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Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale (Brew 10,000)Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale (Brew 10,000)

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brew 10,000: One Brewer, Eighteen Years, Ten-Thousand Batches of Beer. Brew 10,000 is not so much a style of beer, rather it is a new recipe using some of the best ingredients John Maier has ever brewed with... Vienna, French Special Aroma, and Maris Otter Pale Malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir Hops, Free-range Coastal Waters, and PacMan Yeast. 83 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened the bottle I got an immediate whiff of a ton of hops. Poured out a dark gold with a very nice thick head The taste was very hoppy and enjoyable. Traces of citrus and flowery notes sneak up. My only dissapointment was that I wish the nody was a bit heavier...allthough it was good, I personally wish it was a bit thicker. At the same time I regret not buying more of them.

Overall, awesome beer...Rogue is my favorite brewery and I congratulate them on 10,000 batches. Good work!

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Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed On-Tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

This is a fine DIPA....nose includes a mix of piney and citrus hoppiness....taste is big on those components as well but also has a nice toasty malt backbone to it...bitterness is high but it still remains very drinkable..

I felt very fortunate to try this at one of the best beer bars in Minnesota. I was in a little bit of a rush and I wish I had more time to savor this one and several more..

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at our Septoberfest party. Hazy dark orange-brown color with a medium thick and foamy beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus and hops. Medium-bodied with a balanced flavor of toffee, malt and citrusy hops. The finish is a little disjointed, starting off sweet with pops of peppery alcohol. Might bear to age for awhile but it is still a decent brew as is.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh NY.
This brew pours a bright but hazy golden amber with a stubburn 1 inch head and lazy, slow carbonation w/ lots of stickly , clinging lace.

Aroma needs some warming to be other than only alcohol and floral hop. As it comes up to temp. it floods the nose with fruity malt and tons of hoppy aromas - earthy grass and wildflowers and boiling tangarines along side the sugary fresh boiling wort notes. Slightly smokey but mainly hoppy, the aroma sucks your nose into the glass - though somehow leaves me wanting and wishing for more.

This was poured quite cold from the cooler so I sat in down and talked about ( probably) nothing for a while as it warmed. After several minutes of double handed clasping I got more and more fruit aspects in the nose as well as in the up front flavors with each little sip. Strong - and I DO mean strong hop character ( duh! - its a Rogue!!) starts to dominate the flavor and finish with every swallow. Nice spicey / floral flavors though not tongue strangling or unpleasent in any way and very complimentary to the malt base hiding behind the greenery of the west coast hops.

Hop bitterness dominates this beer but wonderful malt/ fruity sweetness seems to just barely eak out some balance in an otherwise one sided strong ale.

If you are lucky enough to get a taste or two of this Special brew, please allow it time to warm a bit or else you will miss out on the semblance of balance I think was intended. A remarkable Maier Brew and weell worth the ffort to seek out while available.

Tastes like Charlies Big Brother!

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Photo of Gusler
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 22-ounce swing top deck gray ceramic bottle a slightly hazy golden amber with a decent sized creamy white head that settles slowly, leaving the lace to cover the glass. Nose has a rich grain sweetness; hops pleasant aromatic, citrus like crispness, start has a decent grain presence, hops underpowered, and with the alcohol certainly present, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish has a dynamic acidity, the alcohol overpowers the malt and hops, dry way to long lasting bitter aftertaste, not the best Rogue has brewed, a bitter tummy warmer, drinkable. However, disappointed I am!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours into the MJ snifter for yet another toast to the Beer Hunter. A moderate cap of lightly creamed foam that fades and holds at a partial cover with a thick, sticky collar. Lacing is conservative but nice looking.

Aroma - crackery malts, bright orange and pineapple citrus. A low but detectable alcohol sensation. Not as intense as I was expecting but I like it.

