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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU

Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-23-2012

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Photo of daijoobo
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in color and in taste then expected, but the flavor that was their was spot on.
Not really a Barley-wine, even though the 11.6% states otherwise, but an ideal
malted beer with the right amount of hops! Enjoy

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Photo of boisehack
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Barleywine, or Imperial IPA, not my typical review. I purchased this from Albertson's, for about $11.
Paired with a charcoal grilled bone-in ribeye steak, grilled zucchini with balsamic vinegar and lemon thyme, and grilled multigrain baguette garlic toast.
Poured into a Kirin pint mug, which needed to be re-filled at some point.
This beer did not disappoint me. It was a nice dark gold in color, and had a decent head on it. The smell was not distinctive to me at the beginning, nor was the taste, but the beer was too cold at that point. I had smeared the steak with which it was paired with some grilled mixed hot peppers, so that made it even harder to taste at first. Hey, this is real life, OK? But as the beer warmed it's characteristics started to come through. The mouthfeel was just right, not sticky at all, not watery. It was nice to drink an IPA (sort of) that was not citrusy, but just right, and the maltyness came through in a comforting fashion. I did not pay attention to the lacing, but the unwashed mug shows evidence of large swigs by the widely spaced rings of delicate foam. Due to the Hop Nosh (my go to IPA) I had before this while grilling, I could feel the effects of this high octane brew creeping up on me in a very pleasant way. After the second pour, A little roastyness came through, and a bit of phenol. It paired very well with the food and the entire evening. Wonderful.
One of the few Rogue products that has the ABV on the bottle, but I didn't see it, and instead noted the °Plato, a whopping 24, so I knew that it was special. I suppose that the ABV on the bottle is a kind of warning label, since most of their beers seem to come in at around 13°. I don't usually spend this much on a bottle of beer, but it was definitely worth it.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer just looks like it's up right my alley,pours into an imperial nonic a hazed apricot color with frothy half finger white head atop that lasts for quite awhile.Big juicy fruity esters in the nose,they really jump out at ya,after it sits some sweet alcohol is detected.Big alcohol and caramel/toffee sweetness along with fruity hops,not much hoppy bitterness but it does come into play a little in the finish.This is the type of beer that really makes me happy Iam into craft beer,yeah Rogue has made some clunkers recently and the name changing stuff is annoying but this beer renews my faith in this old school craft brewer.Great my opinion.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach color under a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap. The nose is fruit over rich malt flavors and assertive hops. Palate starts with fruit and malt then the hops assert themselves on the finish and mingle with the potent alcohol and rich malt. They are all potent but well balanced. On the palate the fruit tastes like a blend of peach and pineapple with a touch of pepper with a little cola in the background. A chewy body. It has medium to medium low carbonation. This beer recalls a whiskey or bourbon drink.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy pale amber body with nice white foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Big sour apple and earthy, grassy, hops

T - Nice citrus and lemon grass hop bite followed by caramel, cherry sweetness. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full boddy with moderate carbonation. Tacky and somewhat syrupy.

O - This was great. I'm typically not a big Rogue fan. I find their more typical beers to be weak and their absurd beers absurd. But this I really liked. A nice tasting barley wine with a more cali-hop bite for balance.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass over the course of an evening. Interesting description on the bottle, a brew unsure if its an IPA or a barleywine, and indeed, this offering does integrate key features of each style in a surprisingly effective fashion. Beer styles are clearly continuous rather than categorical variables ;). A light cloudy yellow-orange with ample rich and creamy off-white head. An initial sniff reveals spicy pine resin and fresh citrus rind, the expected IPA level of hop aroma and a sweet buttery malt undercurrent, with hints of peanut brittle and ripe tropical fruit. This one conveys a remarkable and perhaps unexpected degree of complexity on the palate. Pancakes and syrup, graham cracker, cotton candy, and rum-soaked raisins mingle with black tea, grapefruit and orange rinds, lychee, white grape juice, peach, and a massive cantaloupe melon flavor ... A veritable codex of hop flavors in lockstep with very sweet malts. Although these two dimensions are not integrated and do vie for one's attention, they do not exactly clash either. There is a fair amount of alcohol bite although I wouldn't say this brew tastes too hot. An American barleywine is going to feature some booze on the palate. Smooth body, on the thick side of moderate, mid-range carbonation and big resinous hops in the finish. Excellent hop flavor if a tad too sweet.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. No bottle codes or dates that I can see.

Pours slightly hazy, good sized pale tan head, slow fine carbonation. Smell is mysteriously fruity. Smells kind of like old oranges. Some musty bread scent.

Taste is creamy, sweet and fruity. There is an aspect of creamsicleness to this, without being overpowering or off-putting. Strong pine and citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, which comes out more and more with each sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, sticky. Chewy. Overall, I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of bobv
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch head that dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes with some nice lacing. Nose is all barleywine; with malts, hops, and alcohol heat. As it warms the the hop bitterness comes through on the palette with that malt backbone. The mouthfeel is where this really stands out. Excellent! Overall, this could be considered a triple IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, caramel, toffee, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blonde barleywine style. All around great complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Light semi cloudy amber, medium bubbles rising maybe half a finger's length. Head rose a straight white color coming off with sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral and malts, actually it's a pretty appetizing scent.

