suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Deep caramel/red colored pour. Big white head. Foamy and lasting for a good bit. Tons of lacing. Peppery nose with hints of hops. Spicy malt. Nice peppery hops. Bit of a yeast character. Nice. lesifflebiere (1887) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
Rouge assez opaque et foncée, un cerceau de mousse sur le dessus. Au nez, le seigle se détecte rapidement, ainsi que les malts, penchant vers le caramel. En bouche, on retrouve une longue entrée en matière toute en malts ronds et épicés, mais pas particulièrement sucrés. S’ensuit une petite amertume en finale, qui allonge encore la palette des saveurs. Une bière intéressante, originale et savoureuse, mais pas renversante. Accessible, bien faite, bonne. pintbypint (3634) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
650ml brown bottle. Deep amber pour with a massive off white head, creamy bead, good lacing. Nose has trace of smoke, rye and caramel. Taste has caramel, grain, rye spice. Dry finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking rye ale. BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
Bière cuivrée et voilée avec une faible effervescence et un col de mousse conséquent. Le nez est doux, floral et parfumé; un peu d’herbe fraîchement coupée se dégage avec quelque chose qui rappelle la lavende. En bouche, une fine amertume supporte les saveurs principalement maltées (léger caramel sur les flancs). Rien de mémorable, mais une très belle interprétation d’une bière avec du seigle, sans défaut majeur. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. I got this at #BBC13.
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
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.
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. Ester_ (124) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Brown-red color with a small persistent foam collar. Aromas of spices, smoke, malt and caramel. Flavors of malt, roast, barley sugar. Couleur brun-roux avec un petit col de mousse persisant. Nez d’épices, de fumé, de malt et de caramel. Saveurs de malt, grillé et sucre d’orge. daniele (9063) - ITALY - JUL 3, 2014
castano buona schiuma discreta persistenza lieve notavafruttata agrumata caramellata leggero affumicato un tocco speziato amaro piuttosto contenuto Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-31-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a copper brown color with a tiny brown head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a rye bread smell mixed with some sweeter aromas of caramel and a bit of toffee. Along with these aromas were some spice aromas and a bit of a bready smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a rye bread flavor mixed with a little bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. The sweetness fades as the taste advances with the rye flavors getting even more potent. As the rye grows stronger some hoppy flavors of a grassy and pine nature greet the tongue. The flavors start out weaker and grow stronger toward the end, where they are joined by a light bit of earth and a resurgence of the caramel and toffee, leaving a lightly sweetened and hopped rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the rye flavors of the brew and when mixed with the lighter hop and sweeter flavors make for an easy drinking feel.
Overall – A tasty and easy drinking rye that is a little more on the mild hop side. Quite enjoyable. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
[Bottle] Very dark brown in color with a large light brown head on top. Notes of sarsaparilla, rye breads and sweet toffee in the nose. Lots of rye malt, caramel, toffee, spicy hops and root beer hints in the flavor. Light smokey notes are also there. Soda-like carbonation. High drinkability. Tasting notes from 7/2014.