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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 1121
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%

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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Photo of HopBomb515

New Jersey

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
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of StoutHunter


3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Rogue's XS Imperial Stout a few weeks ago for $3.99 at The Beer Depot. I was looking for a couple beers that I couldn't get locally and I thought I would give this one a shot. so lets see how it goes. 2010 Vintage. Poured from a brown 7oz mini bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty standard for Rogue and it's not that eye catching, but they get some bonus point for having good information on the bottle and the smaller bottles do make them stick on the shelf and they remind me of some mini corona bottles. It poured a dark pitch black color that didn't let any light come through at all and it had a thin ring that was a darker tan color that quickly faded to nothing and somehow it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer considering the style and how old it is, it doesn't look that bad.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted, slightly charred, chocolate/cocoa, and some sweet malt aromas with little bit of caramel and a slight bit of toffee showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable smokey aroma that leads into some nice dark fruit aromas. Towards the end there's a light soy sauce aroma with a pretty light alcohol aroma. This beer had a very good aroma, I thought it was pretty complex and seemed to have more than a few different layers to it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some roasted malt, slightly charred, slightly grainy, and chocolate like aromas with the chocolate and roasted malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable earthy flavor with a somewhat lighter amount of smoke coming through and there's a noticeable cardboard oxidation flavor, but it isn't as bad as some other aged beers I've had. On the finish there's hardly any alcohol flavors with a very slight soy sauce flavor and fairly higher amount of medium bitterness with a kind of watery roasted malt aftertaste that fades pretty quickly. This was a decent tasting beer, but I wish it was much more like the aroma, I think that it aged a little to long and it's past it's peak.

M- Fairly smooth, fairly rich, a little sticky, a little creamy, the lighter side of being thick bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty decent example of a Imperial Stout and I think it passed it's peak, I have never had this beer fresh, so I have no clue what it was like then, but the bottle suggests this is best after being aged a year, so it's meant to be aged, but as far as I can see four years is just too much for this one and I bet it was pretty good a year or two ago. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, fairly rich, a little creamy, a little sticky, not too filling, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, this 7oz bottle is the perfect amount for me and it makes for a nice cold weather sipper. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really good and really complex. What I liked the least about this beer was the flavor, it wasn't nearly as complex as the aroma and i wish the taste didn't fade so fast. I would buy this beer again if i saw a fresher one, it's a little pricey, but I'm interested to see what it's meant to be like. I would recommend this to people who like the style, just don't let it age too long. All in all I think this one was just ok, but I think that mainly had to do with the age. Solid work guys, I'll have to try a fresher one to get a better idea of what this beer is all about.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 04:52:01 | More by StoutHunter
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4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage:

Unfortunately, I never had the chance to try this vintage unaged, so I cannot attest to what qualities have changed, or if it has mellowed at all. I can say that it was a wonderful stout, and one of the best I have had from Rogue. Lots of dark, roasted notes here in both smell and taste: toasted oats and malts with bitter chocolate. No florals or fruit really. Some leather and tobacco too, some bitterness. No booze whatsoever and it is exceptionally smooth, absolutely silky texture. Still a fair amount of carbonation for a beer that is almost three years old.

Fantastic beer, but this was actually kind of a sad moment for me. I had been holding onto this for a special occasion and opened this by accident thinking it was a Rogue Dead Guy XS. Disappointing that I couldn't let this rest for longer but fortunately able to share it with some other appreciative tasters. Wonderful stout, some bitterness and tons of roasty-ness that I love. A bit sweet and sticky, but not unusually so for the style. And I love the ceramic bottles. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 09:37:56 | More by Samuel906
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A trip to most decent liquor stores in Calgary will feature the usual wallet murderers row of suspects from Rogue. I have yet to spy a bottle of this one in Calgary but lo and behold it is currently available at Beer Revolution. Ordered a full 12 oz. in the hopes that I could still walk out afterwards, a nearly pitch black murk with the odd hint of ruby red and thick tan foam. Apparently this brew includes two "secret ingredients" and oddly enough the first aroma to greet me was something much like coriander seed, a citrus-like spice. Hmmm. The more expected dark coffee and chocolate sauce aromas then arrived along with earthy and citrus rind hop notes and faint smoke that brought ham to my mind. Less spicy alcohol burn than some imperial stouts I've enjoyed but this one has its own charms. Taste is an initial spike of burnt sugar, followed by cacao powder, dry wood, cigar tobacco, walnuts, and some dark pressed coffee although I find the chocolate and woody spice notes more prominent than any sort of dark roasted coffee flavor. Also rather unique is a strong undercurrent of grapefruit rind-evoking hops and oily resins, almost like a dark IPA in this regard. This citrus rind became more salient as I made my way through the pint. Certainly quite a thick and chewy beer although more fizzy than some other imperial stouts which somehow lightens up the mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy like an oatmeal stout. The fusel alcohol burn does reveal itself but again I found this one to be less boozy than something like Lagunitas Imperial. Noteworthy and certainly worth snagging if you can. Interesting in terms of hitting certain elements from other styles, bringing to mind various aspects of dark IPAs (hops), Belgian ales (spice), and of course the blackest and thickest of the stout/porter clan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 03:43:01 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 1,000th full review, a 2011 vintage Rogue XS Imperial Stout that I've been holding onto for 2 years
A - fully impenetrable jet black, thumb of dark chocolate head held its own, plenty of spotty lacing
S - big notes of rich dark chocolate, milder hints of leather and espresso and a touch of candied cherry
T - chocolate flavour is more of dry cocoa mixed with dark pressed coffee, subtler notes of leather and tobacco, just a hint of piney hops and alcohol sweetness
M - big rich body, chalky through the middle, with more hop bitterness than I expected, slight warming sensation through the finish
O - I was expecting a big bold stout and that exactly what was delivered, very tasty yet mellow in terms of feel and the alcohol is not at all noticeable (may have faded a little over 2-3 years), a worthy candidate for a milestone review

