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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,199 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 77
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Trueant1
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2006 ceramic bottle.

An awsome 2 inch head that is so thick with large bubbles cascading from the center. Leaves a total lace on the side of the glass with globs of head material. The head is dark brown and the beer is black.

Smells: Ohhh that smelll ~~~ I am singing Lenard Skynard now!
I smell these in order as I smell them...

Chocolate, black licorish, expresso, Lea and Perrins ( other imps have this smell to me), toasted smoke, figs, dates, dark molassis, carneros wines, alcohol, truffles, fresh baked hot brownies, floral hops (roses) ...and the list could continue!!!!

It tastes as it smells! The only surprise is it is smokier than I smelled. ( a very good thing to me.) The spices are strong. A long alcohol burn with some hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

For so intense flavors and smells this beer seems thin, smooth and creamy and dry to me. The only thing that would keep you from swigging this one fast is the alcohol burn on the way down. I great sipper to me.

This is another beer that blows away any 100 dollar bottle wine I have tasted! I wish I had been patient enough to lay this one down 5 more years! But NO!

So far, this and Yeti oak aged stout is my favs!

Trueant1, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of horshack7
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It comes in the great ceramic bottle with the resealable rubber cork 1Pint 10 ounces.

Appearance: This is one of the darkest of the dark. With a mocha color rocky creamy head. The head lasts for a few minutes but then disipates to a thin foam.

Aromas: Tremendous chocolate malt scents. Light hints of burnt hops. The malts in this one are roasted to the the brink of burnt but not quite so dark so evil it's wonderful.

Taste: Dear god this one packs a sinister punch. The chocolate malts stand out rather well. The dark roasted hop character hits like a sack of bricks. Slight port wine notes that hide a little bit yet show themselves so incredibly. Dark roasted coffee notes fly around so freely yet savagely. The mouthfeel is quite smooth very much like dark chocolate milk so silky. I knew I had to be carefull tasting this beast of a Russian imperial stout it's so dam tasty.

Notes: It's cold hearted, evil, and down right sinister. Thank you very much Rogue brewing company for brewing this masterpiece. I am happy to have had the opportunity to have sampled this beast of a beer oh hell yeah. Prost

Notes:

horshack7, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle that this comes in is just amazing. Extremely classy black ceramic bottle with a swingtop is both classy and convenient. I poured this into a goblet, finding a perfectly black brew with a finger and a half of dark brown head that sticks around for a minute.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate milk and dark coffee. There is a nice malt backbone to hold things together, which also contributes a roated nutty character to the beer. Invites one to take a big sip, which I did...

Taste: Milk chocolate and chocolate milk are both found in the introduction, which strengthens gradually into a more bitter coffee-like taste. Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate in the finish, which really wraps things up nicely and makes you want more. Almost has a pudding-like feel because it's so big and chewy, but somehow also very drinkable.

This was nothing short of an exceptional beer. Nice job Rogue...

BucBasil, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from the awesome 750ml black ceramic swing-top bottle into my cleveland browns fat imperial pilsener glass.

A- pours like smooth black molasses with a sweet slo-mo cascading effect that forms 2in of thick chocolate milk colored creamy frothy head. head has the look and consistency of a chocolate mousse, i've never seen anything like it. brew is black with black highlights, haha there's the fainest hint of burgundy at the bottom of the glass. head has great retention, almost to the end, and leaves lots of sticky brown lace on the glass.

S- cocoa powder, toasted malt, and sticky icky flowers. faint mocha coffee and smoky charred wood like cognac barrels push through along with more dark nutty malt and toasted oats. sweet dark fruit like dates and figs come out mating with a soft resinous dark hop tar aroma.

T- i had some high quality belgian chocolates recently. one was 80% cocoa called "african ebony" this has that taste and i love it. rich mocha espresso as well, herbal hop resin, charred wood, earthy stone purity as well, dark burnt hazelnuts, toasted caramel, and fine cigar tobacco.

