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

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(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of leedorham
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

Photo of masikon
1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seeing this at the Market, being a local example of my favorite style I jumped on it with high hopes. Poured into a snifter a true black, with no light peeking through even when held up to it. Head came in a sandy brown, moderate in size....so far so good with this beer. The nose was the first indicator of this beer's true character, pleasant but not really showing off strong notes of coffee, chocolate, or anything else when compared to the top examples of this style. Upon tasting this stout really falls to pieces, The taste isn't offensive by any means...it's just sort of...blah. Very tingly metallic in the mouth for a stout and almost completely lacking in those great roasted barley flavors we all know and love in a stout. The aftertaste is in no way smooth and elegant like a good stout, instead its somewhat tart with a definite bite. I don't know if they planned this beer to have that feeling or if it was just an unfortunate mistake but it really just doesn't work. After all this is the first beer I've reviewed here at BA that I simply would not recommend for any reason, there are too many better choices in this genre to make this beer worthwhile.

Photo of msubulldog25
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This bomber had been lurking in the cellar for a month or two. With winter fast appraoching, it seemed time to free it from its captivity. As a fan of RIS's and with a good impression of what the guys at Hale's brew, I cracked this one and poured to a pint glass.

A: Inky black pour. Thick-looking with a gauzy tan film for a head. Little carbonation activity - beer appears to be still. Good color, average otherwise.

S: Sweet dark roasted malts. Caramel with hints of sour fruit. Robust coffee notes and traces of alcohol.

T: Upfront metallic bitterness, astringent throughout with an awkward sourness. Coffee bean finish is acidic and tastes like old stale beans that have been left in the pot far too long. Not good at all, overly roasted and bitter, with hardly any of the full, savory characteristics I love in an RIS. Disappointing.

M: Citrusy sourness and heavy chocolate bitterness in the finish. Has a full body but a thinner mouthfeel than expected. Alcohol warming was noticeable, which was surprising in an 8% abv RIS (on the tamer end of the abv scale for the style).

D: Looks nice and smells pretty good, but there is definitely something wrong with this beer - almost a drain pour. By far my least favorite beer of this style...my recommendation would be to avoid this one.

PS: The cute-sy name "Rushin' Imperial Stout" (with a big black European sedan on the label) is as bad as the beer. Get a better name and definitely brew a better beer!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured black and thick with a dark brown head that rose up to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with chocolate and dark fruits and an alcohol bite.

The flavor was vinous with harsh roasted flavors, chocolate, coffee. The balance was awful and the flavor was a harsh mixture all thrown together into a very off balanced brew. Dark fruits and astingency were present in the flavor.

The finish was dry and harshly bitter with roasted and chocolate flavors that are not well done lasting way too long. The body was medium full and watery for the style.

22 ounce bottle. I've had it twice, the first time I decided not to rate it, this time I say skip it.

Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pitch black body with the darkest colored head I have ever seen; the head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing behind

Smell: Fruity aroma of dried plums; slight coffee presence

Taste: Starts out OK, with a coffee and fruity flavor that is rather tasty; mid-palate, a distinct sour green apple flavor starts to kick in that totally ruins the brew

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a Baltic Porter gone awry than an Imperial Stout

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Basic black with no hint of lightening at the edges, not even with bright sunlight behind the glass. The large cap is such a dark shade of brown that it's almost unnatural. It looks decent as it falls and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace; no surprise at a foam-discouraging 8.0%.

PARIS's nose doesn't jibe with its appearance. It smells like Imperial stout lite and isn't nearly as heavily roasted and pungently black malty as expected. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee lead the way. Maybe a little dark fruit as well.

Pikop Andropov's is no good, bordering on 'what the bloody hell happened?' It's hideously undermalted and has an odd sort of fruity sourness. This is the worst RIS that I've ever had, hands down. I don't even know where to begin, but I'd better come up with some specific impressions soon because I won't be finishing the bomber.

There's no roasted maltiness, no coffee, no molasses, no smoke, no vinousness, no alcohol. What's left? Watery diet chocolate bars mixed with liquified Sour Patch Kids candy. I know that Hale's can brew good beer because I've had it. I'd suspect that this is an off bottle, but I couldn't help noticing the low average score prior to starting my review. This bottle is at least a year old; surely they've fixed the recipe by now? Unfortunately, I have more questions than answers.

