22 oz Bomber, Green’s, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA.
First off there is nothing “Belgian” about this, nor is there much that makes it a Brown Ale. Typical for Rogue the hops are upfront, huge and out of balance. In this beer the hop presence is ridiculous for a Brown Ale, but not too overwhelming when you consider the Rogue style. Often Rogue can get completely out of hand, here it’s just big.
This is really a Bitter, or perhaps even close to an Irish/Amber, but either way it’s very hoppy. GREAT lacing with a nice, persistent head. Red clarity in the pour – simple, but really good looking.
In terms of the aroma and taste I could be drinking a souped up English bitter – added hops, ABV and bitterness, but you can feel a simple biscuit malt base underneath. Take a typical English Pale Ale/Bitter and “Imperialize” it, and you have this beer.
I think it would get tiring after a while, but a nice beer in small quantities. Definitely lacks sessionable qualities, but an interesting Rogue offering. One where their typical over-hopping doesn’t kill the experience for me.