Fresh Roast Brown
Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #124
Ranked #16,290
3.89 | pDev: 8.48%
Jul 11, 2020
Jul 04, 2013
Very Good
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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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3.55 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jul 11, 2020
4.09 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 20, 2020
3.89 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 19, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

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
3.88 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jan 05, 2019
3.54 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Dec 05, 2018
3.74 by walt5 from Delaware on Oct 14, 2018
3.39 by Keepnitrl from Washington on Jul 22, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
4.06 by Zaktcc from Maryland on May 08, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

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
4.58 by Vylo from New Jersey on Apr 22, 2018
3.94 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 28, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

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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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

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
3.58 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Mar 20, 2018
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Mar 03, 2018
4.04 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Feb 17, 2018
3.91 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jan 29, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

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
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
3.77 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 25, 2017
3.9 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2017
3.96 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dewsby from Kentucky

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
3.09 by Demi from Minnesota on Jul 30, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.53 by CPAles from Illinois on Jun 22, 2017
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

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
4.1 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Apr 09, 2017
2.75 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Apr 09, 2017
4 by icemanls4 from Switzerland on Mar 16, 2017
3.78 by WDJersey from Colorado on Mar 02, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by mintzmeet from Washington

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
4.24 by runeatdrink from New Jersey on Feb 17, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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
3.77 by AleSan from Italy on Feb 12, 2017
3.89 by cd34 from Illinois on Jan 03, 2017
4.08 by mschrei from Illinois on Dec 30, 2016
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