Rogue Ales Spreads Holiday Cheer with Release of Santa’s Private Reserve

santas2017Overcome with holiday spirit, Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the limited release of Santa’s Private Reserve (2017).

To give Santa a bit of a break from the dairy this month, the brewers at Rogue Ales are supplying Saint Nick with a more adult option in the newly reformulated Santa’s Private Reserve.  Previously released as a “double-hopped” Amber Ale, this special holiday brew is now a “Belgian Strong Ale made with cherries, raspberries, Belgian Candi sugar and Imperial Gnome Yeast.” This ultimately yields an 7.8% ABV Santa’s Private Reserve that “delivers a delicious sweet and tart flavor.”

“I love what John and I came up with,” said Santa. “The Candi sugar enhances the sweet and tart characteristics of the raspberries and cherries, and the beer takes a little bit from both sides of the list: it will put a little color on your cheeks, but finishes on the sweet side.”

Santa’s Private Reserve (2017) is officially available now and will hang around through the holiday season.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, Holiday Season 2017
Style – Belgian Strong Ale
ABV – 7.8% 
IBUs – 23
Malts – Premium 2 Row, Munich, Weyermann Carabelge, Weyermann Caramunich III, Weyermann Special W & Midnight Wheat
Hops – Willamette
Yeast – Imperial Gnome Yeast
Added Ingredients – Belgian Candi Sugar, Red Raspberries & Cherries
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

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Tasting Notes: Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales

rogueRollingThunderPour1000In recognition of a week that is largely dedicated to big ol’, Barrel-aged Imperial Stouts, we do our part by taking down some Tasting Notes on Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

We first let you know about Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2017) when it was released back in August, and this is certainly not your run-of-the-mill Barrel-aged Stout.  No, sir.  We are talking about an Imperial Stout that was brewed by Rogue Ales with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms, and then aged in barrels that once held Dead Guy Whiskey distilled by Rogue Spirits.  Oh . . . and those handmade Oregon Oak barrels were coopered at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.  If your math is the same as ours, all of that amounts to nearly every aspect of this beer having been either handled, influenced, grown, or created by a member of the Rogue family.  That’s something truly special and definitely worth a look.

Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2017) officially released in August with availability on draft and in 1-liter swing-top bottles.  Quantities were extremely limited at the time of release, but we have heard reports of a few bottles and kegs still floating around out there.

Now that those details are out of the way, what do you say we activate this swing-top, pour a few glasses and get into some Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2017) from Rogue Ales

Appearance:  Rolling Thunder presents itself as a glassy, obsidian black brew wearing a bubbly half finger of caramel-colored foam.  When held to direct light, the beer remains opaque but dark brown tones do push through at the extreme edges of the glass.  The appearance divulges zero hints at what the beer’s carbonation level will be.  As is often the case with higher ABV brews, head retention is weak and falters quickly to a pencil-thin ring.  This Stout is quite slick on the glass and makes it nearly impossible for any lacing to take hold.

Aroma:  The aromatics are surprisingly light in intensity but incredibly delightful.  The nose is first greeted by a waft of booze and sherry before the roasted malts settle in with gentle notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses.  The profile develops further and closes with some earthiness that is accompanied by clean oak and soft vanilla tones.

Taste:  Oh . . . this is nice.  A big pop of dark fruit and distinct wood character hits the tongue first.  This opens to expose notes of sherry and dark cherries that rounds out a robust and lovely dark fruit profile.  That fruit presence is then tempered by tones of coconut, vanilla, honey, dark chocolate and roasted grain.  Sweetness then gives way to earthiness as tobacco and coffee emerges.  The flavor profile finishes with a subtle grace of whiskey.

Mouthfeel:  Rolling Thunder is leaning toward the medium side of full bodied and has a moderate carbonation level.  Although it mostly translates as sweet on the palate, there is a nice balance here and it is not at all cloying.  Just as it should, this Imperial Stout’s 14% ABV brings the heat and constantly reminds you to slow down and sip.  Slick in texture, the beer’s flavors are allowed to linger just long enough.  Aftertaste is a bit of booze, tobacco and vanilla.

