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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle vintage 1995. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a dark mahogany color that is only slightly lighter in appearance than barrel molasses. A bit of lighter brown hue is noted around the edges and some ruby clarity through the body. Initially a few tan bubbles sit atop and quickly fade to nothing. The brew looks still but a swirl paints some alcohol legs that coat the glass. Despite a careful pour, a bit of trub lands in the glass.

The nose is rich with caramelized sugars smelling of toffee, caramel, raisins, vanilla, chocolate and sherry. There is a bit of cereal or oat-like inclusion present which draws the focus in to more of the scents of chocolate and a bit of oxidation like cardboard.

The taste is like oats and chocolate grain that perisits from the onset straight through to the finish. A mild touch of raisin fruited quality and sherry oxidation is present with mild cardboard hints. The aftertaste is almost like milk chocolate and once you get the flavor of the chocolate inside your mouth, it is impossible to take in other aspects. There is a very mild tingle of alcohol felt that draws a bit of focus back into the raisin quality.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is pretty much still. For being 17 years in the bottle, it is surprisingly full of character. The lack of carbonation and thinned out body distracted a bit from the overall experience but as-is this was not bad. The nose on this was pretty phenomenal, the taste however was a bit lackluster.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottled 2010. Purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store, so I did not have direct control over the precise conditions under which this bottle was aged.

Pours out a hazy dark brown color with a flash head and no lacing. Fuller side of medium body heft and only lightly carbonated, causing a slightly sticky catch on the otherwise smooth texture in the mouth.

Smells of toasted grains, heavy luscious caramel and toffee with a solid dark cherry aroma presence. The flavor is bready and sweet with medium-light dark fruit presence and very lightly smokey around the edges... ABV hotness presence (and noble earthy hopping) is minimal and toasted / nutty presence is MIA.

The main criticisms I can muster on this one is that the price point is too high per volume offered, and the carbonation / head seems to be more cellar-fragile than normal levels of aging reduction. In terms of flavor and aroma, however, it's -really good- for what I expected from a 2 year old bottle of a beer that directly prints on the label that it is best experienced at 1 year old.

Perhaps a year ago there might have been a heavier influence of earthy hopping than this, and I can speculate all I want about how that *could've* been somewhat better in terms of complexity and sweetness balance than this, but I'll have to make do with what I've actually got in the real world.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 Oz bottle poured into a tasting snifter
Bottled in 2010

A- Pours murky hazy dark amber brown. There is almost no head to speak of.

S- A sugary sweetness.. Tiny bit of dark fruit. Can smell the signature pacman yeast. Not as bold as I was expecting.

T- I get a sweetness at first. Followed up by a unique caramel toffee and a little bit of coffee blend. Sweet and creamy. Some dark fruits. A fairly tame and simple taste. Aftertaste is espresso coffee?

M- Drinks really easily. It has a good mouthfeel and a nice overall size. The beer doesn't have much alcohol feel nor taste.

O- Not entirely sure what to make of this beer. For a 5$, 7 oz bottle I cant really recommend this beer. Also, it didn't taste like and Wee Heavy I have ever had, its not that strong and doesn't remind me of a scotch ale. It is however a solid beer, just not one to sip and savor like I was expecting to get.

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 7oz bottle

A - Pours a murky brown with very little head.

S - Big aroma of brown bread crust, some brown sugar, doughy yeast, rich caramel malt, moist raisin bread.

T - A whisper of citrus bitterness upfront with waves of bready malt behind it. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins. Flavors seem to be thinned out. Alcohol comes through more on the finish.

M - Heavy upfront but then it thins out on the backend. Low carbonation.

I wish the flavor would have been as good as the nose. Flavor was thinner than I expected. Overall a pretty good sipper.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO 7/26/12

A - Poured a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, khaki head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with some caramel notes.

T - Tasted of earthiness, peat, grasses, toffee and caramel maltiness. Some spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice scotch ale. Glad it was on tap at 44 Stone.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

XS McRogue Scotch Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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