onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear copper with an aroma that’s like rye dough and chef boyardee. Tastes about the same, chef boyardee noodles and some bread dough.
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binnys. Poured very dark brown with cream head. Aroma of roasted malt and slight farm funk. Quite smooth balance flavor.
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Rogue. Clear, deep red pour. Wispy, white lacing. Nose is funky smoked tea, similar to Kambucha or suchong tea. Smoked, brown sugar taste with kambucha sweet tea. Strange beer. Cloying sweetness as you drink through the small pour, but soft body is a nice change from the abrasive bitterness in most of Rogue’s offerings.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark burnt orange color with a two finger off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with slightly sour, spicy rye and light grassy hops. Flavor is a very well melded caramel and biscuit malt, rye and slight nuttiness, with a mild spicy hop presence in the finish. Light to medium body with moderate, soft carbonation.
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sprout’s: Poured a dark gloomy liquid nearly opaque because of how much sediment/junk are floating in balanced equilibrium. Aroma is based primarily based off malts while there is a heavy dosage of spices on my nose that I could care less to individually pick one by one. The drink delivers a tart taste of expired malt sugars and expending yeast but somehow still gives off an artificial rye bread flavor that I find putrid which ends up tasting like the most dud first growth chatoe rogue I’ve had- to date.
mike5326 (1067) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear light brown color, no real head . Not much of a nose. Light fizzy grain body with a light bitter finish.
mnurda (1177) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours darker than I expected. Bit of smoke flavour. Sharp tasting. Decent beer. My first in the Specialty grain category
LizzyLizard (2) - - SEP 21, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The smoky aroma reminded me of camping: it was a perfect mix of forest and smoke aromas. The taste was unique, with mild flavors, a nice crisp finish, and a light mouthfeel. It was different from many rye beers so it was not what I expected, but it was a pleasant experience all the same.
boxofrane (2319) - 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 (1315) - 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.