Taste: malt bomb on roids, extra bitter and hard

Mouth: Sticky and appetizing but the finish at the end isn't I think what everyone would be craving.

Overall: Good brew but to call it barleywine-ish is a borderline crime. It's a DIPA in a very cute bottle. Salud!

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Photo of Beerswag
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of bommber, into tulip glass : aged 5 months. Pours a hazy, no particles floating around, burnt orange to ruby red tones. Smell is apricot and dried fruit ie. Some apple, mango, smell has some depth. The taste is dried apricot, a little pineapple, some earthy bitter-hops. The hops bring a lemony and grassy aspect. Complex, and balanced. Medium-body not overly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Pair with rich crustacean shell-fish dishes such as Lobster in browned butter, scalloped withbrownded-butter, steak or lamb-chop "Oscar", or simply fresh crab fondue.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a tulip glass. It pours a hazy amber color with one finger of creamy, milk-white head and lacing. The smell is intriguing: roasted malt, caramel, tropical fruit, and resinous hops. Like the smell, the taste is really unique: it starts like a barleywine and finishes like a DIPA. Along the way you taste the caramel and fruit, then are slapped by the bitter, biting hops. There is a fairly strong alcohol burn; you can really taste the 11.6%. It's a sipper but you could pair it with a substantial meal or drink it for dessert. Overall, this is a unique - and compelling - beer. Like it's name says, you could call it a barleywine or a DIPA. Either way, it's really good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR. Apparently, it's a "pale barleywine", brewed with entirely pale malts.

Indeed, it seems pale: a pale yellow colour, with mild hazing and a hugely solid body. Head is a powdery ring of white. Lace is intricate and complex. It looks like Hindu art. It's a great looking beer all up.

Nose is bright with sparkly hops. Hints of mint, pine, orange and juniper with a touch of jammy apricot giving it some sweetness. Whoo, this is a big beer. You can tell already.

Or can you? Actually, the palate is surprisingly light (or at least lighter than I expected). Some slight grain on the entry with a hint of raisins, before some pithy orange sharpness comes through like a dollop of rindy marmalade. There's a big biting bitterness on the finish, but it's smoothed and lightened somehow. Somehow. I just can't figure it out. Not from the feel, which is gloriously smooth and thick: it might just be the fragrance of it gives the impression of the big hop bitterness without actually leaving a huge whack of hop oil on the finish.

Fascinating stuff, and surprisingly good, given this could have just been astringent, fusel-full and harsh. Instead, we get a remarkably balanced beer for it's high ABV and aggressive profile.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into s 16 oz snifter. Pours a light orange, with a two inch head, that leaves behind some lace.

Smell is champagne, apricot, grapefruit, hard candy, caramel, and plum.

Taste is really potent, not champagne, but loads of grapefruit, hard apple candy, apricot, and some booze. These flavors don't leave after each sip, they linger on the tongue begging for more.

Body is maybe medium, plenty of life for a brew of this size, a bit dry, and drinkable for fans of big aggressive beers.

Overall this isn't for everyone, but damn I really like it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Where traditional Barleywine is quickly falling from favor, the attempt to "American-ize" them leads to a drier malt structure and a heightened sense of hoppiness. But where does American Barleywine and and Imperial IPA begin? That's the line that brewers flirt with, however it's one that Rogue has chosen to exploit!

Unlike Barleywine, the strong ale pours surprisingly light. Golden or light amber, the ale looks much more like pale ale. Modest in its haze, the beer sheds a creamy off-white blanket of foam that locks onto the beer and refuses distension. Lightly broken lace clings to the glass as the beer sinks.

Its boisterous bouquet opens up with all things hoppy. Floral scents weave in and out of highly citrusy grapefruit, orange, pineapple and apricot. Its accompanying notes of fresh-cut grass, pine and mild chive round out the beer's hoppiness while caramel and honey character support the hops and bring the nose into balance.

Its malty-sweet upstart is decadent with caramel, honey and biscuit- taking graham cracker form. But the middle palate of hops balance the sweetness with its citrus acidity and herbal spiciness. Pink grapefruit, ripe oranges and those tropical fruit flavors carry the ale into finish where the citrus turns resinous- like pine, grass and light chive.

Its malty-dry body is creamy and lingers with sweetness. Even as the spicy and mildly solventy alcohol spices keep the session warm; and as the resiny-dry finish crispens the mouthfeel considerably- the beer's malt is intent to balance the taste- down to the bitter end.

Rogue has straddled the fence of Imperial IPA and Barleywine to perfection. Where I think that the intent was a big IPA, its malt insistence refuses to take the backseat that the style demands. Its this balance that makes it Barleywine- well, kinda, sorta.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, pretty clear, head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to ring on the sides; head is off white.

