XS McRogue Scotch Ale | Rogue Ales

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XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
170
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is this overly hazy cloudy beast of an ale. Decent white head. The smell is laden with caramel and toffee, everything I want to see from a scotch ale. Very sweet smelling and malt forward for sure.

The taste is actually really good. Very malt forward, with a strong caramel presence. Toffee is right behind in second but its close. Its so smooth and drinkable. I even think my girl might like how sweet and tasty this is, thats how sweet it is.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 7oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled in 2010, so there's some good age on this one.

Appearance: pale-brown hue with a goodly amount of murk and a thin head of frothy tan foam which dissipated quickly. I like the color but the head could be a lot better.

Smell: malty with a lot of chocolate character for the style. Some earthy hops come through as well, although deep in the mix. Decent, but not what I would call to-style.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's quite a bit of chocolate character in here. Luckily, there's also a lot of complexity here, with raisin and raw tobacco and a light but fresh and welcoming hop character. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body; a bit thin for the style, but not bad. A light carbonation lends a mild creaminess.

Overall: not a typical example of the style, but this beer stands on its own quite well.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-brown with a one-finger, off-white head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel and orange. Sweet malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Molasses, dark fruit, and dark bread.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and slightly chewy.

O: Slightly lacking in hop character and under-carbonated, but pretty good overall.

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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 JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a two finger head that fades slowly and leaves ok lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate and vanilla with caramel swirls and grassy tones.

More balanced than the nose. The hops of earthy and grassy tones balance things out against a chocolate, caramel, and toasted bread background.

Overall, nicely balanced, easy and smooth

Overall a nice, drinkable, balanced beer!

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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 whatthehull
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - deep swampy brown and very earthy, no finger head and some sticky legs

S - tons of sugar, very dense sweet malts, cinnamon, ripe bananas, lots of grains, a lot of Belgian notes in the wheat and barley, caramel, vanilla and more awesome malts

T - tons of malts, spices, huge bready belgian yeast, sugar, vanilla, white chocolate, earth, bananas, grain and crazy wheat

M - full bodied, well balanced, medium minus complexity, low acidity and long sweet malty finish

D/O - very nice, refreshing, easy drinking and smooth beer. This is something I could get down with on a daily. Great malts, sugars and yeast. Just all around tasty

Final thought - $4 is a bit much for 7 or so ounces, but at 7% abv and great tasting. This is awesome. Not a huge rogue fan, but their xs line is solid

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AAWWWww.. she's so CUUUUttee, that tiny little bottle there. Let's throw here in a tulip glass and see how this goes.

Off the pour a creamy off tan head is made, and sits with a good retention of about a finger for some time. Body color is a very dark brown and red garnet, slightly see through looking up from the glass below. Looks great.

Fantastic nose. Giant milky chocolate, some faint clove and dark spicy malt. This thing smells wonderful, it's basic, it's a scotch ale, but it's about as great and solid as it can get.

Taste brings a bit of muted sense from the great nose but still the same feeling. Mild milk chocolate on the mid palate, with a slightly wet feel. Mild smoke on the finish.

Overall, pretty good, not mind blowing and slightly disappointing from the nose. But I certainly wont turn one down that's for sure.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tiny 7 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I bought this alomost wto years ago; the label bears a stamp stating that it should be cellared a year before drinking. So lets see of the wait was worth it!

Pours a cloudy muddy brown, with minimal head. In fact, I'm getting more of a pond-scum bubbling on one side of the glass than what you'd think of as a true head of beer.

Has a wonderful aroma, with pleny of peat, butter and yeast, malty breadines and toffee, and a bit of booziness to make you think you're glad it came in a small bottle.

While it had quite the barleywine style aroma, that smell does not carry over to the taste. Smooth and lighter than would be belived from the smell, this starts sweet and almost fruity, with a warm toffee middle and a creamy buttery finish paired with the mildest of hop bitter.

Medium bodied, this has a smooth mouthfeel. Though not bitter or drying, it does leave a tacky feel on the tongue.

I had generally been unimpressed with this line-up by Rogue, but this ale has helped restore some of my faith. I don't know if this particular brew was just better than the others, or if it was aging it alomst two years. Either way, it was a wee heavy I would have again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Murky brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose and flavor is sweet caramel, not cloying. Bottled 2010. $3.00 for a 7oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottled in 2010. A hazy deep copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Good legs on the glass.

S: Big caramel and earthy, peat, and plum aromas. Noticable alcohol aroma also.

