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Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales

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817 Reviews

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 1,250
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 95
Gots: 88 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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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Reviews: 817 | Hads: 1,250
Photo of ZAP
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001: Looks the part....black as a pair of Ronnie James Dio tight black pants (Former front man for Black Sabbath)..a rich burgundy lace that bubbles like a root beer float then fades to almost nothing...Poured out of the bottle like cough syrup...The nose is a tich disappointing...I expected more...A faint fresh hop smell, and some thick malt accents, but it is not a great nose on this one...Alcohol on the buds and a heavy bitter hop bite....The closest one I've tried to expedition, but Bell's isn't hopped up this high (if it is their malt load is much higher)..what is interesting is the hops were not real heavy on the nose, but boy are they there on the buds along with a mocha/coffee flavor...


I find this the closest imperial to Expedition....at first taste I thought the hops were too hot and the malt too light but on second taste I find this outstanding....a great balance...hopped up, but balanced with the nice thick malt......top of the rung for Imperials.. (990 characters)

Photo of tigerpaws
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001: While this style is not my fav this is a very good beer. From the dark as night color to the heavy creamy head, it makes you think you may need a spoon to taste it. Very good scent, like the beer is signaling you that "hey I am here". Nice feel on the tongue and the only resaon I give it a lower mark on drinkability is that its not for the novice or the faint of heart................CHEERS (400 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001: Pours with a gargantuan rocky, dense rusty colored head. Looks like one could float a coin on it. Settles into opaque blackness, with the nose smelling of chocolate, burnt malts, alcohol and hops...and greatness! Taste is tangy, thick, burnt, hoppy, alcoholic, it goes on and on. It's almost sensory overload with this excellent beer. Finishes with a warming liquor-ish sensation as it flows down the throat. Superb! (422 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001: This beer is black. Not a ray of light gets through. It pours a big choclolate milkshake like head. Dense, dark and brown. Lacing ability is impressive as it leaves nice intricate patterns on the glass. Scents of mocha, coffee and molasses all intertwine nicely. The two big standouts on the buds at first are alcohol and hops. But they mingle nicely. These characteristics are more obtruse than in the 2000 sample I reviewed not long ago. But I love it. This is an insanely bitter beer. There are also some slight notes of coffee, anise and burnt malt. (These will probably emerge in a year or two.) The only thing that I really "docked" at this point is the drinkability factor (4.0). The alcohol taste kept me from giving this category an excellent rating.

I only see this beer improving in a year or two. Thanks to Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, I have 2 to cellar and 1 to give to my brother.


2000: Pours a bit like motor oil. A small creamy brown head disappears within seconds. A unique sweet/roasty mix in the aroma. Thick black appearance with fine sediment settling to the bottom. There's a great roasted malt taste present. There's a sweet and a bit of an alcoholic taste reminiscent of fine barleywine style beers. The bitterness is intense, as it should be for this style. And it lingers long after the drink. The IBU is 87.5. It takes an incredible malt load to balance this hopping so nicely. A truly great BIG BEER from one of the BIG BEER kings, John Maier. (1,509 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2001: Black, as in black hole, body. Hell, the head is darker than some porters I've had. Head is actually brown like a slighty overdone chocolate chip cookie. Craters like the lunar surface. Great lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and hops in the aroma. Rich, full in the mouth. Superb nightcapper.
Bottle says best when aged one year, bottled in 2001. Some sort of coding on label, which might indicate actual bottling, but it would only be a guess (Dec 10,2001 in my case). Anyway beer is quite fine now, at roughly half year (I think). (550 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2001: 'Best when aged for 1 year'...but I don't have that kind of patience today! I needed a big stout with breakfast and this is all I had. Damn Indiana blue laws...

Inky black, syrupy body with a brown/tan head. Absolutely beautiful looking beer. As the head dissipates, it looks something like a cake fresh from the oven - incredible! Leaves thick rings of lace down the side of the glass. Very good, but a bit weak, aroma of roasted barley, balanced by some hops. The taste delivers everything the aroma promises, and more. Thick, rich roasted taste with a bitter hop finish. A bit harsh, but pretty nice considering I've cracked it open early.

I'll save a couple of bottles for the autumn/winter if I have the willpower! (740 characters)

Photo of mattmaples
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black is beautiful and this beer is as black as it can get. Thick a touch sweet with an edge from the high roasted malts. The one I just had was a 2000 but I didn't see any reason to add another entry. I think this is one of the best Imperials out there. Too bad they are not bottling them anymore. If you find one buy it, if not definately try it on tap if you are here in Portland, or Newport Oregon. (403 characters)

Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.