Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by GreenCard:
3/5 rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Sampled at Rogue Brewery in Newport, OR.
Appearance: obsidian black, creamy dark tan-green head, lacing
Aroma: hops, molasses, soy sauce, smoke, hops, coffee
Flavor: dark raisiny sweetness, black coffee bitterness, salt, touch of almondy sherry oxidation, highly bitter finish, slight tang
Mouthfeel: full bidy, tannic astringency, slick feel, the fact that there was no alcohol burn despite the 11% abv is impressive
Overall Impression: I know it's probably blasphemous, but I'm not a huge fan of Rogue's beers. I've tried 9 or 10 of them and they were all pretty aggressively bitter, even their American Amber was assertive. Finely crafted beers and a brewery that deserves a lot of respect, but I find the high hop rate a bit boring. It's pretty easy to throw a ton of hops in a beer. I must admit, I'm not much of a hop-head, so take my Rogue reviews with a grain of salt. If there's a Rogue ale that is balanced, I'd like to try it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-07-2003 16:07:01 | More by GreenCard
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The bottle is different than the pictured in this review. I'm not tech savoy so f that upload shit.
Appearance: Dark as night with a good two finger head that dissipated slowly.
Smell: It smells of chocolate and something else I cant yet put my unexperienced palate on.
Taste: I'm getting a chocolate taste but a strong almost overwhelming and lasting bitterness that I haven't gotten with other imperial stouts.
Mouth feel: It is thick and and very nice mouth feel.
Overall: I'm not a great fan of this beer but I like the Rogue brand and would not be turned away from their brews. Thats why we have Baskin Robins and 32 flavors my friends, not everyone is going to love everything, overall not bad.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 16:54:53 | More by bleedsblu
3.58/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the big ceramic bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013.
Kind of awkward with the slapping chug out of the bottle, but comes out classic walnut dark brown, and makes a simple cocoa brown head of two fingers. Some faint see through quality around the edges under the collar, giving a lighter mahogany/chestnut/tan hue. Lots of leopard and spotty coating lacing on the glass, and big soapy bubbles in the middle.
A soft grainy action, and light charring roast comes through. It's quite subtle even for just a regular Imperial Stout. There's faint tobacco and hints of beef jerky and salt aromas to match. Hints at some smokey character interestingly.
Palate comes surprisingly with lots of hop bitterness. Big finishing notes of hop oil pine and resin. Matching bitterness of char and roast to go with it. This almost has American slammed barleywine written over it on a hop angle. Leafy charring roast is all over this thing to match and the two just seem to be fighting my palate. I am shocked there is so much bitterness on this for being what looks like an aged beer. Fruit berry of sour cherry comes through a bit as it warms for some pleasantries. Texture is also a bit wet as well, and seems slightly flattened.
Overall, it seems like a clash of flavors that don't really do it for me. It's not horrible but it's nothing like what I was expecting. So where's the malt and chocolate for starters? Oh well, glad to have tried it, not all is lost.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 16:52:43 | More by smakawhat
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.