Taste - earthy malts, chewy and heady with booze. The ensuing hops arrive fairly hot on the wave of alcohol. They fight through well enough but are also being held up by that heat. Mostly a grapefruity flavor, dry and biting. Goes very dry on the swallow, leaving the palate a singed desert of citrusy arid bitterness. An intense experience for hop fans. I can appreciate the beer but am not doing backflips over it.

Mouthfeel - moderate heaviness and stickiness, plenty of residue in the long finsh.

Drinkability - not really a beer I'd buy again, despite the positive marks. Good, but not distinctive enough to merit the cost.

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Photo of cbl2
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6/24/2007 $14.99 750 mL 10.00% Brewed December 2006.


Pours a hazy orange with loads of carbonation that results in an inch of tight tan head that is slow to settle, but leaves a nice lacing as it does.


Bold citrus hops with a nice bready sweet malt backbone.


Agressively hoppy with pine notes leading the way. A touch of sweet citrus follows that up, but this is mainly bitter through and through. High alcohol is masked nicely, though this seems somewhat unbalanced to me, and expensive to boot.

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Photo of lhedbor
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend Matt at Liquid Solutions got this in, and I had to try it. (Full disclosure: I am also his Web guy...) The bottle is hefty, and the swing-top closure is a handy feature with a beer this big.

Nice rocky head on the pour. No haziness seen, and a deep amber color.

The aroma is hops and honey, with a hint of the alcohol. It's very enticing, combined with the rich color - if clover honey had a head on it, that'd be what this looks like in the glass.

Flavor is round, malty sweetness, with some caramel and bready notes, and more of the floral honey spots. There is enough hop structure to keep the sweetness from being overpowering. Finish is strong on the citrusy hops and a bit of warming alcohol. With a bit of aging, the hops might become a little less assertive in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big and soft, with a satisfying prickle of carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent - I've polished off the glass before finishing recording my thoughts. The high alcohol content is evident, though, and this should in no way be considered a session beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber color with a large billowing cap of lightly off-white foam. Keeps an always lingering firm skim at the top and the lace is minimal with an oily spottyness strewn about.

Aroma is pleasant and soft of orange blossoms and mild waxy lemon. There's a slight pull into a resinous pine, but everything here is soft and floralesk. Fresh and perfumed, clean and hoppy.

Flavors are toned well with a broad range of pine soaked in orange oil. Slightly toasty, tuggingly rough warmth gradually gallops on the palate as it finishes with a big nudge of pine resin and tattered citrusy flowers and waxyness. Bitterness is gentle and lasting within a warm blanket of toastyness. This is perhaps a bit young yet. A little aging might help it round out some? But won't take much. Altogether the complexity is a touch thin in flavor but has a nice tone and length for a Dbl IPA. Its overall softness and gentle glide is favorable.

The body is big and bold, yet soft and delicate. Close to medium if not just a hair bigger as the hops carry this thing through with warmth, oil, and floralness, and a uniquely clean bitterness.

Drinkability is good as its tender tone and palate eases a soft lipped bitterness and toasty little warmth. Either way; like or dislike, or somewhere in between. It's impressive to think of the 10,000th batch for Rogue! Congrats to them and to another 10,000!

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's whenever that was...
Appears a hazy, dark orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Streaky tubes of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and spicy herbs.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy caramel and yeast killing my tastebuds with the abundance of piny hops in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, bitter of citrus, herbs, flowers, and yeast.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for case of ceremony as much as anything else. The pricetag is a slight deterrent but cool to have the beer and bottle. So I bought one, glad I only took one.
the beer is poured at cellar temp into a pint glass and pours a clear crimson color with fizzy beige head foaming up 1 cm and fading to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is hop dominant with some floral notes mixing with citrus hits and herbal and general planty/grassy notes. Quite a mix. First sip reveals an average to lite body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel for an instant and rolls to all hops with mostly general bitter flavor and a bit of tea leaves and herbal hits. Not nearly as well defined hop profile as the nose. No hint of abv anywhere, and not very balanced. I wonder what this will be like when the hop bite fades a bit in a year or two. If you want buy one and sit on it, unless you like puckering general bitterness in your beer. I will not buy again for $20.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool ceramic fliptop bottle depicts the 10,000 brew milestone.

