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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,120 Ratings

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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.

88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

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Photo of boralyl


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage. 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark black with a smidgen of light coming through the deep brown at the top of the glass. It produces a small mocha head that fades leaving a small ring.

S - The nose consists of chocolate, plum and light coffee as well as a little booze.

M - Full in body with a nice creamy feel. Carbonation is light, not sure if this is because of the age or how it is normally done. I need to try a fresh one.

T - Chocolate up front followed by the plum and dark fruit from the nose. A little bit of booze peaks towards the middle and it finishes with a coffee like bitterness along with some sweetness.

I'm going to have compare this to a fresh one, but this vintages is pretty tasty. I'm glad one of my trading buddies hooked me up with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:47:35 | More by boralyl
Photo of portia99


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7oz bottle (bottled in 2009) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown color that is nearly opaque even when held up to the light. Only a low collar of tan bubbles develops around the edge of the glass and no lacing left on the glass.

S - Very, very boozy on the nose up front. Caramel, heavy licorice, dark fruit, earthy/dirtlike aromas, hints of milk chocolate. Too heavy on the alcohol component for me.

T - Very bitter with burnt and smokey acrid flavors, coffee, burnt toast, charcoal. Booziness in the nose disappears almost entirely in the flavor. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and caramel smooth things out a bit, but the smoke is a touch overpowering.

M - Probably the best aspect of this beer. Thick, creamy, velvety in feel. Carbonation gives the faintest tingle on the tongue, otherwise remaining largely unobtrusive.

O - Just average for me. The smell and taste are mostly balanced expect for one element (different in each case) that seems to overwhelm just about everything else that is there, killing the subtle nuances that exist in the background. Glad to try it, but not something I will likely be seeking out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:56:24 | More by portia99
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Small 7 oz. nip bottle. Bottled in 2009.

Pours a thick opaque black with a small dense 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random small spots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and a sharp alcohol aroma. I am also getting some molasses and graham cracker aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of bitter roasted malt, roasted coffee grounds, bitter cocoa powder, and some bitter hops on the finish. The bitterness is pretty assertive and sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is simply a pretty good RIS with a pronounced bitterness on the tongue. Not bad per se but I probably wouldn't go for one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:53:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mrfrancis


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, compact tan head that laces deep into the glass. Very dense and imposing in the glass.

S: A combination of roasted malts and astringent, citrusy hops immediately make their presence known on the nose. Eventually notes of dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate are detectable.

T: Opens bitter and roasty with notes of burnt toast, coffee, molasses, and bitter chocolate, but is soon dominated by tart, citrusy hops and a cedary, almost aniseed-like flavor. The finish is explosive with flavors of roasted malt, citrusy hops, and astringent alcohol battling for dominance. The flavor profile is interesting, but nothing is integrated all that well.

M: Very robust and full-bodied. Starts out creamy and smooth, but quickly becomes sticky, oily, almosy inky in the mouth. This is one big, chewy beer that immediately imposes itself on the reviewer.

O: One thing that bothers me about many American microbreweries is their tendency to exaggerate certain characteristics of a particular style, or in this case, to bring in elements from other styles that have no place in the style they're trying to replicate. Stouts are not supposed to be this hoppy regardless of strength. While this is an interesting effort that is bound to delight extreme beer enthusiasts, the traditional qualities of an imperial stout come off as being rather muted. I see this as a missed opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:31:22 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Holland


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz ceramic bottle marked 2009. 2 years old, I guess.

A: deep dark black like it should be. The part I don't care for here is the lack of head, but I served it cold. Lacing stayed with me, so I appreciated that.

S: pretty average for a RIS. Malt bomb smells abound, and there is the standard coffee like smell a bit and some alcohol.

T: again, standard for a russian imperial. Taste is dominated by malts, some bitter hops (nice touch), and the coffee and roasted malt flavor. Just a hint of balsalmic is nice.

M: decent carbonation, medium bodied, this is solid.

O: never been impressed with a Rogue beer. This one is the same. Good beer, but for the price - I think it was $12 for a 22 oz - there are hundreds of amazing beers. Founders Imperial Stout blows this away, and that's the last one I had. So...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:31:10 | More by Holland
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and deep hued chocolate milk coloured head dissipates little by little despite that the hockey-puck black body beneath it stays completely opaque throughout (even despite being tested directly against the light). Whereas large clumps of yeast used to be spotted in the old 750ml ceramic bottles, this tiny 7 ounce serving seems clean as a whistle.

Rogue Imperial Stout smells an unusual combination of barbecued teriyaki, chocolate brownie and black coffee. The typical element of roasted malts smells as if it were marinated in soy sauce and finished with anise and black pepper before being put on the grill. It is rich, of course, and smoky, but also quite seductive. This isn't your usual imperial stout, I'm guessing...