Final Thoughts:  With each sip of this beer, it is clear that Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is more about how the barrel interacts with the beer rather than being just another beer dominated by barrel character.   The fact that this offering was made by “the first brewery-distillery-barrel maker in the country” can be read easily in each pour.  You can distinctly taste and smell the beer’s grain bill and added ingredients, and that oak barrel and the Dead Guy Whiskey ingrained within is here to only support, complement, elevate and contribute to those notes.  Everything here has equal billing.  Everything used has been showcased. This beer’s complexity is deep, and it goes far beyond what one has come to typically expect from a Barrel-aged Stout these days.  Rogue Ales promised that Rolling Thunder would be special, and they absolutely delivered with one hell of an experience.  Prost!

Fresh Roast Ale Makes Limited Return for Rogue Ales

FreshRoastRogue_edited1Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that Fresh Roast Ale has officially returned to shelves and taps for a limited time.

To create Fresh Roast Ale, the brewers at Rogue Ales “break from the norm” by “roasting Rogue Farms-grown barley in-house with a vintage coffee roaster.”  The freshly roasted barley then makes a short, 273-step journey to the brew kettle to create a “signature taste unlike any other beer on the market.”  Although no coffee was incorporated into the recipe for Fresh Roast Ale (5.7% ABV), that “signature taste” translates as nothing but “robust, roasted coffee” goodness.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves to do something unique,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “Fresh Roast highlights every step of the brewing process. We took our Rogue Farms estate-grown barley, hand-roasted it, and walked 53 seconds to the brew kettle to capture the freshest taste of roasted barley.”

Fresh Roast Ale is out now and will be available through February of 2018.  You can find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue Ale’s national distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fresh Roast Ale from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Limited, November 2017 to February 2018
Style – Undefined Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 37
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™, Dare R-3™, Risk R-1™, Risk R-3™, Risk R-7™ & Freshly Roasted R-10 
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Rebel 
Yeast – Pacman
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Rogue Ales Introduces Dead ‘N’ Dead as New Limited Release

deadndead1Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) announced today that they have officially released Dead ‘N’ Dead, a Limited Release offering that unites Dead Guy Ale with Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.

Arriving as the newest evolution of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale, Dead ‘N’ Dead is the brewery’s way of introducing their iconic German Maibock-style Ale to the barrels that once held Dead Guy Whiskey, a spirit “distilled from the same three malts as . . . Dead Guy Ale.”  Taking full advantage of being the only brewery-distillery-cooperage in the U.S., Rogue had their brewers, distillers and coopers work together to carefully age this brew for six months in these barrels.  Their hard work has paid off, and Dead ‘N’ Dead (7.3% ABV) comes together to feature “a strong whiskey nose and added notes of oak and vanilla, with a smooth caramel flavor from the whiskey barrels that balances out Dead Guy Ale’s malty, honey sweetness.”

“We had a lot of fun producing Dead ‘N’ Dead,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “We have these amazing tools to work with, from our handcrafted ales and spirits to our whiskey barrels. Our brewers and distillers got resourceful by colliding our most popular beer and spirit to make a new favorite.”

Dead ‘N’ Dead is a Limited Release offering that is available while supplies last.  You can expect to find Dead ‘N’ Dead in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in select areas of the Rogue Ales distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dead ‘N’ Dead from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, mid-September 2017
Style – German Maibock-style Ale (Barrel-aged)
ABV – 7.3%
IBUs – 40
Malts – 2-Row, C15, Munich & Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™
Hops – Perle & Sterling
Yeast – Pacman
Treatment – Aged for six months in Dead Guy Whiskey oak barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Rogue Ales Now Offering Cold Brew IPA in Cans

Roguebanner_edited_editedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has expanded packaging options for its Cold Brew IPA by now offering this double-duty brew in 12 oz. cans.

First released by Rogue Ales back in January of 2016, Cold Brew IPA has been delighting and confusing palates ever since with “an audacious harmony of hoppy and coffee flavors” found in one unique India Pale Ale.  Brewed with hops straight out of Rogue Farms and then blended with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee, Cold Brew IPA initially hits its drinker “with a strike of bright, citrusy notes from the coffee that smoothly transitions into a crisp smack of dankness providing an elated experience like no other.”  To build upon and improve that experience, Rogue Ales is now offering Cold Brew IPA in 12 oz. cans so that you can more easily enjoy it wherever you wish.

