Fresh Roast Brown
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #144
Ranked #17,332
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Fresh Roast BrownFresh Roast Brown
Notes: Formerly Rogue Farms Fresh Roast

A dark, bold, roasty ale reminiscent of fresh-brewed coffee. Just imagine that smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air early in the morning.
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown body with tan white head with minimal retention and lacing
S: sweet, chocolate and toffee malt smell
T: sweet roasted toffee taste with some chocolate/coffee notes and an earthy aftertaste with a second, chocolate aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: nice feel and taste combo; nice drinking beer, overall

Aug 10, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is dark brown, nearly black, head is light tan with fine bubbles and presents about 1 inch deep and then lingers well with solid top.

Smell is lightly roasty, light chocolate, hint of grassy bitterness.

Taste is quite pleasant with roast, chocolate, moderate bitterness, clean hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, quite bitter on the tongue like a strong cup of black coffee.

Overall a roasty, bitter, with light chocolate brown ale.

Jun 15, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Typical roasted notes of brown ale very well implemented, with superb drinkability and low alcohol effects

Apr 22, 2018
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Dark charcoal brown with a light brown course bubbled head with decent lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, toffee, expresso

Taste- Barely graininess with hints of cocoa from that dark malt. The roasted quality picks up, becoming a smoky char flavor on the palate. A milky quality is also present, like that of a milk stout. The smokiness compliments the coffee bean flavor. Finishes bitter and coffee-like.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A medium to light ale that showcases the roasted coffee flavor well. The flavor is quite bold. Well brewed beer

Mar 24, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: March 21, 2018... OCCASION: snow day #7, still snowing strong... GLASSWARE: Orioles mug... pours a velvet-brown body, about 90% opaque,, which allows the eye to glimpse steady streams of thin bubbles moving upward... the head thickens immediately to a doughy, oatmeal brown two-fingered riser whose resistance to gravity is admirable... I am not 273 feet from the glass, but all the same, strong roasted malts arrest the nostril, much as a rich French roast should... soft chocolate, marshmallow, lactic milkiness, sharp tannins, and trace elements of butterscotch, peat and yeast can be detected, in that order... together, a formidable alliance that invites the first sip... a smooth, creamy introduction is backed by a rugged, textured finish--long and intense, belying its 5.7% ABV... its head retention aids the creaminess early, providing a n extra dimension of medium-bodied experience.... a cola's effervescence is delayed by its stronger elements... its finish is espresso-sweet, piqued by the roasted malts and chocolate/lactic acids, with the trademark brown ale cola making a late appearance... the subtler flavors are subdued; the impact and enjoyment of this is its holy offspring of two great beverages--both suitable for the weather right now... haven't had a Rogue in a bit, but this one slipped into a mix twelve at County Liquors, and I am glad that it did--price gouging aside, the Rogues made a tasty treat here...

Mar 21, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, alcohol, sweet malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a roasted malt, bitterness. Tastes of coffee, alcohol, sweet malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, average appearance, good aroma and body, but blend is mostly roasted malt and coffee.

Jan 08, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit dark for a brown ale, but I dig the goal of emulating a morning cup of coffee. It comes pretty close as well, it is nice and roasty, but there is a touch of astringency from the dark malts.

Nov 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a pure dark brown color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of foamy lacing appearing after the head died off. The smell had a nice roasty nutty smooth milk chocolate with a creamy coffee glazing. It smells very well done. The taste was mostly sweet smooth, rich and nutty with a super nice entrancing nutty sweet smooth aftertaste leading to a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice smooth sweet glazing spreading over my tongue. I’d say good sessionability. Overall, this was a nice brown ale I would have again.

Jun 25, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am a sucker for a low-priced bomber bottle of beer & this was yet one more example thereof. I brought it along to a friend's board game party last night & brought the remainder home for a review.

From the bottle: "Dare*Risk*Dream"; "Rogue Farms[:] This Rogue was brewed using ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in Oregon. From ground to glass, we're proud to say it's a true taste of Rogue terroir. To learn more about Rogue Farms and the Grown Your Own Revolution visit us online at"; "Dedicated to Farmers & Fermenters"; "Rogue Fresh Roast is made with Rogue Farms barley fresh roasted at the brewery. The barley is taken directly out of the roaster and rushed 273 feet over to the brew kettle. We don't think it gets much fresher than that and we know you'll taste the difference."

