Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary AleRogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 56
Reviews by Boud504:
Photo of Boud504
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown. Almost like a dark soda color. When you hold it up to the light I can see a very dark ruby color. It poured with about two fingers of head that disappeared quickly.

S: Smell strong malts, caramel, and a little dark fruit smell

T: A nice balance of malt, caramel, dark chocolate, nuttiness, and a nice creamy flavor. I just keep picturing Barq's Creme Soda.

M: The carbonation gives a nice bite probably why I keep picturing Barq's. It has a nice warming sensation to my mouth.

O: a very well balanced and enjoyable brew. Its a bit pricey, but I purchased it a month ago so the sting of the price has faded in the background.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad. Let the stoneware crock bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, slightly thick, tan head that slowly settled down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, very dark cherry mahagoney with no trails that I could see. Aroma is malt, roast, clay,yeast, dark fresh baked bread. Flavor is similar to nose with a little anise coming out and has good bitter/sweet/tang balance. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and lasts a while. Session if it weren't so pricey.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a light beige, short-lived head.

Smell: A malty amalgam of toast, chocolate, and caramel given a small sprinkling of alcohol and with a fruity fig and raisin note undertone.

Taste: A sweetish taste of generously toasted malts, caramel, and a hunk of baker's chocolate. Slight perceived silky, milky accent and a hint of nuttiness. Moderate degree of dark fruitiness. Softly leafy hops, though really not too much hop character or bitterness. Retains the initial maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A well-mannered, malty, strong ale. However, I'm very happy to not have been to foot the bill for this steep-priced bottle.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of July2Nov
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with some ruby tinted hues around the edges. Creamy looking off-white head that starts around a finger width and lessens to a respectable sliver. Beautiful looking.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some chocolate undertones.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Some sweet and dark chocolate flavors come out along with a slight peppery taste. Pretty even keel in the flavor. Slight "sting" in the end with a mellow, chewy, glowing aftertaste. The medium mouthfeel is the MVP for this beer. So, so smooth and the carbonation is low on this one

Overall: More than surprised by this delightful beer. It really won me over with the body, and the taste was good too. Love the flip-top bottle because sometimes I just don't want to drink the whole thing in one setting, though this one might be gone right after I put the period on this sentence.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. The aroma is full of nuts and toffee. I seem to remember the Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue tasting similar to this beer, but it has been a long time since I have had it. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee malt with some cocoa and nuttyness. There is a cream flavor to the beer as well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice, but not worth the price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the downtown Portland location, a late-night tap hook-up that I chanced upon.

This beer appears a clear, very dark mahogany hue, with one finger of thinly soapy ecru head, and little subsequent lace. It smells of bready malt, and dusty, earthy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, some mild oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and well, kind of creamy. It finishes pretty much in kind, the sweet nutty malt and earthy hops still holding sway.

A decent strong amber ale, the elevated booze never really materializing, although it may have played a part in the ramped up sweetness as things moved along. One was good enough for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears brown and mostly transparent. Ruby sunburst highlights appear when held to the light. The head is light tan in color, and leaves sparse lacing on the snifter.

The aroma is pretty weak, and doesn't gain much momentum as the beer warms. Scents of light roast with alcohol are there if you bury your nose in the glass.

The beer is really creamy and smooth on the palate. The flavor offers more than the aroma, with some subtle toffee notes and mild chocolate. In general, all the flavors just seem subdued. I was expecting / hoping for something with some more flavor and nuance. That said, the beer is still enjoyable and drinkable.

The body is thin to medium, with light carbonation. Alcohol presence is there in the finish, but not harsh.

I'm glad to have tried it, but don't see myself ordering it again.

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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with dark cream 1 finger head. Very little retention or lace. Much darker than expected.

Caramel nose with lots of syrupy malt. Very, very light tart fruit underneath, but really a barely noticeable trace.

Taste is very complex. Brown ale malt with lots of caramel and even a trace of milk. Milk stout finish. Light hop trace at the very end. Don't really taste the alcohol.

Body is appropriate for a strong ale, maybe a bit on the thick side.

Very expensive beer, but worth a try.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml ceramic capped and swingtop closer bottle picked up for a staggering $22. drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out an opaque black colored body under a small coffee colored head. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the beer smells like a stout. roasted malts are the first things to greet my nose. after that i get chocolate, caramel, and toffee. earthy hops and coffee at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some of the roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get a great combination of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. very dessert like. earthy hops and a blast of rich espresso comes in at the end.

