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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,120 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1120
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.

26º PLATO
88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

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

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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ToddT

Pennsylvania

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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ehammond1


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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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fridge, Lancaster PA

Poured into a 12 oz brandy snifter. An acceptable glass. Thanks Kevin!

Pours a thin 1/8” head typical of the style with a very tan/brown colored head. Rapidly diminishing in length but easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A live ale.
The color is typical RIS, opaque and black as space.

The nose is a somewhat on the light side but that being said there is medium distinct, rich, malt with hints of biscuit and unsweetened chocolate. Some ale yeast like smells keep trying to come out from the background but really can’t quite make it.

Medium crisp, bitter entry on the palate of distinct malt, yeasty dark bread, dark unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, and espresso. Refined, aggressive and somewhat complex.
Bitter flavors of Espresso are thru out the flavor profile.
There is a nice balanced acidity with full bodied, viscous, creamy, balanced mouth feel, very fine balanced carbonation and is lightly sweet to off dry. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Exceptionally long finish of very bitter Espresso which lasts forever and I mean forever. I may need to have a palate transplant.

Overall an exceptionally enjoyable RIS, perhaps not reaching the heights of Stone or Founders, but still delicious and holds it’s own in the craft RIS segment.
Nowhere is the 11% ABV noticeable.
Could use a little more intensity in the nose but this is really the only fault of this brew.
The Espresso flavor and finish is extraordinary and balanced perfectly.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 23:16:05 | More by JTSbeerislife
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barczar

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown/black with a dense 2 finger milk chocolate head that lingers indefinitely.

Aroma is decidedly sweet molasses, chocolate, tobacco, roast malt. and a hint of coffee. There's a touch of phenol, and a bit of booze, as well as vanilla.

Roast malt and booze dominate the flavor throughout. Chocolate and vanilla add some complexity, as well as a bit of smoke/peat. There's a burnt flavor that surfaces late and overtakes the experience. It's likely attributable to the combination of roast malt and bitter hops, but it is perceived as char.

Body is thick, fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. The finish is a deep alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fairly complex beer that could benefit from some age to tame the alcohol a bit. The burnt character could use some mellowing, as well. Having that charred flavor at the finish kinda wrecks the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 03:30:16 | More by barczar
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at 12 South Tap Room in Nashvill.

Beer was poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a nice dark brown with a large 2 finger brown head.

Beer smells very earthy and roasty.

Beer starts off tasting slightly sweet and roasted. Hints of chocolate, before giving way to a bitter finish. A bit too strong of a booze and bitter taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick.

Overall too bitter and boozy for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 12:34:20 | More by Merkur
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Mahlik

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rogue Brewery in Newport. Poured into a goblet. Vintage 2010. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a deep black with a one-finger creamy, tan head. Head retention is pretty solid. Head dissipates to leave a nice cap with clusters of medium-sized bubbles. Very good lacing.

S - Roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits (similar to a quad), licorice and molasses with a stinging feel from the alcohol.

T - Chocolatey malts hit the palate first but are quickly subdued by the sweetness from the dark fruits and warming alcohol. Bitter coffee notes finish it out.

M - Thick and chewy. Full-bodied with light-medium carbonation. The alcohol gives this beer a warming feeling. A sipper for sure. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

O - This beer would work more for me if the sweetness was toned down a bit. Otherwise, a pretty decent imperial stout. I find Rogue's beers to be good but not great. This beer is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 22:50:52 | More by Mahlik
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bishopdc0

Maine

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

Had on tap at the Novare Res tap take over.

The beer is black with a big frothy tan head. The head remains to the end.

The aroma is fantastic and creamy. Hints of raisin and a light roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste is nice easy chocolate and roasted coffee as well as hints of leather at the end. very nice I would love to try this with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 23:53:15 | More by bishopdc0
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Jerone

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, can't see through the edges. Has an off color head that fades over time.

S - Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some dark fruit, hops and alcohol.

T - Tastes a lot like the smell, chocolate, dark malts, fig/date and a hit of alcohol with a fair amount of hops in the finish. Alcohol is a bit harsh and the hops don't do it for me either in this beer.

M - Heavy bodied that sticks in your mouth for a long time. Wouldn't want more than one or maybe two though.

O - A good beer but I think I would want to buy this and cellar it for a few years to mellow out some of it's harsh edges.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 03:47:00 | More by Jerone
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin khaki colored head which leaves some lace. The aroma is a little weak, there is no boozy aroma just some caramel malts and dark chocolate in their and that is faint. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a little dark chocolate and a little dark fruit, but not the big flavor I was expecting. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated and not slick due to the higher alcohol content. Overall I was a little disappointed I felt that it had a decent flavor and smell but wasn't as big as I would have hoped for in a russian stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 19:57:56 | More by goblue3509
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue XS Imperial Stout, ontap

Pours a jet black, tan head. Some lace down the glass. Aroma is light, charred malts and a little booze. Follows through to the flavor, big roasted malt, light coffee, decent hop presence lending a bit of pine to the equation. A little alcohol, some dark chocolate. Full bodied feel and a big beer but fairly smooth. I would have it again but not for the price or the rediculously small bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 16:48:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice jet black color with a mocha head and a few legs as it goes down. The nose brings forward a good dose of chocolate and coffee as well as a bit of booze and some dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet but also boozy. Nice balance between the two as it is neither hot nor cloying. Good chocolate character and a bit of roast. Drinks quite well and is one of the better Rogue beers that I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 18:26:38 | More by Thorpe429
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served black with small dark brown bubbles for head. Still some sticky brown resinous lacing. Nose is hoppy, resinous again, with dark fruit spilling everywhere and quite a lot of roasted character as well.

