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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 60
Photo of gvarsity
4.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this beer and by it's low overall score when I got here. It may not be a huge Imperial Stout like a Surly or Three Floyds but it is what it is and it is good. I would say sublimely balanced with lots of flavors. Very drinkable and delicious. I'll be picking up a case of these to stash away for the rest of the winter.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer twice while on a trip to the NW. Once on tap at Belmont Station in Portland and again on cask at the Washington Cask Beer Festival.

The appearance was quite dark, more so than many RIS, with a nice brown head on top.

Aroma was really nice, a combo of sweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and a bit of coffee notes. Quite complex, rivals the big boys.

Taste was just about as good as I was hoping from the aroma. Again a lot of chocolate sweetness with some raisin, licorice and coffee notes to add to the complexity. Left a bit of a molasses aftertaste which sort of coated the mouth.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thick not too light. Really nice here, perfect body for drinkability, but didn't make it quite sessionable. If an RIS is possible to be sessionable this might be it.

Bad reviews mystify me on this one. A fantastic beer all around. I think there must have been some bad previous batches or something. Ignore the overall score and the previous reviews and try this one on tap.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

66 cl. bottle pours a pitch black fluid with a brown head. Smells of plums, raisons, and roasted grains. Full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Has a roasted grain taste meshing perfectly with a raison date sweetness. The strong coffee flavored finish lingers long on the throat.

A very well balanced, highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of Elemental
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - excellent dark black color, I actually thought of motor oil when I poured it. The head is the darkest brown head I have ever seen but is quickly dissapates.

Smell - Nice and lite, a lite chocolate yet burnt smell (but not in a bad way). Kind of malty and a very lite hop aroma

Taste - Big and Bold with some nice underlying tastes of chocolate. Not as malty as I expected, but very nice. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall a real nice beer

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Belmont Station Biercafe in Portland.

A= This ale poured a deep dark brown with hues of black to it. The head rose 1.5" and was a glorious mix of brown and tan. Settled to a thin skim and left just a bit of spotty lace behind.

S= Lots of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, and dark fruit in the nose. Some light alcohol in there too.

T= As in the aroma, the flavor was a heady mix of chocolate, mocha coffee, and dark fruit/licorice estery notes. The malt component was rich and showed some nice caramel/toffee qualities. Earthy and leafy hops in the middle lead to a slight alcohol finish.

MF= Heavier bodied with a slick and satisfying feel. A tongue-coater, but not a heavy syrupy one.

D= I really enjoyed this beer a lot. It has the complexity of a good RIS, but is a bit smaller than many examples. Drinkability reminded me of Old Rasputin. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my St. Bernardas glass a deep black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate notes, and some vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, dark notes, and some vanilla. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, I really like this brew, thanks Toby.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Pours black as night with a pinky of chcolate colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Intense chocolate, leafy hops, a touch of vanilla & dark fruit once warm, almost pulled a 4.5

T: Dryness, dark chcolate, & a bit of coffee & cocoa powder up front. Roasted grain, more coffee, & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, dryness & subdued roastyness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, a solid example of the style, a little too much coffee & dryness for me to go ga-ga over, but not bad at all

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, little retention, hints of lace.

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark bread, pine, alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, pine, dark bread, slight spicyness.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, slightly chalky and acidic.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of BierReise
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber . Pours looking thick and black with a full head of creamy brown froth. Completely opaque it is showing no sign of the light shining through. Aroma is of sweet espresso and chocolate with an underling of hops. The head settles and becomes denser and creamier. The body is a tad thin compared to others I've had but smooth as can be. The flavor is drier than I expected also and slightly bitter. It does have some nice coffee flavors though and with it comes the addition of cocoa and chocolate. Finishes slightly dry on a semi sweet bitter chocolate note that lingers. Overall a nice Imperial. The only thing lacking is maybe the body is a bit thin and also a tad drier than I like.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The very dark brown cap on this stout seems to indicate an exceptionally intense and rich beer, but it's actually more like a basic stout. It's medium bodied with a mild, fine-bubbled carbonation that caresses the tongue; and that's OK, but you might expect a bit more body and some creaminess from an Imperial stout. The nose is a bit more exciting with notes of espresso beans before grinding, some delicate dark fruits, and some burnt caramel; but again, it seems to fall a bit short for the style. Finally, the flavor is the biggest disappointment when comparing it to other Imperial stouts, but I actually like it alot just as it is... I just wouldn't call it an Imperial stout - "strong" stout might be more appropriate (of course, you can't put the word "strong" on the label!). In any case, it's certainly clean, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found, but the maltiness just isn't there. In fact, its dark fruitiness seems almost equal in intensity to its roastiness, and there's no real chocolate or caramel to be found. On the other hand, it's exceptionally well-balanced and smooth, leaving it a surprisingly easy to drink beer at 8%!!! And the juicy, red grape and raisin-like fruitiness is quite nice! I'd recommend it, but be aware of what you're getting.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap this pours a dark black with a good chocolate brown mousse-like head. Aromas are strong chocolate with just a bit of coffee in the background. Taste is pretty much the same mostly chocolate and a little coffee. A very creamy mouthfeel holds everything together.

