Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.85/5 rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
"A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue."
2007 bottling. Pitch black with an outstandingly sticky crown of dark brown sugar colored foam that is filling well more than half the snifter due an inescapable chug-a-lug pour from the ceramic 750 ml bottle. This is unquestionably one of the best looking Russian Imperial stouts in the history of the style.
The nose is as roasted-black-chocolate malty as expected. The hops are probably long gone, but what's left smells like it will more than get the job done. Regarding the 'two secret ingredients'... let's go with molasses and brewer's licorice.
Any fears on my part that this now four year old bottle of Rogue Imperial Stout was past its prime were put to rest with the very first sip. It might have been even better (read: more hoppy) back in '07, but it's beautifully aged big beer right here and now. May not need that cork and swing-top after all.
Where to start? First of all, I'm sticking with the secret ingredient guesses from several paragraphs ago. Granted, many big stouts deliver those same flavors without having added those specific ingredients... but still. There must have been a few battleships worth of barley shoehorned into each bottle because this sucker is huger than huge. Several more years of aging would not be out of the question at all.
Each mouthful is an explosion of dark chocolate fudge brownie with chunks of Skor candy bar and roasted coffee beans, soaked in blackstrap molasses and Sambuca. Every one of my favorite RIS flavors are present and accounted for... in spades. Simply put, intensity *and* complexity to this degree is a rare combination that deserves the ultimate taste score.
Age cannot have taken much of a toll on the mouthfeel because it's all kinds of crushed velvet lush and heavy cream-like plush. Not quite thick and caramel chewy, but close. Either that or it was the biggest and baddest beast on the big beer block back in '07.
To be honest, my first thought (this morning, not at the time of purchase) on seeing the $16.49 price tag stuck to the side of the ceramic bottle was... 'no way it's worth that'. Well, boys and girls, it is. If limited to one hand to count the best RISs to have ever entered my glass, Rogue Imperial Stout is easily worth one finger.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2011 13:39:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.13/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, pine, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness; with a bit of booze. Nice aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick and moderately chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hops; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:34:50 | More by superspak
3.56/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
I picked up a bottle of Rogue's XS Imperial Stout a few weeks ago for $3.99 at The Beer Depot. I was looking for a couple beers that I couldn't get locally and I thought I would give this one a shot. so lets see how it goes. 2010 Vintage. Poured from a brown 7oz mini bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks ok, it's pretty standard for Rogue and it's not that eye catching, but they get some bonus point for having good information on the bottle and the smaller bottles do make them stick on the shelf and they remind me of some mini corona bottles. It poured a dark pitch black color that didn't let any light come through at all and it had a thin ring that was a darker tan color that quickly faded to nothing and somehow it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer considering the style and how old it is, it doesn't look that bad.
S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted, slightly charred, chocolate/cocoa, and some sweet malt aromas with little bit of caramel and a slight bit of toffee showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable smokey aroma that leads into some nice dark fruit aromas. Towards the end there's a light soy sauce aroma with a pretty light alcohol aroma. This beer had a very good aroma, I thought it was pretty complex and seemed to have more than a few different layers to it.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some roasted malt, slightly charred, slightly grainy, and chocolate like aromas with the chocolate and roasted malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable earthy flavor with a somewhat lighter amount of smoke coming through and there's a noticeable cardboard oxidation flavor, but it isn't as bad as some other aged beers I've had. On the finish there's hardly any alcohol flavors with a very slight soy sauce flavor and fairly higher amount of medium bitterness with a kind of watery roasted malt aftertaste that fades pretty quickly. This was a decent tasting beer, but I wish it was much more like the aroma, I think that it aged a little to long and it's past it's peak.
M- Fairly smooth, fairly rich, a little sticky, a little creamy, the lighter side of being thick bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty decent example of a Imperial Stout and I think it passed it's peak, I have never had this beer fresh, so I have no clue what it was like then, but the bottle suggests this is best after being aged a year, so it's meant to be aged, but as far as I can see four years is just too much for this one and I bet it was pretty good a year or two ago. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, fairly rich, a little creamy, a little sticky, not too filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, this 7oz bottle is the perfect amount for me and it makes for a nice cold weather sipper. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really good and really complex. What I liked the least about this beer was the flavor, it wasn't nearly as complex as the aroma and i wish the taste didn't fade so fast. I would buy this beer again if i saw a fresher one, it's a little pricey, but I'm interested to see what it's meant to be like. I would recommend this to people who like the style, just don't let it age too long. All in all I think this one was just ok, but I think that mainly had to do with the age. Solid work guys, I'll have to try a fresher one to get a better idea of what this beer is all about.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 04:52:01 | More by StoutHunter
4.56/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to try this vintage unaged, so I cannot attest to what qualities have changed, or if it has mellowed at all. I can say that it was a wonderful stout, and one of the best I have had from Rogue. Lots of dark, roasted notes here in both smell and taste: toasted oats and malts with bitter chocolate. No florals or fruit really. Some leather and tobacco too, some bitterness. No booze whatsoever and it is exceptionally smooth, absolutely silky texture. Still a fair amount of carbonation for a beer that is almost three years old.
Fantastic beer, but this was actually kind of a sad moment for me. I had been holding onto this for a special occasion and opened this by accident thinking it was a Rogue Dead Guy XS. Disappointing that I couldn't let this rest for longer but fortunately able to share it with some other appreciative tasters. Wonderful stout, some bitterness and tons of roasty-ness that I love. A bit sweet and sticky, but not unusually so for the style. And I love the ceramic bottles. Must try.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 09:37:56 | More by Samuel906
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
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