Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

Rolling Thunder Imperial StoutRolling Thunder Imperial Stout
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Rolling Thunder Imperial StoutRolling Thunder Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 11
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

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

L - black with a thick, foamy and tan head
S/T - chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla. Booze come through when you taste it along with hint of caramel - barrel aging is never complete without vanilla and caramel....
F - fizzy will continue to be the top word in this review too - full body and sweet finish, but high carbonation goes against the grain for imperial stout
*after letting beer sit for a while - carbonation eased off and improved feel
O - really enjoyable beer - would drink it anytime but would prefer a little less sweetness and lower carbonation would be nice

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque dark brown, nearly 3 fingers of chunky brown head that settles to a reasonable thick bubbly film.

Aroma is scant and limited to yeast, alcohol and a vague smokey oak note

Taste is livelier than the aroma, big combined molasses and licorice notes, hot alcohol, a hint of smoke initially that reduces as it breaths. Bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee on the backend. Fairly dry, and bitter. Somewhat lacking in barrel elements, in fact I might have missed the fact it is BA in a blind tasting. Brown sugar and buttery oak come on as it approaches room temp.

Heavy carbonation adds a sting to the mouthfeel, which is heavy but avoids syrupy.

An interesting brew... big, edgy, bitter and wantonly carbonated, reminiscent own homebrew adventures into high abv. Definitely could have used more time in the barrel, and perhaps more time aging the bottle. The 33.8oz bottle is odd, and a bit intimidating if flying solo. High carbonation for the style is perhaps a little too high at first pop, but undoubtedly has some utility given the huge bottle size and high abv. Not as complicated as my favorite BA imps, it is still a fine beer, I might grab another and check it after a year of additional aging. It's a hot mess, but I like hot messes.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a goblet a deep deep dark chocolate brown with a billowing deep beige head that never really completely settles.Dark chocolate,brown sugar,and caramel stand out in the nose with just a tinge of toasted oak underneath.Bitter chocolate and toasted oak dry flavors upfront on the palate with a slight note of whiskey,some alcohol and caramel sweetness finishes up the back end.It's a slight bit fizzy in the finish but I like the flavors and I like the fact it's not overly sweet.Really nice barrel aged RIS from Rogue here.

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Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 78.6% out of 100 with 28 ratings
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