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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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 beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 BierReise
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber . Pours looking thick and black with a full head of creamy brown froth. Completely opaque it is showing no sign of the light shining through. Aroma is of sweet espresso and chocolate with an underling of hops. The head settles and becomes denser and creamier. The body is a tad thin compared to others I've had but smooth as can be. The flavor is drier than I expected also and slightly bitter. It does have some nice coffee flavors though and with it comes the addition of cocoa and chocolate. Finishes slightly dry on a semi sweet bitter chocolate note that lingers. Overall a nice Imperial. The only thing lacking is maybe the body is a bit thin and also a tad drier than I like.

Photo of Elemental
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - excellent dark black color, I actually thought of motor oil when I poured it. The head is the darkest brown head I have ever seen but is quickly dissapates.

Smell - Nice and lite, a lite chocolate yet burnt smell (but not in a bad way). Kind of malty and a very lite hop aroma

Taste - Big and Bold with some nice underlying tastes of chocolate. Not as malty as I expected, but very nice. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall a real nice beer

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 49degrees
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ]

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