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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4165) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
750mL Ceramic, swing top bottle, painted black with a cow jumping though a big 75. Pours Very dark brown, almost black. Tall, light tan foam. Aroma of chocolate malts, sweet burnt caramels, fruitiness, and earth. Loads of chocolate malt flavor, rich caramel. Creamy texture, ABV well hidden. Again nice chocolate malt character. Not a dominate hop character like most Strong Ale Rogue beers have. This one has more of a malty sweetness, yet still very balanced. Although this bottle was very expensive, I would get this again. (3375)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3755) - - JAN 4, 2013
growler fill. black with a small, creamy dark brown head. chocolate, roasted deep robust stout type aroma. low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. flavors of roasted and chocolate malt. almost no malt bitterness from the dark carafa. pleasant but mystery fruity esters in finish. drinks nice and easy withOUT crushing-resiny citrus-hop in your face-pine notes. thank you for that, its been awhile.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of citrus, sweet malt, earthy, nutty. Tastes of chocolate, cocoa, spicy with a milky finish. Unusual.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Location/Date:Sample size draft at Churchkey on 6/12/2011 - surely leftover from Savor week.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black.
Aroma: Sweet and very malty.
Taste: Light hop, stronger malt finish.
Palate:Medium body, thick yet slick texture

Summary: I only had this as a sample size, and a few days after I had a bad bad sinus infection. I noted it was a very interesting and different beer, and one I’ll probably never be able to try again(also, I’m the second rater).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2011
(bottle) Dark brown chestnut body, opaque; and a big but disappearing light brown head. Medium roasted malt, caramelized sugar nose with light alcohol and hop notes. Very creamy, smooth, a little oily; very little or no carbonation. Flavor is lightly hoppy, providing a nice balance to the malt. It’s good, very drinkable, but not remarkable--just smooth, mellow, and, like I said, very drinkable. Goes excellently with the Rogue Creamery Anniversary Blue (which is delicious in its own right). Interestingly, the description here says it is paired with a Cheddar. I don’t know if that is just wrong, or they changed it at some point. I bumped up the final score 2 points to account for the cheese, and the whole concept.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2219) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4364) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a light beige, short-lived head.

Smell: A malty amalgam of toast, chocolate, and caramel given a small sprinkling of alcohol and with a fruity fig and raisin note undertone.

Taste: A sweetish taste of generously toasted malts, caramel, and a hunk of baker’s chocolate. Slight perceived silky, milky accent and a hint of nuttiness. Moderate degree of dark fruitiness. Softly leafy hops, though really not too much hop character or bitterness. Retains the initial maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A well-mannered, malty, strong ale. However, I’m very happy to not have been to foot the bill for this steep-priced bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9109) - Indian River County, 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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