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Brewer's Ale 2008 | Rogue Ales

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Brewer's Ale 2008Brewer's Ale 2008

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color with a good head that doesn't leave much lace. The smell is sweet and hoppy. The taste is very sweet and bitter...great hops. This makes me think of either Stone's take on dead guy or Rogue's take on Arrogant Bastard (if either of you guys read this you should collaborate and then take over the world haha). It's a pretty strongly flavored beer and I love it. RIP Brewer.

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Photo of Brewfan
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle recieved from Cooperrip after putting my dog down a few weeks ago. Homer lived a great life. He was a loyal companion from 1995 to 2008 and went through a lot of lifes ups and downs with me. Like Brew Dawg on the 750 ml ceremic bottle, Homer was also a 13 year old black lab.
This beer's for you Homer, my best friend for 13 years.
Thanks John.

Poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip. Big frothy chocolate tan head. Good retention. Leaves a crystaline web of lace. Dark ruby body.
Hoppy, biting nose with a rich undertone of malty sweetness. Nose is nicely balanced. Not swaying too far east or west.
Citrusy hops on the tongue, but like the nose, malty and biscuity in the background. Hops have more of an impact than the malt thought. Hoppyness overwhelms the malt. Almost one dimentional in flavor. Hoppy, yes. Malty, in the backbone, yes. But nothing really stands out except for biting hops. Needs some deapth.
Immediate dryness on a medium body. Strength becomes a little more apparent towards the end of the bottle, warming you up from the inside a bit. Hops build and build on the tongue. and with not much left in terms of malt character, drinkability suffers.
Wanted to like this one more. LOVE the bottle. This one will be sitting on my desk for a long time to come, but it will sit alone.

Homer J. Lalumiere

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this awhile back and enjoyed it,it was close to oured into a 22oz nonic a mix of amber/brown with a rather tight but smaller off white head.To to Rogue form a big punch of hop in the nose with thee aromas being more herbal and tea-like than big and resiny,a light caramel and sweet alcohol aroma is there as well.Flavors start out great with a mix ofof caramel sweetness and bigtime ale yeastiness,the strong piney and earthy hop presence hits and the beer became very dry, almost to much so.I love the hops and love Rogue but I thought the dryness from the hops was a bit heavy handed,I loved the near creamy mouthfeel and still consider this a top notch strong ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a huge thick foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt with a dry hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by some deep caramel malt with some sweet notes that are well balanced with a dry hoppy finish. Well done overall and something that I would go for again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2008
Arrives quite dark colored with a deeply burnt amber hue. The head is thin, but quite browned with a dark tan color. The head has quite a bit of staying power to it as the creamy head fully covers the beer until my glass has been drained. This has a very hoppy aroma to it that just reeks of dominant pine. There is a touch of citrus character here too and perhaps a touch of toasted grain character underneath the hop character. This is definitely a hop focused beer based on the aroma.

The flavor follows suit as this is just plain aggressively hoppy. Huge flavors of pine sap that leans toward an astringency that makes me think of chewing on a mouthful of pine needles. The finish has a harsh menthol note and a massive bitterness that definitely bites back. There are some touches of citrus character that shine through just barely with notes of sharp grapefruit. This has as substantial herbal character to it as well (in the aroma to) with hemp oil notes and a definite hop-dank.

If you are a big hop head than you will like this tongue flagellating, thoroughly unbalanced beer; otherwise just steer clear. This can be fun if you like over the top hops, the malt is only here as a supporting (a minimal one at that, though very important) role; there is just enough caramel sweetness to keeps the hops from destroying your taste buds and to keep this somewhat drinkable. Hops gone wild! Only enjoyable for those you like to be beat over the head and strangled with massive hop bines; something that I can appreciate from time to time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."

--Alexander Pope

Apricots and cherries covered in melted caramel (with bright orange accents). The golden brown sugar colored crown is at least three fingers thick after a spirited pour. The cap is a marvelous mass of sticky bubbles that are beginning to blast the glass with loads of cheese grater-like lace. Outstanding!

The nose features toasted brown bread (Munich malt) covered in caramel (caramel malt) and tropical fruit (Simcoe and Centennial hops). Newport hops are present as well, but they're more of a workhorse, bittering hop. If Brewer's Ale 2008 tastes as good as it smells, then look out.

I don't care how many ways John Maier devises to combine the four basic ingredients, he almost always deliver the goods. His secret (other than a great deal of talent) is to use plenty of ingredients. Especially hops. Even though this big brew just celebrated its first birthway, it's still hugely hoptastic.

