour. Murky brownish liquid in the glass. Nose is intense maltiness, some faded dark fruit and a little oxidation mixed in. The taste is syrupy, lightly smoky and very malty. Hints of oxidation, but not enough to mar the taste otherwise. A candyish midtaste fades away with chocolate notes. Would of scored higher if not for the flat mouthfeel.

Thanks to francisweizen for the unique experience.

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Photo of goz
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7oz bottle from 2000 bottling.
Pours a muddy brown, small tan ring for a head, with lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma is super sweet, some alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is mainly just cloying sweetness, and somewhat alcoholic. Medium body, maybe a bit on the thin side.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into a Russian River tulip. Beer is brown and hazy with almost no head, low carbonation and no lacing.

Beer smells sweet like brown sugar and some of that pacman yeast smell you get from all rogue beers.

Beer is bland and thin with a late taste of medium roast. Nothing to see here. This is about a plain as a beer can get.

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Photo of champ103
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking reddish color. A tiny bubbly head forms on first pour, but recedes in a second. No lace, and looks dead and lifeless.
S: Some smoke, toasted malt, and sweet toffee. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Very light smoke, sweet malt, and dank hops. Not bad, but way to simplistic.
M/D: A light to medium body. Just a bit thin overall. Easy to finish the tiny bottle, but I would get board with this if there was any more.

Just kind of bland. I am glad I was able to get one of the really small bottles, because that is all I want.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit: The bottle says it is best after a year of aging.. crap.. This is at best an okay beer with no aging... and the little bit of cellaring is only gonna make a weak beer worse.

2010 Nip bottle picked up at the COOP today.... $4... way waaaay too expensive ..

Thin 1/2" tan head.. the brew is dark walnut..

okay nose.. toast and caramel... lite roast..

Flavors are thin .. dark toast with some minor caramel... hints of peat smoke.

Mehhh.... okay ... but only an okay representation of a Scotch ale..

Really... $4??? ... medium at best Wee Heavy... at best. Again... Waaaayyyy over priced. Pike Kilt Lifter is much cheaper and alot better.


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Photo of July2Nov
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, muddied brown with an orange-like glow. Thin ring of lacing.

Smell: Buttery bread with what seems to be a raisin or dark fruit scent.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slight bit of carbonation upfront that lasts head-on. Not getting too much else from this beer. Has a "stingy" alcohol hold over the beer that seems like it wants to go somewhere, but never does. Some sweetness comes out in the end.

Overall: Very disappointed in this one, as I was expecting more. It just seemed too bland and one noted. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but if this was the representation of this particular beer, I would not be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle poured into 10oz glass. Poured a reddish mahogany color with barely a ring of off-white head that had minimal retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly malt, with just a trace of the expected peatiness. On the tongue, it was much the same story, slightly sweet malt, a touch of peat and a trace of hops.

The body was fairly decent, although somewhat thin for the style. Drinkability was pretty, especially considering this isn't among my favorite styles. Overall, a decent enough brew, certainly worth picking up nip and trying for yourself.

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Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy coffee look with very little suds. Lots of lacing.
Smell is like an old beer that has been setting out in the sun way too long. Raisin malt and alcohol.
Taste is a very watery sugar malt , and not a lot of sugary malt. Really water with an alcohol aftertaste is about it.
Clean mouthfeel because there isn't much more to this. You do get the alcohol burn for a while afterward.
Drinkability would be only OK if this thing had some flavor. Very bland.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2010 (what month?)
Best aged one year
Not impressed.
In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange/amber color with just a tiny amount of head.
Caramel and fruit aroma. Some alcohol.
Caramel taste, raisin, alcohol. Very tepid.
This was a thin, almost non-existent beer. More sweetness than anything else.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pricey at $5 for a 7 oz. bottle, jeez. Pours amber with very little head. Strange aroma. Oyster sauce, tabasco, spaghettios, malt. Spaghettios for sure (wife confirms this). Flavor is nice, with a scotch and malt backbone on top if some sweet dark candy flavors and, yes, a sweet tomato-ey essence. Somewhat unique, but one of the funkiest smelling beers I have encountered. Medium slick mouthfeel, with some creamy finish. Not bad, but a little weird.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, brown colored beer with a half a finger of tan head that didn't leave a ton of stuck on the sides.

S - Toasted caramel, a bit of light roast, brown sugar, a little peat. Not a style I care tons for, would say the aroma is farily average for style though.

T - A little bit of toasted grain with some smokey peat. Decent amount of sweet caramel, and slightly bitter on the end. Nothing spectacular.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - A fairly non-descript beer, that I wouldn't be able to pick out of in a lineup of mediocure Scotch Ales.

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Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber brown colour with a small off-white head. Poor head retention.

Sweet, malty aroma with the same sugary character that comes through in every Rogue beer. Could be esterier.

Simple smooth malts with some nice toffee notes. Mild bitterness. Insufficient malt complexity and esters.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

To me, this is not really a Scotch Ale. It is certainly a decent and drinkable beer but the lack of caramelised malt complexity and esters lets this down.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1996 vintage, picked up at Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Yikes, where did they find these and how do you suppose they stored them, lo, these 8 long years???

Appearance - poured into a Belgian glass, no head at all, a few bubbles clinging to the glass's edge. Dirty brown color with auburn hues. Plenty of sediment floating around. Kind of rough looking, frankly.

Aroma - sweet and chocolatey with a raisiny, winy bend to it. Mmmmm, smells good.