T: A very nice smooth milky caramel flavor. Lots of earthy flavors in there also. Some fruity plum flavors and alcohol. Finish is sweet and smooth and a touch dry.

M: Heavy body with a milky and smooth texture. Very nice feel to it.

O: Definitely one of the top Scotch ales I've had. Very pure tasting. Lots going on in this beer. Great flavors and very nice feel to it.

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Photo of darthbogart
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this tiny little bottle as part of a Christmas gift just over a year ago. I faithfully stored it away all this time, and finally cracked it open tonight to celebrate my first day at my new job.

Exceptionally well balanced. Very smooth, very drinkable. Hides the 7.0 ABV very well. Hits the tongue just right. A memorably vibrant, complex, and distinctive taste.

Wish I had about 11 more of these.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip. Pours a murky, dark orange brown, one finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is subdued, sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of nuts. Flavor follows, dominated by caramel malt with light fruit and nut elements. Very understated, almost watered down. Medium bodied. Could use a bit more robust flavor, but what there is, is quite nice. Year old refrigerated bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured more of an uburn color with a very thin head,aromas have some nice fruity esters along with some buttery notes.Buttery nugget and toasty on the palate with a shot of fruit,it doesn't tase like your typical wee heavy but it's good.Sweet alcohol begins to creep at warms but the sweetness never becomes obtrusive likely because of a decent shot of drying hops (it is Rogue).Not bad but it isn't true to style,I would like to try on cask so all the flavors could really come out.

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Photo of vitrael
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from XS bottle into snifter glassware.

A: Deep hazy red pour with a small tan head that didn't last.

S: Very nice caramel aroma, light citrus hops in the background.

T: Surprisingly mellow for a wee. Nice caramel flavor, along with the roastiness and slight graininess of chocolate malt. An unobtrusive citrusy hop background which translates to a slight fruitiness at the finish. Alcohol well disguised, slightly drying.

M: A thick, chewy mouthfeel that goes a long way to making this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of WrathsU
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with small white head that isn't long lived.

S - Grainy, and caramel, no hop aroma. Tinges of vanilla. Very inviting and welcoming.

T - Very malty, very grainy tasting. It taste like the smell of when you just walk into a homebrew store. Slight dark fruit towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with no harsh alcohol or carbonation features.

O - Great scotch ale. It is very rich but not overtly filling. Great taste to it and although it isn't a session beer I could get stuck drinking this for a long time happily.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 7 oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with amber highlights with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Heavy malt aroma with a sweet caramel backbone.

T: Similar to the smell, heavy malt and sweet caramel flavors cross the palate.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Fantastic Scott ale - great balance and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown color with a small tan foam head that dissipated quickly. There was not much in the way of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted chestnuts, almonds, cashews along with some brown sugar and caramel. Lots of aroma.

T: Starts off with a smokey roasted nut flavor. In the middle the toasty smoked nuts are balanced by a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor that lasts till the end.

M: A nice medium bodied brew that leaves a toasty almost smokey flavor on the palate.

O: One of the better scotch ales I have had. Lots of rich malt flavor. Would certainly seek this out again.

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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 negroobserver
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish brown color. Hazy. Doesn't appear to be filtered. Pour with a very tiny head, less than a quarter inch.

Smells sweet. Has a powerful scent of honey or cantaloupe. Malty. Definitely smell the alcohol, but it doesn't dominate as with other beers.

Sweet. Smooth. Hints of chocolate or cocoa. Malty. Alcohol doesn't dominate here either.

Very smooth texture. Well rounded and easy to drink. Low carbonation.

Overall, it's a very easy to drink style.

Grade: B+

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" white head over copper liquid with good clarity.

S: Some citrus hops and some yeast.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front which transitions to an finish with a relatively heavy presence of alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: A drinkable Scotch Ale whose taste is affected by the presence of alcohol.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, dark amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - smell is very sweet and smells of dark fruit and maybe some chocolate.

T - kind of a light taste. Some of the dark fruit from the smell and some sweet malts. Finishes with a warm alcohol feel.

M - medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

O - decent brew but it doesn't taste near as good as it smells.

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Photo of Paincane
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from 7 oz bottle into pint glass. Bottled in 2010. "Best when aged for one year." Opaque brown orange tinged body with thin tan head leaving a tiny amount of lacing. Unfiltered and cloudy.
S: Oats, malt, caramel, whiskey, chocolate
T: A burst of chocolate and caramel with sweet roast malt and a trace of amber whiskey.
M: Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth finish.
O: Enjoyable brew. Too bad it was just a small bottle. Would drink again.

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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 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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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.
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