Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by hyuga:
4.72/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Well, this is one dark, dark brew. An x-ray would have trouble getting through this one. Big brown head on top that leaves good lace, but settles slowly to thin. When i first cracked this, some citrus hop aroma escaped from the bottle, but with the whole thing poured and right at my nose, that aroma is more suppressed and mingles alongside the big malt character. Chocolate to be exact, maybe a little caramel as well. Fruity also, besides the slight citrus. A bit wood-like too. Even a tiny bit peaty and smoky. Very complex aroma, and unique for an imperial stout. On the palate, a great combination of flavors appears, as complex as the aroma. Roasted malt grain, dark chocolate, caramel, and bitter hop oil are noticeable first. Peat and smoke are more noticeable than in the aroma, they add a great character, and come out especially well with retro-olfaction. Sweet fruit hits near the middle, but then leaves. Big alcohol warming. Huge body! Chewy and thick. It can't decide whether to be smooth or aggressive in the mouthfeel department, which certainly isn't a bad thing. Very hoppy finish that holds up even to the last taste bud. A strong contender for the title in the imperial stout category with its great complexity in aroma and flavor, and its massive full body. This is without a doubt one to put back for a while, I'm having a 2001 right now, imagine how much more complexity it would gain with even more aging! Cheers to Rogue once again!
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2002 01:16:27 | More by hyuga
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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 1,155 ratings.