Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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3.95/5
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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:
#13,260
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
32
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Photo of Richter525
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuy50
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Isarnan
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a huge, swing-topped bottle, this beer is seriously intense. The appearance is utterly black, and the head is tan. The smell is malty, serious, and boozy. Lots of wood, earth, caramel, and warmth. The taste is a little dry, and quite hot....more alcohol warmth than expected. Full in body and seriously intense.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33.6 oz. growlttle of barrel aged imperial stout? The world needs more of these shenangiangs. Shenanigans. Whatever. In. Split with my wife.

Pop-gun report when the cap comes off, but no gushing or unpleasantness. Black. Because, you know, it’s a stout, so I should give it a 3? Because it’s black? I’ll never understand. Smells like whiskey & malt. I’m a simple man/boy/bearpig.

Rolling Thunder brings a lot of barrel & a lot of fizz. The mouthfeel is distracting. While the pop-gun release of the beer (hehehehehe - he said release) didn’t lead to a big head (hehehehehe - he said head), it shows in the mouth. Again, fizzy. The flavor is close to the bulls-eye, with a lovely bourbon kick that warms the innards & pleases the gums. Standing behind is heavy vanilla, hefty booziness, deep malt sweetness, molasses, char. Happy to have a pint of this.

Rogue is a legit brewery despite the fact that it’s IPAs don’t haze & I can remember when it’s rarer beers were sought after, which makes me either old or old school, depending on how you look at it. Excellent beer. Going back for seconds.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with one-finger tan head that sticks around for awhile. Woody, oaky almost oatmeal aspect to aroma with roasted and burnt chocolate malts and hints of booze. Smooth yet heavy body with a strong booziness that compliments beer with a chocolate sweetness and a roasted, dry finish and is easy to drink. Hints of dark fruits are in there but booze is hidden and it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
10/15/2016
Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, big creamy tan head.
AROMA: roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey.
TASTE: Whiskey and strong malt.
FEEL: Pretty Smooth.
Really Nice All around.
After pumpkin beer tasting.

Tough sample following old Rasputin XVII, but still held up.


**

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Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

1L bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates


A: Pours an opaque black, 2 plus fingers width of light tan head builds and has good retention before dissipating down, leaves a few patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is chocolate, roasty, some leather, subtle charred oak but otherwise not much barrel/bourbon characters. Aroma has nice components, although its not particularly strong. 3.75

T: Taste is roasty, some vibrant dark fruits, oaky/herbaceous, a bit of whiskey booze, subtle cocoa. Nice lingering taste of cocoa and roasty char on the finish. 3.75

M/D: Medium bodied, a touch light for the style, carbonation too heavy for my liking, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is average. 3.25

O: Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I wouldn’t drop everything I was doing to run out and grab it, but its certainly worth a try and I would drink this again. 3.75

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Photo of HermitDan
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a cocoa-powder colored, two-finger width head that fizzes away somewhat quickly, revealing a mostly barren surface with a ring of suds encircling the edge.

Smell - Interesting. Not much boozy aroma, if any, as one might expect. Some blackberry sweetness. A bit of smokiness. A fair amount of oak. Really faint chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not a lot of heat, but plenty of dark, juicy notes. Blackberry, chocolate, woody oak character and an underlying smokiness make up the bulk of it. A touch of mildly numbing anise. Just a trace of heat in the finish, but mostly mildly sweet, slightly tart blackberry with lingering oak and smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation, but goes down so silky smooth that you won't even hardly notice. 11.8%? That's hard to believe until it hits you.

Overall - Perhaps the most unique Imperial BA Stout I've ever had. Great flavor, but considering the style you'd expect more punch and bite, and it simply isn't there. No big, boozy notes of vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, roast or boozy heat. Instead you get a lot of smokey, dark fruit and mildly sweet cocoa character. You can tell the base beer is an RIS, and it's actually somewhat reminiscent of Founders Imperial Stout, which is my favorite regular Impy Stout. Is it worth $25/bottle? Considering it's a whole liter, it's comparably priced per ounce to other BA stouts. So yeah, if you can get your hands on it, it's certainly worth a try.

Update: I cracked my 2nd and last bottle of this with close to 11 months of age on it, and I have to say it's a nice sipper, but at this point it tastes very similar to their XS Imperial Stout, though the oak barrel flavor is still obvious. I really like this, but for the price I'm hesitant to go after the '17 version.

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Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 32 ratings