The teriyaki-like semblance notwithstanding, this does have the customary imperial stout elements: flavours of chocolate and coffee do grace the tongue, along with a black licorice-like bitterness. I can't say that much alcohol is tasted, although some sips can be a little harsh, with a fireplace like sootiness and a lingering, overtly plant-like bitterness.

That assertive bitterness, however, which is Rogue's specialty after all, accompanies an already viscous mouthfeel; my previous notes (from a 2006 vintage) remark this as very viscous and indeed this 2009 bottle (at age 2) is no different. It feels motor oil thick on the palate and the hops, though not overwhelming, are damp and heavily ingrained into the taste.

A blend of teriyaki, baker's chocolate and cold espresso, the beer is rich and also forcefully strong, likely too much for most palates. Indeed, Rogue's Imperial Stout has every bit as much character as the brewery publicizes; small bottles can still pack plenty of strength and flavour and make an ideal serving size for a beer of this scope and stature.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:37:02 | More by biegaman
Photo of bishopdc0


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
Photo of Jeffo


3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one last summer on our trip to Chicago. I remember paying a ridiculous amount for this little 7oz bottle. Let's hope it was worth the ticket.

From a 7oz nip into a snifter
Bottled in 2009

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, light mocha colored head with decent retention, eventually fading to a light wisp and ring. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: A milder nose of roasted malts and some hints of oak actually. Notes of coffee, chocolate and earthy hops as well. The oak notes were unexpected, but certainly a nice touch. Unfortunately this one is just a little too mild in the aroma department to be special.

TASTE: Roasted malts, chocolate, and a good dose of bitter, black coffee at the finish. Big and persistent aftertaste of burnt or charred malts, bitter espresso and dark, pure chocolate. Pretty big flavors and definitely more impressive than the nose. Fits the bill.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, though slightly too light on the palate perhaps. Could use some more weight for the style. Nicely creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a slightly mouth-coating finish. Nice and creamy for sure, with a good finish, but could use some more weight for top marks here.

OVERALL: This is a good imperial stout, and though I've never had it fresh, it seems to be aging just fine. While the nose could be a little more forthcoming and the palate a bit bigger, the flavor is definitely a good example of the style. It’s too bad this one is so expensive for such a little bottle, as there are plenty of other great imperial stouts at a better price point. It’s one and done for this one, but it was worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 10:51:25 | More by Jeffo
Photo of warnerry


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 750ml swing-top ceramic bottle into a tulip

A - pours pitch black with two fingers of light brown head. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave lacing.

S - massive amounts of bittersweet chocolate in the nose. Also hints of coffee, a bit of sugar and lots of roasted malts.

T - Similar to the smell there is a huge amount of chocolate in the taste, along with more roasted malt than I got in the smell. Some charred malt as well, maybe a bit too much. Very smooth with almost no noticeable alcohol. Nice.

M - Slightly syrupy full mouthfeel. The roasted malts give a very dry finish.

O - This is a very nice RIS, and the age has led to very smooth brew. One of the better Rogue offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:59:16 | More by warnerry
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I’d be pretty pissed that I paid $6.00+ for a bottle that isn’t even as tall as my tulip. This, however, is a highly-acclaimed Russian Imperial Stout – one of my absolute favorite styles. Thus, my negativity is at the very least subdued. At almost a dollar an ounce, though, it will be tough to justify the cost of this one. Let’s hope it’s just really, really good.

Brewed about two years before the date of this tasting (“Bottled in 2009”).

A: A black, oily body flows slowly from the bottle as I pour into my tulip. It’s pitch black, save for the small area directly beneath the head where light shines through to show a deep brown color. The head’s a dark, mocha beauty, so rich and creamy you could eat it with a spoon. Dreamy lacing clings to every single open area around the glass. It’s the perfect RIS look.

S: Very mild, very warm. Bready malts, with molasses, chocolate, and vanilla aromas form a bakery-fresh richness. Apart from that, there’s not a whole lot else besides some woody, caramel booze and some unfortunate buttery notes. Small but mighty is the name of the game in this nose, I guess.

T: Warm, malty goodness. There's a welcome bit of complexity, though, in that you can clearly distinguish between the syrupy and grainy textures. The syrups are dark and chocolaty, laced with sweetened coffee; the grains show themselves slightly after, and they're mostly roasted, with a chewy note throughout. The most impressive part of this beer, however, is the hop presence. For such an old brew, this certainly has a great piney bitterness; the resins of meaty Willamette hops take charge of the palate to the very end. The aftertaste is whatever's left of the coffee (not much), and the healthy sting of peppery hops. For this RIS, it’s nothing but savory satisfaction.

M: Smooth, all the way down. There’s a thickness that goes perfectly with the grain texture of the malts, and enough carb to keep attention on the hops. I can’t believe something with 11% alcohol is so drinkable.

