Rogue Buckwheat Ale
06/23/2008, 3:09 AM
Filed under: Rogue, Specialty Grain (shaker) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 4.8 %
RateBeer rating: 63
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $2.59
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Bush vomits on Premier

beach winds at morning
cloudy copper with white wisps
strange fruit soft finish
different, yes, better, no.
it takes courage to brew this

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 3 out of 5
taste 4 out of 10
palate 2 out of 5
overall 12 out of 20

Rogue Mocha Porter
06/17/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 5.1 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: stem, pint, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.42
Consumed at: home

rivers red with blood
a faint musk coffee dust ball
quick creamy finish
cocoa root beer for adults
a light touch for bold brewers

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20

Rogue Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11.6%
IBU: 87.5
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: wonderful

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain bread  toast nut dark chocolate roast espresso
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
wood, char, grill, smoke
Notes: A beautifully hoppy taste, with very little in the way of sweetness – surprising, but very enjoyable. Reminds me of 85% cacao, or very little sugar mix chocolate.

Palate 4 out of 5

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: more stale, hence the markdown
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A surprisingly dense and bitter stout, definitely imperial, but not sweet in the least. Quite enjoyable, and worth the fiver.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale / White Crane Bitter Ale

As white crane – bitter, deep, and luxurious. As Dead guy ale. Dead simple. Nice lace, head and body as White crane, but very nice as White crane.

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.6 %
Estimated Calories: 160C
RateBeer Rating: 82

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: more Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet
Hops Flavor:
Spice Resin

Notes: Very nice from an aroma standpoint.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Amber
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A beautiful beer. Brilliant, clear, and golden.

Flavor 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral
Other: Mild
Notes: Not an overwhelming flavor – not watery at all, but not hoppy nor very malty either. Deep in solidity.

Palate 4 out of 5

Sensation: Creamy
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint

Length: Long
Balance: middle
Notes: A very well balanced beer. Dull in impact, but not in craft. Well done.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: middle to Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Rogue know what they are doing, but I have more likely favorites from them then Dead Guy. They do the craft very well.

Rogue Shakespeare Stout

ABV: 6%
IBU: 69
Volume: 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered pint 12 oz.
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2.5.2007

first impression: Rich deep dark chocolate color with an inch thick head. A true stout. Depth is impenetrable. A darkness in flavor too, though not rough or rocky – very smooth and quite appealing. Dull and has feel of clay slip. Definite chocolate undertones, with hints of licorice and allspice. It’s delectable.

Visuals — Color, depth, Belgian lace, legs: The color is absolutely thick with a deep brown. Only at the very edges does any caramel color emerge. It’s mysterious. Head is thick even after retreating. It is a solid stout, and fairly still, like a moat. Lace is intricate and leggy. Crystalline structures are well supported and the lace sparkles.

Olfactory — Aroma: Aroma is like a sealed box of fudge. You can’t keep the flavor from scenting the air.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The taste is full, deep, and entirely satisfying. It reminds of a chocolate whole wheat bread.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: This is a warming, hearth of a beer. It’s quite dense to look at and to lift and is absolutely full of heft.

second impression: This is the first stout I’ve ever actually enjoyed, as others seem watery, or too heavy, or without character and I fear others will pale comparatively. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.