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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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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 19.4%


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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dnichols

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2008 00:14:26 | More by dnichols
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Braz

Washington

3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 05:45:10 | More by Braz
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:11:30 | More by ferrari29
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gvarsity

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:10:15 | More by gvarsity
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jdense

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:54:10 | More by jdense
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beertunes

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 03:10:59 | More by beertunes
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TheStove

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 07:59:19 | More by TheStove
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blackc5

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:20:03 | More by blackc5
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Bfarr

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-11-2010 19:10:09 | More by Bfarr
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roadhouse

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:27:41 | More by roadhouse
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 20:41:11 | More by spointon
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:18:24 | More by barleywinefiend
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froghop

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:56:52 | More by froghop
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khiasmus

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 04:41:36 | More by khiasmus
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 07:19:10 | More by Redwood21
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:16:04 | More by russpowell
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 01:30:29 | More by Wasatch
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rye726

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:37:53 | More by rye726
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 07:21:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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RedDiamond

Oregon

2.48/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 02:26:25 | More by RedDiamond
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 19:14:40 | More by RBorsato
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 03:01:04 | More by msubulldog25
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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%
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 -2.1%
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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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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