I Pop!ped the oxygen fixing cap & dared to risk a dreamy, albeit gentle, pour into my awaiting glass. Once freed of its captor, an in-glass swirl caused just over a finger of dense, creamy, foamy, light-tan head to rush up to greet me. I fought off the farmer's daughter's advances & she retreated, leaving sticky lacing in her wake. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with caramel cola highlights at the edges. Nose was rich with a roasty smokiness, much akin to my morning cup of coffee. I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor & I learned to drink hot, black coffee from a Senior Chief Bosun's Mate who advised me that weaning myself off of "hot milkshakes" would pay off in the long run. I am unsure of that, but I do know that I now eschew cream and/or sugar. Mouthfeel was medium, surprisingly light for its darkness. The taste was quite smoky and roasty with a light Dark Chocolatiness underlying the initial flavors. The finish was dry, roasty & fulfilling. One was enough for me, even opened with friends, but YMMV.

Jun 22, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the joys of home brewing is to enjoy a brew or two (or 5) on brew day. What to drink on bottling day? I had a 650 mL bottle of Rouge Fresh Roast sitting around, thought I'd give it a go; by myself I might add.
Poured out of the bottle, into a pint glass, everything about it screams brown. A modest tan head dissipates but retains quite well as a creamy film, with patches of lacing clinging to the glass.
In the nose, there is a moderate sweetness from the brown malts, light to medium roast, as well as a dark fruit quality-I'm thinking raisins or prunes dipped with a touch of alcohol. Furthermore, there is a light scent of coffee roast as well as a strong helping of nuts- I'm thinking almonds.
There are several aspects of the taste that remind me of a Porter or lighter stout. There is a mellow and soft smoothness to its roasted malt flavor that is pleasant; I guess this is what they mean by a quiet drink? There is a moderate coffee roast that adds bitterness. In the background there is a light and sweet creaminess. Other flavors include brown bread, nuts, and a bold earthy hops bite. Medium bodied and very drinkable.
I feel like brown ale is an overlooked style that can often be underrated. I like this one. It is complex and understated at the same time.

May 02, 2017
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, doesn't smell great. But everything else about this brew is great. Visually, nice depth in the color and head texture. Great flavor. Not as thick as a classic stout, but texture of a brown ale with more coffee notes.

Feb 18, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: grainy, malty, toast.
Appearance: dark dark brown, almost black. Medium tan head.
Taste: touch of coffee, toast,
Feel, medium thick, with some bubbles.A nice beer.

Easy drinking, smooth, delicious.

Feb 13, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Albertsons. Solid, sweet brown ale. Neat black pour, creamy beige head. Sweet malt, molasses, caramel aroma. Taste kicks the sweet factor up a notch, dominating the entire taste. Touch of hop bitterness tempers the sweetness at the end.

Dec 12, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has earthy hops and a touch of sweet coffee. Taste is mostly hoppy but on the finish there is a slight roastiness. Overall it tastes like a black IPA, quite good.

Aug 19, 2016
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jaredsmith83 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one at a restaurant in a pint glass. It looked great. A dark-red/brown body to it with a tan, creamy head. It smelled great. You got that roasted scent to it with a hint of booziness. Not overwhelming, though. Creamy taste, very creamy in fact. It wasn't what I was expecting. It tasted good, don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the roasted coffee flavor from it. But it ended up with quite the bitter twang to it. Something was off. Its definitely trending more toward a porter, to me, than an ale. Its a good one that I imagine I'll try again just to give it another shot, but not one that I believe I'll have more than that.

Jul 16, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yay, a dark roasted brew with no coffee! Appearance is lovely, with a pile of beige foam. Color is deep red-brown in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Sudsy mouthfeel. Sweep malt greets the lips. Pleasant and deeply malty with yes, a vast assortment of roasted flavors. Cocoa flavors with the burnt barley notes.

