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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,166 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 76
Gots: 62 | 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.

26º PLATO
88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle is different than the pictured in this review. I'm not tech savoy so f that upload shit.

Appearance: Dark as night with a good two finger head that dissipated slowly.

Smell: It smells of chocolate and something else I cant yet put my unexperienced palate on.

Taste: I'm getting a chocolate taste but a strong almost overwhelming and lasting bitterness that I haven't gotten with other imperial stouts.

Mouth feel: It is thick and and very nice mouth feel.

Overall: I'm not a great fan of this beer but I like the Rogue brand and would not be turned away from their brews. Thats why we have Baskin Robins and 32 flavors my friends, not everyone is going to love everything, overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 16:54:53 | More by bleedsblu
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-04-2014 13:49:20 | More by paulish
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-01-2014 20:12:16 | More by mattboyer182
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elgatoborracho

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-31-2014 05:19:06 | More by elgatoborracho
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

05-27-2014 02:03:01 | More by Latarnik
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the big ceramic bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013.

Kind of awkward with the slapping chug out of the bottle, but comes out classic walnut dark brown, and makes a simple cocoa brown head of two fingers. Some faint see through quality around the edges under the collar, giving a lighter mahogany/chestnut/tan hue. Lots of leopard and spotty coating lacing on the glass, and big soapy bubbles in the middle.

A soft grainy action, and light charring roast comes through. It's quite subtle even for just a regular Imperial Stout. There's faint tobacco and hints of beef jerky and salt aromas to match. Hints at some smokey character interestingly.

Palate comes surprisingly with lots of hop bitterness. Big finishing notes of hop oil pine and resin. Matching bitterness of char and roast to go with it. This almost has American slammed barleywine written over it on a hop angle. Leafy charring roast is all over this thing to match and the two just seem to be fighting my palate. I am shocked there is so much bitterness on this for being what looks like an aged beer. Fruit berry of sour cherry comes through a bit as it warms for some pleasantries. Texture is also a bit wet as well, and seems slightly flattened.

Overall, it seems like a clash of flavors that don't really do it for me. It's not horrible but it's nothing like what I was expecting. So where's the malt and chocolate for starters? Oh well, glad to have tried it, not all is lost.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 16:52:43 | More by smakawhat
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Vigilante

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-20-2014 09:17:09 | More by Vigilante
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cd34

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-20-2014 01:20:09 | More by cd34
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-19-2014 23:00:58 | More by marmstrong1212
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Sweffin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-19-2014 04:10:14 | More by Sweffin
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-15-2014 01:58:44 | More by CraigTravor
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Whsrickqb12

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-04-2014 19:25:12 | More by Whsrickqb12
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2014 06:26:06 | More by dmorgan310
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-29-2014 20:29:03 | More by MattXT
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-28-2014 06:10:41 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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koopa

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-27-2014 21:57:54 | More by koopa
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

04-25-2014 22:17:59 | More by randylangford
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Geech

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-24-2014 00:58:08 | More by Geech
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 04:26:50 | More by TheSixthRing
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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

04-21-2014 13:34:39 | More by 22Blue
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Amanspearfishing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-19-2014 20:35:01 | More by Amanspearfishing
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JakeEsterly

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-16-2014 01:42:19 | More by JakeEsterly
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-09-2014 21:19:10 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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spazx

New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-09-2014 02:01:57 | More by spazx
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Lissette

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-06-2014 23:41:46 | More by Lissette
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.