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:18:01 | More by joemcgrath27
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South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 7 oz bottle that laid a cappuccino type head that displays a lot of legs on glass.

Wow with all the roasted malt coffee chocolaty aromas

The flavor follows the nose with wonderful chocolaty coffee roast malt heaven.

thick and creamy goodness

Ohhhh my this is something special.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:17:14 | More by welldigger888
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7oz bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to yamar68 for this nice extra.

Appearance: Dark brown/black with very little head that quickly becomes just a ring.

Smell: Dark roasted malt, coffee & dark chocolate..

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate and coffee. This is a whole lot of dark roasted malt flavor in this little brew. Definitely has more bitter chocolate notes than other RIS's that I have had. This isn't a bad thing just a noticeable difference.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean on the palate.

Overall: A pretty flavor packed RIS, a little more bitterness than I generally prefer but still a pretty solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:01:34 | More by BobZ
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle served in a snifter
Vintage 2009

A - Pours a "dark brown edged" black color with a swift fading mocha head.

S - Old licorice/chocolate, rum, dates, chocolate cake batter, sweet bread.

T - Cocoa cake batter, sweet cream, heavily roasted malts, astringent bitterness, cherries, espresso, bitter chocolates, moderate leafy hop oils, chlorophyll, tobacco, goes right back to dry roasted chocolate malts, finishes with with moderate roasted bitterness, coating the tongue with hop oils.

M - Silky feel, medium and heavy at different stages, still a good amount of creamy carbonation, dry and bitter finish.

Wow! I haven't had this fresh but this is still pretty harsh. Nice aroma but the roasted coffee/malts, mixed with the resinous hop oils make for a stout and astringent drink. I'm very surprised the hop oils are still very bitter. 4 years has not mellowed this out. This could go for at least 2 to 3 more years. Wish I had another one of this vintage.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:20:40 | More by StaveHooks
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Rhode Island

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 7oz bottle into a St. Bernardus baloon glass. Vintage 2009. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance- Black with zero head. Mild mocha lacing near the rim of the glass.

Smell- Bitter chocolate mingles with port-like booze characteristics. Coffee and faded hops come into play along with some light stone fruit. Truly, very nice.

Taste- Wow. Very bitter chocolate and coffee dominate this. Mild booze comes through, but mostly in the feel and not so much the taste. Faded hops mix well with the dark chocolate malts. Bitterness lingers long after the first couple sips.

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied than expected. Mild carbonation with a little heat at the end.

Overall- Very happy that this beer came out so good. This was more or less my first attempt at "cellering" a beer (bought it around this time last year). Very nice flavor. Nice night cap.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:59:38 | More by Seanniek91
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

A: Pours pitch black with a dense, dark cocoa brown head. Fades at a moderate pace. Head awakens easily, great retention. Thick continuous patchwork of lacing everywhere

S: Lots of cocoa and char with some roasted coffee to boot. Quite a bit of anise. Kind of creamy, maybe some oatmeal?

T: Chocolate up front with some coffee and char mixed in. Sweet grainy taste in the middle, I assume oatmeal? Some anise in there too. Bitter coffee and sharp baker's chocolate in the finish. Resinous, oily hops add to the bitterness in the finish, surprising after a couple of years. Zero sign of the 11% ABV.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous and a bit creamy.

