Before we delve into Rogue’s newest spirit, you need to understand the labor-intensive process that led up to it. It’s a pretty long process.
The best place to start has to be Rogue Farms, the brewery’s agricultural arm of their operation in Independence, Oregon. It is there the brewery grows the hops and malts used in a plethora of their beers, especially Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. It only gets more complicated from here.
Before the brewery in Newport, Oregon is busy making an imperial stout, the Rogue distillery had taken some beer mash to distill into white whiskey. That whiskey hasn’t been aging in barrels Rogue simply just ordered from a cooperage. Rogue’s got one of those too. In-house barrel-maker Nate Linquist makes barrels out of Oregon Oak (Quercus garryana) that are then charred before the whiskey is left to age.
Once the whiskey was done, Rolling Thunder was transferred into the wet barrels for barrel-aging for months before bottling. Pretty labor intensive for a barrel-aged imperial stout.
Now, Rogue has gone a step further. Those barrels that once had Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout were filled again with Rogue barrel-aged whiskey to finish in the stout touched barrels for an additional two years.
Farm to brewery. Brewery to distilling. Coopering, charring, aging. Rogue continues to do it all. Now you can get Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey for your spirits collection. According to Rogue, this new whiskey release boasts prominent notes of chocolate and coffee that complement the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak.
Rogue Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is available in 750-milliliter bottles nationally in limited quantities.
Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey has debuted, the first 5-year aged spirit by the brewery/distillery.
Every bit of the Single Malt Whiskey has Rogue’s fingerprint on it. The brewery grew the malt on Rogue Farms. The yeast is Rogue’s Proprietary Pacman Yeast. It was distilled on site in Newport, Oregon, and transferred to barrels Rogue coopered and toasted onsite. Then, of course, bottled by hand.
Oregon Single Malt Whiskey opens with an attractive aroma of floral honey, peach and mango. Medium-to-full bodied, the aromas slowly transition to lush, ripe fruit and brown spice.
Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is available in year-round at select retailers in 750-milliliter bottles.
Style: Single Malt Whiskey
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: February 2018
80 Proof, 40% ABV
Image: Rogue Spirits
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Thank the local Oregonian fans for this beer. Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous is headed your way in the near future.
If you’ve never tried blending your own beers at home, or wherever you’re drinking, it can be fun. Or a disaster. Fans drinking at Rogue Brewing basically designed this blend of their own, the brewery took notice. Taking Chocolate Stout and blending it with Hazelnut Brown Nectar, the resulting blended beer is abit like a candy bar. Or a lot.
How did it come out? Dessert beer. A freaking delicious bottle of beer candy. Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Chocolate Stout are great beers on their own, but in this bottle, the result is truly greater than the sum of their parts. The flavors blend perfectly into a real treat of a beer that’s not too sweet, or too heavy. We ‘Hazelutely’ believe there is no reason to share this beer.
For years, our hardest core local fans have been drinking a blend of Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar, they say it takes like a chocolate candy bar. we have taken these two absolutely fabulous beers and fused them together to create Rogue Hazelutley Choctabulous, dark and decadent with a rich nutty flavor up front followed by a chocolate truffle finish. We’re thrilled to share our little secret with the world.
Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous is available for the first time in 22 ounce bottle release, hitting shelves nationally.
Rogue Farms Hazelnut Grove with a small blanket of snow, seen in December, 2016. The grove produces hazelnuts for Rogue Brewing’s Hazelnut Nectar Brown Ale.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale is the sixth and newest addition Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut collaboration series. Based on Voodoo Doughnuts’ Grape Ape, Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerilla Ale is available nationwide starting this month.
Portland based Voodoo Doughnuts creates the Grape Ape by combining a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and lavender sprinkles. As you would expect, Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale boasts a bold grape character.
“The beer is fantastic. It’s got a great grape essence and doesn’t taste like cough syrup. It’s grape in a great way,” – Rogue President Brett Joyce.
This newest addition to Rogue’s lineup will be available in the series’ hard to miss pink painted 750 milliliter bottles starting November 2016.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: November, 2016
Rogue Yellow Snow, the brewery’s seasonal India pale ale, has been canned for the first time.
So many breweries across the industry are switching to cans. Rogue Brewing’s President Brett Joyce tells Beer Street Journal in a recent visit that basically, the expansion to cans was no-brainer. You’ve heard all the justifications for cans. Cans go everywhere. Rogue Yellow Snow is the first of a few releases you’ll see from Rogue.
Joyce and his team opted to to use a mobile canner to start the canning process. They are actively seeking the right permanent equipment. The first 16 ounce cans of the tried and true IPA started shipping nationally just after Halloween.
The pale-golden-hued ale features a hoppy, tropical-fruit-forward aroma complemented by a medium body and hoppyness mid-palate.
Rogue Yellow Snow is brewed with hops and malts from their own farm. Available in new 16 ounce cans, 12 ounce bottles, 22 ounce bottles, 64 ounce growlers throughout the winter season.
Below are a few Beer Street Journal pics from the first canning day.
Availability: 16oz Cans, 12oz/22oz Bottles, 64oz Growlers, Draft. Winter Seasonal.
Debut: Early November, 2016