Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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Rolling Thunder Imperial StoutRolling Thunder Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 6 months in Rogue Rolling Thunder Barrel Works oak barrels that held Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey

Added by jaydoc on 03-02-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,557
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
47
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rolling Thunder from 2016, 11.8% abv.
Pours a very dark brown, tan head, almost looks like nitro, very nice lacing.
The aroma here is big roasted malts and a hint of bourbon.
Taste is similar, with a bit of dark fruit.
A bit thin for the style, but it's an OK brew but pricey. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bshaw22
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingSlayer
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of siskiyoucellar
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it’s not your everyday BA imperial stout. This is the 2018, which is up to 14.4 ABV and brewed with raspberries and vanilla. Looks nice, smell is smooth and enticing with tones of chocolate milkshake and the raspberries. The flavor is where things get a bit crazy. The raspberries come on very strong, though nice notes of cocoa, the vanilla and the barrels still come through. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall the effect is quite pleasant, with the fruit impressively integrated, but why exactly is it there in the first place? Is this a BA stout or something from a high-end cake shop? In the end I think it would be best as a genuine dessert beer, served with a flourless chocolate cake and more raspberries. On its own it seems just a bit over the top.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of B_B
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle1234
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cvandette
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 liter swing top bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage, barrel 5/40, bottle 207/209. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, prune, leather, tobacco, whiskey, toasted oak, smoke, charcoal, nuttiness, dark bread, herbal, floral, pine, light coconut/vanilla, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, prune, leather, tobacco, whiskey, toasted oak, smoke, charcoal, nuttiness, dark bread, herbal, floral, pine, light coconut/vanilla, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char/herbal/pine bitterness and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, whiskey, toasted oak, smoke, charcoal, nuttiness, dark bread, herbal, floral, pine, light coconut/vanilla, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 14%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on; with the modestly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Been a long time since I had the regular imperial stout, but it is definitely the base beer. Very unique profile, not like anything I've had before. Nice mix of fruitiness, whiskey barrel, and smokey/charred malts; with nice earthy hop presence. Still fits the base Russian imperial stout profile extremely well. Not any more impressive than the base beer, but really glad I gave it a shot. Got better as it warmed. A very enjoyable slow sipper.

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Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuy50
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up to split with a friend. This was the 2017 version that clocks in at a hefty 14% and equally hefty price of $25. Not a big fan of this, it does not hide the booze very well. It's not too syrupy or have that sickly sweetness so common in these high abv beers. Still, not worth getting again, and especially at this price. Rogue is one of the least consistent breweries out there. Lots of good beers, and lots of bad ones.

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Photo of corywalston
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Isarnan
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 47 ratings