The mouthfeel is along the lines of your basic porter. It's way too light for a stout and 'off the charts' light for an Imperial stout. By rights, I should give it an even lower score for failing to capture the essence of the style so completely, but I feel like being generous. In spite of the large rush of carbonation on crown cracking, there are almost no bubbles left by the midway point of the bomber. Just what this abomination of a beer needs, a flat mouthfeel.

Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout is, again, the sorriest excuse for this most regal of dark beer styles that I've ever consumed. I won't recount its failings, but suffice it to say that good beer lovers should give it a wide berth. Hale's Ales Brewery should be ashamed.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

brew comes courtesy of great BA mickey! Thanks!
I am sampling a litely chilled bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a pitch black thick viscous color with a dense spongy tan head formingup 2 cm easily and fading slowly.

Aroma is milder than expected with roasted malt, brown sugar, and some chocolate. Also a lite musty scent that again was unexpected.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body and very soft mild carbonation.

WHOA!! The flavor is good at first with some roasted malt and chocolate, but then an overwhelming twangy almost sour green apple flavor takes over and makes me pucker on each swallow. Is this supposed to be here??
Has this beer gone bad??
I dont know, but I actually dont think I will finish this bottle. ugh! Dont like to drain pour but my palate demands it.
sorry Mickey, this one is not a fan fav here in Branford.
Drinkability obviously takes a hit due to flavor.
Hope this isnt how they all taste!

Photo of marc77
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Totally jet black and opaque. Tight, persistent bister head with an odd orange hued tinge. Meandering foam trails. Dark chocolate fudge and espresso wafts to the nose at first. Ensuing are notes of burnt butterscotch and singed brittle. Enticing, but functional aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a quick snap of buttery chocolate brownie. Unfortunately, this brew goes south from there. Leaping in is a obtrusive, lingering impression of fermented, astringent, unripe cherries. Dark malt tones attempt to offset tartness, but the roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate malt hints are far too understated to offer any saving grace. Non descript hop bitterness combines with the prevalent tartness to lend a permeating, chalky dryness. Strangly enough, an oily viscosity develops and grows progressively thicker on the palate. It's almost plaque - like. Poking though are prune and raisin hints. Finishes expectedly tart, assuaged with only a brief, fleeting mocha surge. An odd, rather disappointing imperial. If there wasn't ample barley to cover it up, this would be blatantly lactic, unless that tartness was intentional. Regardless, it doesn't work.

Photo of RedDiamond
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Crazy medicinal phenols vie for attention amid modest airs of bitter chocolate. Their distracting presence dominates and corrupts the aroma. The opaque black body is entirely headless, laceless and lackluster with a distressing lack of carbonation. As with the aroma, the taste is built on sweet chocolaty malts but is corrupted by fierce, misplaced brewing mayhem.

There are worthy merits to be found in this winter seasonal but they're too deeply buried to make the effort. I do actually like the gimmicky name. But if it were rephrased as a question - pick up OR drop off - I'd say drop it off.

Photo of meathookjones
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. This pours about as pitch black as one could ask for. There is a good looking dark tan head present that quickly fades out of existence leaving only a slight lacing about the glass. Overall one of the best looking stouts I have seen, now if only the head retention was better it would be perfect. A burnt chocolate and sugary sweet aroma dominates the smell, with the burnt scents standing out the most. This stout is about a medium body, much thinner than most Imperial stouts and is not so smooth going down. The flavor is an over roasted one that dominates the less apparent alcohol and chocolate. It is also quite sour, not something I would expect from a beer like this. Overall not a bad beer but defiantly nothing I would reach for first.

Photo of khiasmus
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with minimal soapy tan head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is of roast, some fusels, thin coffee.

Flavor is metallic and coffee with some roasted notes and a lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with low carbonation and hot alcohol in the finish.

This beer is not good at all. my review is short because I'm rushing through it so I can run to the sink and pour it out.

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.

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 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 Zach122
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -11%

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 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 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 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 Mdodge8837
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of adkieffer
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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