Hops don't play much part in this, but there's a scratchy bitter twang in the finish. So nicely made and so frothy yet substantial in the mouth. Overall this is the best Rogue beer I've had in a couple of years, so I hope it's a good trend. An admirable Brown Ale with more going for it than so many in this category. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham.

Jun 11, 2016
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Lane_in_ID from Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bomber poured into a pint glass:
Look: Deep dark brown, very little tan head, left no lacing on my pint glass
Smell: Roasted malt, molasses
Taste: Very strong grain, dark roast flavor, finish is slightly bitter and very dry
Feel: Solid medium feel
Overall: Good beer, more stout or porter than brown ale to me, would like to try it on tap sometime.

May 05, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz/650 Ml poured to wine glass
Appearance: deep reddish brown color, clear, small head, some lacing
Aroma: roasty, resin, slight alcohol/boozy aroma
Taste:very good, balance medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Overall : Very good beer, ok to repeat, but not something to look for

Drank: March 25, 2016

Mar 26, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable dark brown, nearly black with a minimal light brown head. Aroma is lots of roasted malts with some milk chocolate and caramel lingering in the background. Taste is again lots of roasted malts with milk chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coffee. Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth. Very enjoyable, seems to be more of a porter then a brown ale but is tasty none the less.

Jan 10, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a dark brown with a brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of chocolate, nuts, and toast.

Taste: There are flavors of chocolate and nuts, with hints of toast.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with a medium bodied feel to it.

Overall: The flavors are simple, but pronounced. It is fairly easy drinking with plenty of chocolate and nut flavors.

Dec 27, 2015
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GrumD from Japan

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer, balanced and tasty. It is a deep brown colour with a fairly solid head that stays relatively well to the end. The aroma is lovely with hops to the fore. This is clearly a US version as the sweetness is less dominant and native hop varieties add interest and a long and gorgeous finish.

Nov 21, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look; opaque black, thin milk chocolate head, leaves a thin covering, some lacing
smell; creamy vanilla coffee, then more roasted malt smell, a little caramel, pretty mild
taste; roasted malt, coffee, hint of hops, caramel, finishes slightly tinny or sacchariney but overall a nice full roasty malty flavor
feel; medium bodied, a little thinner than expected,mild carbonation, the right amount
overall; full flavored roast of their own grown malts, i like the whole rogue farms series

Nov 20, 2015
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, mahogany color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted notes mostly.

Tastes of full roasted notes and some light, earthy hops. Roasted notes lead off with coffee, chocolate, and some brown sugar. This gives way to earthy hops and roasted bitterness. Finishes with a bit of cocoa and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a mooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good brown.

Nov 14, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of off white color. The head fades rather quickly leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – As one may expect for a coffee stout, the aroma of the beer is strongest of an expresso smell mixed with some roasted bready aromas. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of caramel and vanilla with just a hint of a chocolate mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong roasted malt flavor mixed with some lighter coffee notes upfront. As the taste moves on the coffee intensifies some and becomes moderately strong more toward the end of the taste. All the while, some sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel develop, only later fading more toward the end. With the roast gaining more intensity at the end, and with an increase in the coffee and decrease in the sweet, one is left with a roasty and darker, malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly more creamy and thick side with a carbonation level that was a bit low. For the coffee and roasty tastes of the brew the feel was rather nice and created a mouth coating coffee feel for the brew overall.

Overall – Not a bad coffee porter/brown/stout. Less sweet and not overly strong in coffee, but containing a good sum of roasty malt. It really wasn’t much different than a more standard (non-coffee) drier stout in my opinion, but with that said, it was a nice and enjoyable brew overall.

Nov 12, 2015
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: liked the bottle.. Poured, we
Are talking black, slight red hues, nice tan head that dissipates slowly. S: strange. Slightly off putting. It's metallic and not what I would expect. Weaker for the beer. T: great! It's so fresh, lives
up to the name. Barley that is toasted but light. Nice flavor. F: pretty smooth, no Guinness, but its not a stout. A nitro on this would be magical. O: I think Rogue is somewhat underrated. Quality beers like this will put them back on the map.

Nov 08, 2015
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