Appearance: reddish amber with a one finger head that sported some large bubbles. The head lingered around a while. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: malt sweetness, ripe fruit sweetness, and huge floral hop nose.

Taste: strong malt profile with caramel, honey, plums, and a hint of cherry tones are well balanced with big hop bitterness and warming alcohol. Very hearty brew here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body. The aftertaste had the caramel and malt sweetness glue to the tongue while the bitterness lingers in the throat.

Drinkability: one ceramic bottle was enough in the session based on the high alcohol content, slow sipping profile, and the kick your tastebuds get. Great beer and congrats on the milestone.

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Photo of mortarit
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper-amber, off-white head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Very twang with pine notes, apricot, cotton-candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Pine flavor,orange fruity notes, bread off flavor, toffee, slight candied fruit, slightly earthy, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Straight up

Price vs. Beer: Not worth the buy but glad I had a taste of it

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strange light tan with gold highlights i have never seen a beer that looked like this. The head is a little light as it subsided into a thin ring. The aroma is fantastic as it is full of piney rich hop aroma and just a touch of malt and fruity esters.
The flavor begins with a strong grapefruit hop bitterness that continues throughout the entire taste. the malt tries to come through but unfortunatly the hops serve the malt a royal beatdown and they cant even come close to the resiny hop bitterness. Damn this is a good beer. Ten thousand dosent just mean an imperial dead guy it means a brew of incredible depth and range. Those seeking a new beer try this one and make sure you have had a few IPAs before otherwise this one could blow your palate.

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3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer gets a huge three finger head of off white popping bubbles. Body is a glowing honey amber with a slight hue. Nose has a sweet hop infused tone with mandrine orange, sappy leaf, and slight wheat notes. Very dry hop backed tongue lashing the outer edges of the mouth on first sip. It does mellow out a bit and does develop a long almost creamy effect to the hop created mouthfeel. This is a brutely bitter mineral based brew. There is a hint of fishy feel to it also. Mouthfeel is a lasting bitter. Drinkability is affected by the overly off-raw bitterness.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of Vienna and pale malts. It's a bit grainy, but sweet as well. There is also a nice hop aroma that's not overly aggressive, but blends in well. The taste is good a well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with a bitter hop blast. It's not one of those aromatic IPAs, but the flavor is really powerful. It resonates in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I don't think it's the best Rogue has to offer, but it's a fine anniversary brew.

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Photo of alexgash
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Ashley's for $4 a pint! A bit better deal than the ceramic collectible methinks.

Bright copper body with an amberish middle and golden edges. Clean and clear, with a small, off-white head. Nose is rife with spicy cookie malts, butterscotch and fruit. This malt is balanced nicely by a complex bouquet of floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Very nice! Taste follows suit: solid, spicy malt backing behind assertive, but not overwhelming hop bitterness. There are butterscotch and caramel notes to be found before the complex hop flavor takes over the finish. Medium-full bodied with a creamy feel. Very drinkable for its strength too! After two pints I didn't know what hit me!

Better than I was even expecting and maybe even worth $25 a bottle!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with some retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is interesting. Taste is a ix between some caramel and light toffee malt with some dominating notes of floral hops and a medium-strong bitter finish. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Overall, a nicely done west coast hoppy ale.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got the last beer out of the keg of Rogue Ten Thousand at Roman's (Milwaukee). And I never believed the idea that beer from the "bottom of the barrel" was different than earlier pulls; howevever compared to Flyer's draft of this same beer, mine looked a bit different...hazier. This didn't impede the appearance of this beer, which was an attractive hazy red with a head of inconsistently sized bubbles. It had a nice sweet hoppy smell, like a good but fairly mild-mannered APA. Flavor was a bit different than I expected; it was a bit hoppy and slightly sweet but was less bitter than I expected and had more maltiness than I would;'ve thought. Mouthfeel was dry and a bit astringent. I enjoyed this beer, but was not blown away by it. Recommended.

