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

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 Bfarr
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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 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 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 Redwood21
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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 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 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 dnichols
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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 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 Derek
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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