Rogue’s Roost is well-located in downtown Halifax very near a couple of other brewpubs. It is a fairly dimly lit brewpub pub with a dive-bar feel to it. They offer up to 6 house beers on draught which can be sampled in flights. Most beers were pseudo-British in style and quite tame. The English IPA was the only one that stood out for me. Bartender was very friendly and so were some of the regulars drinkers. Worth stopping past for a few samples on a beer tour, but there are quite a few better places in town.
Sunday afternoon. The place was pretty empty. I sat at a table; bartender came over and asked what I’d like. I asked if there was a sampler tray and he told me they were missing one beer and listed what they have. I said "Ok, but do you have a sampler?" He said yes. Then I went to the bar instead of the table, thinking it would be more social, and ordered the sampler, and he then ignored me. The cream ale was more of a bitter and not bad--grainy, smooth, low hop profile, too light for a cream ale but it was ok. The raspberry wheat was not much of a wheat and over did it on the raspberry extract. I had one sip and gagged. The Porter was very roasty and not bad, though too intense. The IPA was more of a PA. Almost no hops on the nose. Generally ok, but not an IPA from either side of the Atlantic. I did what I rarely ever do: had a cream ale. There was a decided lack of subtlety where subtlety would be useful--like the rasp wheat or porter--and too much subtlety where some boldness would suit it--like the IPA. I like the layout of the place, it does a good job of looking like a grungy seaside tavern even though its in an ugly non-historical building in what seems to be the shopping district. I had some sweet potato fries and they were pretty much what you’d expect. I didn’t finish them, they weren’t worth it. The coffee at the Second Cup downstairs gave me solace.
Meh. Beer is pretty safe, and the adventurous stuff that they at least try to do now is only ok. Great that they have the big windows over Spring Garden, but otherwise I don’t find the place that appealing.
Une RIS qui goûte les framboises, un faible barleywine, une IPA avec un collet gênant, des erreurs sur les assiettes qu’on a finalement mangé tel quel dû à l’attente prolongé. Ne s’élève pas du tout au niveau de sa réputation.
The beer made at the rogue’s is generic at best. their IPA barely qualifies as such. Their red ale is made in that no flavour but good colour style of boring ales.Their pilsners(they do not make a lager in its true definition of lager) and other lighter style beers are their strength.
A nice spot right on Spring Garden Road with insanely high ceilings that oddly work against the alleyway feel of the place. They offer a few brews that they don’t make themselves, but mostly just the generic crap. The food is mostly your basic east coast pub fare but if you’re looking to induce a heart attack I highly recommend the deep fried pepperoni.
Very nice, albeit dark brewpub. Extra high ceilings. Lots of wood. Excellent music selection that night, hope that’s always the case. Back door opens onto what must be one of the coolest hangouts I’ve ever been to: Tom’s Little Havana.
Nice spot in old building with high ceilings an big windows. Beer selection is good and though not immediately apparent from the menus, a taster tray is available with all the beers on tap. Food was above average and fair range of choices. Definitely worth stopping in if you’re in Halifax.