The nutty earthiness of the Munich malt (not one of my favorites) is easily countered by flavors of English toffee, scented pipe tobacco, brandy-soaked apricots, bitter orange zest and pink grapefruit peel. Rogue should use Simcoe hops more often. The contrast between sweet and bitter is ultimately decided in favor of the latter. Man oh man, this must have been some humdinger when fresh.

Subsequent pours look even more amazing, giving me no choice but to grant the ultimate appearance score. I hate to sound like a scratched CD, but this brewery is one of the best mouthfeel breweries in these United States. This one is medium-full, soft, silky smooth and supremely enjoyable.

If dogs are man's best friends, then Rogue Ales is a beer lover's best friend. One of them anyway. Brewer's Ale 2008 carries on the tradition of big beer excellence from one of this country's gems. If you see this beauty in the stores, buy as much as your budget allows. Cheaper (in bombers) and a regular release is probably too much to hope for. R.I.P. Brew Dawg (1993-2006).

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Photo of mnapier
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Service Glassware, 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Had this one from the bottle after picking up the first bottled batch of this beer. Comes in a white ceramic bottle with a dog tag hanging around the neck of the bottle. Listed as Brewer's Ale, it is a great homage to the Chairman of the Board Brew Dawg.

To the eye its dark & dense with a strong foamy head that leaves behind an antique curtain of lace.
Aroma is a floral waft of fruit, citrus, and a minor pine, with some biscuit notes.
Taste, is a nice strong grapefruit with some pine and a warm finish of alcohol. Toffee and some biscuit mixed with some minor dryness.
Mouthfeel, is medium


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Photo of henrysunset
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

clear of sediment with a dark amber/mahogany beer and tan head.

Smell is of prune and dark roasted malts.

taste is bready, not nearly as sweet as it smelled. hazlenut flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, like an IPA with a rather quick dryign taste.

drinkability is good, but not exceptioal. It is a big beer and not perfectly balanced so it is better for sipping.

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Photo of Ego
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pricey... but I like dogs...

nice ceramic bottle, cool enough but adds too much cost for most of their brews. reasonably careful pour reveals three fingers strong of cocoa tainted head, soapy/craggy, very thick and it sticks to the glass like a 'fear this' sticker on a tricked out 1985 toyota corolla... brown to ruby tone and 5 minutes in the head is still hanging out (while leaving ample trace lace down the glass. A mighty fine looking pooch.

a touch of yeast, a hint of malt and earthy pine, smells fresh as laundry (with fabric softener), the mix of hops is pretty subdued in a good way, a really nice solid snort experience

taste etc...
the bitterness hops to the fore, mouthfeel is medium, you do get the malt on the second go round with a sense of slight chocolate, alcohol burn in the ole stomach reminds you of the ABV, overall this is pretty underwhelming, the malts due partake in the flavor but nothing here stands out.

not worth the price imo. not bad perse but nothing to go gaga for. very drinkable for the larger ABV.

served with : port-salut cheese (for nuttiness) and rosemary breadsticks (for earthiness/herbal notes)

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
Pours darker than any other IPA I've ever had. Has a nice quarter inch head on it when served. Smell is dark and a little roasty. You don't really get the flavor in the nose. It's all in the taste. And this is where the hops take over. Lots of bitter/astringent piney hops. Just enough to be assertive and not kill the drink.
It has a thicker mouthfeel for an IPA as well. This is a very good beer that I could easily drink a few of.

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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew

Pours a nice deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, a big hop bomb, with some malts. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, well done Rogue.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours slightly cloudy brown with a short off-white head. Tons of resiny hops in the nose with tree sap, tobacco, nuts, and earthy coffee grounds. Bitter blast of pine, lime, brown sugar, and maple syrup up front. Around the middle, there is a funky yeasty taste followed by a rapid shift to chocolate, coffee, raisins, cola, and bitters. I didn't like this when it started out, but the beer definitely grew on me. Its like nothing else I've ever had.

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Photo of Albinoh
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looks, loved the deep dark amber color, good foamy head, lace follows all the way down. Some carbonation followed by the high bitterness. Dry feeling, but not excesive. The alcohol is hidden behing the taste, which I think is always good.

This beer is a palate killer if you plan to drink something afterwards.

Not my favorite style of beer, too many hops for my tongue. But in its style I believe its a pretty good beer, not the best.

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

Poured from a 750ml ceramic swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste is malty and bready with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit up front. There's a strong hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance and stays strong into the finish. The after-taste is slightly better, which is different for a beer this dark.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, it's kind of barleywine-like but leans towards being an amped-up brown ale, overall it's a pretty good beer to drink for an evening.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of fireqc
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everybody will agree with me, this bottle is very nice!!!! Of course, like many people, I bought this bottle because the look invite me to do that. But don't be fool, the beer inside is very interesting!

