Brewer's Ale 2008 | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mnapier on 05-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ShogoKawada:
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A murky, rich, deep brown with a thin but attractive caramel head. The beer will not allow light to pass through, and I'm digging the head coloration.

S- Incredible pine resin hops. Pungent, dominating, almost overpowering. Right in my wheelhouse. A significant malt base provides the caramel sweetness to round this one out.

T-Disarmingly hoppy; so much that it's hard to take it all in at first. Whoo boy. The taste is, as one reviewer put it... 'sucking on a pine tree'. (Side note.. that's the review that made me want to buy this!)

I love it! The malts provide (as in the nose) a blossoming, bludgeoning caramel base that tries its best to hold its own, but can't compete with the hop overload. This beer must have been ridiculously expensive to produce.

By far the hoppiest strong ale and one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. 106.9 IBU? I taste every one of 'em. No floral, no citrus, all pine tree resin. Really perfect on a cold, rainy NE night. This beer is so hoppy you can't take it all in. As hoppy as it was at first sip, I feel it grew exponentially bolder by the start of the 2nd snifter. By the end, it was like I was eating hops by the handful.

M- Full-bodied, bitter, scathing... and surprisingly balanced. Well, not really, but they made a noble effort. If an equal amount of malt was added to this pine-fest, the beer would be so dense it'd collapse on itself. As it is, I couldn't ask for anything better. Fresh, this must have been an eye-waterer, as it is wallpaper-peelingly bitter and scathing a year in the tank.

D- Moderate, maybe a hair above... but I loved this beer. Score is bumped for the ear-to-ear smile I had on my face as this went down. I would drink it a lot more if I had easy access and a blank check. Not for everyone, and I can see how many would be turned off at this malty pine tree behemoth of a brew.

For me, damn close to perfection.

I was asked to compare this to Double Bastard by a friend. I find this to be significantly hoppier, way more piney, and not as overbearing. That prob. doesn't make sense... the Double Bastard hops were plain ol' bitter, these have tremendous flavor behind them. I also found the malt in Double Bastard to be bordering on cloyingly sweet. Perhaps the malt in this one is... but the hops knock them out of view.

Serving type: bottle

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More User Reviews:
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 thaghost
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Reino
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap a few weeks back at Rogue's Eugene City Brewery, and loved it. Thought it tasted very similar to Stone 11 at the time. I had a different experience with this beer from the bottle. I bought this expensive and big ceramic bottle mostly for the artwork of Brew Dawg on it. I have a soft spot in my heart for labs.

Appearence-- Poured half the bottle into my oversized snifter, producing a big beige/khaki colored, creamy head. It went down quick leaving some lacing and a creamy frothiness similar to what's on top of freshly brewed espresso. The beer itself is a deep but vibrant brown, with an undertone of purple. This is a pretty beer.

Smell-- At first, while at it's coldest point, it smelled similar to Old Crusty. Lots of dark fruits, and a dusty, dry oats smell with the earthy hops hiding out. As it warmed up, the hops made them self more known but the smell is a pleasant balance between the malts and earthy, lemony hops.

Taste-- If you enjoy oily hop resin, you're in luck. Piny, earthy, woody bitterness coat the tongue. LET THIS BEER WARM. My first pour was too cold, and it made the hoppiness unbearable. I LOVE hops, and even I thought it was way
too over the top while cold. As it warms, you get the roasty malts coming out to play. Make no mistake about it, the hops are the predominant flavor, but the malts add a decent enough balance that keep the beer away from teetering over the edge into the Pine-Sol realm of piney/earthy/lemon hoppiness. If you're looking for pineapple, orangy hops look elsewhere. There's also smokiness in this as it warms further that would probably pair great with a cigar and really makes this beer something special and different. This would be enjoyed much more on a crisp winter evening than a warm summer night.
I don't really love the taste, but I definitely appreciate it. It's a head scratcher that grows on you the more you drink. Some smoked cheese or some other food pairing would probably do quite well to make this more enjoyable. Otherwise the bitterness on top of bitterness get's to be overwhelming.

Mouthfeel-- I really enjoy the creaminess of this beer. It's like creamy hop oil pouring over your tongue. The carbonation is on the lower end but still prickles the tongue a bit and suits it well.

Drinkability-- It's a stiff brew at 9%, and the intense flavors make it a sipper and not one I'd want to drink a whole bottle of, although that's what I'm doing. I had a much better experience with this beer on tap, and would recommend getting a pint if you see it around. I'd only recommend buying the bottle if you are a dog lover like me who appreciates making a beer in your dog's honor, and plan on adding the bottle to your collection. RIP Brew Dawg.

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Photo of crafty50mitchell
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great all around beer experience, but I have had a similiar taste experience a number of times before. If we're talking Rogue specific I will say that this beer is very similiar to Old Crust only more drinkable (dependant on cellering).

At the end of the day this is a fantastic beer, and I truly appreicate when combined with the packaging w/dedication to the ex-chairman brewer "Brewer" but would benefit from a year cellering before being consumed.

My hats off to Rogue, but was hoping for something a bit different here than another heavy ale with a strong malt base.

Next review in one year, after aging this one.