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Photo of DLucky
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost brilliantly clear, lightly orange tinted, pale cherry accented, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, almost one-finger thick, darkish tan colored head. The aroma definitely has some citrus notes to it as well as a sharper, more resinous character, but it also has something like water to it. I am not sure what I am saying but something reminds me of bland water, maybe it is a clean soap character. Interestingly minty, or like an exotic, woody, turpene laden spice from the Asian super market. This definitely has some malt aromatics to it, though they play a supporting role here; I get notes of caramelized sugars, brown sugar and even toffee. The most interesting part of the aroma is that sort of soapy, exotic spice, almost incense-like character.

Aggressively hopy, with a resinously herbal / pine character leading the way. Still, quite a bit of citrus flavors are found in the beer as well. Flavors of orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit, tangelo and lychee are all fairly noticeable. A rich underlying, though subtle, maltiness contributes notes of caramel, a touch of brown sugar and a chewy, Maillard driven, crusty bread flavor. That interesting, spicy, sort of incense like note from the aroma is definitely found in the flavor too; it is really most noticeable as a lingering note in the finish, though it does project its perfume-like essence throughout the flavor profile.

This beer never quite worked for me. When sampled fresh from the tap it had an aggressive green onion character to it, though this now seems to have morphed into a sort of perfume / incense / exotic Asian spice note, it still does not work. Tasty enough, but a bit too much.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint, 10 fl oz. ceramic swing-top bottle marked "December 2006."

Pours a rich, hazy amber color with a creamy head that quickly reduces to a foamy film of clingy bubbles.

The nose is full of hops, sweet and sticky, with more than a touch of alcohol. The first taste is delicious - clean, crisp, and bitter, with rich, piney hops through and through. It leaves the mouth clean and dry, without any heavy aftertaste.

This intoxicating brew is clean and potent -- easy sipping for a hop head like me, but rich and round in the mouth as well. A supreme effort from Rogue for their 10,000th brew.

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Photo of Crosling
2.57/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draught @ Falling Rock. Nice dark gold color. Elementary nose, mainly dominated by herbaceous, weedy hops, not vibrant at all. Flavor similar to the aroma, nasty strange hops, very weedy, floral and herbacous. Seemed like a Double ESB type beer to me. S strongly dislike this type of hop character Really awful stuff.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This might be the best beer I've had from Rogue.

This is a very hoppy DIPA, with excellent balance and good malt to back up the hops. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, and is quite warming, but you'd expect that at 10%. Very nice mouthfeel with excellent citrus fruit from the hops and malt. A very good beer from Rogue.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ego for scoring this very eye-catching 26 oz. black slipcast bottle. Bottled in December, 2006... I'm serving this in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- A glorious, orange haze monster of a DIPA... the off-white, orange tinged soapy crown rises and gently pops from a three finger elevation slowly to a fat, condensed facsimile. Nothing out of the ordinary with lacing, though.

Smell- Bright, fresh orange aromas indulge the nose, with a definite soft pine tree element lingering behind. Interesting notes of cinnamon sticks join the party as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- A mouth-crushing vice grip of hops begin right at the start and they become even more pronounced in the ensuing several seconds. Rough and enormous, there is no place for finesse here. This is a construction vehicle on a rampage.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wimpy for the style, the carbonation barely even gets going, which is a problem for drinkability's sake... yikes this is a tough beer to get through.

P.S... this review happened in two stages, one day apart... halfway through the initial tasting I got so hammered just sipping this behemoth that I had to call it quits. Just thought you might like to know.

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