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XS Imperial Younger's Special BitterXS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-row pale and Crystal.
Hops: Willamette, Kent Golding
and Amarillo
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

52 IBU
76 AA
35º Lovibond

Added by klewis on 01-15-2007

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 222
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rogue pub in San Francisco.

Amber-colored bitter with a ring of foam, served in a Rogue pint glass. Sweet and malty nose. The taste reveals a decent backbone of hops and citrus to go along with the dominant caramel malt flavor. Great mouthfeel on this one; the medium body and moderate carbonation make it incredibly drinkable for an imperial strength beer. I greatly prefer this over the standard YSB; it's a shame that Rogue isn't adding this to their regular lineup.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep golden honey colored body that is clear with a nice carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a medium size light head that fades to a thin film but last a long time and sticks to the glass nicely.

S- This beer has a soft pale malt note with a very light toasted malt note . There is a hint of fresh malt that is almost like a biscuit note but much better and is hard to describe, maybe a lightly toasted biscuit is more on point.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt note with a soft tartness to it. There are notes of caramel malt and a hint of honey biscuit malt in the backbround. There is a smooth hop bitterness that is very mellow but balances the malts. The more I sip the more I notice a hint of orange in between the hops and malt and a slight tartness to that.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is just a bit too watery but it has a smooth quality to the texture.

D- This beer was served very cold so it was hard to pull out the subtle flavors but it was a very smooth nice session beer and would be amazing on cask.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark burnished copper with a clingy ecru foam cap. Decent lacing, with stringy webs. Surprisingly mild nose, with buttery grapefruit notes and biscuity malt aromas predominating. Lightly buttered biscuity malt flavors form the basis of the taste, with mellow citric grapefruit pith punctuating the top of the flavor profile. Slight mineral twinge at the finish with a smooth, toasted biscuit with grapefruit marmalade aftertaste. Not unlike a somewhat ballsy English IPA. Interesting idea. Medium-full body with a noticeable alcohol slickness. I'm a huge fan of the "regular" Younger's Special Bitter -- in fact, I think it's one of the most sessionable ales in Rogue's stable. This "imperialized" version is very tasty, but its increased size and alcohol content lacks a bit of charm. Nevertheless, I'll have no problem finishing this growler in a day or so.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft about a week ago at Mad Mex Robinson, appears a cloudy bronze amber hue with an off white thin beige head leaves even fine lacing around these Rogue JLS always seem a bit under carbonated, which I can deal with. Aroma seems a bit muted caramel malts sweet ripe plums and raisini qualities with mild alcohol and light pine/citrus hop combo presenting itself. Flavors really mix nicely with some seemingly soft refrained British malts that bring caramel and ripe fruit sweetness more fig, plum, and raisin glazed with alcohol and sugar, overall a moderate solid bitterness but not anything too extreme on hops for Rogue of course. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied the lighter carbonation allows the beer to sit on the palate with some resisual sugar stickiness noted. Drinkability always a pleasure to try Rogue small batches great brewery that keeps innovating, good stuff try it if you find it.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main tonight,poured into a goblet a clear amber/bronze with a thinner white head.Big fruity,gummy notes intertwines with resiny hop a passing alcohol presence as well shows itself,it was a joy to drink big malty profile that of juicy,gummy fruit with a hint of caramel sweetness melding into a resiny,piney hop finish that lingers.To me this is near strong ale category its big and malty with healthy dose of hops,me I loved it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Rogue on tap, at Transit Pizza Plant. Yellow body with soapy head, and neutral aroma, though some alcohol present. Taste notes of yeast, wheat. Decent bitterness, but more on sweet side and on balance than another overhopped beer. Only knew the style after the fact. Another style bender. Recommended.

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Photo of Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this beer at Rich O's in New Albany, IN. Served at just the right temperature in an imperial pint tulip. Clear, mellow golden brown color. Minimal head left patches of fine lace on the sides of the glass. Looked just like an ESB should.

Smell was malty and floral. Perfume-y, but not over the top. Interesting.

Taste was fantastic.Well balanced. Like the aroma the taste was also perfume-y, in a good way. Very well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth, like glass. Moderately/mildy carbonated, again just like an ESB should be. I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of klewis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Brewkettle, Strongsville, OH - 1/14/07

A: Pours a dark copper color. Little head, but plenty of lacing.

S: A very subtle smell with roasted malt aromas.

T: An example of a perfectly balanced bitter. A smooth maltiness is noted up front followed by a noticible but gentle bitterness. The 7.1 ABV is totally hidden.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, and creamy with a fine carbonation, this is one of the beer's best traits.

D: Dangerously drinkable. It's taste and it's mouthfeel make this a perfect candidate for session drinking, but watch out for the ABV.

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XS Imperial Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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