XS Imperial Red | Rogue Ales

very good
191 Reviews
XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Crystal, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats.
Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19.4º PLATO
58 IBU
76 AA
47º Lovibond

Added by TurdFurgison on 12-22-2007

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 291
Photo of GJ40
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a small (7oz) bottle.

Reddish amber with a cloudy finish and a small head. Rich citrusy hop and malt aroma with a touch of alcohol. Very hoppy flavor with a firm citrusy bitterness. The malt is not far behind but it does play a lesser role. Creamy and silky.

This is a big beer but it's very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7oz bottle doesnt fill my imperial pint but that is the glass it ended up in

A- Very hazy, dark copper color with a MAGNIFICENT head that is filmy, foamy, frothy, AND leaves splotches of dreamsicle-orange lacing.

S- Subtle notes of fruit and bread drizzled in a nice caramel-orange glaze. Alcohol mixes it all together in a lovely effect.

T- Caramel-coated Affy Tapples come to mind. I ate sesame sticks about 10 minutes before I tasted this beer and the raw, earthy grain flavors go together perfectly. Sweet, yet refined with a doughy nuance on the palate.

M- Moderate in body and carbonation with a slight tickle from the plenty of hops

D- Loads of my favorite flavors in this relatively simple Imperial. The three malts and 2 hops are all perfectly balanced for my palate. This is a special beer, and an all-day beer. Thank you once again Rogue for a fantastic beer. B+? pssshh, you're better than that

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 7oz bottle. Deep red color with a thick finger width head that is a nice red cream. A lot of carbonation.

The nose is of rich dark malts and a slight bitter chocolate. The alcohol content can definitely be noticed along with a slight fruity characteristic. Possibly from the Pacman yeast.

The taste has a very malty/fruity note and it has a good thickness. The dark malts are a great transition for the hops which linger with a nice dry bitterness and a slight citrus appeal.

I really like this beer. Nice and rich without being overbearing and it makes you really concentrate on the hops.

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Photo of dondeez21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7oz mini bottle.
A: Deep, dark, ruby red.
S: Earthy hops with some very light roasty malt. Almost smells like an aged Bigfoot Barleywine.
T: Earthy hops and some heavythick malts.
M: Thick and sticky. Very light carbonation.
D: The beer drinks easy but is very thick and sticky.

Overall this is a decent beer but the price tag will keep me from purchasing it again. Everything reminded me of an Aged Bigfoot Barleywine with a lower alcohol %.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle for $3.99 at the Root Cellar.

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with mahogany and bronze highlights. Little to no head remains after the initial pour. Light skimmings...

Complex malts, figs, leather and earthy hops on the nose.

Very complex malts in the flavor, as well. Very nice. I get a wonderful mix of coffee, figs, apricot, leather and general earthiness in the malt bill. Very nice.

Excellent, smooth and velvety mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of isualum12
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer from the 7.5oz glass bottle. There is a smell of cocoa and hops from it. It has a creamy head that fades to cream silk across the top. Shows a red that fades into yellow haze as you get closer to the head.

Taste at first was smooth with a caramel butterscotch flavor. Let me just say heaven. As it sat on the tongue you could feel and taste the carbonization. This is the reason for the 4.5 on taste and 4.0 on drinkability. This beer is strong in aftertaste but it is a good strong.

Do yourself a favor and pick one up. Mmmmm

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Photo of champ103
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a murky, mud like color. A dirty brown with some reddish highlights. A minimal and bubbly head forms at first, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Burnt toast, very sweet malt, and light diacetyl. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
T: Follows the nose. burnt and charcoal like malt. Very sweet and some diacetyl. Plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit syrupy. Oddly, some prickly carbonation at the same time. Lots of alcohol, and way to sweet. Hard to finish the small 7 oz bottle.

Not impressed with this. Boozy and way to sweet. I will not get this again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5
rDev: +4.8%

Appearance: Dark brown with decent foam. Lightens up a bit to a medium brown in the light. Pretty nice carbonation effect as well.

Smell: Great smell of chocolate malt. Pretty sweet as well. Some dark fruit in the background here as well. Great balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes and feels like smooth chocolate. Almost like alcoholic hot chocolate.

Drinkability: Comes in a 7 oz. bottle you should be ashamed not to finish this with ease.

Overall: I quite enjoyed this beer. It's kind of a hard beer to describe. Worth the experience. I wish the bottle was bigger so I could get a better feel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy brown color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is piney, resinous hops, hints of caramel, lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.49 for a wussy 7oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark amber color with a tan head and a good dose of lacing. The nose brings forward a large amount of resiny, pine hops as well as some citrus notes. Sweet amber caramel malt as well. The taste is definitely a bit bitter and resinous with pine coming through over the top of some sweet malt. Feel is bitter and sweet. Drinks fairly well but is a bit over the top in some areas.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pony (7oz) bottle today from my local Beer Nutz.

A - Pours a dark red amber hue with little to no head.

S - Smells of hops, yeast and a little toffee and fruit.

