Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by yen157:
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Alcohol is never a problem for me. I enjoy distilled spirits, wine, and of course beer. This beer, however, was almost too much for me.
Let me quickly say that it was a gorgeous beer. The head was cocoa brown and resembled a thick layer of a chocolate whipped topping on my black beer. It smelled very nice. Generous hopping gave this a substantial hop aroma that complimented nicely with the toasted grains, deep, rich malt, and alcohol in the nose. The first sip was brutal. It was like somebody had slippped a shot of nail polish remover into my beer. Alcohol fumes went right into my nose through the back of my throat. I have never experienced anything like that. As the beer sat for a while and warmed up some of the alcohol evaporated from it and the beer became more drinkable. Rogue's version of one of my favorites was unusually well balanced from the hopping, and was a tasty beer overall. It was even a tiny bit mushroomy. That was a nifty flavor to encounter in a beer, especially an imperial stout.
As you can see, my only peoplem was with the alcohol. I don't even think that it was that high, just not very well masked IMO.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2002 05:10:15 | More by yen157
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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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