Brewery: Rogue Ales
When I first starting researching beers for the Halloween tasting, this was the first beer that came up in my search. I knew hardly anything about it but I really liked the artwork on the bottle so I decided to research it. Made in Orgeon, USA it was fascinating to read about Rogue Ales as they don’t only brew beer and distill spirits, but grow the ingredients and hooper their own barrels too. Ten different hops, two different varieties of barley and other products that are used in their beers are all grown and harvested on their farms. I love the idea that they do every stage of the process, even owning their own brand of yeast called Pacman which they use in this beer. I was eager to try it and I was happy with the result.
it poured with a slighty hazy amber to copper colour and held a slight off white head with medium body. The lacing was quite nice and held well. There was a robust smell of big caramel notes, honey, mild grass and black syrup. It smelt very similar to a mead I have tried recently. The mead resemblance continued into the taste as big raw honey and waxy tones were clearly apparent. Malt tones come through nicely towards the end of the mouthful. The maibock was quite drying yet warming on the throat. It had a thick mouth feel as well. A light honey sweetness lingered on the tongue and it it awakened the mouth anew with every sip.
The notes that I took as I tried the beer stated that it was “like sucking on a beehive”, but maybe it wasn’t that extreme. It was syrupy and sweet but not in a negative way. It felt like it was the beer equivalent of mead in a way. It must be said, I liked this. I could easily drink a few of these in a session. I’m glad I found this multi talented brewery and I hope to discover a few more of their products soon.