Taste - sweet and vinous, moreso than the chocolate. A little role reversal there from the aroma's impression. Has a dry raisiny finish, reminds me of a red wine. No hops that I can detect, but 8 years after, that's hardly Rogue's fault. It's odd to consistently smell the chocolate but get that fruity, winy taste. There is a little carbonation in the mouth. Some late chocolate notes well into the aftertaste. Not designed for enjoyment 8 years after bottling, kudos that it's even drinkable. A stiff alcohol level helps to that end, no doubt. Good stuff, but suffers due to age.

Mouthfeel - thinner than I expected, but does a decent job of having some cling in the mouth. Minimal carbonation makes for an overall lacking mouthfeel.

Drinkability - it has some appeal as a discontinued novelty and has a decent fundamental taste, but it really should be scored 'N/A - not applicable', so I'll give this section a score based on the rest of the review's average.

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Photo of MJR
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1998-dated 7oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours clear, dark brown/garnet into my brandy snifter with no head whatsoever...the carbonation's gone after 4 years.

Smell: Caramel, a woodsy yeast smell, and a faint smokiness. Interesting...

Taste: Flavor of caramel, a touch of smoke, and malt sweetness. Not much in the way of hops. This one's past it's prime...

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with an oily, flat feel. No carbonation at all...

Drinkability: Hard to say. They stopped making this beer awhile ago and I can't get a fresh one to compare. I like to think that it would be a great beer considering it's a Rogue, but I guess I'll never know.

The scores I've given are based upon this sample, which I've pointed out is quite a bit past it's prime.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I first saw this at the liquor store I thought it was, like, mad old. But it turns out that Rogue reintroduced the mini bottles sometime recently, when I wasn't paying attention.

Anyhow, tiny little bottle gets poured into a tiny little sampling glass. It looks like thick, muddy tea and it smells like raw peat moss. More complexities come through as it warms: chocolate, weeds, and furniture polish.

Tastes... tame. And, odd as it sounds, it actually gets tamer as it warms up. The peat turns to cocoa, and there isn't much by way of yeast or alcohol complexities.

Not a bad beer, all in all. It's really drinkable for its size and it tastes just fine. But--call me picky--but I when I spend five bucks on an 8 ounce bottle of beer, I expect that beer to have a bit more going on than this one does.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2000, Appearance: After a straight up and down pour forms a dark brown amber cloudy tone with a thin bubbly cream head leaves rings of speckled lacing. Aroma: Deep plum tones toasted caramel notes and a strong alcoholic force brewing there. Taste: Semi sweet air of smoked peated malts, bitterness is there too but not much of a dominant flavor of any kind. Malts seem stale here a bit of diacetyl cooking but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied ale not bad low carbonation, I'm guessing this one didn't age that well. Drinkability: Still a decent Scotch ale the roasted malts stood up with a smoky finish pretty solid brew that I find tame for Rogue, overall drinkability is somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of Merkur
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice dark brown with a bit of off white foamy head.

Beer smells very malty and sweet. Caramel and earthy.

Beer tastes a bit muted, considering the smell. Caramel is present in the sip and is slightly sweet, followed by a fairly boozy finish. Not enough flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Bottled 2010. "Best when aged for a year." From notes. Reviewed 21 June 2011.

A: Little to no head. Murky medium-dark brown, with a tinge of orange. Mostly opaque.

S: Smells great! Lots of fruit -- strong banana; orange and pineapple? Mango! Sweetish yeastiness and malt. Smells a bit like whisky wash. I really like it.

T: Rather disappointing. Vaguely sweet malts, light yeast, almost a coffee yeast. Complex, perhaps, but also weak and vaguely watery.

M: Medium-bodied, *very* smooth, goes down easy. It's okay, just strangely light-bodied.

O: Not the best Scotch ale. It's okay, but I've had better Rogues as well. Not recommended, but I *might* try it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured frm 7 oz bottle into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown color with almost a non-existent head. The lacing on this beer was quite minimal.

Smell – The smell was of sweet and slightly roasty malt. In the nose was a good hit of caramel and some burnt sugar smells.

Taste – The taste was rather sweet and malty up front. A brown sugar taste with some more dark bread and a little bit of chocolate tastes were most pertinent. Toward the middle the caramel in the nose became more pronounced in the taste. Some darker fruit flavors and a bit of vanilla work their way in toward the end, leaving a sweeter flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is creamy and the carbonation level is quite light. The body is very fitting for the abv and malt flavors, but the brew could use a bit more carbonation to balance out the sweetness of the beer.

Overall – The beer did have some nice flavor profiles. For the price however it was not really worth it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy reddish-brown with a patchy layer of bubbles for a head. Malty aroma, caramel, bready, with a slightly smoky quality. More of the same in the taste, lightly roasted malts, caramel sweetness, some indistinct fruitiness, a subtle touch of smoke, and a mild alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, but perhaps one serving is enough.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dirty brown. Not much of a head. No lace.

Sweet, sherry-like malt aroma. High bittering hop smell, very unusual for the style, but welcomed. Light alcohol in the background.

This beer has elements of barley wines: sweet with a high level of alcohol. It is a thin-bodied but low carbonated. The flavor reminds me of brown ales with a light hop bite.

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Photo of Rasolante1
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, rich amber color with a very thin head. The lacing was the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of this brew, but it was barley present within minutes of pouring.

Smell: Fantastic malt profile with the pale chocolate malt dominating much of the aroma. Sweet, honey, some caramel, and low roasted notes.

Taste: Great balance of hops and malt. Again the pale chocolate dominates. The complexity of the nose does not completely come through in the taste. Roast is more pronounced. Alcohol was noticeable but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This beer seemed a little on the thin side for a scotch ale. Slight astringency, but still enjoyable.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer was above average but the astringency prevented it from being great.

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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
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