Dark fruit, maybe boozy rum, up front. Quite aggressively sweet, with lots of roasted notes being complemented by the serious shots of bitter, leafy hops. Tea leaves, citrics, and pine resin distinguish this from ordinary imperial stouts, but I doubt that will help it age. Interesting, tasty, and very intense, but the thickness of the mouthfeel and aggressive nature of the hops make this one a slow sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 16:28:27 | More by BretSikkink
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4000qtrap

Missouri

2.03/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Smell: Dark caramelized oak and coffee. Light charcoal and smoke.

Taste: Over the top intense, astringent, dark espresso bean bitterness with some burnt wood undertones. Potent, but not super pleasant and a little edgy for me - especially at the warm temperature that it was served at. Incredibly dry after a long, lingering bitterness. The flavor is more oaky in the middle, darkly caramelized coffee and charcoal, continued dry, bitter notes. Drinkability really suffers from the incredible dryness...my mouth is parched after each sip. Moreover, while intensely roasty the complexity is fairly limited. Finish is more of the same.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 04:56:33 | More by 4000qtrap
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap last night at the Dirty Truth, reviewed from notes. Served in a very nice goblet (Achel I think it was) and poured pitch black with a very dark tan head. It leaves a nice cloud on the beer and a medium coat of lacing behind on the glass. A very nice ring around the edges of the beer. Smell is of medium strength. I get roast malts, coffee and cocoa. The balance is good with some earthy hops in there and a bit more strength would boost its rating. The taste is very nice for a straight up Imperial Stout. HUGE amount of roast malt followed by nice coffee and cocoa flavors (assuming from the malts). The hops are very nicely done for an Imperial Stout and they are earthy. I get a bit of licorice taste and no alcohol at all. I love the hop level here. The roast is almost a bit too much, taking away from a perfect taste. Mouthfeel is nice. A great heavy body with medium carbonation and a good bitter coat. A bit of warmth adds to a very nice feel, also some creaminess. The price was cheaper than almost every beer on-tap, for a huge goblet of this stuff. The strong flavors stay very good and are well balanced. Very nice straight-up Imperial Stout for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 18:57:38 | More by cbutova
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a dark flat pour, reminiscent of a black pool from a horror movie, who knows what lies beneath? a brown film covers the bottom of the glass, the settlement of the underbeer people. its a bit of chocolate, a bit of roast, a hint of coffee. mostly its the strength of ah-nold in his mid-20s. not much hint of that alcohol flavor, but you know its there. an excellent hop presence on the end at the back of the tongue blends nicely with the bitterness of the dark roasted grains. drink of this hearty beverage. drink of the blood of the earth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 02:29:26 | More by olympuszymurgus
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Had on-tap at Novare Res. Poured with an average-sized, light brown head that was quite thick and hung around for a long time. Body is completely black and opaque. Some nice lacing present.

S: Very nice aroma of roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate. Seems to be some coffee in there, too.

T: Wow, intense flavors here. Again, the roasted malt and bitter chocolate are most prominent, with the coffee fighting to be noticed as well. Definitely a nice sipping beer with that alcohol level, that makes itself present with a warmth in the throat.

M: Extremely creamy and full-bodied, with soft carbonation.

D: Ok, I'm not going to have it all night, obviously. In fact, the 6-8 oz pour I had took awhile to drink, but that's what you want with this style, of course.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 17:12:13 | More by berley31
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Publik House, San Francisco, CA on 7/21/09.

A - Deep and rich body that's blacker than night with half an inch of creamy burnt tan head that settled into a bubbly, patchy veil and deposited thick, decorative lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is pretty meaty overall with really earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Hints of licorice, soy sauce and dark, almost charred roasted malt emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Chocolate and coffee notes blend with earthy hops and meaty, smokey characteristics, creating a very complex and diverse flavor profile. A tangy, slightly salty soy sauce aspect also emerged. Finish is earthy, herbal and extremely bitter. Alcohol remained well-concealed throughout the duration. Easily one of the most bitter RIS's I've had to date.

M - Extremely oily texture with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. There is a quick bristle of carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Very sharp, dry bitter finish with some alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Wow! Where to start? This was one seriously complex RIS with an extremely bitter character. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I think it smells like potato peels. Sorry!"

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2009 00:26:31 | More by ffejherb
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Pencible

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. (I didn't actually have this on tap; I had it from a ceramic bottle. I just wanted to be able to make a second entry on BA, for this vintage with this amount of age.)

