Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rogue - Juniper Pale Ale; Mogul Madness Ale; Chatoe Rogue Creek Ale; Dirtoir Black Lager

The Rogue Brewing Company is in Newport, Oregon.

Juniper Pale Ale - This beer is brewed with juniper berries and pours a dark yellow golden in color.  There is a short head of white foam.  The aroma is full malty grain, hop bitterness, with grass and herbs.  The taste is of a nice full-flavored lager, with an herbal and bitter hop finish.  A solid beer.

Mogul Madness Ale - This beer pours a very dark brown, with a tint of ruby.  There is a quarter-inch of creamy off-white to light brown foam.  The aroma leans just to hop forward, piney, over a base of dark roasted malt, nearing coffee.  The taste is dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hops, and pine.  The finish is slightly tart, bitter and dry.  This is a beer both heavily malted and hopped.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale - This is an ale brewed with cherries, it is part of the Chatoe Rogue, "Grow the Revolution", GYO or "grow-your-own" series.  These are beers made with their own estate grown hops and barley.  The beer pours a medium to dark brown in color with some red tints.  There is a tall quarter-inch of light brown creamy, foamy head.  The aroma is malty, some caramel, and an earthy, tangy, and slightly fermented cherry.  The taste is a deep, rich, succulent cherry, somewhat sweet and somewhat tart, over a solid caramel malt base.  The aftertaste is rich cherry.  If you like cherry beers, this is one to try. 

Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager - I am guessing the name of this beer is a take on the word "terroir" that is often used with wine.  It describes the way in which you can taste the place, the earth, in this case the dirt, of the area where the grapes of a wine were grown.  Thus, "dirtoir."  This beer pours jet black, blacker than the deepest depths of the darkest cave.  There is a quarter-inch of dark brown foam.  The aroma is dark, nutty, coffee roasted malt.  The taste is a very deep, dark, roasted malt, with coffee and very dark chocolate notes.  They call this a black lager, but it is much more like a deep stout in taste.

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