This was a little too much chocolate for my tastes but man, when this beer arrived looking like a dessert I really didn't mind the chocolate. It was such a creamy feel I just couldn't put it down.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you JohnGalt1 (Toby) for this beer in the LNBA BIF

A: this is a dark beer, but not inky black. it appears to be a very deep brown. the head is a mahogany wonder, though it doesn't do a good job of sticking around for the party. there is a residual ring around the edge of my snifter that brings a pleasant feeling as i consume the beer.

S: there is a slight medicinal tone to the aroma, but nothing that overpowers the aroma is a bit weak, but this might be my nose there is a slight mocha aroma, but its weak

T: more robust than the aroma, but still a little light especially in body. there is a slight coffee taste that is sweetened by what seems like chocolate malt details, but i cold just be shitting in the wind on that one. it needs a more robust malt presence but this is by no means bad. this beer is incredibly drinkable if still light. i knock the body a bit on style notes alone but i do enjoy this beer through the entire temp range.

this is not a world changer but its a great beer. if you wanted an everyday drinking impy stout this could fit the bill.

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Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew at the Washington Cask Beer Festival in Seattle on March 22nd.

A: It poured a black body with a light chocolate big bubbled head that left a dark swiss cheese lacing.

S: It emitted a mild chocolate aroma with a stringent coffee backside. There were hints of molasses and dark fruit.

T: There was an initial flavor of smoky bourbon but that was quicky overtaken by the burnt malts and bitter hops. There were undercurrents of rich chocolate malts and plums.

M: It was smooth and medium bodied. It seemed a bit thin for a RIS but it had a pleasant finish and clean aftertaste.

D: Nice stout but it was not especially well balanced. I enjoyed the bourbon flavor, especially since it was not overdone. Nice enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Braz
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark dark brown, almost black in color with a light brown head. Head leaves small bubbles around rim of glass. Smells are boozy, roasted and bitter. Tastes is bittersuite with a nice roastiness. Booze a bit prevelant in this flavor wise, not a bother but think it would have been if masked a little more. Feel is smooth and velvety. Good but has potential to be much better. Just misses the mark somehow to be great.

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Photo of blackc5
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber at about 50F.

A - Pours the darkest of blacks, with a nice creamy chocolate head - practically nitro-tap in texture and appearance. Just a bit of lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, espresso and dark molasses. Some fruitiness as well.

T - Strong coffee notes backed by dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses and dark fruit. Some smoky quality as well - a touch of burnt malt perhaps... Quite decent overall, with just a bit of booziness, and a mild bitter aftertaste.

M - Fairly creamy, with a low to moderate level of carbonation. A bit syrupy on the tongue.

D - Although not the strongest by ABV, the 22oz'er was more than enough for one sitting. This really pummels the taste buds with its depth of dark roasted flavors, and although not the best RIS I have had, it was quite satisfying overall. Wouldn't mind seeing this in 12oz bottles which would be a more easily consumed size.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black with about 3/4 inch of medium brown head that had good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was full, rich, sharp roasted tones with solid grains underneath. The flavors were pretty similar, roast and grain, with just a touch of alcohol. Fairly typical for the style.

The body was a bit fuller and smoother than average. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and smoothly. Overall, a nice example of the style, a bit better than average and one of this brewery's better efforts. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very very very dark black looking beer. In comparison to Rogue and LaConner, Hales Imperial Stout is the darkest of the three, but not the thickest or best tasting.

Produces a chocolate milk influenced head. A very deep chocolate brown head, foamy but accented by larger clear bubbles. Head about ½" lowers to about 1/6" and sticks around for a moderate amount of time before fading and making room for a nice sized chocolate collar sitting around the top of the brew. Not quite as bitter as some Stouts, but there’s a bitter tone that sticks around in every mouthful.