M- the body is on the extreme upper side of medium. the carbonation is nice and subdued. moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- although too expensive, this was an enjoyable beer that i would pick up again were it not over $20.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark brown in color with an off-white/tan head. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with a nice creamy note to it. A hint of vanilla, bread, and some mild earthiness. The flavor is quite sweet, as expected. Toffee, caramel, and toasted bread are the primary flavors. A bit of brown sugar, some light hop character, but overall, this is fairly one-dimensional and not all that great.

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Photo of Spartan213
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dgilks
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very dark mahogany colour with a large tan head with very poor head retention.

Robust sweet toasty bready aroma with some toffee. Nice and malty with some earthy and caramelly notes.

Rich sweet malt aroma with some citrus hops. A touch earthy, bready and toasty.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Actually quite creamy. Nice.

A smooth malty ale with a distinctly citric bitter edge. Nice and balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of my aunt and uncle, who said they got it at Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with an off-white to tan head with some spotty lacing. The nose brings a bit of lightly-toasted malt with some light nuttiness and a bit of chocolate. Flavor brings some mild hop bitterness plus some lightly-burnt toast and a bit of a nut character. Medium body that seems too thin for the flavors plus some fairly-high carbonation. Not really doing it for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into a couple large snifters

Pours dark brown, very little hiss when the top came off, not much head, but the head that is there is a light brown color. Smell is sweet, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is sweet and's like a chocolate shake, but not overly sweet and not overly chocolatey. Little bit of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, a little gritty. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of litheum94
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome looking, 750 ml ceramic swing top. Very nice.

Pours a very dark body, pretty much jet black. Big and frothy, tan head. It builds a nice defense and isn't going anywhere.

Creamy milk chocolate and hazelnut on the nose. Mocha coffee aromas. Not much else to say, but it smells great.

Creamy and nutty, with flavors of almonds and hazelnuts. Sweet, milk chocolate, with a roasty, toasty finish. Light, earthy hops are barely present. Drinks like an imperial brown ale. Very nice.

This is a perfect example of what Rogue can do, and yet get it wrong. This beer is very good, but the pricing is way off. Don't get me wrong, it was worth every penny in retrospect, but this is just priced way too high and will scare too many people away. The only reason I picked it up was because it was on sale for pretty damn cheap at a local grocery store. If you don't care about the price, pick it up! It's a great beer. But Rogue should learn something from this; you're alienating too many people with your pricing!

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of scottfrie
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting 750ml bottle poured into Portsmouth snifter. Picked this up for $8.49, seemed like a deal.

A: Pours a very dark ruby red with a finger of dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick bubbly collar. A thin sheet of lacing was left down the glass after each sip.
S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, fruit syrups, molasses, dates, cherries, caramel, and raisins. I get a bit of hard candy and cocoa as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant flavors of dark fruits, sweet malts, molasses and candied sugar, with a bit of caramel, cocoa, and raisins coming through in the finish .The aftertaste has a light sour mash kind of taste to it, and is a bit off putting.
M: Medium body with soft but tingly carbonation and a frothy mouthfeel that could be a bit fuller.
O: I saw this beer a couple places for over $20 and I’m so glad I didn’t pay that much. This wasn’t awful, but I never need to drink it again. If you’re on the fence, pass. Not worth the price tag, even at $9.

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Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the bowl.

Smell: Sweet malt, lots of over ripe dark fruit. Some vanilla in there as well.

Taste: Lots of bready malt. Quite sweet with some dark fruit notes. There is a very mild vanilla and caramel note, but the malt and fruity notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is kind of a strong brown ale. Decent taste, but not great or anything. Probably wouldn't search it out again.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. The bottle itself is a work of fine craft. Colour is a deep, dark brownish black. Head barely exists, just a thin film with some bubbles around the rim.

Smell: Lots of roasted and burnt malts, coffee, toffee, a bit of spicy yeast, and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: Subtler than the smell. Primary flavours are, as the smell, roasted malt and toffee. Aftertaste is a little yeasty and hoppy. Balanced, a little complex., but not so strong.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light-bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Sticky finish.

Overall: The taste is a bit of a disappointment considering what Rogue has been able to do with their flavours in the past. Presentation and appearance are great as well as the aromas. But, for a 75th anniversary, I would expect a little more "greatness" given the occasion.

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Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 56 ratings