O: Well, it’s great. Damn! I was secretly hoping this one would have something strikingly bad about it, so the decision to spend over $6.00 on another 7 oz. bottle would be easy. It turns out that it’ll probably call to me again, despite its hefty price. Oh well, it'll be money well spent. Even after a couple years of age, Rogue’s RIS is as hoppy and rewarding as ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 04:07:16 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of FanofHefe


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Deep, black body. Small mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves a smattering of lacing. Looks like a good RIS.

I am totally digging this aroma. I'm sure I will not be able to describe it well, but it is very inviting. Rich roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate, and a hint of whisky.

The taste matches the aroma but brings the bitterness level up a notch. Plenty of roasted malt and excellent flavors to follow including the aforementioned coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

Not as thick as I would have expected in the mouthfeel, but not a big deal. Excellent RIS, and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:13:12 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of billab914


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

7oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a half inch of chocolaty foam covering the top of the beer. Decent head retention with a little lacing.

The aroma shows a good dose of dark, bitter-sweet chocolate to it. Some roasty, coffee, slightly burnt flavors are there as well. Some sweeter, caramel and chocolate flavors give it some balance and depth. Pretty nice overall.

The taste has a little more sweetness to it up front. Midway I start to get more of the bitter, roasty flavors to it with a little bit of an oatmeal stout like quality as well. The bitter-sweet chocolate really comes out in the finish with some more burnt, bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is heavy and slightly creamy with carbonation being low. Overall a pretty solid beer of the style. The sweetness and bitterness seemed pretty well balanced. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:45:41 | More by billab914
Photo of negroobserver

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color... Dark rich brown/black color. Pours with a short beige/mocha colored head.

Smell... Dark roasted malts. No hoppy or bitter scents. Can't really identify the chocolate or coffee notes that are common to this style or stouts in general.

Taste... Strong presence of malts. The hops definitely come through here. Moderate bitterness at the end, which lingers for quite a bit of time. Light, but noticeable aftertaste of coffee and/or chocolate. The first sip of this beer is crucial in identifyfing the flavors, because the bitterness tends to dominate the experience of this beer after that first sip.

Mouthfeel... Well rounded texture and depth. The beer is not over carbonated or under. It has a good balance for a stout. Strong alcohol content is very helpful here.

Overall... The flavors are definitely lacking here. Other overall experience could be better. Maybe it's my feeble palate, but I expected more here (especially for five bucks for an XS bottle). The better and much harder to find alternative is the Founders KBS.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 16:37:45 | More by negroobserver
Photo of jdense


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7 oz. wee nip bottle $4.99, poured into tulip glass 6.25.11.

Hard pour resulted in one finger light brown head medium dissipation with minimal lacing over dark brown opaque body. Nose features good dose of cocoa nib light chocolate aroma, citrus hops subsumed by malt. Taste is fairly chocolatey, some roast, citrus hops in the middle leading to fairly piney resin finish. Mouthfeel a bit on the heavy side of medium, decent effervescence. Not bad, but at this price point won't be purchasing again, not all that great, I'd rather grab a 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:41:04 | More by jdense
Photo of Jerone


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
Photo of AgentMunky


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Bottled 2010. "Best when aged for a year." From notes. Reviewed 21 June 2011.

A: Basically no head. Super-black. Utterly impentrable. Head that sticks to the edges is medium/nutty brown. Good lace.

S: Deep, deep roasted espresso. Dark chocolate and huge alcohol. A touch of drying fruit. This is how a RIS should smell.

T: Lots of flavour. Most similar to Old Rasputin. Drying, roasted malts. Fruity-sweet alcohol. Big, but oddly lacking. The aftertaste, however, is excellent and bitter.

M: No complaints here -- smooth, rich, and pleasant. A touch of carbonation, barely needed, and a chalky dryness on the end.

O: Good beer, good imperial stout. Recommended. Would have again. Could be more interesting though...more complex? Though thoroughly pleasant, it doesn't rise to any great heights.

Notes: 11 Ingredients
Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk malts.
Chinook, Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel & Revolution hops.
Rolled oats, free range coastal water [Ed: whatever that means], and Pacman yeast.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 13:32:42 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of isualum12


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red head stout with lots of head to start with. Black as black gets. Smells of cherries and malt with a hint of hop.

Taste is extremely high in alcohol. I really like it as a cold drink. I couldn't drink this beer slightly warm. I like the warm Carmel flavor that is in this.

I would love this with a nice braised steak.

Overall I enjoyed this beer I couldn't handle the beer much more than 7oz.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:13:39 | More by isualum12
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an oily black with a finger of dark tan, bubbly head that leaves some heavy lacing.

Smell. Molasses, some dark coffee and some dark chocolate.

