boxofrane (2149) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from wegmans. Pours dark brown with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is sweet rye bread, light raisin. The taste has spicy rye, dry bitterness, and a bit of a hop kick in the finish.
Chad9976 (1203) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. I got this at #BBC13.
Appearance: Seemingly opaque brown, but actually a lovely chestnut/mahogany hue. Plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, tan, foamy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Dank, earthy aroma, not unlike wet leaves or a woodland area.
Taste: The roggenbier is an extremely rare style to encounter. While plenty of breweries make beer with rye, this style is rye-forward. That being said, I was surprised upon my first sip of Rogue Roguenbier Rye Ale since its smoky character is so prominent that it drinks more like a traditional rauchbier than anything else. Not that that’s a bad thing, just not what I was expecting.
It’s a little difficult to describe the flavor of this beer as it’s a bit unusual. Most rye ales tend to be lighter, but the darkness here makes it more akin to a brown ale. There’s a light sweetness at the beginning with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Mild bitterness at the crest of the swig - slightly dry, but nothing of the usual pine/citrus/floral character. On the finish the smoke comes out and makes itself known. I wasn’t expecting this because there’s no smoke on the nose, but it’s definitely there on the back end. Nothing too intensely smoky, but too strong to be described as subtle. These flavors keep repeating themselves and while they’re enjoyable, they’re not amazing. Though I was disappointed by the lack of any rye flavor whatsoever.
Drinkability: Smoke beers tend to be acquired tastes, though I’d say Rogue Roguenbier Rye Ale is probably a good introductory beer or for those not huge fans of the style since the smoke isn’t too intense and the palette is well-balanced. It’s actually quite easy to drink as the mouthfeel is rather soft with a creamy texture and smooth finish. The smoke flavor lingers momentarily accompanied by a slight metallic character, too. At 6.6% ABV it’s got plenty of body and weight for its strength, though I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle myself. This beer would be ideal with any type of barbeque food, rather than as a standalone beverage.
BiereLuc (933) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière cuivrée et voilée avec une faible effervescence et un col de mousse conséquent. Le nez est doux, floral et parfumé; un peu d’herbe fraîchement coupée se dégage avec quelque chose qui rappelle la lavende. En bouche, une fine amertume supporte les saveurs principalement maltées (léger caramel sur les flancs). Rien de mémorable, mais une très belle interprétation d’une bière avec du seigle, sans défaut majeur.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice malt build and hops balance. Decent amount of smoked aroma and flavors. Very nice beer.
pintbypint (2648) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml brown bottle. Deep amber pour with a massive off white head, creamy bead, good lacing. Nose has trace of smoke, rye and caramel. Taste has caramel, grain, rye spice. Dry finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking rye ale.
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
8oz sample at Beer Rev purely out of my growing interest in rye grain bevvys. This was a deep coppery brown coloured pour with a mild tan foam that faded to a ring. Nose was teddy graham cookies, chocolate, toffee, and vegetable oil. Mild alcohol warmth and carbonation (well disguised at 6.6%) Taste is lagery, a mild peppery smokiness from the rye grain, mild toffee and caramel malt sweetness, but a load of noble hop grassiness. Finishes smooth, and super light - not at all what was expected of the big dark brew in front of me. Worth revisiting.
JDBaker11058 (1316) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep clear amber with a silky, creamy, dense light tan head that stubbornly remains as a thick cap, almost with a cask ale or nitro pour look. Aroma: graham crackers, toffee, black pepper, hint of smoke, a barest whisper of wet cardboard. Taste: malty and sweet, slightly smoky/peppery as it warms (hello, rye!), caramel, tobacco, and a bit of almost English-feeling hops. Finish: smooth, slightly tangy, with a bit of sweet heat lasting. Notes: I love rye beers, and this one was no exception. Drank half the 22 oz bomber and used the other half to slow-cook some beef stew. Was not disappointed in the result.
lesifflebiere (1292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rouge assez opaque et foncée, un cerceau de mousse sur le dessus. Au nez, le seigle se détecte rapidement, ainsi que les malts, penchant vers le caramel. En bouche, on retrouve une longue entrée en matière toute en malts ronds et épicés, mais pas particulièrement sucrés. S’ensuit une petite amertume en finale, qui allonge encore la palette des saveurs. Une bière intéressante, originale et savoureuse, mais pas renversante. Accessible, bien faite, bonne.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, large foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Pale bready nose, slightly sweaty, pale hops.   Flat maltiness on the tongue, albeit smooth.   Not a lot about this is bright.   Trouble getting
any Rye out of it.   Slight Rye as it warms, but its minor.   Body and mouthfeel are rather smooth.   Soft rye and hops as it finishes, malty, slight sweet, with a soft hop bite.   Good, but nothing special.   Was
hoping for more Rye.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours with a clear deep amber body supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up mildly roasted malts, spicy melanoidin malts and a modest smooth smokiness. The taste has similar notes as noted in the nose with sort of spicy melanoidin malts, spicy rye bread and some smooth smokiness. Pretty nice stuff but the flavors seem to be brighter than needed.