O: A really nice RIS. It's big, heavy and slick. Just the way I like an RIS, with pure heavy roasted malt character. Lots of black patent malt and chocolate for sure. A lot can have dark fruits in them but not this one. Only addition is a little bit of hops to break it up. Probably a lot hoppier when it's fresh, if I'm honest. Not sure if that would be an improvement or not - will have to seek one out someday. Very tasty overall, I found it very similar to brooklyn BCS but with a little less chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 02:14:57 | More by Dope
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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought myself a Cask at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville with my lovely girlfriend!

A- This stout is dark as night and you need a dewalt flashlight to see through it

S- there seems to be a distinct roasted coffee aroma

T- A smooth roasted taste with a dark coffee backend

M- crisp and doesn't linger

O- a tasty Russian stout with a mean kick, Thank you comm-rad

Serving type: cask

03-05-2013 04:16:02 | More by JDerner88
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 7oz bottle of this from Tacoma Boys. It's called 'Russian Imperial Stout' on the label. Pours almost like motor oil. Incredible appearance. Very lively and inviting. Big light brown head that sustains for the entire beer, and leaves nice lacing down sides of glass. Dark brown color. Sweet earthy fragrance with an almost light fruitiness. THICK feel. Beer could be a meal I believe. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Little alcohol in the flavor as well but it's not overpowering. Pretty bitter aftertaste that lingers. Lightly carbonated. Great beer. Only flaws for me were it could be a little sweeter, and that its syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:06:11 | More by Braz
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage in 750ml ceramic fliptop bottle. Into standard pint.

A: small mouth forced a fairly agressive pour. Came out SUPER thick and black. Got 2 fingers of frothy rich mocha head. Head is falling to a thick cap and leaving sheets of lace. May as well try to look through a wall, I bet more light gets through than this beer.

S: a tad fruity actually, odds are from the high alcohol. Dark fruits and rich roasty notes. Not much chocolate though. Some coffee notes in there too.

T: roasty toasty goodness. big coffee flavor, a little sweet, a little bit of that dark fruit (raison and currant). Finishes mighty bitter with a big hard hit of hops.

M: thick and rich but thinned down by the high alcohol. Just right on carbonation.

O: good stuff, glad its in a big bottle. Glad I got this. All around a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 07:01:17 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Beer is black, perhaps a hint of dark brown. Small to moderately-sized tan head. OK retention.

Nose contains a lot of roasted malt, as well as a bunch of dark chocolate and coffee. Some vanilla and caramel as well.

Taste contains lots of roasted malt and caramel, as well as bitter chocolate. Coffee in the finish. Quite bitter for the style. Booze is noticeable but it is a strong beer.

Full bodied. Moderate to high carbonation, particularly for the style. Astringent.

Overall, a little on the bitter side for me, but certainly good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:51:38 | More by jrenihan
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark black-ish coloring with a towering, foamy, dense, tan coloring that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Clings all over the glass as you quaff. Aromas of molasses and old world fruit sweetness, brown sugar, coffee, oak and earth, and a hint of booze. Very rich, dynamic nose. Flavors are very rich, with a coffee and bourbon-like blending initially. Very sweet and roasted, with rich, darkly sweet undertones supporting a touch of bitterness from the coffee notes and a solid booze component. Smooth and heavy in mouth, with a rich, velvety feel. The aftertaste is a bit more boozey, with heavier presence from the wood and earth components to balance out all the sweet and rich. Avoids cloying throughout the entire palate. Very heavy, very big beer. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:56:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Black topped with a thin tan head. Head faded quickly to a ring but left little lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate and coffee notes are the most prevalent ones, hints of floral hops and caramel come through as well.

T- Coffee and chocolate right away, a bit of roasted malt and pine hops cut through and make their presence known at the middle. The finish is a wash of alcohol heat, more coffee and semisweet chocolate.

M- Smooth and creamy, full bodied and low in carbonation, spot on for the style. Finish is dry with a lingering note of coffee and alcohol.

O- This started off as being a truly great beer, too bad the boozy characteristics hurt this at the end. It would have been a sipper anyway at 11.0% ABV, but the finish made me sip it extra slow.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 18:16:13 | More by ToddT
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2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick jet black with creamy dark brown head. Looks great, but then, what the hell is this? This is the hoppiest, most bitter imperial stout I have ever tried, by far. Everything I love about this style is hidden behind those hops. It probably has more in common with a strong black ale than a typical Imperial stout. The feel wasn't that smooth, even for a nitro, but that could be an effect of the bitter flavor. I don't know, some people will like it (apparently - it's got an outrageous score on BA) and maybe a bottle will age well, but I'm really disappointed with it and frustrated that it cost so much.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-04-2012 22:42:24 | More by TheRealBigC
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 ceramic bottle version, one of the few original ageing brews I bought. Pours black with a surprising cap of brown head. Awesome retention still.