MF- thick and rich like drinking pudding, yet strangely refreshing. chewy almost melted ice cream texture and low carbonation is a perfect match with this one.

D- due to the fact that it seems to thin itself after the swallow, it could possibly be a thirst quencher like guinness if not for the high ABV. weeeird. undoubtedly the emperor of all stouts.

hustlesworth, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of zealot
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Came from a 750ml ceramic bottle - definitely a sharer. This poured like real maple syrup - thick and sticky. It sported a thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The nose on this beer is the best thing about it. Figs are the most apparent aroma with more dark stone fruits and a very clear, but restrained coffee.

The flavor on this is excellent, BUT I think it would have been good to pull back just a little on the intense coffee notes. I was looking for a touch of the stone fruits in the flavor since they were so apparent in the aroma, but I got very little. For all you homebrewers, it tastes like you are chewing on pure Chocolate grains, especially on the back end. That created a somewhat chalky mouthfeel. It ended with what reminded me somewhat of burned marshmallows ... in a good way ... I think. Overall, however, I would say, an excellent brew.

zealot, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2006 XS in a ceramic bottle. Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. The head is four-fingers of chocolate-milk froth, that grows creamy, thick, and stiff, almost resembling chocolate chip cookie batter. Large-bubbled lacing hugs the Guinness pint glass. I've never quite seen a head like this on a stout, though I did pour it quite aggressively.

The aroma is dominated by sweet molasses and brown sugar, with a mild cocoa bean note beneath, accented by a hint of vanilla. These elements assert themselves in the flavor, especially on the front, but a rather harsh coffee, charred wood and malt characteristic arises on the finish, along with a none too subtle flourish of alcohol.

It medium bodied, creamy on the front, dry and bitter on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit much, rendering the drinkability a bit low. It is a bit unbalance, so subtle on the front, then the aftertaste just really gets you in the back of the throat. Almost a great stout. And maybe it will become one after some time in the cellar, but not there yet.

Osiris9588, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brew from the start- pitch black liquid with a frothy cappucino-colored head. Cool clean malt aromas permeate while a hint of spiked black coffee balances. A flavorful but mild sweetness of dried fruits and roasted malts pairs perfectly with the earthy bitterness of the hops- an extremely well balanced stout. Alcohol is hardly detectable but the warming sensation is welcomed. So smooth- not thick or heavy in body, it would be easy to polish this one off in a session. One of, if not the best imperial out there- A++

kernalklink, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of cdondera
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml stoneware bottle. Cellared for one year @ 55-65 degrees as I've heard that this brew does well with some age. I'm hoping this holds true, as the young version was wildly untamed and a bit of a disappointment from the reviews that I've read.

Appearance: Beer just doesn't get much darker or more viscous than this beauty. Looks like melted chocolate poured into a snifter. Achieved a decent two-finger head. Promising thus far.

Nose: There are hops in the nose to be sure, and dark-roast coffee is at the forefront. With the bitterness that I smell, it is pleasant to find a bit of sweetness in here as well. Could be fruit. We'll see where this goes

Taste: The coffee that I detected in the nose is definately there. Great hop bitterness, and the alcohol is less noticeable than I had expected given the ABV. You can't miss the cocoa in this brew, but the fruit that I detected in the nose didn't necessarily pan out. There is roasty-toasty goodness to the this bottle, and I'm beginning to think that I jumped the gun a bit. Perhaps could have held out for colder weather. Oh well, an impulsive nature has its merits.

Mouthfeel: Viscosity noticed in the pour translates equally as well on the palate. Just a monster. This stout is smooth as silk, and creamy, but the oily bitterness is a welcome complement.

Drinkability: Coming to the end of this bottle, I must say it's hitting me pretty hard. Not that I expected to drink more than one of these. Drinkability is a delight in moderation. Great when paired with a raspberry cheesecake, sprinkled with toasted almonds.

Verdict: Not everything that I expected, but then, my expectations were quite high. I am going to let my next bottle have three years to mull it over. Think it could use that long to mellow out and gain in complexity. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, and will come back for more.

cdondera, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade with ncvbc.

