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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 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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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 beerman207
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is about 2 fingers of head. - nice skim coat on top. Color is a deep orange, brown, orange

S: Nose is apple, chocolate, malt,

T: Flavor is malt, apple, slight citrus, and chocolate

M: Mouthfeel is medium carbonation

O: Good offering. Nothiung bad about this scotch imo.

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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 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 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 Mosstrooper
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque copper with a small slightly orange head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, apple, grape, and a smoky character with a slight herbal backing.

Taste: Begins biscuity and with sweet caramel, rounding out to buttery sweetness and finishing with a very pleasant bitter flavor. Throughout, though, there is a smoky character as the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer and has a very unique character compared to many others of this style. Too bad it only comes in tiny single bottles.

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

From the mini-bottle marked "bottled in 2010." Sampled on April 8, 2011. The pour is a cloudy dark amber with a thin head. The aroma comes on strong with a powerful chocolate rush and malty sweetness. The body is slightly heavy and at the same time sharp. The alcohol bite is pretty noticeable in the taste but so are the chocolate malts and dryer hops. Nicely done and likeable.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and slight citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, cream, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The flavor profile on this one was very complex and quite tasty. In all honestly I really only bought this one for the little bottle, but glad that I did. The aroma wasn't too bad on this one either. All-around a very solid brew that is a must try.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a small fading head.
Nose shows lots of rich syrupy malt. Big notes of caramel, golden syrup, chocolate and nuts. Soft peat and booze shows through too. Lovely, very expressive.
Less malty flavours, but there's still a lot of chocolate, nuts, peat and booze in there. In fact the alcohol is a little too strong, but otherwise very nice stuff!
carbonation could be a bit softer and the body seems somewhat watery.

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Photo of claspada
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet candy and hints of vanilla. No hops to speak of.
The tastes begin with brown sugar, toffee once again and caramel maltiness. As it warms it becomes more balanced with bready malts balancing the sweetness; some butterscotch notes emerge as well.
Mouthfeel is surprising light bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and malty finish. Over this is a good beer but a one and done for me because of the extreme sweetness. To be true to style this could have used more darker malts to balance the slightly cloying sweetness. Even though I had this on draft I understand now why it's only sold in such small bottles, some would have a hard time finishing a whole bomber of this.

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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
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