“We turned two of our favorite things into one and then canned it so we can take it with us when we do our favorite things,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

12 oz. cans of Cold Brew IPA are available now, and you can also find this offering in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  Look for this Year-Round beer to be on shelves and taps at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s expansive distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cold Brew IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round, 12 oz. cans launch August 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 82
Malts – 2-Row, Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™, C-40, White Wheat, Rolled Oats & Kiln Coffee Malts
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty, Rebel and Freedom Hops, and Simcoe Hops
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee
Suggested Pairings – Pork, doughnuts 
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Rogue Ales & Spirits Set to Release 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout

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Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works Master Cooper, Nate Linquist, poses with Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout

Rogue Ales & Spirits (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that it will begin the much-anticipated, limited release of its 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout later this month.

The story behind Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout all begins with the barrel and Nate Linquist, Master Cooper at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.  Back in 2015, the folks at Rogue Ales & Spirits got their hands on some “vintage, WWII-era, coopering equipment” and established Rolling Thunder Barrel Works as “the only brewery-distillery-cooperage west of Lynchburg, Tennessee.” With this equipment and a good supply of Oregon Oak, Nate Linquist “assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, cauterizes, sands and brands one barrel a day, all by hand.”  Once assembled, these meticulously crafted barrels go on to hold Dead Guy Whiskey as it matures, and then pull double duty by eventually providing Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout a home as it barrel ages.

Having been “brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms and ocean aged in Dead Guy Whiskey-soaked handmade Oregon Oak barrels coopered at . . . Rolling Thunder Barrel Works”, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is a truly special offering because nearly every aspect of this beer has been either handled, influenced, grown, or created by a member of the Rogue family.  This homegrown approach results in a barrel-aged Imperial Stout that “features deep sherry notes accentuated by hints of coconut, cherries, dark fruit and vanilla held up against a dark roasted malt backbone with earthy hops.”  Weighing in at a massive 14% ABV, the 2017 vintage of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout “is bigger and bolder than the inaugural 2016 release.”

“At first it was a creative challenge,” said General Manager Dharma Tamm, “to see how we could incorporate our brewery, distillery, cooperage and farm into one beer. However, our brewers, distillers, coopers, farmers – and even graphic designers turned it into a quest to create a world class beer that exemplifies the Rogue spirit of challenging the norm and pushing creative boundaries.”

2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will make its official debut at Rogue public houses starting on Friday, July 21.  This Limited Release offering will then enter distribution on August 1 with availability on draft and in 1-liter swing-top bottles.  Quantities are extremely limited, so keep an eye out for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Oregon, California, Washington and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint (of course, this excludes Alabama and any other state where Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout would exceed ABV and container size restrictions).  Prost!

Vital Information for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2017) from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, official release date set for July 21, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 14%
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare & Risk Malts; Nate’s Smoke, Brown, Kiln Black, Roasted Barley, C40 & C75 Malts; & Oats
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Freedom
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Brown Sugar, Sweet Dark Cherries, Vanilla & Chocolate
Treatment – Ocean aged in Dead Guy Whiskey-soaked handmade Oregon Oak barrels coopered at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works
Availability – 1-liter swing-top bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

 

 

Good Chit Pilsner Makes Limited Return for Rogue Ales

goodchi2016Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that Good Chit Pilsner is officially back, and hitting shelves and taps now as a special, limited release brew.

To get the 2017 release of Good Chit Pilsner just right, it all started with “a 100-acre barley harvest . . . grown in Rogue Farm’s volcanic-rich soil at Tygh Valley, Oregon.”  Once collected, the barley was transported to the brewery’s on-site malt house so that it could be floor-malted, a process that sees “golden grain . . .  spread across a specialized floor, where it is hand-turned every 12 hours over the course of eight days.”  Once the barley sprouts, or “chits”, it is then delivered to Rogue’s brewery so that it can become Good Chit Pilsner and give fans the chance to truly “taste the terroir of Rogue Farms.”

“The floor-malting process is an ancient brewing practice that best represents our farm-grown pilsner,” said Rogue General Manager Dharma Tamm. “It creates a unique experience in every bottle of Good Chit.”

Good Chit Pilsner is available now and will be hanging around through the month of August.  You can expect to find this Limited Release is 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of the nationwide distribution network or Rogue Ales.  Prost!