Smooth and creamy, chocolate (lactose???), toffee, caramel, currant, figs?

Enjoyable, drinkable, but a tad bit mild.

[ STATS:>> 650 ml bottle / ABV: 8.0% / PRICE: $ 2.99 USD ]

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A number of reviewers has issues with this beer but I must say that this is a good example of the style. Pours Black with a brown head, this beer starts big and hoppy with the chocolate coming in soon after. I have had better stouts but this stands up with the right finish and the expected flavours that satisfy.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was tart and blueberry/blackberry fruity with hints of chocolate. Not too Imperial smelling, but not a bad smell. Pours a deep purple/black with a pinky thin mocha head. Fore is burnt malt and baker’s chocolate. It gets VERY thin through the middle palate wise. Finish is coffee/dark chocolate bitter with a touch of metallic twang in it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz picked up last week at the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda.. mine poured into my trusty snifter.

Despite an aggressive pour.. only a slight 1" head is formed... dark brown with little lacing... brew is very black.

Aroma is Chocolate malts and quite fruity... I could easily be mistaking this for hops.. could use quite a bit more dark malts... a little vanilla as it opens up.

Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma.. with more of a coffee background.. still it needs more maltiness in the mid palate with more dark grains. Mouthfeel is lite for the style but is still pretty silky. More body is needed.

This brew is by no means terrible, I just think it needs to be dialed in... that said, it would be a pretty good Stout when the weather warms up.

I will be buying a few more of these for the cellar, but I probably won't touch one for at least 6 months.

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Photo of froghop
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an opaque with a thin brown head, and no lacing.

smell of licorice, some sour malt, espresso, cocoa, and some smoke.

taste is thick, smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, some roasted nuts, and sour malt, ends dry and sour.

nice smell but the look was lacking, and taste was average.

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Photo of sockeye101
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing exceptional or memorable from this stout, but worth a try nonetheless. Very dark, black, with a nice tan head and nice lacing. Aromas were sweet with hints of burnt nuts and chocolates. Flavors also were strong with burnt coffee, chocolate and malts. Overall not a bad Russian Imp. Stout, but not one that I'd go out of my way to have again. I've heard rumor that it is exceptionally good on tap, so maybe I'll give it a go if I find it on tap someday.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black, allows no light through, and is capped with a hard-poured milk chocolate brown half-inch head. The head falls at once, and remains as a thin ring which leaves a little slippery lacing - each ring will stay on the glass for a while, slowly sliding its way back down to rejoin the head. Basically, nothing clings.

Scent is fruity, roasty mocha, chocolate and coffee; It has strong hints of pureed raspberries or even oranges, reminding me slightly of those chocolate balls that you crack into slices at Christmas. (Chocolate Orange, Raspberry Orange). It's full and rich.

Based on previous reviews, I've been putting off trying this beer for a long time. I thought it was going to be just vile. Imperial Stout is my favorite decadent beer, and I was dissappointed after buying it to read a few of the other reviews. It's been in my fridge for almost two months now, a holdover between beer runs, never drunk, always pushed to the back and ignored because I was ashamed I had made a poor purchase. However, after trying the abomination known as Le Coq, this is positively delightful. It reallly isn't a bad impy stout at all! The flavor really does have too much fruit in it, and not enough decadent coffee or chocolate, but it is flavorful, doesn't do anything wrong, and invites the drinker to keep going back for more.

Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, sticky finish. Just fine, and keeps you returning for more sips.

All in all, I'm pleased. I expected this to be watery, metallic, odd-flavored, and dissappointing. Far from it; It's rather enjoyable. It's a better lawnmower imperial stout (if there ever could be such a thing) than a decadent dessert impy, but don't let that stop you from giving it a go.

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Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a near black color and has an espresso colored head that quickly disappears. The nose has roasty malts, dark fruits, faint hops and light molasses. The taste is also quite roasty. A nice malt and hop profile as well. Medium body goes down well. Nothing outstanding here. Just a basic RIS. This should be $10 a sixer instead of $5 a bomber.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm dark malt scent that boasts of patent, chocolate, and roasted malts. It has a dry, high alcohol aroma. The taste is average. It has an extremely earthy flavor that seems almost tart and sour. It's full of patent malts and mild hops. It goes down slow with a warm tart finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This brew seems a bit light in the mouthfeel for an IS. I don't really care for this beer too much. It doesn't have the best flavor. It's one and done for me.

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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.