Smell is hot - and i mean boozy, then comes the malt which is pleasant and much more neutral/biscuity than traditional barleywines; the booziness is fairly strong once warm but there is some lighter hoppiness - a little citrus, a little grass.

Taste is less boozy, more neutral/biscuity malts - which play very well in this intermediate style beer. Malt is starting to age but there is no sign of caramels; hops are there but the flavors are hidden behind the booze and modereate maltiness, but the bitterness shows up well - hops notes are subtle citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel starts a bit sweet and full, then dries and lingers as bitterness.

Overall a unique brew, big booze and full lighter malt flavor with a big bitter finish.

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Photo of leaddog
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6% ABV

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), grapefruit, bready caramel malts, dark fruits (plum, raisin), heat from the alcohol.

Taste - hit right away with the citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit peel, pine resin, bready caramel malts and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant blend of the sweetness from the bready caramel malts and bitterness from the citrus hops and pine resin.

Overall - Rogue delivers an enjoyable cohesive blend of ingredients of an Imperial IPA with an American Barleywine. The aroma needs a minor tweak to bring out more of the hops. However, this one definitely speaks to Rogue's brewing creativity by pushing the envelope. An enjoyable brew nonetheless.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark orange to brown color with a slim finger's worth of foamy white head that dissipated immediately. Lacing arranged itself nicely into a light messiness all about.
The smell starts off with some dark fruit and definitely has some harsh bitter citrus hops that punch my nose nicely.
The taste took the dark fruits and enlivens to a nice sweetness running into a semi-bitter citrus hops. Caramel and tobacco flavors assert themselves nicely. There's some light coca cola in the aftertaste and that leads to a refined mostly sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. I'd say, yeah, it was closer to sipping quality to it. Carbonation runs light, which is good.
Overall, its a barleywine that maintains its hoppiness. Move over SN Bigfoot. I wouldn't mind doing a blind taste test on these two.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin but consistent film across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Orange and caramel hit the nose first. Hints of banana and pineapple. Mild alcohol heat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep caramel base, complimented by notes of orange, pineapple and banana. Light notes of dark fruit. Orange pith bitterness and a mild caramel sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied and chewy/syrupy like your typical BW. Smooth. Inviting for another sip.

Overall - Hmm, I'm wondering if this was, in the least, a partial inspiration for the Class of '88 Barleywine Collab, or vice-versa. Though the ingredients differ, the flavor and body hold a lot of similarities. Really does ride the edge between a IIIPA and BW. Maybe even a touch of strong dunkelweizen-like character. Nice balance. Mellow, with a citrus bite. Really drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 7/2/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body. just a few slow tiny bubbles but they pump out a well sustained three fingers of foam that leaves a few thick rings followed by continuous thick coverage, lighter in color then expected but sexy looking stuff

S lemon, mango, tangerine, and pineapple, some grass, tropical citrus I can't place, sweet hard toffee, and just a hint of booze and something I can't quite place mint perhaps?

T not to far off the nose, more booze and just a little pine and cereal

M silky and a little syrupy, some heat, and almost slimy on the palate, just a little sticky on the lips, cereal and tropical fruit on the finish

O not what I expected but I liked what I got, big brew but not over the top, the booze hits my head and chest more then my throat

light on the malt for something so big, I can see how this one would get stuck in between styles, I'd peg it as an Imperial Pil, don't think I'd age this one

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark golden body, instant small, fluffy head. Big warm, malty aroma, taste Ramps up the heat. Boozy notes, sweet malts, small bitter hops bite. Really nice on this cold wet day.

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

Had this on tap at ROGUE Ales Publick House in San Francisco - labeled as "Chatoe New Crusty". I was told by the beertender that it was a triple IPA and 13.5% ABV but I doubt it. Best I can tell it is a barleywine and ABV of 10.8%.

Sparkling medium gold pour, white head, nice lacing. Aroma of dates and alcohol. Crisp flavor, some canned fruit salad, some caramel, a bit of licorice and a boozy finish. Alcohol hidden well. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. I’m not what it was but I liked it.

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

My neighbor shared this beer with me. It poured a hazy orangish with frothy white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus and sweet malt. The taste started sweet like Barley wine then turned grapefruit bitter. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew, from a large 750 ml bottle, this brew is an orangish color with a slim head....lots of haze. The aroma is fruity, with grapefruit and peach notable....some underlying pale malt and some alcohol. The taste is notably sweet...malty, with a very pronounced bitterness. Long and continuing hoppy finish. Very full in body.

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Photo of seand
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a small amount of white head. Clumps of foam retain, leaving mild lacing.

S: Grassy, grapefruit-y hops, with a fair amount of malt background.

T: Sweet, hoppy, and grassy. It's a pretty strange blend, as the name suggests, with both barleywine and imperial IPA notes. Pretty good overall, though.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, definitely unique. I'm not sure I love it, but I do quite like it. I'd recommend trying it.

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