XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter
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XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterXS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter
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From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
74
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 02, 2019
Added:
Jan 15, 2007
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterXS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter
Notes: 8 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-row pale and Crystal.
Hops: Willamette, Kent Golding
and Amarillo
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

17º PLATO
52 IBU
76 AA
35º Lovibond
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky orange rust color.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Caramel nose with a whisp of citrus hops.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

This has a caramel/hop taste like a US barley wine, but stops well short of being cloying.

Easy to drink but with plenty of flavor.
Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at PreFunk. Murky copper pour, small creamy beige head. Overall comes off as very malty, nice bitter hop finish compliments the overall brew. I saw a comment that said barleywine light., very appropriate.
Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Oct 21, 2015
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted from draft at The Vine
Oct 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Oct 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Aug 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by skriv from New Jersey

Jul 26, 2015
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I recently procured this wee 7-fl. oz. bottle and given a recent Rogue kick, I decided to open it this evening. I have no explanation for what I do any more.

From the bottle: Lots of stats, but they seem different from the Notes, so hereby included for posterity - "8 INGREDIENTS: Crystal & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk (tm) Malts; Cascade, Golding, Willamette & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast."; "17 [deg.] Plato [-] 52 IBU [-] 76 AA [-] 35 [deg.] Lovibond".

I Pop!ped the cap, but having noticed some sediment as well as being faced with a wee tasting glass, I decided to go gentle into this good night. Even so, I still produced a finger of dense, tawny head head with reasonable retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity, hence my calculated pour. Nose smelled of a Lancaster County (PA) field in summer. Honeysuckle, freshly mown grass and maple syrup seemed to dominate and I was transported to my maternal grandparents' house in the (then) countryside. PapPap loved buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup and honey just before he would head out to mow the grass. Gad, he has been passed for nearly forty years! Where has the time gone? Where has the beer gone? Granted, I only had a tiny (comparatively) bit, but it seems to have evaporated during my wool-gathering. Caution: This beer may induce nostalgia. The taste was more aligned with the style, becoming more bitter than sweet, but still evocative of those buckwheat pancakes. Mouthfeel was solidly medium. Finish was semi-dry, but it held enough of a honey-like sweetness to offset its inherent bitterness.
May 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by enelson from Illinois

Apr 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Jan 22, 2015
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Rated by kilobees from Kentucky

1.42/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
my bottle was full of sediment. dreadful
Jan 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

Nov 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

Aug 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by jzlyo from Iowa

Aug 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Heymuttbird from New Jersey

Jul 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by drinkAK from Alaska

May 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by agentorangebitter from South Carolina

May 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mullinger1980 from Ohio

Jan 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by dandepoto from New Jersey

Jan 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 15, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by BlakeAM from Illinois

Nov 01, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by jsf14 from District of Columbia

Oct 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jun 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by goblin7704 from Ohio

Jun 11, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Falcone from North Carolina

May 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by hurdjg from Iowa

Apr 21, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by jmilo64 from Maine

Apr 12, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by campfirebrew from New York

Apr 04, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and tea-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. There is a bit of an astringent and drying quality of the beer in the mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too extreme or strong going on here. I'm not too sure why this particular beer is sold in the small 7 oz. bottle size.
Mar 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 10, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by chugamugofsud from Oregon

Feb 21, 2013
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Reviewed by ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I picked this up at a specialty store yesterday in a cute little bottle. I poured this into my tulip glass. There was about a finger of foam, but that died down to a halo really quickly. The lacing is minimal, but good looking. The coloring is a pretty deep shade of red.

I like the way the XS smells. I get a decent amount of hopping from this beer. There was also some good malt presence.

The flavor is very malt forward. The hopping is there, but the malt is the story with this one. I like the balance in all of this one. This is a good beer... Rogue did a good job with this ESB.
Jan 31, 2013
XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 223 ratings