T - Wow pretty balanced. Very mild bitter hops with a taste of slight dark fruit and caramel with a sweet finish. Nice.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied and drinkable.

D - As I do like the idea of being able to buy bottle of imperial beer at a smaller size to try it, I really don't see why I couldn't get a full 12oz of this beer for lets say 3 or 3.50. Kind of like a tease but it was pretty nice for a rouge. Good beer.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a thickish looking cherry hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing,the smell is very sweet with aromas of boiled candy,toffee,gum drops and an underlining of piney hops,the mouthfeel is just over medium bodied and is quite syrupy with little carbonation on feel and the tastes of boiled candy,toffee,barley sugar are first to hit the tounge followed by a very tiny tinge of medicinal,piney hops that im sure is overcounted for by the sweet first taste you encounter which carries on through to the end sip and definately takes away the bitterness you expect but in saying that its a fairly decent brew that doesnt turn heads but is very drinkable with its ABV well hidden,it just wouldnt be part of my regular line up.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer in the back rack at my local liquor store. I was quite eager to try this out. I am a huge fan of Red Ales but this one is pretty damn good.

It spicey-fruity aroma. The head is thick and the body has a deep copper color to it. The taste has a hint of fig/raisin with a nutty finish. Surpisingly as the beer warms it has a choclate flavor. The beer is quite smooth, great drinkability.

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Photo of bierguru
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A -
body is a deep red head is a cream color not very foamy but thick and stays very well

S -
sweet malts with undertones of sweet dark fruits
and on the back end you get suttle smell of alcohol

T -
right up front you get hit with malt and dark fruit flavor maybe dates since it is a bit sweet slight hop character as well as a slight alcohol taste which is kind of surprising since the beer is on 9 abv

M -
smooth up front but it finishes with a bite

D -
its pretty good however next time in cooking a steak to go with it

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/31/10

Rusty, crimson amber color. Deep hues & kind of cloudy. The head thins quickly, leaving the beginnings of lace. Ok retention. Tight, webbed lace.

Toasted caramel underpinnings supports a vibrant hop aroma. Dank, almost solvent-like citric notes with overtones of pine & floral wisps. Doesn't smell all that sweet.

Caramel flavor abounds with a penchant for toastiness. Has a little sweetness but not too much. Nice hop element that's geared toward modest piney bitterness. Earthy, floral undertones.

Between medium & full bodied for the style. Nice grittiness. Moderately low carbonation. Waxy hops & caramel on the finish.

A very nice imperial red. I could go for a more potent hop taste, but it's solid as is. Worth a shot, at least on tap.

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Photo of joecast
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only half fills my glass, but I'm sure the taste will compensate.

Ruddy brown, but not too dark. Thin tanned head which grows as the glass is swirled. Low carbonation.

For sure hops are there in the aroma, and bloody nice hops they are, but the booze is there and just as intense. It makes for an intriguing mix. The beer behind this is obviously huge and it's a fine balance between sniffing and wanting to take a good long sip.

The taste takes a step back from the promise of the "kick your face in" potential of the aroma. Same direction, but perhaps scaled back 10%. Big base and crystal malt but held back by a steadying hop presence. Label says 58 ibu and it could easily handle another 10 or 20. Byno means doesitfinish sweet. There is a nice bitter kick at the end. And maybe that's all it needs.

Maybe it doesn't have the impact of the stout, but this is still a hefty beer which requires your full attention.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle opens with a slight whoosh & a bit of mist. Pours a not so bright, semi-turbid chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Nice viscosity to this, good head retention & average lacing

S: Oaky notes, cakeyness, smokey notes (oak & hickory) up front. Leafy hops show once warm, plums, plus some sharp booze, that never shows up in taste...

T: Cakeyness, rich dark fruit, herbal hops, persimmons & Christmas Pudding up front, dryness. leafy hops, along with a fairly potent smokeyness. Dark fruit, oaky dryness, cakeyness & leafy hops once warm, starts breaking towards an American Barley Wine. Finishes dry, oaky & fruitty with some nice cakeyness as well

MF: Chewy enough, slightly assertive carbonation, fairly decent balance & a nice warming sensation

Drinks easy enough, not sure on the age of this, or what Rogue was actually shooting for here. Having said that this work for me on enough levels I would tell you to give it a go

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7 oz nip bottle without a freshness date. Pours an opaque brown color with a small tan foam, even with an aggressive pour. Pretty good retention and decent lace. Rubs me a bit raw that they charge 3.99 for one of these small bottles, seems a bit ridiculous - the equivalent of 12.54 for a bomber. Although that is about the same as the 750 ceramic bottles they put out.

Nose is balanced toasty chocolate with an orange peel hoppy aspect and a touch of tobacco. Pacman yeast makes itself known in the smell, which is surprisingly faint for a 9% brew.

