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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial Red was originally brewed in 2008. It is deep copper chestnut in color with toffee, brown sugar, nuts and spice aromas. A rich supple entry leads to an off-dry medium-full body of tangy raisins and citrus marmalade, bittersweet chocolate, and mild spice flavors. It finishes with a long nutty, fruity fade.

Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Crystal, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats. Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Yeast & Water: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19.4º PLATO 58 IBU 76 AA 47º Lovibond

Draft, 7oz Nip


1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrSilverworm (5023) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pint on tap at Beer Sellar, for $6.50. I noticed a Rogue XS tap handle on their tap wall, but the bartenders could not tell me which Rogue XS it was, or even what color the beer was. Who knows how long that tap has been there for, and when it was poured last, and how long my beer spent sitting in the line. The menu listed as simply "Rogue XS". Pours mostly clear dark red color, and has a heavy caramel malt aroma, big nuttiness, and some pumpkin-type spices, even. As far as I can tell, this could only be the Rogue Imperial Red Ale. And by golly, I’m going to rate it. Pours with virtually no off-white head. Medium to bigger body, kind of sticky. Very light, if any carbonation. Pretty flat, really. Some big nutty flavor, little earthy malt, huge syrupy caramel malt. Lots of graininess evident in the flavor. Seems old, and raw in a grainy way at the same time. Raisin juice. Big sweet taste, very light bitterness. Alcohol is hinted at only by the big, weird, musty sweetness. Not an enjoyable experience at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
cute pony bottle. Deep amber with small head. Hoppy red ale. Caramel, fruits and big hoppy bite. A little boozy.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a short-lived tan head. Heavy, rich malty nose. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Malty flavor. Ample bitterness. Why’d I pay $4.99 for a 7 oz bottle?? I’m nearly over Rogue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2014
7oz Bottle: Poured a coppery orange with a jello off white head. Sweet malts and yeast come forward in the aroma. Taste is malts, with fruit blend of raisin and citrus, very dry but sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice big ruddy red with lots of deep malt and hop flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Nip sized bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a small sized off white head. Caramel, toffee, some chocolate, and dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2013
7 ounce bottle. Pricey, like most of Rogue’s ales. They’re good, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the price makes me seek other beers. Just a note, mind you. Beer is beer, quality is quality, Rogue is good quality beer. This one pours a slightly hazy dark auburn/red with a pretty good head that left good lacing and lasted quite a bit. Aroma and flavor wise, this one is dead-on for what I think of when I consider an American amber/red ale. Pungent maltiness, biscuit, caramel, toffee, some fruits with emphasis on darker fruits, with an appropriate balancing hops presence, which is high, and matches the ABV well. Rogue did a good job with this one on flavor, body, taste. I’m starting to be able to taste the pacman yeast more consistently now. While I do understand why a brewery might use a specific yeast all the time (not an uncommon occurrence), I sometimes would like to taste things that specific brewers might create if they could use different yeast more often, like us homebrewers do. Rogue with English ale yeast or Irish ale yeast? Stone with US-05? Might be interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Hazy red brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine. Dry hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (2301) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2013
At the White Lion, London. Redbrownish beer with a small offwhite head. Dried dark fruits, hoppy and chocolate aroma. Fruity, dried dark fruits, some bitterness, floral and hoppy flavour.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (132) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2013
I was expecting a little more malt then hops but it balances nice. The color is a nice deep amber which i expect alot of reds to have but few seldom do


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