Nose is peanut butter chocolate and roasty sweetness. Interesting smell and I am surprised by the lack of oxidation after 4+ years.

Tastes decent, this has aged nicely...loads of chocolate, plenty of roast and a leafy hop presence that is really nice, yet unexpected after 4 years. Interesting beer, glad to have it, but at $16 a bottle, dont think Id buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:51:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 into a glass

A: No head, little lacing that thins quickly. a dark muddy brown in the glass, think dark chocolate yoo-hoo.

S: sweet yeasty nose with anise, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruits.

T: I taste a lot of yeast, finishes with a sharp taste of dark chocolate.

M: smooth, carbonation has a sharp but light feel.

O: 4.0 Its a decent beer and purely bought it on its age but for the $4.75 for a 7oz i think i got caught up in the date and the style. I would seek it out again but its an interesting experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:31:48 | More by ediaz
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage from ceramic flip-top bottle.

I found these on sale for $8 each a couple of years ago and bought four of them. This is the last one.

Poured into shaker pint glasses because that's all we have at the lake cottage. Pours thick and black. The narrow neck of the bottle causes some "glugging" as it pours. A decent head sticks to the glass quite well. Big chocolaty aroma entices. The taste very much follows the aroma. Chocolate malt flavors, roasted barley, and yes, even after four years, hops, dominate. This is very smooth. Drinks extremely well. I opened a bottle a year ago and it was not near this good. The extra year has been a good thing. If anyone has any more of these, they are drinking very well. If I had another, I would hold on, just to see what one more year does, but this is really good right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:03:36 | More by MichaelinFishers
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Broke down and bought one of the fancy XS 2011 bottles. Poured a completely opaque black color, with a generous 2 finger light brown creamy head. Smell was a bit of brown sugar sweet, with a hint of lactose. Flavor was a bit on the bitter side. Not overly so, but enough to have a bit of a bite. A bit of a smokey grain undertone as well. Felt great in the mouth. Coated extremely well, with just a hint of carbonation. Overall the price killed this. A good beer at maybe 5-7 for a bomber, not worth the price and markup for the ceramic bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:18:26 | More by mountdew1
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a small brown head that leaves the glass oily and spotted.

Rich, evolving aroma of roast, coffee, a touch of alcohol, and chocolate.

The flavor is nice too and incredibly well integrated. There's great chocolate character along with roast, mild coffee, and just a hint of booze. I like it a lot.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This really was damn good. Bravo, Rogue! I didn't know you had it in you!

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 17:08:57 | More by ehammond1
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 7 oz bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep black color with a large brown head. Tiny carbonating bubbles created a thick head overall that had wonderful retention with very slowly faded to leave a wonderful level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is actually kind of light. There is a dark bread and chocolate flavor that are the base. These are mixed with some vanilla sweetness as well as aromas of espresso, caramel and some bourbon aromas.

Taste – The taste is big and malty up front. A dark bread flavor meets the tongue. It is mixed with some roasty cocoa flavors and an ever so light caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness fades and gives way to a light vanilla flavor. Soon after this a nice big roasted espresso flavor rolls into the taste. These tastes all last to the end where they mix with a lighter alcohol flavor that leaves a roasty warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a slightly lower level of carbonation. These are good for the more bitter-dry flavors of the brew and really complement the nice roasty and boozy flavors that linger on the tongue.

Overall – A nice drier imperial, although not the best out there. While it could use a touch more sweetness and the aroma is a little lacking is does have some nice flavors and is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:48:07 | More by Darkmagus82
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2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mine is labelled "Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout". Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $4.79 plus tax.

7 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I appreciate the bottle size; beers of this high an ABV should always come in smaller bottles so a typical beer drinker can enjoy it without having to commit to a massive quantity. I don't understand some of these thick strong stouts that come in 750 ml bottles; it doesn't make sense.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of dark khaki colour, great cream, good thickness, and rather impressive retention (4+ minutes) for the 11% ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is nice.

Sm: Rich chocolate, coffee, dark malts, roast, cocoa bean, and toffee. A moderately strong inviting aroma. No yeast comes through.

T: Dark malts comprise the foundation. Cream and chocolate are present but restrained. The malts are poorly handled, with some buried astringency. Too malty all around. The notes don't work well together, but rather compete and ring distinct. Poorly balanced all around. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Badly built for the style. Not complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Too thick. Wet where it should be dry, though the roast does lend it some degree of dryness.

Dr: A poorly conceived imperial stout. Hard to drink on account of its low quality. It does hide its ABV quite well, to its credit. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Rogue.


Serving type: bottle

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Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.