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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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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this about 2-3 months ago in a ceramic swing-top bottle for a brutal $13.99. After all the bitching and moaning about the new packaging, I figure I should at least try the brew before I make any rash decisions about future purchases from Rogue.

The liquid that emerged from this bottle was thick and nearly black as it made its way into my Stone IRS tulip glass. A one-finger beige head formed on the surface and quickly settled to a thin halo surrounding a bubbly lace.

The scent was a very rich mixture of primarily chocolate malt and, to a lesser extent coffee.

The flavor, upon the first sip, was quite the reverse. An immediate bitterness of black coffee bombarded my palate, leaving behind a chalky bitter finish, almost as if the residue from ground coffee beans is actually mixed into the beer. Only the slightest hint of chocolate malt lingered underneath. Mingling within these flavors was the bitter sweetness of a dry red wine.

These flavors retained their intensity as I continued to drink. In addition, the alcohol was relatively easy to detect, although it didn't produce the burning sensation I'd expect from such a high ABV. The aftertaste was a mix of black coffee and red wine that soaked into my palate and refused to go away for several minutes.

This brew is a bit too intense for my taste. I'm not a huge Imperial Stout fan as it is, but I have had some good experiences with them. I assume this beer accomplishes what it's trying to do, but it's just not my style. It will take me multiple sittings to empty the bottle, which makes the swing top all too convenient.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 06:37:35 | More by instrumentality
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Appearance: Dark as night with a good two finger head that dissipated slowly.

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Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
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