Rooster’s Yankee and Fort Smith

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it was about time Rooster’s got in on the bottling scene. With nothing left to prove in the cask world, it seemed like it was impossible to talk about Rooster’s in the last few years without ending the conversation with the phrase ‘I wish they’d bottle, though…’. Clearly, we want to go out and drink beer, but these days it’s vitally important to get your beers to drinkers who want to stay at home too.

The wait is over, and I have to say that it’s worth it. Not only do Rooster’s bottles look great, but the condition of the first set of beers to be released is good, too. Tom and Ol Fozard have gone with a straight light/dark/strong lineup in Yankee, Londinium (see previous review) and the lesser-known Fort Smith, and for those wanting a primer in where Rooster’s are heading at the moment, it’s a good call.

First up, Yankee. You know what you’re going to get when you pop the cap, and lord knows I’ve sunk enough pints of Yankee (4.3% abv) over the years to practically taste it before it’s poured. Rooster’s marker in the sand, there’s grassy, fresh hop bitterness played off against a softly biscuity malt backdrop, and a long, clean finish. A familiar taste, and one that’s pleasing beyond words. To bottle without including Yankee would have been unthinkable, I would imagine.

Fort Smith – named after the town where Rooster Cogburn lived – is one I’m less familiar with having only tried on cask a couple of times, but based on this outing it’s a beer I need to cosy up to more often. 5.5% abv, amber in colour and again, in excellent condition, there’s an explosion of Mango and Grapefruit on the nose, a smooth, sweet body and a lingering, rising bitterness at the end of the sip which tells you that it’s a loud, proud IPA that manages to straddle both sides of the Atlantic. Wonderfully balanced, Fort Smith is a powerhouse of flavour wrapped up in a very respectable abv.

So, overall, welcome home, Rooster’s. Now, can we have Wild Mule next? It’ll be Summer, soon. Rooster’s bottles are available at Beer Paradise.  You can also read Bibulous Me’s excellent review of the bottles (with the same plea for Wild Mule!) here.

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Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 15/03/2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Maggie from Loaded Kitchen

    I’m happy they’re bottling too! I envision a summer BBQ outside with bottles of Yankee and Fort Smith. Provided we get a summer this year, of course.

    I haven’t gotten a chance to try Fort Smith yet but your description sounds delicious. Gotta hunt it down. Pretty sure they’re carried at Ake & Humphris in Harrogate too.

  2. I really like the look of these bottles too. I have only just come across Roosters on a recent trip to York. There I had Yankee and True Grit which I both liked. It is a surprise to me too that they have only just started bottling. Looking forward to finding these bottles in shops or maybe an online purchase. Thanks for the review.

  3. Mmmm couple of new ones for me to try, any idea who sells it? Last pint I had from Roosters was Baby Faced Assasin! at #EBBC12 we don;’t get enough Roosters out here in The Dales.

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