swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark copper with almost no head. Smells of a complex blend of alcohol and malt. Definite notes of chocolate and brown sugar with an intense bite. A big beer that I could easily drink as a sessional.
Luvystypotables (607) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of sour mash, and malt. Not much of a head, reddish brown color. Sour taste of malt, with a touch of caramel. Creamy feel with a bitter malt finish.
CopterScott (135) - Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thick brown color with a very thin off white head. aroma is a light malt and booze. Flavor is dark fruit, heavy malt, and booze. Soft carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (907) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-25-12-
Poured from 7 oz bottle into chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a deep red basically brown color with a thin dense off white head that has good persistence. The head fades very slowly giving a medium amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell is biggest of biscuit, roasted malt breadiness, and a heavy dose of booziness. These are mixed with sweeter aromas of dark fruit, molasses and a very light apple aroma which overall create a complex and enjoyable smell.
Taste – The taste is big of alcohol and malt. The malt is dark bread in nature with the booziness being of a slight rum flavor. It starts out more on the malty side and as the taste develops more it gets more and more boozy. Throughout the taste there is a lighter sweetness. It starts out as more of a dark fruit sweetness but then turns more molasses in nature. While sweetness is present it is quite light and helps to round out some of the more malty and boozy flavors. While rounded out to some degree, there is still a rather strange (more burnt charred bread flavor) that is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew has above average creaminess with an average level of carbonation. The creaminess is suiting, but there is a bit too much carbonation for the malty and boozy nature of the flavors and it would likely do better with a bit less carbonation.
Overall –It had a wonderful aroma, but other than that was a bit weaker then I would have anticipated. More sweetness in the taste would have done well to take care of the malty and char flavor of the brew and a lower carbonation would have suited the flavors better. Alright but not really the best of brews out there.
gururyan (597) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into—whoa that baby is pungent. Forced salivation, and not from anticipation. Deep red, no head to speak of. Very boozy, dark fruit, concentrated. Feels more like a barley wine, but then I guess I should have expected that from an imperial red.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
angel77 (850) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 20.7 cl en el lúpulo en mayo de 2013. Lote csnw13 hasta 20-08-2019. Esto si ya es algo contundente dentro de la marca. Aromas y sabores intensos con un cuerpo medio a casi alto de 8.2 vol que da para un buen rato. Color rojizo muy oscuro con espuma ligeramente oscura. Bastante buena
GreatDane1632 (327) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from notes taken 11 Nov 2012 -- From a swingtop, I love those bottles. A very impressive heavy red. I’m more of a session red guy myself, though.
DrSilverworm (6288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
rumproasts (2847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cute pony bottle. Deep amber with small head. Hoppy red ale. Caramel, fruits and big hoppy bite. A little boozy.
DocJitsu (902) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
SHIG (3561) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.