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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottling
12oz Bottle
Received from mcallister


The '04 poured midnight black not allowing any light to escape. There is still a healthy amount of carbonation as the pour yields a two finger khaki head that stuck around for a few minutes before falling to a swirling with a couple thick islands and a thick ring around the glass.

The aroma on this older vintage is vinous and showing much more dark fruit than a more recent bottling. Roasted barley and mild coffee grounds are there but take backstage to the dark fruits. Fig, blackberry, and possibly even some prune. There are small wafts of alcohol drifting up to my nose as well. The '04 is much subdued compared to the '07.

The flavor is pretty much spot on with the aroma. The only noticeable difference is a splash of dark cocoa from mid-palate through to the finish. This dark cocoa goes really well with the dark fruitiness that's developed overtime. The flavor is much different from the newer release. I'm surprised at the huge difference three years made.

The mouthfeel on this beer is as luxurious as you could ask for; thick, coating and incredibly velvety. There's just enough alcohol noticeable to warm me up.

A stout this big and rich is a sipper and a satisfying one at that. This is a perfect for a cold winter day like this.


2007 Bottling
750ml Ceramic Bottle
Sam's Marcey


The 2007 bottling poured very similar to the '04. The body is black as night with a two finger brown head that had a purplish hue. The head on this bottling seemed to be creamier and leave slightly better lacing, not enough to warrant a perfect score but damn close.

The aroma is much more robust than on the older version, which is to be expected. Roasted barley, molasses, and licorice are the most common occurrences. The alcohol present on the backend creates some fruity esters. As a matter of fact smells like a pretty well rounded RIS.

The roastiness is big, bold and upfront. There are mild coffee grounds and even milder dark fruits. There's some cocoa on the backend but not nearly as pronounced as the '04. There is much more bold roastiness throughout especially when compared to the older version. Some spicy alcohol finishes things off nicely.

The mouthfeel on the '07 doesn't live up to the mouthfeel '04. Although this bottle is rich and chewy the mouthfeel just isn't as thick and velvety as the older bottle.

The bigger flavor (including alcohol) on this bottle hampers the drinkability slightly. This is one you couldn't drink too many.

After sampling a '04 and '07 side by side each one had qualities I enjoyed more than the other. The mouthfeel on the '04 was perfect and the drinkability was higher. The appearance, flavor and aroma were slightly better on the '07. The better flavor was a tough call because it's dependent on which flavors you're looking for on a particular night. Tonight, for me, it was the bigger roastiness compared to the dark fruitiness. The roastiness won out this evening.

Photo of orford
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from one of the cool ceramic swing top bottles. 2007 Imp. Served at cellar temp (~50-55 degrees F).

A. Holy head!! 3 fingers of dark, milk chocolate colored head. Very stable head, what little disipation was followed by good lacing. Slightly rocky head. Pitch black in color, with the slightest bit or red around the edges. Absolutely beautiful.

S. Malty sweet with prunes and raisins and other dried fruits. Almost port-like nose to it. Also chocolate and roasted malt. Some alcohol as it warms.

T. Malty sweet. Once again dried fruits including raisins and prunes. Lots of chocolate and roasted grains up front. The back-end includes some grain bitterness but is mostly characterized by hop-bitterness which blends well with the malty sweetnes in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol at the tail end but very subtle and appropriate.

M. Very fulll bodied, rich and luxurious. Low carbonation makes this very silky and the alcohol warms as it goes down.

D. I am a bit of a lush but I could not finish this bottle in one sitting (thank you for the swing top bottle). Incredible beer but it is more of a sipping beer than anything else. Very drinkable as a after-dinner drink.

Photo of sweetkness
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in the awesome ceramic 750 mL bottle, one of the coolest available bottles out there in my opinion. Served it in wine glasses. The appearence was exceptional, a thick black color with a red hue along the rim of the beer, similar to a cherry stouts appearence. It had a wonderful black/red head, and left nice lacing when swirled in the glass. Strong vanilla aroma at first, leading to a sherry/alcohol smell. The taste was very good. There was a strong malt flavor, similar to a Barleywine, which gave way to the roasted malts. Comes off as barrel aged, not sure if thats the case though. The sherry/alcohol aroma carries through to the aftertaste, with some burnt/dried fruit flavor also. Good thick mouthfeel that this style should have. As usual with this style, while it begins quite drinkable, it will fill you up quickly. Overall a VERY GOOD beer, wonderful drinking experience!