This poured an opaque black with no other coloring and moderate dark tan head. It smelled like rich and creamy dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee and roasted barley and fig. It tasted like burnt coffee with bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar and fig. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this smelled fantastic, but the flavor wasn't quite as good with surprising amounts of lasting bitterness. I would have thought that after three years of age, the flavor would be more subdued, but it was still quite bold and almost harsh. On the plus side, it hid the alcohol well, but it also made it more of a sipping beer. This could clearly age for much longer before hitting its peak. I'd love to try one around 8-10 years old. But generally speaking, this beer is overpriced for what you get.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 20:55:39 | More by Pencible
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular. I'd had this before in America, but a chance to sample it on-tap on my home soil?? Phenomenal!

Black. That's all that can be said about the appearance. Not true, a big thick head of light brown bubbles crowns the abyss. Really quite creamy. Retention is excellent. Lacing phenomenal. Awesome looking stout.

Lots of espresso coffee and toasted grains on the nose, very tasty. Note very thick. Notes of smoke and very dark bittersweet chocolate. Really quite heavy and irrational. It makes you question your own existence. Phenomenal.

Great rich, butch and in-your-face palate. It dares you not to like its dark, rich and heavy roasted characters. Full of charred grain, sweet malt and heavy and thick as hell. Mouthfeel is chewy and rich.

Holy hell, an amazingly complex and heavy imperial stout. Very rich and blasted with alcohol. I'm pleased to sip it, but I couldn't slug it down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 05:53:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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laituegonflable

Australia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh, pure pitch black pour. Brown head, burnt sienna in colour, very very thick and sinks like a sturdy, well-built ship with a holeproof hull. That is to say, it doesn't sink at all. Forms a thick frothy crown. Lacing is sensational. That's the beer to end all beers. I couldn't imagine a better-looking beer.

Nose is burnt espresso, very dark and slightly ashy, without the bitterness that goes along with that. Very pleasant, earthy roastedness. Slight espresso and cocoa. Slight hoppiness on the back as well? Very good indeed, but seems a bit subdued - doesn't have that nostril-tearing intensity I remember.

Taste is an intense, bitter roasted flavour, a lot of espresso, bitter cocoa and red grape skin, cherry and jaffa orange. Very tasty and sweet, with nice bitter roasted characters coming through on the mid-to-back, plus an insane kind of meaty, honey-roasted character. Very pleasant indeed, lots of dark characters but very drinkable.

Does have a strong alcohol hit on the back though which reminds me it's heavy going and not sessionable, but this is in all other respects a damned fine drop.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 00:59:20 | More by laituegonflable
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man is this stuff good on-tap. Had a glass at the Brick Store Pub recently. Poured black with a creamy tan head and some nice lacing. Smells a bit sweet and chocolatey with some caramel and some nice roastiness on the finish. The taste is very nicely balanced, and a very rich and tasty. Sweet with chocolate flavors, a developing complex bitterness, and some coffee notes are predominate. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and just a bit sweet, with just enough bitter bite on the finish. Utterly delicious and very nice to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 21:37:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark black and no light getting through this one, nice tan head quickly fades to be very thin, overall has a nice look from what you would expect from a nice strong Imperial Russian

Smell- Plenty of roasted malts, espresso, slight hops, and just good kick of everything mixed together,

Taste- Very long lasting and enjoyable flavor, has a slight bitterness to the finish that tends to do a nice job of balancing out any of the malty sweetness, pretty nice balanced stout

Mouthfeel- full bodied thick and rich, this is nice feeling beer

Drinkability- This beer is extremely drinkable considering its powerful punch, I felt lucky as heck to get this on tap cuz it was a treat, I hesitate putting it up with my Hall of fame of this style but its certainly a good to great imperial stout, a nice overall balance and one on tap you could certain enjoy sipping on all nite

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 03:13:42 | More by Stunner97
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, wife and I got the chance to hang out at the Rogue Pub in Portland (awesome place!). When I saw this bad boy on tap, I knew I had to give it a shot.

A: Murky, dark black color with a nice mocha head that stuck around for the ride.

S: Rich aroma of bittersweet chocolate and rum-soaked dark fruit.

T: Starts with a rich, Dove chocolate which is then strongly supported by a strong, hoppy undertone. Great balance!

M: Rich, thick texture and great balance lead to a great aftertaste.

D: Fantastic brew, my best Rogue yet! I'm sure the atmosphere of being at the Portland Pub helped up the score, but who cares, it's an awesome place! This was a great brew and one worth going out of your way to find.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 05:54:05 | More by jdg204
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glid02

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5-finger cocoa-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top revealing an oil slick and leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and pine and citrus hops - and lots of both. Every now and then hints of unsweetened chocolate drift out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of roasted malts are joined by citrus hop flavors, although the malts take over a bit more in the flavor than they did in the smell. Unsweetened chocolate flavors join in right before a very bitter ending. The 11% ABV does not show itself.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a great thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could go for another.

Overall this is a tasty IS that follows with the other big beer from Rogue I've had lately - Old Crustacean - in that it's bitter as bitter can be. I'm a fan of this kind of IS and if you are too then it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 23:19:43 | More by glid02
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Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.