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Rogue Creamery 75th Anniversary Ale

Formerly brewed at Rogue Ales
Style: American Strong Ale
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
In a collaboration of crafts, two small Oregon companies who have earned worldwide critical acclaim – Rogue Creamery and Rogue Ales & Spirits – will debut Anniversary Ale at SAVOR, a unique American craft beer & food tasting experience, on June 3rd in Washington, DC. The beer celebrates the Rogue Creamery’s 75th Anniversary (1935-2010) and will be paired at SAVOR with Rogue Farms Freedom Cheddar cheese, a cow’s milk cheddar cheese hand-mixed with Freedom hops from the Chatoe Rogue Micro Hopyard in Oregon’s Wigrich Appellation. Whole hop leaves are de-stemmed by hand, steeped in hot water, mixed into the curds and eventually pressed into blocks. The Rogue Creamery, an artisan cheese company, with people dedicated to service, sustainability and the art and tradition of making the world’s finest handmade cheese, has received over 70 awards for taste and quality, including multiple 1st Place Medals for their Echo Mountain, Rogue River, and Oregon Blue Cheeses at both National & International cheese competitions. It is not the first time the two Rogues have collaborated – Morimoto Soba Ale Cheddar and Chocolate Stout Cheddar cheeses are available at the Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop and online store, all Rogue Ales Public Houses, as well as select gourmet retailers nationwide. Anniversary Ale was designed by Rogue Creamery owner Dave Gremmels and Rogue Ales Brewmaster John Maier to pair perfectly with the unique terroir of the Rogue-grown hops used to make the Rogue Farms Cheddar & TouVelle cheeses. It is brewed using 10 ingredients: Crystal 75, Weyermann Carafe Special II, Malteries Franco Belges Kiln Amber, Hugh Baird Brown and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel Hops; Buckwheat, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast. Rogue Ales is honored to be part of the American Artisan Cheese Renaissance. The Growers, Farmers, Maltsters, Millers, Mashers, Brewers, Fermenters, Distillers, Smithers, Ocean-Agers and Smokers of the Rogue Nation Department of Agriculture remain dedicated to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley one acre at a time by growing their own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy chocolate malt and herbal hay aroma. Dark brown color with small head. Lightly sweet chocolate malt and lightly bitter hay/herbal flavor. Okay but I guess the $25 was more for the collectible swing-top bottle and not the beer inside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
Extremely dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit. Flavor is sweet but full bodied. Malt is heavy in the aftertaste. Not much hops present. Strong beer, surprisingly drinkable and makes a good companion for dinner. Overall, worth trying but as many have said it’s a bit overpriced so I probably won’t seek it out again (unless it’s on tap somewhere).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottle. dark cola brown. first whiff is oxidized caramel malt (reduced plum / maple / black cherry), semi-sweet, with secondary notes of metal, mild roast / toasted grain, stale bread crust and excessively dirty yeast (old egg-shells). the spoiled milk notes signal infection, and i actually did a little googling to see if this was put in oak, because both the oxidation cardboard / wet wood and the dirty spoiled milk could be explained. alas, no barrel treatment, just a poorly executed kitchen-sink strong caramel malt bomb. granted, all of these negative attributes wane as it warms, but they’re still present and impossible to ignore. medium-full body with rough malt throughout and strong acidity that doesn’t allow the chocolate, semi-sweet plum and sweet tobacco to do their work. they show up, especially when warmed, and even more so late on the tongue, but it doesn’t save this one. disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled on 10/15/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a very dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and a touch of raisins. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Definitely PacMan yeast. Lots of dark fruits, plums, raisins and apricots. Some brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours cloudy amber with a small, bubbly beige head. Nice lacing left by the head which disappears quite quickly. Nose is mainly sweet raisins, upon warming darker fruits come out with a touch of caramel and toffee tones. Also has a note of condensed milk. Lots of toffee and butterscotch come out in the taste with a touch of dark fruits and the same condensed milk note to it. Everything comes together quite well. If it weren’t for the bottle (jacking up the price) I would have it again. Too sessionable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle (ceramic). Pours a dark brown with a thick brown head. Aromas of butterscotch/caramel, roasted malts and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavors of caramel/butterscotch, roasted malts, heavy breads with hints of coffee, chocolate and tobacco in the finish. A little expensive, but a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
dark brown tinged with red when held up to light. very little head, moderate lacing. smells of roasted malts, caramel, and some dark fruit. good flavor, deep, full body, carbonation like a root-beer. Reminds me of a roasty, less sweet root beer. Would have it again. Wouldn’t pay a high price if it weren’t for that killer bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
very awesome, the malt has a distinct taste of coffee, chocolate and a bit of milk flavor. very little if not any hops but the beer itself is smooth with a strong fizziness. lovely all the way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
The aroma is very roasted with chocolate, lactose, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very good beer. Cheers!

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