2006 model 750 ML ceramic reclosable ceramic bottle.

Used Motor oil colored beer and easily as thick as that. Small brown head forms could be a little better there.

Smell is sweet figs and prunes with chocolate, coffee and coconut. There is a little berry in here but I can't id it, blackberry or cherry can't decide.

The taste starts out bittersweet chocolate and a trace of Kahlua. There is a sharp bitterness in the finish of this that is nearing excessive at least at the start. Berry flavor upfront tastes like blackberries on baker’s chocolate. Little bit of coconut in with the coffee but this is a quite bitter RIS.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Hmm OK I have tasted better. Off hand I would say that this has a bit too much patent malt and that made it overly bitter. This could be better if the bitterness wasn't so intrusive. Think I will be sticking with Stone RIS.

Zorro, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In honor of Michael Jackson. This was one of the first selections when the rare beer club started and the first of the XS 750ml line. Farewell! This is from late 2004.

The aroma is thick with chocolate and roast malt. Fruity yeast fermentation esters and just the slightest hint of hop oil. No oxidation that I can pick out which is outstanding for a 2.5 year-old bottle.

Black as can be. No light even when held up. Starts with a 1/2-3/4 inch thick tan head that fades to a 1/4 inch persistent layer of creamy goodness. Leaves good lacing too.

Rather hop bitter for the style. Lots of hop oil remains despite the age. But the follow through is a sweet malt flavor that is almost like black treacle. Very fruity with dark overripe pit fruit flavors and raisins. Add in substantial black and roast malt and it's pretty much everything I want in an impy stout flavor wise. Aftertaste is mostly roast character.

Big full bodied, almost thick. Not noticeable alcohol at all with this much age.

Really an excellent sipping/savoring beer.

czechsaaz, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is from 2006, 750 ml ceramic bottle with the swing top on it. The beer pours black with a half inch brown head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. The aroma is very good, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and some hops. It tastes like coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, anise, and roasted/burnt malt. The flavor is strong and there's a good balance between sweet and bitter. The alcohol heat is noticable too, but not overpowering in the taste. Mouthfeel is full, with a coating finish it's heavy and smooth. Drinkability is good, but could be better. Overall I think this is a decent RIS, but not quite a great one. With that being said, I'll still drink this again in the future as it's a good solid brew.

bluejacket74, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a giant 750 mL, ceramic swing-top bottle. Brewed with Willamette, Cascade, and Chinook hops and a dosage of rolled oats; 87.5 IBUs. It pours inky black, with a thin cocoa head that leaves bits of lacing here and there. Smells like a box of chocolates, with coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts, anise?, and hints of Tootsie Rolls. The first sip begins almost thin, but it quickly becomes rich and roasty, with bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate, strong raisiny/port notes, roasted/burnt malts, coffee, tobacco, hints of leather and licorice, and a hefty bitterness from the leafy/green hops, which, along with the ABV, contribute some heat to the mouthfeel. The body is smooth, silky and quite dry, medium to full with low carbonation, and it leaves a long-ass, bitter finish. Overall, a damn fine beer - big, complex, and deceivingly strong (as evidenced by the spelling errors in my notebook) - I can't wait to sample the 2002 version I found a while back.

mmmbeer, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of yodaseo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

toffee nut head that was disappointingly bubbly and dissipated quite fast. still left a nice sticky coffee colored lace the beer itself poured a black as the dark ceramic 500ml bottle in which this brew came. the smell was one of dizzying proportions, the perfect mix of coffee, sweet malts, and hops. the initial taste left such a long dry and welcomingly bitter finish in my mouth. i just ended up savoring every last gulp of this heavy but refreshingly bitter and hoppy brew. leave it up to rogue to make yet another brew that breaks the mold.

yodaseo, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of josiahschlender
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see the Rogue Imperial Stout on tap at the Concordia Ale House in Portland! Six bucks for an imperial pint...I'm not complaining about the price for this gem of a beer.