Photo of sabrills70
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml ceramic bottle I bought in August 2005. Pours a jet black with a huge 3 finger head, great longevity and verry pretty lace. Some nice roasted malt aromas mixed with some vanilla and sherry smells. Lots of rosted malt flavors mixed with a fairly big amount of chocolate. The finish has huge roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. Not as smooth as I had hoped after 2.5 years in my fridge. A nice beer with a cigar

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 in a ceramic 750ml bottle. Sampled 10-26-2006

Holy. Pours thick like syrup and black as midnight with no moon. What very little head that forms is a dark tan. Smell is chocolate-y with a malt edge and a sweet tone. Taste is huge - and complex. Starts off with a strong sweet taste and then recedes slowly until an extremely roasted flavor comes out. It's like watching a roller coaster from a mile away. You can see every move it makes and watch it as it goes up, and then down to something else. Mouthfeel is thick but smooth. Highly drinkable, even at 11%. Unbelievable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage 120z bottle poured into a Middle Ages Imperial Pint Glass and served at cellar temperature

A - Poured a very deep dark brown, essentially black with a big full three finger high head of tan colored foamy lace on top. Great retention eventually settled this down to about a one inch high layer of foam across the top. No real side glass lacing to speak of, which kind of suprised me to be honest.

S - The aroma was full of chocolate, deep dark chocolate with lots of hints of sweetness, lactose sugar perhaps, maybe a touch of vanilla. Laced in throughout were some small hints of alcohol which nicely thickenend up the aroma. Very full warming smell, full of roasted malts.

T - The flavor was outstanding. Exactly what I would like to see in an Impy stout. Age has defintly taken a liking to this one. First flavors to break through were nice deep chocolate notes with hints of vanilla and coffee beans laced in throughout. Most of the alcohol has long mellowed out by now and really all that remains of it was some tiny traces down through the middle. Very nice earthy roasted malts swirling around in the back giving it much depth and a great profile. The finish was strong with a nice dryness and a touch of some light grass like flavors which gave it that little bit extra of a kick.

M - This was a very full bodied ale, with a huge rich creamy texture. This was absolutly made to be a big dessert beer. The carbonation had held up very nice as well, giving it that silky smooth creamy feel you find in the best of Impy stouts. This was really killer and every sip felt better then the one before. Absolutly nothing light about this one at all, no hint of being watery or thin, perfect score here.

D - A fantastic sipper. I enjoyed this bottle over the course of about 90 mins and it was just getting better as I went on. The alcohol was so well hidden it was practically invisible and the flavors were so well pronounced and full that each sip was like a dessert in of itself. I could have gone on with this all night.

Overall this was fantastic. The three years have really done a job on this one in a great way. No hint of oxidation and such a smoothed out mellow profile, it was honestly almost perfect. This was truly a treat and I would be thrilled to try this again anyday. I am going to have to get a fresh one for comparison, this was just way too good.

Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Inky black with a large dense chocolate milk head. Nice retention.

Smell is very roasty. Dark, dry, bitter dark chocolate plays second fiddle to the huge coffee aroma.

This beer tastes more like coffee than half the coffee I've ever drank. Roasty and burnt, full of espresso and some baker's chocolate. A moderate amount of hop bitterness blends in with the burnt character. If you like coffee, this is the beer for you.

The carbonation is great and lasts forever. Body is thick and rich and the flavors blend together nicely. Smooth and very drinkable for 11% alcohol.

