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

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78
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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 49degrees
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ]

Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of sockeye101
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of adkieffer
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is the darkest, blackest ale that I have seen to date. Even the head and lacing is black.

Smell – Chocolate malt rules the day here. There’s some dark malt and sugary molasses as well. I can also pick up some bread. Everything of course is burnt.

Taste – Surprisingly, the burnt bread comes out more in the taste. It’s soured, like that taste you get when you break your dough before it has fully risen. The sourness though is huge. It’s almost like mixing a stout and red flanders.

Mouthfeel – This one is sour on the mouth and not very smooth. It’s full-bodied for sure.

Drinkability – I can’t imagine anyone liking this stout.

Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark colored body, motor oil in appearance; small tan head formed, less than one finger in size; not much lacing stuck around the glass; tar look

S - Really dark chocolate; moldy yeast nose; moldy cheese, like a mascarpone; ricotta; back-end has a dark burnt malt nose; sherry; no hops to this beer at all

T - Dark coffee, espresso favor; slight liquor based flavor, followed up with a yeasty chocolate taste; figs and sweet prunes

M - Medium body; not much of an aftertaste; lingering coffee aftertaste; touch of coffee flavored ice cream coffee; no carbonation what so ever

D - Alright; not sure where they were going with the yeast and moldy cheese taste; its a stout, what more could you want besides smooth burnt malt flavoring? I think the moldiness could have better served with a Gueuze or or other light roasted ale

Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Pours as dark black and opaque as any stout I've ever seen. The head is brown, but quickly drops into film and collar foam. A nice sheet lacing effect lasts for the first ten minutes, then all lacing disappears.

Aroma is vitrtually absent, at least, until it warms. Near room temperature, some coffee and chocolate emerge to join the faint notes of dark fruits and floral hops.

An odd fruity, tartness greets the mouth. Seems out of place for an imperial stout, but there is a coating, stoutish, richness here.

Taste is oddly tart, and displays some floral hops in the beginning. At room temperature, some stout character finally emerges with some mild coffee and chocolate flavors. This one ends up smooth and light bodied, very drinkable if you make an exception for the style. This is certainly a departure from any other imperial stout that I've tried. Probably, more like a porter as a previous reviewer opined, and the tartness in the taste and mouthfeel seem out of place. Overall, it's pleasantly drinkable and the alcohol is well concealed. I love this brewery's Aftermath IPA, but they need to work on this one a bit.

Photo of jdense
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with colleagues, 1.20.11.

Dark brown almost black opaque body, no visible carbonation, broken brown head less than a finger resulted in uneven ring around edge of glass. Faint bit of roast in the nose, even less chocolate, citrusy hops. Taste is pretty muted for style, more mild roast than chocolate, more nibs than dark chocolate, neither is very assertive, citrus hops, not bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, good effervescence, not sticky, ABV pretty well hidden. A good value at this price point, but quality wise there are many better available beers in this category.

Photo of TheStove
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from Hale's and poured from bomber into a snifter.

Pours inky blank with very slight head. Leaves a light brown lace as foam dissipates.

What is that smell?!? It's not necessarily bad as it is unique. It smells seriously like a slight blueberry(?) yogurt or something (or is this what one would call lactose?). Drinks weird, a tad like an imperial cream stout. Got some fruit flavors mixed in with chocolate, molasses, caramel, licorice, malt. Finishes with light hops and toasted/burnt malt. Unsure if the fruit flavors are from the hop profile or use of fruit. Some slight vanilla and bitter malt become apparent as the brew goes down. Syrupy dark malt flavor lingers on the tongue between sips... and that yogurt flavor.

It's tough to think about where this beer deserves to be ranked. I don't think it's quite as bad as some others have mentioned but at the same time it's hard to put this even close to any of the upper echelon stouts. If anything, to me it seems like they tried to get just about every stout flavor and characteristic combined into one beer instead of focusing on a specific flavor profile for their beer. For $5, it isn't bad but at the same time I wish I would have been able to bring something else back from Seattle than this.

Photo of Zach122
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RBorsato
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black (no light whatsoever) with a nice creamy dark brown head. It's pretty much downhill from there... Burnt dark malt aroma with a touch of dark fruit character. Overly astringent burnt dark malt flavors. Medium bodied ... a touch airy with a burnt dry finish.

Probably a touch too old... didn't seem to age very well... a touch of oxidation.

Per HA website: 7.5% ABV, 6 different malts, and Winter Seasonal.

'03' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 12/15/06

Photo of aracauna
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bit of a disappointment for an imperial stout. The appearance is really quite nice with a pitch black body under a dense, if smallish, brown head. The aroma is pretty good too, with coffee, black chocolate and a grape or plum fruitiness. The flavor is where this one falls apart. The flavor is thin and salty with a slightly tart finish that is disappointing after the rest of the aspects. Finishes with a smokey, charred malt finish.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a jet black, thick pour with a nice brown head. Nose is chocolate, light booze, and a funky sourness. Taste is liquorice, roasted malt, some chocolate, coffee but the damn sour funk just killed it, not my thing and disappointing. Left it almost undrinkable for me. Pass.

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