Color was black. No light showing through. Moderate, somewhat short-lived head that was very dark brown. Darker head than most beers. Overall, has an ominous look to it.

Smell is strong and bitter, that is balanced by molasses. Also noticed alcohol, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee grounds. Very black roasted grain smells, along with earthy, bittering hops.

Taste is huge. Overpowering flavors fill the mouth. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness. I noticed very strong and distinct molasses, especially as the beer warmed. Dark chocolate and coffee as well. Flavors overwhelm anything else, and last a loong time. I love the complexity.

Body is appropriately thick and heavy. Not quite syrupy, but on its way there. Low carbonation. Coats the mouth, enhancing the lingering flavors. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, though somewhat obscured. At 11%, this is not a beer for the faint of heart.

This is an excellent beer, so strong and powerful. It commands your attention, but might leave you with your attention capacities slightly impaired.

josiahschlender, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one from alohaC as part of the BA secret bunny 2007. thanks christian!

750ml swing top ceramic bottle, capped. 2006 vintage.

pours deep inky black with a huge dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. light roast. tons of dark chocolate. coffee. anise. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. light espresso. bit of anise. biscuity malt. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. fairly astringent. medium carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and quite enjoyable. this one might have scored better if it wasn't overshadowed by the fantastic kuhnhenn american imperial stout i had earlier in the night.

grub, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of robrobrob
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was a little nervous about this one, costing 15 bucks to fill up my growler and me just building my interest in stouts and I don't like to look at reviews on here before I try something, but I am generally a fan of Rogue's beers so I decided to give it a go. Into a glass it went dark, dark brown, almost-but-not-quite black and whipped up a frothy oak-colored head that didn't last too long, but left a ring clinging to the top of the glass. The smell wasn't overpowering, but included chocolate and heavy cream, it could have been stronger. The taste is really quite good, chocolatey and roasty with a lip-smacking cream finish and warming alcohol all the way down. This is what I want from a stout, I sort of wish it was wintertime right now so I could enjoy it totally, although on a cooler, rainy summer day, this is really hitting the spot. I give this a 4 for drinkability because it goes down well, too well in fact, and I could see myself getting absolutely kablammo in a short time if I had enough of this costly brew.

robrobrob, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Growler into a snifter. 2006 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a large brown head that quickly drops to a slight ring. Some lacing left around the glass.

Smell is of chocolate mostly with a hint of licorice and alcohol.

Taste is dominated by chocolate at first then is followed by a bit of coffee and a serious alcohol finish. Lots of heat on this one!

Drinkability is lower because of the high abv. and potent alcohol flavors.

Overall a fine RIS. Will probably pick this one up again.

bluegrassbrew, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7oz bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Bottled in 1997.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, with some light bubbling around the rim, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. No lacing here, but this one has some legs when swirled. Aroma is heavy dark sweetness with figs and alcohol. Taste begins the same dark roasty maltiness, hits some dark fruits quick, and then more or less evaporates off the tongue and is almost gone before you can swallow. Or so it would seem, making an incredible mouthfeel, and drinkability is insane as well. Not that I'll get the chance again, but if I did, I would choose this one again in a moment.

ppoitras, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured down the inside edge of the glass this brew looks dark brown and settles into a black looking body. Frothy 1 1/2 finger head is brown and not very sturdy. Quick swirls don't bring it back. Alcohol is one of the first aromas detected, but is quickly overrun by chocolate, rum, and coffee. Caramel and burnt vanilla also come to mind.
Taste is mainly baked chocolate and weak coffee. Toffee, molasses, rum and alcohol lay just beneath the surface. While not rich or over indulged with alcohol, this brew is not as enjoyable to drink as it might seem (to me). However, it is still a solid beer and I'm glad I do have another bottle.