Photo of iowaherkeye
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up this 2006 Vintage 750mL ceramic bottle from <i>John's Grocery</i> since it was only $12.99. Pours a deep mahogany (black in the glass) with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades to a ring before long. Immediately I nosed some soy and roasted malts, but this was still a bit too cold so I let it breathe and warm up. There is plenty of molasses and raisins to go with the aforementioned aromas--the soy is a little lighter and less salty at warmer temps. Dark chocolate, espresso, a bit of campfire ash and even some vanilla finish it up. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate--I knew this wouldn't be sweet, but this has very little sweetness at all. The only other thing I could pick out in addition to the aroma were some leafy hops. Bone dry ashy char finish with just a bit of booze. Bitterness in the finish lingered and peaked at a 5-6 on a 1-10 scale, surprisingly. Full thick body with very low carbonation. An excellent example of the American style that I probably shouldn't have waited 3 years to try.

Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz ceramic bottle with a flip-top lid. Poured into Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Solid whipped cream like head, the mocha colored. It has great stickage in the lacing. Color is a pure black with slight redding hues around the edges.

Smell is a deep dark fig aroma, mixed with a dark bitter chocolate. Taste is more of a rum-raisin. Hops make themselves known in the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel has a fantastic thick body. Nice a chewy. This is one of the better RIS I've had lately

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, ebony black brew with a good viscosity to it. Head is full and thick, a quality inch of tight mocha colored bubbles. So far so good.

S: Smells super oily. Slick bitter bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, oyster crackers, little bit of spruce and perhaps some raspberry.

T: First sip starts out just like it smells. Really oily with streaks of super bitter dark chocolate and intense espresso grounds. More low level chocolate layers continue with aspects of dried cocoa lingering on the center of the tongue. Some alcoholic waves begin to move in at the tip of the tongue then up into the sinuses. Then the bitterness comes and ooooh my goodness is this beer bitter. Its starts at the back side of the palate then begins to overwhelm the entire tongue from the back forward. Finishes with flashes of sweetness among the charred wood flavor.

M: Full bodied and thick

D: Ooof. This is one brutally bitter and dry beer. Starts off really nice but goes a bit too far into the dry realm for me. But too unbalanced, but still quite nice.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle. A: Oily, thick black with lots of brown head that retains very well. S: Chocolate, coffee, some hops. T: Bitter chocolate, lots of coffee, sweet up front with a very long, very bitter cocoa finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. M: Very thick, chewy, moderate carbonation. D: A bit more bitter than I had expected, but still very good. Nice and complex, continues to reveal itself as I continue through the bottle.

Photo of drseamus
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a good mocha head. The smell is surprisingly hoppy for a RIS, but expected for Rogue. There is a bunch of chocolate in there also. The flavor is really chocolaty but with a good hop flavor also. I was actually able to identify the hops by flavor. Good heavy body with great drinkability.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black color with a nice espresso brown head that dissapates to a silky cover with little lace.

Sweet roasted and burnt malts with a faint Northern Pacific hop presence. Molasses, chocolate, coffee and vanilla with light alcohol tones. Dark fruits and smoke as well.

Fairly bitter hop character for a brew of this maturity. There is a very complex malt structure with lot a dominant burnt flavor. It has a lovely sweet start that unfolds to a nice bittersweet finish with cocao, coffee and oats.

Full body with a crisp amount of carbonation gives a good mouthfeel.

Well balanced and very drinklable. The bottle suggest best when 1 year old, but this has aged well and likely in its peak after 4 or 5.

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This time I had this drink on a nitro-tap at Moan and Dove. The appearance did not really alter that much. I felt though that the nitro-tap allowed it to become much darker than when I had it on a normal tap. It had much lighter aromas this time around, explicit on a chocolate theme. It was light and creamy with a bitter aftertaste. It was almost frappe-like even. A low body, the drink was lighter and airier than last time. This was practically a light desert via the nitro-tap.

Photo of atrus138
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Rich O's Pizza Pub / the New Albanian.

Amazing. Pitch black with a huge brown head that stuck all over the place. Delicious smoky smell of burnt chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Wow. Soooo sweet and creamy. Much sweeter than it smelled. One of the finest beers I've had, let alone imperial stouts. Odd that the item with the lowest price was the best offered. The ABV is well hidden in the delicious flavors. Definitely great for the colder months. If you love beer, you owe it to yourself to have this. Offerings like this are why I love beer.

