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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,124 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1124
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%


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.

26º PLATO
88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001)
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Reviews by thetastywort:
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thetastywort

California

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in the XS bottle in a Bruery tulip glass. The 2011 batch.

A: Pours almost black. Not too thick. Had a nice tan head with thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt with a bittersweet chocolate smell. I can slightly smell the booze.

T: Malt and bittersweet chocolate comes first. Ends on the back of my tongue with a coffee-bitterness finish.

M: Above average thick and chewy. Not quite as thick as a Speedway or Marshall Zhukov, but good. Average carbonation.

O: Not a bad RIS, but not my favorite. A nice opportunity to try this bottle on the West Coast. I haven't seen this around too much. If you are looking to drink an RIS, this would sit somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:16:52 | More by thetastywort
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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TheSixthRing

California

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Release

Appearance - Pours deep and black with a near 2 finger's worth of khaki colored head. Good retention results in a thin,

Smell - Not getting much out of the aroma. Some roasty notes. Slight smoke. A bit of metallic twang. Light chocolate?

Taste - Chocolatey notes upfront. Faintly smokey with some coffee bitterness. Dark fruit emerges once it warms, hitting on light raisin notes, then a punch of dark chocolate and raspberry in the finish, with light coffee ground bitterness, dark chocolate and raspberry lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth with a light, drying finish.

Overall - While a near perfect example of the Russian Imperial style, I can't imagine buying this again for such a steep price; not when 4 packs of Old Raspy are out there for half the cost. This is better than Old Raspy; it's not 400% better (about the cost per ounce difference), nor is it better than their Double Chocolate Stout, which is about 40% cheaper. Basically what I'm saying is, this'll probably be the last time I buy it, lest I find it on tap. Love the aftertaste.

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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.

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Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.