Vital Information for Good Chit Pilsner from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, June to August 2017
Style – Pilsner 
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 38
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™ Floor Malt, & Aciduated Malt
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty Hops™
Yeast – Czech Pils
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Rogue Ales Introduces Paradise Pucker as the Brewery’s First Sour Ale

Paradise-PuckerRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that it is now officially in the Sour Ale game with the recent release of Paradise Pucker.

Originally released in 2016 as a small-batch offering available exclusively in Hawaii, Paradise Pucker has been revived by Rogue Ales for a 2017 release that will include full distribution in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  Inspired by “the classic Hawaiian juice made with passion fruit, orange and guava”, this 6% ABV and 5 IBU American Sour Ale “features a subtle tartness up front that gives way to a mild hop bitterness and finishes with notes of citrus and tropical fruit.”

“We captured the tropical flavor and put our own Rogue twist on it,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

Paradise Pucker is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available at craft beer-friendly spots located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue Ale’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Paradise Pucker from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, June to October 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Rogue Farms McKercher Wheat; Pilsner and Acidulated Malts
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty Hops; Amarillo Hops
Yeast – Kölsch yeast
Added Ingredients – Yogurt, Passion Fruit, Orange Peel, & Pink Guava
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

 

Rogue Ales Raises Cash for College with Launch of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager

Jack_Joyce_ScholarshipRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the release of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager as a means of raising funds for the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund.

Named in honor of the founder of Rogue Ales & Spirits, the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 to help “students at Oregon State University’s Fermentation Sciences program pay for their education.”  The fund has since awarded $185,000 to 15 recipients.  When one of the first recipients was asked to share a few words about the impact of the scholarship, “it was disclosed that, in addition to helping pay for books and tuition, the winner had taken a portion of the scholarship proceeds to buy a hot tub.”  With that honest response, the folks at Rogue Ales found the inspiration to create Hot Tub Scholarship Lager.

Honest, straight-forward and an homage to a classic beer style, Hot Tub Scholarship Lager arrives as Rogue’s take on a refreshing German-style Helles Lager.  Since this beer has been brewed for a great cause, “Rogue Ales will donate 10% of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager sales to the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund.”

“We’re proud to help the next generation of brewers and distillers get a chance to make their dreams come true,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

Hot Tub Scholarship Lager is available now and will be hanging around through the end of September.  You can expect to find this offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Be sure to look for this one while on your next beer run so that you can help another college student reach his or her dreams . . . of one day owning a hot tub.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hot Tub Scholarship Lager from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, May to September 2017
Style – Helles-style Lager
ABV – 5.47%
IBUs – 35
Malts – GWM 2 Row, Weyerman Carahell & Dextra Pils
Hops – Rogue Farms Revolution & Alluvial
Yeast – Bohemian Lager
The Cause – Rogue Ales will donate 10% of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager sales to the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Rogue Ales Completes its IPA Series with Introduction of 5 Hop IPA

5hopipa1Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) recently announced the release of 5 Hop IPA, the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering and the missing member of their family of Rogue Farms grown IPAs.

To complete their set of numerically themed India Pale Ales created with ingredients sourced directly from Rogue Farms, Rogue Ales has added a little twist by making 5 Hop IPA a Black IPA (a.k.a. American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark Ale).  Brewmaster John Maier developed 5 Hop IPA with a hop bill comprised of “Rogue Farms proprietary Liberty, Yaquina, Freedom, Alluvial and Rebel hops.”  The selected hops “compliment the Risk and Dare malting barley from Rogue’s farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon” to create “incredible hop aromas and flavors of citrus and pine . . ., with the added bonus of a roasted malt finish.”

“We wanted to put a twist on our hop family of IPAs, and feature not just the hops we grow but also the barley we grow, malt and roast ourselves,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

5 Hop IPA now joins 4 Hop IPA, 6 Hop IPA, 7 Hop IPA and 8 Hop IPA to finally fill the void within this family of IPAs inspired by Rogue Farms.

5 Hop IPA is officially available now as a Year-Round release.  You can find this offering in 22 oz. bottles at craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of the Rogue Ales distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 5 Hop IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round, launching late-April 2017
Style – Black IPA/American Black Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV – 5.55%
IBUs – 55
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty, Yaquina, Freedom, Alluvial & Rebel
Malts – Carafa, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ & McKercher Wheat
Yeast – Pacman
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/