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Photo of cannabanaceae
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into unmarked pint glass. Nice creamy brown head that dissipated but didnt die. Look was nice dark brown, very nice lacing sticking to glass. Nice look.

Smell was malty, slightly fruity hop notes with not much there.

Taste was a great hop bomb but with the right amount of malt. Sort of like a young barley wine. Bitter in middle bitter in the back. I love the high IBUs. Lingering bitter finish with a sticky mouthfeel.

Finished very good, easy drinking for me. Paid $5 for pint, Would I buy it in the silkscreen pretty bottle complete with dogtag(that we pay for) for $20? Yes, Ive had one aging for some time now, because I got pulled into the marketing hype before trying it. Dont get me wrong this is a damn fine beer without all the packiging hype.. Prost

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark plum-amber with a monstrous 3 finger foamy dark khaki colored head that left an intricate spongy lacing behind. The head displayed amazing retention as it slowly collapsed first around the rim of the glass leaving a conical tower of foam standing in the center. It eventually leveled out to a ½ finger sudsy/foamy layering. Hardly a trace of Co2 was to be found.

S: The nose yielded dried citrus and a huge pine resin aroma with some sticky sweetness. Was really nice.

T: The flavor starts out with a light bitterness of dried pine and a huge sticky pine resin hopping which is followed by a big and brutal assault of bitter dried grapefruit. The beer had a dry, floral pine and grapefruit bitterness on the finish that made you take notice while leaving the tongue perched. Overall the huge hoppiness of this beer, particularly on the finish overshadows any malt character. A huge, bitter and dry hopping finish makes this a big drinking beer a with a hoppiness that truly assaults the tongue but in a good way.

M: light, oily slick with hardly a trace of carbonation.

D: A big drinking and bitter beer by style that should satisfy the hardest of hopheads with delight.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this one on tap at Barleys. I missed out on some of the other offerings but was thrilled to see this one still hanging around. Served in a pint glass right from the tap. Consumed on 08/23/2008.

Poured a very deep, dark amber color. Some light haze made it a little bit difficult to see through, but not terribly so. A nice small head, maybe two inches high at the most, settled down fast but left a broken, lacey crown and a good bit of side glass lace in its wake,

The aroma was loaded down with hops. Some nice sweet malts mixing in, but overall it was just loaded down with sticky hop resin. Nice notes of pine and orange peel dominating. This carried over very well into the flavor which was again highly dominated by the hops. Lots of pine resin flavor right up front, but as it warmed, it sweetened up considerably. Lots of caramel malts, and a very decisive biscuit like flavor hanging around in the middle of it. Nice overall hoppy bite coming off it though, with a long drawn out finish that sucked your lips back into your teeth. Thick, this was a very thick ale, at least medium bodied and chewy, but at the same time, still nicely carbonated and a nice bit of kick in the finish. A good sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously with dinner.

Overall I thought it was very good. I am not sure I will be shelling out the 20 bucks for the ceramic bottle, but on tap it came across as excellent. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 26 oz commemorative bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very, very dark burnt orange with frothy 1 inch cream colored head.
S: Strong pine and citrus hops...very fresh aroma even after cellaring for about 1 yr. Sharp piney note dominates. Hint of caramel comes through with warming.
T: Overly strong piney hops. Not well balanced and a bit bitter. I'll call this above average, but this might be being kind here.
M: Sharp bitter notes definitely are off-putting. Medium body with acidic aftertaste.
D: This one started off promising, but took a nose dive. I still like Rogue, but this is not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster glass at Novare Res, review from my limited notes there.

Wow, this one caught me off guard, I read that the beer was hoppy, but that's not usually the case for a "winter" ale as it was described there.

Pours a dark copper/brown color with a nice murkiness to it.

Smell has a rather strong hop aroma, not as malty as I would have expected, but a nice earthy aroma it is.

Taste is virtually pine sap with some caramel malt, but don't expect to really notice that all too much.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at GingerMan in NyC...
Dark, copper-colored, deep-brown hue with a decent-sized, frothy head...
Smell: Thick malts, slight gasoline hints...
Taste: Complex, powerful flavor... Reeling with malts and slight hops...
Alcohol sneaks up on you with this one...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Average drinkability at 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 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 Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown with a small head and a tiny lace.

The aroma of piney hops,malts and some alcohol in the background.

The taste is sweet,malts,caramel,hops,toffee notes and grapefruit with well masked alcohol.

The feel was smooth,well balanced with medium carbonation and a full body. Creamy touches in the finish.

Notes: World class presentation in a perfect bottle.
I have read this ceramic bottle goes for $20.00. I have seen it at Whole foods for about 15.99,but the bottle reviewed here was purchased from my Beer Haven in Brooklyn for an astounding $8.00 a bottle. They just could not find the price right for it and he settled on $8.00,he probably got a really good deal on it to let it go so low.

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

Glad to have found this one, though I can't remember where. Definitely not upset over the price, since I had to pay it to see what was inside.

A-Dark brown in color. Light caramel colored head. Poured heavy and settled to a thin layer as I drank.

S-Aroma of a good strong american ale.

T-Slightly bitter. Not too clean tasting.

M-Sticky, but not in a resin-like way. Little to no aftertaste.

D-Glad to have had it, but probably won't buy another.

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