Posts Tagged With: Rogue

Rogue Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

Beer: Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale
Brewery:
 Rogue Ales
Style: American Amber Ale
ABV: 6.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Murky, dark honey body with a thick, sticky head that stays buoyant until the last sip.

Smell: This is one fragrant ale. Its complex smell is of sweet, coppery metal aromas with notes of apple cider, caramel candy, and herbal hops.

Flavor: There is an initial buttery sweetness that quickly breaks out into an all out hop fest. The malt character manifests in the form of over buttered white toast, while the hops are mostly herbal, with a thyme and pine taste. The lingering flavor is a peppery spice.

Feel: Medium, creamy body with some carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale is an homage to the history of the northwestern Amber Ale (the style originated in Oregon), as well as Deadliest Catch‘s Captain Sig Hansen. Personally, I’ve never seen the show, but I guess that means something to someone. For a beer associated with the term “deadliest,” this Northwestern Ale is pretty tame. While overall a solid ale, the flavors could have been more amplified. Taking inspiration from the Wikipedia article on Sig Hansen, I suggest that Rogue develop a new recipe that emulates Hansen’s “Norwegian Fisherman’s Diet.” I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink a Coffee-Chocolate-Ciggarette Ale? I think that would do The Captain and his deadly lifestyle justice.

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Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Beer: Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.2%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Cloudy, deep amber body with no head.

Smell: This smells exactly like Life cereal and maple syrup. Really, there’s no need for further discussion.

Flavor: If Nutella and beer had a baby…as the phrase goes, this would be it. The resemblance to that divine nutty spread is uncanny. Other passing flavors include cream soda, dark honey, and maple syrup.

Feel: Thin with prickly carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Clearly we are taking liberties as to what we’re allowed to drink for “Brown Ale Month.” Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar is it’s own sensation–this is certainly not a tribute to Brown Ales past nor falls within the Brown Ale canon. This beer tastes like a bottle of hazelnut flavoring (think coffee flavoring) was dumped into an average Brown Ale. While the sweetness of the hazelnut gets old by the end of the pint, it satiates my fantasy of an alcoholic Nutella…and that’s good enough for me. Thanks, Rogue!

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Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale

Beer: First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.6%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Dark cherry wood body with a huge dense head.

Smell: It smells like the perfect Pumpkin Ale: the aromas are roasted squash, caramel, dark malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Flavor: As it smells, the predominant flavors are roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, charred malts, and cinnamon. It kind of tastes exactly like roasted pumpkin seeds.

Feel: Thin with moderate carbonation. There’s a bit of an oily residue.

Concluding Remark: Chatoe Rogue, a series of beers that are made with fresh crops from the Rogue Ales Farm, puts out a fine Pumpkin Ale. The Pumpkin Patch Ale features locally grown pumpkins, which are then roasted and tossed into the kettle. With help from a little ginger, vanilla, and the regular slew of pumpkin pie spices, Rogue’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the freshest Pumpkin Ales I’ve tasted this season. It’s perfectly balanced, with a strong squash flavor that is lacking in many pumpkin beers that claim to be brewed with fresh pumpkin. It’s a little pricey for a non-imperial (~$9), but if you ignore the price tag, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

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Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

Beer:  Double Chocolate Stout
Brewery: Rogue Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.0%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: 10 oz. snifter
Drinking Establishment: The Iron Monkey, Jersey City
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, pitch black.  Thin tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of creaminess around the edge of the glass, with some lacing.

Scent: Milk chocolate, with a slight note of alcohol.  Kind of like walking into the chocolate factory in Hershey, PA.

Flavor:  Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.  There is a slight roastiness, with perhaps a mild hop aftertaste–or more like the bitterness of semi-sweet chocolate.

Feel:  Smooth, medium body.  Low carbonation.

Oh my god.  If chocolate milk and beer had a love-child, this would be it.  The Rogue Double Chocolate Stout evolved from Rogue’s first rendition, the Chocolate Stout, and is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate.  It won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships, and it was well earned.  The sweet aroma compliments the flavor well, but the mild bitterness prevents it from being too sweet.  The result?  The perfect beer for someone like me, with a sweet tooth the size of Russia.

Concluding remarks: A delectable, well-balanced brew that makes a great beer-instead-of-dessert kind of drink.

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Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Beer:  Shakespeare Stout
Brewery: Rogue
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 6.1%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Black body with a light tan head that fades instantly to a trace of tan bubbles that float at the top of the beer.

Scent: The first waft was wood polish. I can sort of tease out a malt scent, but, that floor cleaner has tainted my nasal passages. As I keep smelling, I do get an earthiness that I haven’t smelled in other Stouts. The polish scent thankfully fades after a few minutes and is replaced with a bowl of oatmeal. 

Flavor: Predominantly a crisp oat-y, earthy taste. Sharply bitter.

Feel: Thin with full carbonation.

Concluding remarks: The bottle claims it is a World Stout Champion–and what does that mean, exactly? Well….I don’t know. I’ll be honest, this is my first Oatmeal Stout. Though an  avid beer drinker, I have a weak grasp as to what an Oatmeal Stout should taste like. Since this is an award-winner, I’d like to think that I am drinking a winner. But, ack, my palette is not accustomed to this new flavor profile.

All in all, it’s a big beer in terms of flavor; at the very least, you’ll be challenged by this guy.

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