Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Mead
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Formerly Chatoe Rogue 19 Original Colonies Mead.
Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 19 colonies of bees were carefully kept and fed. Their honey was extracted, filtered and brewed as a jasmin-infused Mead. Brewed with 5 ingredients: Rogue Hopyard Honey, Wild Flower Honey, Jasmin Silver Tip Green Tea Leaves, Champagne Yeast, & Free Range Coastal Water.

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SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle: Poured a yellow to golden with lots of carbonated bubbles. Thin white skim of a head on the top. Aroma was sweet honey and floral hints. Taste was very mixed with earth, floral and light honey. The finish was dry and carbonated. I let this warm up to room temp and it seemed to get better as it warmed up. Also a lot of the carbonation flattened as it warmed, which in my opinion helped.

gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Jasmine. Really light gold. Light body. Floral. Not too dry not too sweet. Ok.

DiscerninDrunk (48) - - AUG 28, 2014
Pours clear with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, left with a light yellow-straw to golden color. Should be considered a metheglin for rating purposes (noticed one irate mead lover). Aroma strongly of wild honey, carbonation not unlike a prosecco, very fine, delicate bubbles roll across the tongue as you are taken away by honey. Jasmine shows up as a mild aftertaste, though not unnoticed. Semi-sweet, quite pleasant.

TheBeerVal (6) - - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
Awesome aroma - heavy on the honey. The taste is light on the jasmine; it’s present, but the honey is first and foremost. Still, it’s not cloyingly sweet. It has a slight tastness to balance it out. Maybe a little tart for a mead, but I dig it.

JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Slightly cloudy/hazy pour with a fast-fading white head. The nose has a bit of floral wildflower honey, light herbal character and a touch of white pepper. Slightly zesty with a touch of citrus fruit. Not a mead with a ton of character, but it’s reasonably thirst-quenching and has some character.

robinvboyer (4674) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
650ml bottle. Hazy golden pour, with a tiny, quickly disapearing white head. There is a strong aroma of floral honey, some jasmin, some bitter green tea and what seems to be grape juice. Next to no carbonation, mouth feel is watery. Finish is slightly sweet, with no bitterness. Light honey notes with more of that odd welchs grape juice. This is odd, not terrible, but i dont see it as a mead.

jksipa (944) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Slightly hazy pale gold with a tiny white head that is quickly gone. Honey and light floral notes on the nose. Quite sweet honey start with a tart middle with some lemon. Medium mouth with quite active carbonation. Enjoyable, but as my first mead, not sure how it compares to others.

obguthr (6358) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Honey nose. Clear very pale yellow, still. Wow, this is super dry! Dry, and virtually flavorless. Subtle honey is detected on the back of the palate. Fizzy and harsh. Not my thing as I prefer sweeter meads, but this is not derserving of the very poor ratings.

Helsdon (391) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
Is there a buzz about this beer? Or rather mead, which I know nothing about. It’s could be the bee’s knees, or just a mead from the b-list. But I like Rogue enough that I made a bee line, (which honestly is a rather wandering thing) for this beer, uh, mead. It pours yellow with a little cloud, and the head only develops after the pour to a dense white sheeting of head, thanks to a pop-like carbonation of big bubbles. Your get the honey in the nose, a touch of fish (fresh, not old and stinky) and that’s about it. Very sweet on the first sip, honey of course, a little zing on the palate, fairly thin on the finish. Not a lot of complexity here, but it’s something new for me and I appreciate that. But this place isn’t called ratemead so I fear, Rogue, the honeymoon is over, and your mead isn’t getting a great rating.

Fishhead1227 (1) - - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
First I need to start out that I am almost appalled at the comments and ratings on this individual alcoholic beverage being compared to beer. This is mead. You do not use wheat or barley or hops, you use water and honey. This is not a beer and you cannot compare it to a beer, it is a category all in itself. I rated this mead based on this experience alone, although I feel I should give it a higher mark to offset the low ratings from some people who don’t really understand what mead is. That being the case, I must now second guess every other rating for every beer on this website due to lack of knowledge of the beer that is being rated. This is my first entry, I feel I have to defend this one because I feel so highly about it. Locally here in Memphis we have a growler store, I picked up a half-gallon and brought it home and poured it into a snifter. Naturally, allow it to breathe for a bout 3 to 5 minutes and check the nose. Immediately I smell beeswax and clover honey, there is a very subtle hints of citrus and Jasmine. On the mouth feel, it is very light and crisp, sharp carbonation, almost Champagne like, flavors of honey, lemon zest, hints of rice cake(seriously). The very first taste is not as impressive as I would hope but the following sips lead to a brighter and more round flavor. The finish is quite dry, unexpected yet quite satisfying. It reminds me of a dry white wine with a slight sweetness to it. Not a homemade mead yet it doesn’t taste mass produced. $10 for a 64 ounce draft growler is well worth my money and a nice break from beer. I recommend to anyone not delving into Bud or Coors as their go to beer.

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