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

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of gvarsity
4.72/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

gvarsity, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

powdersoldier, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

morebeergood, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

roadhouse, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

beerceller99, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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

Elemental, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

spointon, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +18.7%

bernat1971, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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

russpowell, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Derek, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of BierReise
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

BierReise, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Bfarr
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Bfarr, May 11, 2010
Photo of Redwood21
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Redwood21, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

dnichols, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Braz
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Braz, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

LXIXME, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Hopmodium, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

bespin15, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Birdlegs, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of C_S
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Asics, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

beertunes, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of blackc5
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

blackc5, Jun 21, 2010
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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.