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

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

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / 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

Added by Todd on 02-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was on tap at Falling Rock for $4.50 for a half pint. I figured I might as well try it on tap since I am not going to pay $20 for a bottle. Teh color was orange with a white head. The smell was strange and reminded me of lager. The taste was also strange and hard to describe. The bartender remarked that it was "hoppy" but not to my palate. The mouthfeel was very smooth and I could not taste the alcohol. Unless you are a Rogue fan, this is all hype.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Clarkston Union, North of Detroit. As it happens I had just discovered it earlier that day at a store for $25 per bottle, thinking I'd never try it. The Union served it in little goblet glasses for something like $6, not bad.

The beer was copper colored and had a nice thin and wet-looking foam. The aroma was mostly hoppy, but not intense (based on the Hop Wallop I'd had on tap immediately prior to this beer). The flavor was strong and balanced (lots of malt and hops involved), the mouthfeel was thick, and the after-taste was a little burning. Drinkability was not high in my opinion due to the alcohol level, but it was nice as a night-cap beer.

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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 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 ypsifly
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ceramic 750 that is crowned and has a swing top. The last one from Merchant's in Dearborn. Poured into a tulip.

Honey like amber under an inch of white that slowly receds to a thin layer. Nice ringed lace effect.

The hop aromas are upfront with some pine and spice. Suggestions of citrus and juniper. The malts are sweet but not overly assertive. Very nice balance to the hop aromas. A hint of wood in the back.

Not the hop bomb I was expecting. The malts have a unique sweet to spicy thing going on upfront, then the spices go up a notch as the hops kick in. The piney and citric notes come through with a perfect transition from the spice flavors. Herbal and floral with just enough west coast hop characteristics to remind me that this is indeed a Rogue. Very juicy to hoppy finish into a slightly warm finish.

This is one of those beers that makes me think of what an english interpretation of the american DIPA would taste like. Arcadia Hopmouth is another.

The mouth is right in line for the style and has the right amount of carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, even at $23 a bottle.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue certainly needs no excuse to come up with a special beer. After 18 years, 10,000 brew sessions, and one international legacy of acclaim, I’d say they pretty well know their stuff.

But as if they needed one more jewel in their crown, this is it. Brew 10,000 is a velvet smooth pale ale ultraquaff with a light tinge of something piney (spruce? juniper?). Its contours are frail and somewhat flowery. I’m told it dwells in the neighborhood of 10% ABV and 83 IBU, but it’s smoothness and delicacy makes that a stretch to believe. The cask version is somewhere between spun gold and liquid silk. I drank my first pint much faster than I usually do and immediately ordered a second. Pure bliss.

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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 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 rabsten
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Fatheads, natch. Saw the listing on their site and ran right out to get a couple.

Poured into a 12oz wine glass due to the high ABV. No head, but thats due to the pour, and I can't fault that because it gave me more fluid to enjoy. No real lacing either. Cloudy amber with solid carbonation. Looks good but not great.

Aroma of flowers and crisp, toasted malt. Sweet but not unpleasantly so.

Taste: A solid fruit-based hoppiness over a solid malt foundation. Well rounded. Pleasantly bitter at the end but no aftertaste. Clean.

Nice, round mouthfeel without being overly filling. Drinks like water (in a good way), which is to say very session-like. Smooth, easy to drink, leaves you wanting more. And the 10% alcohol level is flat-out unnoticeable. It would be easy to put away 4 or 5 before realizing what you've done. Leaves a nice warmth in the belly once finished.

Bottom line: this is a spectacular beer. Period. Nothing "Extreme" about it, except for the quality. Go get one while you can.

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Photo of dawg
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the below in an email from FatHeads. Went there last night for a sample. Poured by a barkeep into a chalice/long snifter. The head was thin comming in at about 250 mils. Nose was a bit floral from the hops but somewhat subdued by the hearty malt bill. Smelled like Briess to me, with some grassy hops thrown in late in fermentation.

This was the first double IPA of the night so it was nice and harsh. A few sips in and the malt presence came through to balance the bite from the hops. Tasted a bit grassy and citrus like, maybe some grapefruit rind, magnum hops, maybe more magnum, and some more magnum.

Nice and smooth feel in the tongue well balanced carbonation for the double. Not fizzy or flat but balanced nice.

I could have and probably should have had another.

Master brewer John Maier has brewed his 10,000th batch. John's brewed his first batch of Rogue Ales in a garage on the Yaquina Bayfront in Newport, Oregon, on May 18, 1989. In the 18 years since he created and brewed 60-plus beers. To
brew this beer he used Vienna, French special aroma and Maris Otter pale malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir hops; the top-fermenting Pacman yeast; and as always free range coastal waters. This beer really has no particular style.
It's basically an American strong ale that is like a combination of a double IPA and a barley wine. They only brewed 100 barrels of this beer and we were fortunate enogh to get one 1/2 barrel. The only one in Western PA. So enjoy it while it lasts. 10% abv

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