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

Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial StoutPikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
78
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.35%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003)
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 00:49:47 | More by Derek
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sockeye101

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 21:57:04 | More by sockeye101
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Tupperwolf

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 23:47:49 | More by Tupperwolf
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Jredner

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:41:28 | More by Jredner
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 23:13:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 23:03:29 | More by brentk56
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masikon

Washington

1.88/5  rDev -44%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 00:46:53 | More by masikon
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:42:46 | More by sulldaddy
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WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 01:41:53 | More by WesWes
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 04:39:29 | More by canucklehead
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 00:07:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 06:28:05 | More by beerceller99
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 22:03:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
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marc77

California

2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 22:52:54 | More by marc77
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meathookjones

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 17:25:14 | More by meathookjones
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 21:48:44 | More by merlin48
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 02:30:44 | More by RoyalT
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 ]

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 19:57:23 | More by 49degrees
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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.