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8 ounce glass at the Stone World Bistro for four dollars

Reviewed on November 14, 2007

Color was very close to black with very little light shining through, massive one inch tan head that did not want to fade away, left chunky lacing the entire time

Smell was rich and had tons of chocolate and roasted malt, lots of espresso and some dark fruit, particularly prunes

Taste was unique, very sweet and candy-like at first and then faded into an incredibly dry finish, roasted malt was also dominant in the taste, vanilla and toffee were also there, taste lasted five minutes after every sip and was thick and chalky, you better like strong stouts if you order one of these bad boys

Not much carbonation here, but definitely a full body

Could drink much more of this stuff, super heavy with an in your face taste, eleven percent alcohol is very strong as well

Took me about an hour to drink this after appetizers, sipped on while walking through the garden and sitting next to the fire outside on that chilly night

Great to find this for so cheap, considering a 750 ml ceramic bottle is usually fifteen dollars plus tax

Photo of Night
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Bottling. Pours pitch black. Deadly solid mocha-brown head; almost all cream with large bubbles on top. Smaller arcs and spots lace the glass. Aroma is rich and earthy – deep malts with a pleasant powdery-mold smell, dark fruit, wild grasses, sarsaparilla, a hint of licorice root. Alcohol sneaks in a bit on the nose. Nice saturated mouthfeel: juicy to syrupy with a medium carbonation bite. Flavor is intense dark malts: burnt wood, milk chocolate, walnut, a bit of coffee, and a strong acidic-grass (tomato?) undertone. Very warming, though the alcohol doesn't show through too much in the flavor. Finish is acidic, aftertaste is bittersweet to neutral and short-lived.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic bottle

A - Poured out a jet black color with a reddish brown, bubbly, two-finger head. It left thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate (bittersweet or dark chocolate). There was also a ton of caramel aromas. A sweet malty smell was also present.

T - It tasted of bittersweet chocolate and tons of sweet malt. There caramel taste was a little understated compared to its aroma.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding RIS, a little overpriced but after a long day it was almost worth the steep price tag.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 04 bottle thanks to oakbluff. This is one exceptional brew. It pours almost like molasses, the color is pitch black no light gets through whatsoever. Has a thick creamy dark toffee colored head that holds up for a long time and leaves behind ring after ring of lace.

Smells of burnt coffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and some sweet liqueur.

Tastes of thick juicy roasted malts, lots of coffee, chocolate, still has a good bitterness from the hops and a warming alcohol that is very well hidden. The mouth feel is so thick it almost need a fork and knife. Not to be taken lightly, I am a very happy man tonight.

Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml ceramic bottle into an 8oz brandy snifter. 2006 edition.

This beer is so thick and dark it has absolutely no ruby edges, it's perfectly black all around. Even when holding it up to light, nothing passes through. The head fills up about one inch of the top of the 8oz snifter. It's brown, dense, and pillowy. It slowly settles to a thin cap with a bubbly rim. Rings of lacing form all the way down the glass from each sip.

Bitter roasted malts are the primary aroma. Mixed in is some mild licorice, raisin, and the slightest hint of dark chocolate. The aroma has a good overall complexity. The alochol is detectable, but still well hidden behind the malts.

The malts are very strong in this one, which is typical for the style. The hops actually show up toward the end, changing the bitterness from a roastiness to a more acidic flavor. The alcohol also catches up a little and adds to the acidity. Very thick body with a good amount of carbonation which makes the bitterness a little more lively. The finish is a battle between the bitter malts and the bitter hops.

Overall, this one is probably a little more bitter than the other RISs I have tried. Not that the style isn't bitter, but this one gets the edge for the most bitter. Overall, it's complex and it packs a punch with every sip. I think this one can afford to sit for even longer, even though it's more than a year old. The ceramic bottle helps, since there is no risk of skunking from the light. Oxidation is another issue, however. This beer is strong enough where that shouldn't make that big of a difference. I think five years would suit this beer well, and make it ever more complex, less bitter, and overall a rounder beer. Recommended.

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!

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


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...

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.

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.

Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.