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XS Imperial Porter - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial PorterXS Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(JLS Release #16)

8 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-row Pale, C120, C150, Kiln coffee, black and chocolate malts.
Hops: 100% Summit hops.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19º PLATO
78 IBU
76 AA
133º Lovibond

(Beer added by: mitchfor3 on 08-20-2006)
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as night no light penetrates this beer

Smell: Dark roasted malts with coco and coffee

Head: Dark Thick Brown that lays over its self, move it around and head does not move nice think shake like

Taste: burnt roasted malts with chocolate that's creamy and milky hops fallow and then a small coffee note

Weight: very heavy for porter style with low carbonation helps with the weight

Finish: Hops, no, coco, no, milk chocolate, no, hops, no, coco, wait might be chocolate, nope its hops

Snow81, Mar 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo,poured a deep deep brown nearly black with a thinner light brown head on top that left a trace amount of lace as it settled quite quickly.Big aromas of French roast coffee and dark fruit mainly raisin and prune with underlying bitter chocolate,everything just comes together so well flavor wise somewhat roasted and quite fruity the sweetness is big but not cloying at all hints of brown sugar and caramel in there.Wow it down so damn easy for a beer that Iam guessing that is quite "big" and the bold flavors make you want more,highly recommended.

oberon, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mad Mex weighs in at 7.7% appears a very dark pretty much opaque tone with a large tan head fine even lacing all around my pint. Aroma has dark chocolate and coffee presence with that burn roastiness really compromising the flavor, some black licorice with soft fruity undertones and a mild herbal presence. Taste has a thick dark coffee & molasses tones with dark chocolate bitterness highly hopped slight toffee note among a burn malt presence. Mouthfeel has a thick full body leaves it's presence on the palate charred oak notes even carbonation throughout. Drinkability is challenging I would love to induge on this regularly but it's pretty massive with alot of hops.

WVbeergeek, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells hugely of roasted malts with faint coffee and floral hop aromas.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors up front that subside a bit as the beer warms. Coffee and mild chocolate flavors are present, with a good amount of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit on the thin side with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The glass I had went down easily and I could have a few of these.

Overall I'm not sure if I would consider this a Baltic Porter, but it's a very good porter. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the front bar of Monk's Cafe. What a great looking beer. It poured a deep brown, almost black color with a very thick and foamy, deep tan head and solid lacing. The nose was destinctively chocolate and coffee. There was a touch of hops as well. The taste was a strong bittersweet chocolate taste with some fruitiness that balances out well. Although the body is rather full, the mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is fairly high. There is a nice hop bitterness at the end that gives way to the chocolately taste. Very pleasing.

ggaughan, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber, 2008. Only 2 bucks more at the bar than in the store! How can I pass that up?

This beer pours a very dark, opaque brown colour, with slight ruby edges, and lots of puffy, creamy beige head, which leaves a sheet of thin lace as it slowly dissipates. It smells of powdered chocolate, caramel malt, and citrusy, grassy hops. The taste is more dry chocolate, caramel, a bit of sweet coffee, and that big citrus hoppiness. The carbonation is quite light, the body smooth, silky, and full. It finishes with some bittersweet cocoa, and a bit of mild booze warming.

Prior to ordering this, I was having a small debate with my co-drinker about what constitutes a 'big' beer. Rogue's Imperial Porter put stock in both of our arguments - a large serving (his) of high-octane, high-intensity, and highly-flavoured (mine) brew.

biboergosum, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a rigid snifter (chalice like) with a red star crested Rouge logo. These snifters are hit

A: absolutely no head at all. Light remnants of a dirty cream colored head swirl atop the hazy mudded brown body. The edges expose dark orange and red hues much like bourbon. Presentation is rather lacking and could use work. Lacing has melted from the glass, ABV at work. Body is lifeless...

S: smells are hard to gather clearly. Most of what I sense is roasted malts slapped with leisure alcohol notes. A soft toasted nutty appeal is present that helps define some chocolate notes...otherwise not much

T: my palate gathers chocolate, coffee grounds, and toasted barley notes with faint dark fruits sweeping out each swallow. This bad boy was served at a pretty reasonable temp and has a sipping only character, at least I think so. Some delicate hoppy tobacco floral notes wallow about but fail to make a stand amongst the heavier roasted notes. Caramel flavors kiss most every sip and makes things taste tasty
My palate is feeling fuzzy, much like after taking a shot of cough medicine. It's not that this brew tastes like cough medicine, far from it, It is just the follow up that offers a warm tingling feeling on my palate

M: the feel has a light foamy character with a good integration of carbonation in each sip. For an Imperial porter it sits well and as I usual...a little more girth would not hurt

D: I find this lacking in overall flavor complexity. It just hits hard with roasted notes and some booze, they steal from the overall experience. I would reach for other imperial porters amongst this. But nevertheless, when on draft...drink it

Magpie14, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of nkersten
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle poured into New Belgium Tulip. Pitch black, 1/2 inch tan bubbly head, some lacing. smell is bitter chocolate, coffee, slightly sweet dark cherry. Good malt flavor immediately followed by bitter coffee grounds, some spicy hops, and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is near perfect - heavy but not syrupy body that is balanced with a moderate carbonation. A good beer, i think the coffee is too strong, even after a couple years.

nkersten, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of darkmaven
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hopjacks in Mobile, Alabama.

