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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 74
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western, Harrington & Klages, Hugh Baird XLT-80, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats.
Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Specialty: Two Secret ingredients.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Reviews by hyuga:
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North Carolina

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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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.

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