Taste is smooth and well-rounded. Malts and hops blend harmoniously into a continuous spectrum of flavors on the palate, ranging from sweet to doughy to increasingly bitter. The mouthfeel is soft, but a tad thin. As much as I wanted to diss this brew due to the price, it is a pretty tasty ale.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. The beer comes to me with a huge tan foam head--nearly a quarter of my chalice is taken up by this beer's head. The liquid is opaque and colored deep red, nearly brown. [Caveat: it is dark in here, so it is possible the beer is actually translucent and I just can't see well enough to discover that fact.] Lots of good lacing is left behind as I drink the beer.

The aroma is warm. I can smell toasted hops, alcohol and roasted malts. Burnt toast may be the best descriptor. Interesting, complex and appealing.

I taste biscuity malt at first, followed by toffee sweetness. Bitter comes soon come into play. I can detect a bit of alcohol on the way down.

Medium body and lots of coating. There is some stickiness. It feels pretty much like an imperial beer.

This is a sipper. Strong flavors and alcohol limit this beer. I can see why they sell it in small bottles. I may have a hard time finishing this pour (in that I'll be feeling the alcohol's effects by the time I finish).

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 oz splits bottle into a small chalice. Pours the color of dark iced-t, a little silty looking. Has a one finger head that quickly retreats.

Has a slight hopped smell, with a decent amount of sweet malt. Smell is subdued, however.

Strong bitter taste that starts with hints of pine, tobacco and grass, quickly transitioning to a sweeter fruit taste at mid-tongue befre finishing dry at the back and sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium.

While complex in taste, it is not one I'd follow up with another. At $4.50 for 7 oz of beer, its too expensive to warrant another buy.

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Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a $5 7oz bottle, Poured a deep amber color with a thin ring of tan head.

The smell was a nice deep caramel malt with subtle hop aroma.

The flavor is mild and balanced with some nice dark fruit notes in the malt and a good mild bitter pine finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and a touch warm.

Might be a decent drink, but at the price it would cost you $10 for a full glass, pretty out of control when I get 6pks of other top notch imperial reds for about the same price. Between this and the XS bitter it has made me swear off every buying another Rogue again, I always end up feeling angry and embarrassed that I paid this much for what is always an average beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured in a tulip, the 7oz offering I sampled made a finger thick light tan head. The body is dark ruby red in color and has quite a bit of haze in it.

The aroma is bready, and yeasty. There is a raisin fragrance and a hint of cherry.

In the taste I get a red wine kind of characteristic. There is a touch of the raisin I detected in the smell.

Feel wise it's full in body, lightly carbonated, and has only a mild warmness in the end.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam not a big fan of the 7oz bottles of the XS series but I have wanted to try this beer for awhile,so I bought one today.Poured a deep murky amber with a tight formed one finger off white head that held pretty well.Aromas are a mixture of the signature deeply piney and citric Rogue hop character,and caramel malt with a touch of slighter roast.The biggest thing I noticed about this beer on the palate was the lack of alcohol presence for a beer that packs so much of it,the resiny hops although not dominant played a big role intermingling with caramel malt and some biscuit.A real nice beer,not worth what I paid for the small bottle,but still quite good.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this one for quite awhile, I love the bottle. The cap let me drink it over about a 24 hour span and it still stayed pretty fresh. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pretty unique in color. It comes out a deep red/amber color at first. When held up to the light you can see it's even a little orange. As you hold it up to the light in the midst of the orange you can see it's quite hazy. A creamy orange head appears that doesn't provide too much lacing and leaves a ring around the glass. Slowly trickles down to the pool after each sip. If I were to describe the smell in one word, it would have to be "potent." Since I'm able to use more, I'll exercise the right. As bold and aggressive as it is, you can tell it's pretty well blended. Hoppy, both citrus and pine with toasted, caramelized and chocolate malts, really pretty compltex and strong. The alcohol slightly tickles and warms your nose as you drink it. The taste is equally as strong, and complex. Malts provide sweetness that helps tame the collaboration of flavors. Pine, citrus, with a touch of glazed dehydrated fruitiness, a little earthiness with another touch of alcohol. The beer is full bodied. Slight bite from the alcohol with a bitter finish, unfiltered. Extremely drinkable, more of a slow drinker, but the alcohol grows on you and warms you up. Be a nice beer to sip on a cold day. Yet I thoroughly enjoyed it on a nice warm summer evening too. Versatile beer good for any occasion. I will say though, I got the 750ml bottle and it was about $17. So I'd be careful, it's pretty expensive, it's biggest downfall. But a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ahoy there, matey!!! This here ale is FUKKIN EXPENSIVE!!! $4.49 for a 7 oz. bottle!!! "Oh, but it's so cuuute!"...Listen, bitch, you and toto can go back to fukking Kansas for all I care with that damn price point...this better be freaking GOOD, is all I can say...

Smells really awesome, like a bowl of crushed cherries...I like cherries...

OK, is it just me or is there really no flavor to this? It's really well balanced - perfectly in fact, between the malty and hops, but it's got no verve to it, no heft. It's balance is key and is excellent. The cherries hang out way in the background and the finish is long and good-bitter. But, seriously, that price point? Not for this, folks. Try once as novelty...

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XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
3.8 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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