Dark rich black color with a mocha head.
What an irresistible nose: clove, baking spice, nutmeg, pepper, and dark, dark chocolate. Like the dessert that I had no room for on Thursday. This is not your average porter.
This was just delicious. Dark chocolate and spice follows through on palate. And with a good honest dose of bitterness on the finish (Thank you!), you're palate wants to keep drinking.
Let it warm up a bit and it goes down quick.

darkmaven, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most happy to find this hoppy chocoalte coffee porter on-tap at Cole's. two row pale, munich, dark crystal, chocolate and black malts; and 100% Summit hops.Did not get aroma even though special glass, which may be how Cole's bleaches. Brown with lace, good finish of bitterness, not sweet, lots of lace.Full mouth.If not for the aroma situation, I hope to try it again elsewhere, it would be better than a 4/5.

Sammy, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Pours a very dark brown, mostly black liquid. It wasn't as thick as I'd have guessed and surprisingly not as dark. It's extremely dark, but there is a bit of brown at the edges. The head is colossal, as it spilled out all over my counter. It's an off tan medley of bubbles that just continues to grow and grow. Impressive in the glass.

Smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a touch of smokey licorice.

Taste is fantastic. Coffee dominates, with a touch of licorice, then a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

It feels creamier than it looks. The feel is complex, with sweet, sour, bitter and smoke all making cameos.

The lacing is great in this and it's fun making the lace happen. Almost everything about this beer is well above average and I look forward to the next time I have it.

RickS95, May 17, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of elricorico
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown out of the bottle, practically black in the glass. A thin tan head to top.

Strongly roasted aroma. Bitter chocolate and faint coffee. Liquor soaked raisins to the nose.

Tastes of rich malt up front, giving a semi-sweet chocolate impression. Middle becomes more roasty and dry. Finish is a little bitter and just slighlty hot. Chocolate and coffee are notable throughout. Nothing overly sweet, but nothing overly bitter either.

Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. Quite nice in the mouthfeel department.

Fairly drinkable, if you like porters or imperial stouts. Not quite up to the expectations created by the price tag though.

elricorico, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of GeoCait
4/5  rDev -2.7%

GeoCait, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of light soy sauce (sushi type) with black chocolate and dry roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by notes of of chocolate with light soy sauce notes which disappeared as soon as beer had a chance to bread. Body is way too light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is too expansive for quality of offering and body is way too light for the style.

Phyl21ca, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of jmalex
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at Capone's on February 19. This review is from notes taken that night.

APPEARANCE: Served in a shaker pint. Dark brown in color with a light brown head on top. It barely drops any showing awesome head retention.

SMELL: An overwhelming bitterness dominates the aroma. It goes deep and shows itself slightly in the form of dark chocolate. Piny hops join the party in significant qualities, but give off more bitterness than any sort of aroma.

TASTE: The hops take the forefront here as well and are quite formidable - very typical of Rogue. The malt contributes a bit of roast and chocolate. It finishes slightly sweet but with a lingering bitterness layered over top.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is medium full, giving the beer a bit of a backbone to it. The carbonation is average and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: The hops are really strong here, bordering on dominating. But if hoppy porters are your thing, this beer is for you. For me it's a bit much, but the beer is still delicious and unique.

This beer features a very hoppy take on the style and is worth seeking out if your tastes trend that way. Worth a try.

jmalex, May 05, 2009
Photo of harripat
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

harripat, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Barleys tonight, this was really utterly fantastic. Poured a deep dark, opaque black with a huge tan head on top. Great rings of lace forming all around it. Huge smell of chocolate and caramel, with some kinda weird dark fruitiness to it as well. Flavor was huge, a ton of roasted malts, lots of caramel and lactose were really strong on this. Very sugary and full. A slight taste of cookie dough in the finish. Very filling, but not too thick. This was a monster, and one that I really enjoyed. I could have drank this all night when it was cold out, and it just seemed like one of, if not the best Baltic Porter I had ever had. Very well done and a truly great beer./

mikesgroove, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev -2.7%

bigbeers84, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical black ceramic swing-top XS bottle. Pours out a deep opaque brown/black, still impervious to light. Tall pitted frothy tan head that slowly recedes to a thin creamy cap.

Roasted, slightly smokey malt on the nose, some brewer's licorice, overall a roasted and sweet profile.

Flavour is bold yet not overpowering. Intense roasted malt, some woody and earthy notes, with a dry smokey coffee ground finish, and very dry smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full without being thick.

Certainly one of the more tamer and well-behaved of the XS series that I've sampled, and it has that serious bitter dryness of English porters that lets you know it means business.

IronDjinn, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Gusler
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Draught @ Papago)

The beer pours from the tap a deep brown to almost black with ruby highlights, the head a deep tan color, creamy and a good two fingers in height, upon depletion, the lacing a thick sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is rich in toasted grain, hop floral, caramel, and a bit of chocolate, a real pleasure to sniff. Start has a toasted grain semi-sweetness, hops provide a nice bite, top is medium in feel. Finish has a respectable acidity, the hops have a scrumptious spiciness, somewhat sweet aftertaste hangs on for quite awhile, a damn good Porter, and well worth a sample.

Gusler, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from ceramic bottle into snifter. 2008 vintage.
A: Poured a nice opaque black with 1+ inch tight bubbly darker tan head. Good retention and lacing. Very nice for style.
S: Mildly roasted malt, toast, and grainy hops. Just a hint of watery solvent in the background.
T: Hmmm...a bit on the watery side here. Some nice elements of cream, roast malt and coffee, and grains. With warming some raisin peeks through. Lacking the bite and kick of the better porters. It says it has their pacman yeast in it, but you really couldn't tell (well, at the very end with warming this barely comes through).
M: Surprisingly light body for the 8.2% ABV. Smooth with a bitter hop finish.
D: Not as special as you might think from the bottle. Rogue is a quality brewery, but this is not one of their better offerings. Give it a try...but maybe just once.

mwilbur, Dec 18, 2009
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XS Imperial Porter from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.