Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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2.38/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
02-04-2006 23:13:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.38/5 rDev -29.4%
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
01-16-2006 23:03:29 | More by brentk56
3.9/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
03-11-2005 00:07:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +16.6%
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
11-16-2008 21:16:04 | More by russpowell
3.2/5 rDev -5%
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.
08-05-2005 01:41:53 | More by WesWes
2.78/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
03-06-2010 04:18:24 | More by barleywinefiend
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one.
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.
11-07-2008 01:30:29 | More by Wasatch
3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-15-2008 07:21:15 | More by JohnGalt1
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-10-2011 03:10:59 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
11-14-2006 00:49:47 | More by Derek
3.18/5 rDev -5.6%
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. Theres 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. Its soured, like that taste you get when you break your dough before it has fully risen. The sourness though is huge. Its almost like mixing a stout and red flanders.
Mouthfeel This one is sour on the mouth and not very smooth. Its full-bodied for sure.
Drinkability I cant imagine anyone liking this stout.
10-14-2003 02:30:44 | More by RoyalT
2.95/5 rDev -12.5%
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
12-27-2006 19:14:40 | More by RBorsato
2.48/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
03-29-2008 02:26:25 | More by RedDiamond
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-28-2005 04:39:29 | More by canucklehead
3.1/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-17-2004 21:48:44 | More by merlin48
2.08/5 rDev -38.3%
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!
11-15-2006 03:01:04 | More by msubulldog25
2.33/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
08-29-2004 22:03:26 | More by GCBrewingCo
2.4/5 rDev -28.8%
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!
08-10-2005 02:42:46 | More by sulldaddy
3.28/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
07-23-2008 02:37:53 | More by rye726
2.48/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
06-29-2004 22:52:54 | More by marc77
Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.