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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3849) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Location: Draft at Churchkey, 6/12/11

Aroma: The nose has dark malts, caramel, nuts, roast, and some fruity sweetness
Appearance: This one has a dark brown colored pour with a creamy beige head
Flavor: The taste is similar to the nose, a bit dull at first, but it improves as it warms
Palate: The mouthfeel is smooth and solid, medium bodied, with a fairly short duration
Overall Impression: I thought the flavor was slightly behind the aroma, but both were solid (but not great). At first I didn’t really think the flavor was that good, but it improves as it warms. It isn’t an amazing beer, but it’s not bad either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2212) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Dark, good head with small bubbles. Toasty aroma, and the flavor is of dark toasted malt - a little bitter because of the toast and almost a chocolate taste. Ok, but tough trying to find it outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
750ml Bottle: Sweet malt aroma with notes of praline, nuts, caramel, slight toasting, and some Earth. Poured dark brown/cola/slight ruby in color with a medium-sized, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. Good to very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes as it smells, of malt, praline, nuts, caramel, and some toasting. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, praline, nut, light caramel finish is sweet. Too much malt; unbalanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle - swing top ceramic. Pours a darker cola color with a foamy brown head. Nose is roasted malt, toasted caramel, dark chocolate, and light coffee. Taste is roasted malt, toasted caramel, dark bread notes, sweet malt, dark chocolate and almost a hint of tiramisu. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate, coffee notes, roasted malt, chocolate cake, toasted caramel and burnt wood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Very nice beer with very little head. Dark brown in appearance and malty in flavor. Not at all hoppy. I paired with Rogue Creamery blue cheese and grilled skirt steak. It’s a nice beer but pretty expensive. Good for someone interested in trying limited edition unique beers. Not sure I’d buy a second bottle. I recommend it to beer lovers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2011
In styles this was all over the map. Looked rather like a stout. Tasted like a cross between a strong and a tripel. A very good beer withal

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
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. Serving type: bottle

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Very little carbonation here. Dark dark brown color. Aroma rich and full of malt and caramel and oak. Tasteis complex and big up front but backs off the gas with a lighter and cleaner finish than you would expect. Not too syrupy, just right.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9065) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle... Pours brown and mostly hazed with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Good retention. The nose is rich, full and hearty – coffee, caramel, chocolate and pecan praline. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The malty flavor is of caramel and mocha. Sweet up front; balanced out on the backside. Finishes malty and hearty with a kiss of praline. Reminiscent of the first batch of Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale or even the first batch of Cigar City Bolita Brown Double Nut Brown Ale. Silly good offering from Rogue. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!


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