Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Osiris9588:
3.4/5 rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
2006 XS in a ceramic bottle. Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. The head is four-fingers of chocolate-milk froth, that grows creamy, thick, and stiff, almost resembling chocolate chip cookie batter. Large-bubbled lacing hugs the Guinness pint glass. I've never quite seen a head like this on a stout, though I did pour it quite aggressively.
The aroma is dominated by sweet molasses and brown sugar, with a mild cocoa bean note beneath, accented by a hint of vanilla. These elements assert themselves in the flavor, especially on the front, but a rather harsh coffee, charred wood and malt characteristic arises on the finish, along with a none too subtle flourish of alcohol.
It medium bodied, creamy on the front, dry and bitter on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit much, rendering the drinkability a bit low. It is a bit unbalance, so subtle on the front, then the aftertaste just really gets you in the back of the throat. Almost a great stout. And maybe it will become one after some time in the cellar, but not there yet.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2007 03:25:50 | More by Osiris9588
More User Reviews:
2.99/5 rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - Nice thick black pour, thick 2 finger tan head that settles to a cap. Soapy lacing down the side. Good looking beer.
S - Bitter dark chocolate and an earthiness in the nose. It's odd, mud? Burnt toast. Some hops and alcohol heat. Not the best smelling beer for me.
T - Bitter, to the point of off putting. It's overly hoppy for the style. I get a quick hit of sweetness then it's a char, smokey, earthy, bitter hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden though.
M - Smooth, low carbonation. It lacks that creamy feel I'm looking for. No oomph, it's just there.
O - This was a 2012 vintage given to me by my brother for Christmas to sway me on Rogue. It didn't work. I don't get the brewery or the beers they produce. This could pass for a poorly constructed black IPA. It just lacks what makes a great stout. Some odd smells and flavors. This tries to be different and succeeds but fails in doing so.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 23:09:24 | More by HopBomb515
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
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
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