XS McRogue Scotch Ale | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
85
very good
170 Ratings
XS McRogue Scotch AleXS McRogue Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
93
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 93
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 MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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 jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +5%

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 jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +5%

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 PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 JustinQ
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 pschul4
4/5  rDev +5%

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 kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

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