Let’s start off with roasted DOES NOT EQUAL smoked, but, the image of flames and malts on the bottle incited too much curiosity to resist. Plus, for $5 or $6 it didn’t seem like too big of a risk. Therefore, this beer falls in the “not a smokebeer” category. Having said that, I won’t take up too much more of your time. This beer is malty. You won’t miss the roastyness in it. It tastes fine. And maybe it’s just me, but I swear a number of west coast breweries that all came of age in the late 90’s, share a common flavor, as does this beer. It must be the hops. Overall score – 4 smokestacks out of a total possible 7 smokestacks. Also, check out Rogue’s website when you get a chance. There’s a link at the bottom; it’s a top notch site.
|Brewer||Rogue Ales & Spirits|
|Beer Name||French Roast|
|Brewer’s Description||Rogue Fresh Roast is made with Rogue Farms barley fresh roasted at the brewery. The barley is taken directly out of the roaster and rushed 273 feet over to the brew kettle. We don’t think it gets much fresher than that, and we know you’ll taste the difference.|
|Brewery Location||New Port, Oregon|
|Alcohol content by volume||5.7%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||37|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||5|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||1|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||1|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||4|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4|
Check out their website, which is the best brewery website I’ve ever seen. You can buy stuff too.