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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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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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass with a initial finger of head that lasted about 45 seconds a beautiful baileys like color.

A: A dark red brown hue, with lacing around the rim of the glass

S: Like something I have never smelled, cant put my finger on it like a yeasty bread is really all I get its very interesting.

T: This taste is also indescribable at first, new flavors for me in a beer, and I enjoy it a lot, very yeasty with a lot of bready notes, lite chocolate aroma is in the taste lightly, it is really smooth and unique for sure

M: Really lite and refreshing almost dont notice it in my mouth at all.

D: Got a lot of new things in this beer for me, really makes this quite an experience that I can say I enjoyed. Might get another one.

best after a year

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap the PDX pub.

The beer pours a reddish coppper color with pretty good head retention and minimal lacing. As is typical at airport pubs, the beer is served much to cold initially. However, as the beer warmed a bit, I got some sweet malt and hint of vanilla and brown sugar. The beer is pretty sweet and malty on the palate, but with some nice chocolate, butterscotch and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, malty finish. Drinkability is OK, though the overt malty sweetness wears on me after a bit.

This is an OK beer, but I'd swear it was a completely different animal back when this beer only came in the 7 ounce XS bottles. Now, this beer just comes across as a sweet, malty, wee heavy ale. It's OK, but is nothing to get overly excited about.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a brown color with a slight purple hue. No froth or lacing whatsoever. Has shadow transparency that is only slightly visible.

Smell - Smells of dark fruits and caramel. It is light and watery on the nose with hints of light plum.

Taste - Very light and malty. This has a very heavy caramel taste; the most prominent in any beer I've ever tasted. Slight toffee as well. Bitter on the tongue with a consistent caramel aftertaste. A very sweet and smooth beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Not bitter at all; sort of like a smooth whisky flavor. Very light bodied and delicious. I am glad that I got to have this on-tap. Definitely a different-tasting beer that is worth checking out.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught last night and it was served to me in a nice clean, tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep, burnt brown/red with less than one finger of head and minimal lacing.

S: Couldn't really make up my mind on pinpointing the smell at first but after it warmed a bit, there was a definitive smokey aroma that resembled burnt sweet hazlenut and caramel. It also smelled of somewhat strong mocha or alcholic chocolate (best I could come up with)

T: Taste is extremely smooth and almost velvety. Strength is there just as smell indicated but it is softened a bit. Chocolate is there along with a coffee-esque maltiness. It tasted very fresh as the carbonation was present but not overbearing.

M: Somewhat acidic but not unpleasant, carbonation again, is present but not overpowering and well balanced.

D: I am assuming it was fairly fresh being on draught and going down so smooth. Quite drinkable and perfect balance, not harsh at all.

Overall I throughly enjoyed this brew. I am new to Scotch Ales (and reviewing beers in general so take all of this with a grain of salt) and this was a welcome introduction. It was only $7 however I doubt it was a full pints-worth being served in the tulip, still enjoyed it very much. (I tried a taste of it at first as it seemed to be quite popular i.e. lots of people ordering it and the bartenders all were raving about it, glad I did because I would have this again.

EDIT: I am an idiot for not realizing this was an xtra special....feel extra special after enjoying it on tap for that matter!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this beer tucked in with the little sample bottles of whiskey and stuff behind the counter at Spec's. I thought that it was odd to see it there, and actually came back to get a couple bottles as I wasn't sure what it was until after I checked out. I hope that this beer is true to style...

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear reddish brown color with a small head of off-white bubbles that faded pretty quickly. Though there was a vortex of bubbles rising in my tulip glass, they didn't really stick once they hit the top.

Aroma: The aroma in the cold beer is really reserved...but the beer is really cold. I get a pretty decent amount of dark caramel malts along with a decent amount of a green grassy hop that is a bit "catty" like Cluster or something. As the beer is starting to warm up, the alcohol is becoming a much bigger player and is giving the beer spice and a mild prickling in the nose.

Taste: The flavor is definitely scotch ale. It has a reserved malt profile compared to more classic examples of the style, and typical Rogue, you can pick up the hops more clearly than you may in other examples of this style. That said, this isn't a bad beer. The balance is toward the malt in the overall flavor profile and in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish as a warming, but there is some acidity from the dark malts that is also coming in late in the finish that muddles up the alcoholic warming a bit. There is still a dark caramel in here that I picked up in the nose that I wanted to mention is a big player in the flavor as well. It isn't bad, but is a bit like having a shot of pancake syrup in your cocktail.?.?!.?

Opinion: Well, overall this is a pretty good beer and I am enjoying drinking it. I am not sure how much I paid for this little bottle, but I imagine that it was too much. I am not trying to slam the beer or anything, but it is a pretty good example...so I would expect it to be in pretty much average packaging. To get it in a 7oz bottle means, IMO, that this is super f**king special. As it turns out, it is OK. It is on the higher side of this style, and coming from a brewer like Roue, it is clean and well presented overall. It just lacks the "pizazz" that you would expect for what is obviously such a highly acclaimed beer. Whatever, you decide. It doesn't suck, that's for sure!

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XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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