Rogness Yogi Spiced Amber
BREWERY: Rogness Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Pflugerville, Texas
STYLE: Amber ale
ABV: 9.6 percent
IBU: 101
PRICE: $6.31
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
I have to say, this is one of the most interesting beers I have had in a while. However, the problem with having such a large clove/spice presence in the profile is that it completely destroys any chance at all that I could possibly taste the actual beer itself, and that is something I can't get over. I do find it interesting that this is a year-round beer, and would think that it would do very well if relabeled as a Thanksgiving or Christmas type release. This is a very interesting take on a spiced beer, but if you are looking for subtlety, nuance or balance, you have come to the wrong place.
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First released in mid-2012, Yogi Spiced Amber 1 is a 5.2 percent ABV amber ale that is brewed with Saigon cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper. The beer is meant to remind drinkers of chai, and was created by co-owner Diane Rogness2, who owns the Pflugerville, Texas-based brewery with her husband, Forrest. Rogness Brewing Co. opened in March 2012, and now distributes to Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Waco.

Rogness Yogi Spiced Amber bottle

The Yogi Spiced Amber label has this to say:

More than a beer, this is a state of mind. Yogi has a rich copper color and fragrant aromas of chai. Saigon cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper create an exotic flavor profile. Caramel notes are offset by rich tannins. Ideally served at 50 – 55°F.

The Yogi Spiced Amber pours a muddy copper color, with a respectable one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thick, tan lacing behind. There is plenty of carbonation evident with a visual inspection, and aroma from the glass is a combination of ginger, cloves, lemons, cinnamon, oak and sweet oranges.

After the aroma coming from the glass, I knew the Rogness Yogi was going to be an interesting beer, and from the first sip, the flavors explode on my palate. A distinct clove note is dominant, followed closely by slightly less ginger, pine, pumpkins, cinnamon, and tea leaves, with a bit of sweetness every once in a while. There is a significant black pepper note that is present on the palate as well, but is quite a bit stronger on the finish, where it lingers long after you take a sip. The carbonation level is quite high—almost too high—which just adds to the dryness on the finish.

Rogness Yogi Spiced Amber

As it warms, the pepper on both the palate and the finish becomes more evident and any sweetness has disappears completely. Cinnamon has also overtaken cloves as the dominant flavor, although the latter note is still very much a part of the profile, followed by ginger, yeast, cardamom and slight oak.