Taste. Heavily roasted malt and bitter, grassy hops. Some molasses and wood. Bitter and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with smooth, lower level of carbonation. Not quite as thick and oily as I would like.

Overall. Nice RIS. Bitter and hoppy but not without all the things a good ris should have.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:42:42 | More by Rutager
Photo of Knapp85


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

Poured out from a mini bottle which I wasn't much of a fan of. The beer poured out jet black with a nice brown head on top. The lacing was decent on this beer. The smell was boozy and very roasted. The taste had some rich dark chocolate with coffee in there. It's also got some nice toasted boozy flavors going on in there. The mouthfeel was pretty thick which I liked a lot. Overall this beer is one of the better Rogue brews out there. I'd like to get it in 12oz. bottles though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:24:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Mavajo


3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a nice brown head. No lacing.

A bit too straightforward roastiness. Dark malts, lots of roast, some chocolate and lots of hops. The hops actually seem to intensify the roasty quality, which leads to a very parching aftertaste. I hate that in a beer. Other than the parching quality, the mouthfeel has adequate viscosity and carbonation -- but the parching trumps all else.

Not impressed. The roastiness needs to be tamed and some additional complexities introduced.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 14:23:13 | More by Mavajo
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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours thick and black with a small brown head.

S: Big time roast aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There's some burnt sugar notes to it as well as a nice licorice aroma. A bit of booze, but it's subtle, even as the beer warms up.

T: Horribly burnt and charred flavor. Over the top roasted malt character with burnt sugar and burnt wood flavors, sort of like charcoal. Some dark chocolate and coffee in the background, but not enough.

M: On the full end of medium with a low to medium carbonation.

O: The nose and mouthfeel were nice, but the flavor was fairly off-putting, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:25:42 | More by womencantsail
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle (2009) poured into a snifter:

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with an inch of dark brown head, lots of bubbling action in the middle, otherwise a tight head.

S: Tons of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice/caramel, dark fruit qualities. Surprisingly there is still a decent amount of hop presence in the background.

T: Just like the nose: dark chocolate, lots of earthy coffee (not bitter), a good bit of licorice/caramel sweetness. Fairly strong malt base through the middle, finish bring just a touch of vinous qualities and floral hops that add a little bitterness. Alcohol is still fairly strong despite aging 1-2 years, has a lot of heat on the front and finish. Bitter and dry finish. Not the most balanced nor attenuated stouts, but still pretty good.

M: The body is lighter than I was expecting, it's still pretty solid, but no where near the intense thickness I expect out of a 11%+ RIS. That said, it does have a really nice smoothness, even despite the hot alcohol and bitterness. Carbonation is moderate to below average (not in a bad way).

O: Not a bad stout, but I'm expecting a little more out of an 11% stout aged over a year. Too hot and the flavor profile could use a little work. I have a 2008 that I'm hoping will be a little more mellow.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 03:52:08 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this sitting around for $1.99- 2009 vintage-awesome!

A- Appearance is very dark with ahead that hangs out a while. Nice Skim coat left that is light brown on the bottom of the glass I see Large chunks. yummy!

s -smell is dark malt with coffee and dark fruit

to- taste is bitter hops & coffee tones along with some Chocolate

M- very thick and Creamy

O- Overall, this is a great Beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:09:49 | More by beerman207
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout 7oz bottle bought at Total Wine for $5. This offering was bottled in 2009 at 87.5 IBUs 11%ABV.

Threw it into a tulip glass which produced a minimal mahogany head that receded quickly.

Dark roasty fragrance and I got black olives on the nose??

The flavor was huge, again with black kalamata olive, roast malts, cola bean, cocoa, hops providing some bite and mineral toward the finish.

Rich in the mouth, thick and chewy. Definitely a desert type sipping beer. Incredibly huge and dense.

Drinkability - despite the how huge it is, it hides the alcohol pretty well. I wish it came in a 12oz bottle, though a bomber would be over the top (maybe).

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:09:57 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.5 oz bottle; aged 1 year.

A: Ridiculous 1,2,3,4,5, infinity head that stayed afloat for a LONG time. The brew itself was about as dark as dark can be....

S: A tinge of fruity, teriyaki sauce, with a bit of hoppiness... more than I was expecting from an IS.

T: Waiting for the head to disipate... A bit thinner than many of the greats.... but still not bad. I could taste the Pac-Man yeast a mile away: yeast upfront, a mild bit of funky fruit, and a bit of mothball on the aftertaste.

M: VERY low carbonation.... almost into prune juice territory. The lacing was more than ridiculous. I honestly couldn't even see through the glass when I was done.

O: This one reminded me a lot of Duck Rabbit's "Rabid Duck" only much thinner and less memorable. That price tag on this one was a bit much to my mind...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:20:19 | More by Chaney
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.