Mebuzzard, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003; tasted 6/11/07

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a modest tan head that drops to a ringlet rather quickly (to be expected from an Impy Stout this old)

Smell: Rich aroma of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as rum-soaked dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a fruity flavor of chocolate covered prunes and figs that, by mid-palate, displays a peppery bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors overwhelm and provide a rich fudgy finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Four years later and this is still going strong; excellent brew

brentk56, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of kozmo
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, so the guys at Rogue have made their point with this one. Pours very dark (like no light can escape from the inky blackness) with one of the darkest heads I have ever seen. Bitter coffee stout warmth on the front. Then... wait for it... wait a little longer... THERE, a long and bitter finish that lingers.

To my taste, this beast is a little over the top, the other thing Rogue gets into sometimes. A little flat/simple in terms of flavor. Also a just plain flat
(lacking carbonation).

kozmo, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Tim2000
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled at the 2007 Mondiale de la Bière.

Pitch black brew with a slim but tight tan head.

Not much of an aroma here, faintly hoppy with a bit of coffee.

Flavour is sugary with caramel notes and dark chocolate. Dominating hop bitterness reminds me mostly of strong black tea with a slight citric bite. A bit of burnt toast lingers with the hop bitterness. Definitely some hot alcohol notes as well.

Very full-bodied with fairly low carbonation.

I was expecting more from this beer. There was too much going on in the hops department to really be able to enjoy the complex roasted flavours that I'm looking for in an imperial stout. Too harsh to be very drinkable.

Tim2000, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking ceramic bottle (circa 2006) holds an impressive looking beer. Pours a straight black head with a nice chocolate mousse head that recedes to just cover the surface of the beer.

Smell is of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, heavy roasted malts with a tinge of alcohol and hops. Taste is straight dark chocolate, like a dark, bitter chocolate bar from somewhere abroad, a nice, but noticeable alcohol warmness hits the back of your throat as it goes down showing you the 11 percent it has inside.

This beer didn't impress me at first, but after it warmed a little, the flavor really popped out. Good stuff, but not quite the most drinkable beer (to be expected) because of its potency.

saintwarrick, May 28, 2007
Photo of sammy44
2.08/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Think I might have gotten a bad bottle, I hesitated to add this review at all. A 2006 bottle purchased in Gatlinburg in May 2007.

Poured a really good looking beer, typical jet black, little to no head. Smell of soy sauce, alcohol, and coffee.

Taste: Pure alcohol, this stuff was harsh. I'm a bourbon fan which I like to sip straight on the rocks and this stuff seemed to have more alcohol burn than cheap bourbon. I couldn't taste anything else due to the eye watering sear.

Mouthfeel: Don't know, didn't leave it in my mouth long enough to find out.

Drinkability: How drinkable do you think I thought it was?

sammy44, May 25, 2007
Photo of BaronVonHawkeye
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased a 750mL ceramic bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City as a graduation present to myself. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to enjoy this until today as a birthday gift for myself.

A: It poured a nice opaque black and very thick. The head was a dark tan, about 1/2" in height that quickly diminished. It did not leave clean lace rings as I enjoyed it, but rather small amounts of lace (1" in length) along the sides of the glass.

S: I detected a nice dual nose to this beer. After pouring and upon agitation, the nose is full of alcohol with hardly anything else. After standing for a short time, the nose is noticeably more complex, with roasted malt, oak, some caramel and some alcohol.

T: I was imagining a strong Shakespeare Stout when I purchased this bottle, but that is not what I got. I did get a very nice palate of roasted malt and slight coffee taste of the Shakespeare, but also a mouthful of alcohol taste. While many people may rate this beer lower on taste due to this, I was pleasantly surprised that for a beer with an alcohol content of 11%, the alcohol taste was not as overpowering as I had expected.

M: The mouthfeel was of a good thick stout. I felt like I was drinking a nice, heavy stout.

D: The drinkability of this beer is quite simple- One and Done. This is not a beer you can drink all night long, or even finish the full 750mL bottle in a single session. I was very happy the guys at Rogue included a swing-top cap for this bottle so you can save it for a later time.

This was a terrific beer, but I am unsure if it was worth the $15 I spent on a bottle.

BaronVonHawkeye, May 24, 2007
Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.