I'm not use to Rogue product so when I bought some bottles is for curiosity. But, this one will be a great addition to my personal bottle collection (over 700 different), but the beer inside was tasteful.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 py. 10 oz. ceramic bottle - swing-top with cap (and a dog tag):

Pours dark brown/amber with a huge, tan, bubbly, white head with a nice retention and quite a bit of clinging lace.

The smell is of spicy citrus and pine. A wonderful hop aroma, though not as forward as an IPA/DIPA would be (which is more than fine as that is not what it is)...a stong caramel/toffee - going towards chocolate aroma mixes in and blends nicely. The signature Pac-man yeast aroma is there.

The taste is of citrus and resiny pine that subdues and gives way to a malty, toffeeish, almost chocolatey character, while still keeping the hop taste mixed in. There is a subtle hint of smokiness that gives a touch of roastiness, adding to the complexity and balance. Finishes with a nice balance of sweet, bitter and touch of roastiness.

Chewy and full-bodied.

This is dangerously drinkable (at first), though it slows down eventually, as abv becomes more pronounced, as does the fullness. Complex in both malt and hop profiles with a yeast strain I happen to like, this is pricey, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my...not what i was expecting when i 1st poured it, actually i didnt know what to expect, pours a ruby brown color, nice head. The aroma on this...WOW, citrus, fruity, grapefruit, yummy. The hops dont hit ur tongue at 1st, but just wait....and WAM, they hit you and dont let go. Was def a sippin a brew as it warmed up more, will def get another bottle of this, worth the price, reminded me of a kicked up arrogant bastard

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Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque dark cherry with tan head. It smelled like powerful copper hops with a fairly complex mixture of floral and pine hops, caramel malt, granulated sugar, and plumb. It had an exceptionally bold taste that was dominated by charred citrus hops (mostly orange), accented by sweet molasses and barley malts, some sour cherry and tart waxy flavors, undertones of floral simcoe hops, and a bit of alcohol warming. It was fairly thick with no carbonation, and had an overwhelmingly bitter aftertaste that lasted longer than any other aftertaste I can remember. Overall this was a super powerful beer with lots of flavors all intermixing, yet remaining clean and balanced, with great body. It was just so strong that I couldn't more than sip it; but with proper aging, it would probably turn into magic.

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

750ml Ceramic bottle into 8oz snifter. Purchased for $20. I'm sure $10 was for the bottle.

Deep mahogany hue with light ruby edges. A one finger light tan head that settles to a thick bubbly rim.

A sharp and citrusy west coast hop aroma is really all that can be detected.

Once again, hops are all that can be tasted. A little bit of dark grain is in there, adding some light fruit, but that's it. The hops are very sharp, citrusy, and spicy. The alcohol doesn't really show up. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Plenty of hops for anyone that wants them. Moving into DIPA territory, it's bitter and not much else. Recommended.

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My dear grandfather passed today so I went for a few pints with a friend in rememberence.

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a rather small head. okay retention, but wonderful sheet lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Wow what a combination of malt and hops. Tons of sweet toffee and caramel. Rich sweet pine hops come next with just a touch of alcohol.

T: Wonderful beer. Tons of malt sweetness up front. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and even a bit of coffee. Bold pine comes next with hints of sugar encrusted grapefruit in the finish. Hints of booze sting the throat as this one slides down.

M: Full bodied and bold. Rich, smooth, creamy, boozy. I like it.

D: Very, quite possibly my favorite Rogue brew to date.

After drinking two pints I learned this one is brewed in memory of Brewer the offical Rouge dog. It seems fitting that I am drinking this one while thinking back on childhood memories of my grandfather. EZ, I love ya and will miss you! Cheers to you and who you were!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola, big head, reduces to ring. Lots of clingy lace. Sticky.

S - A vat of deep malt. Syrupy sweet aroma of malt and citrus.

T - Big malt up front, but not as fatty sweet as the smell implied. The bittering comes on almost too bitter in the end.

M - Medium to heavy body, lots of carb. Balance clunky at best.

D - Palate kller and high ABV.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Rest In Peace, Brew Dawg (1993-2006)

Presented in a 750ml ceramic bottle with Rogue Brew Dawg dog tags wrapped around the neck.

After a modest pop of the pry off cap, it pours out a deep ruddy to amber color with a huge massive, light tan head. Thing of beauty to look at...

There's a lot going on with the nose... Complex malts (hazelnut and toffee) with a fair amount of earthy and piney hops and light juniper.

Taste dictates the nose. Surprisingly low carbonation in the mouthfeel, but smooth and enjoyable, none the less.

This was very nice, but not worth $22+ in my opinion.

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Brewer's Ale 2008 from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 62 ratings