Rolling Thunder
Rogue Ales

Rolling ThunderRolling Thunder
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #237
Ranked #4,482
4.15 | pDev: 7.95%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Rolling ThunderRolling Thunder
Notes: Aged for 6 months in Rogue Rolling Thunder Barrel Works oak barrels that held Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BobbyOlson:
Photo of BobbyOlson
BobbyOlson from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 11, 2020
More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
Suds from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dec 27, 2016
Photo of maximum12
maximum12 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Nov 06, 2016
Photo of ryannosaurus
ryannosaurus from Arizona

3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Aug 26, 2016
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle, Barrel #3 of 74, Bottle #97 of 395. 2020 vintage, 13.6% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so tan head that stuck around for a while. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like whiskey, burnt/charred malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit, anise and oaky flavors. Good amount of barrel character in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Little bit of booziness but it doesn't hurt the beer at all. Overall I thought this was a pretty good barrel aged imperial stout, definitely worth trying if you get the chance to!

Apr 24, 2020
Photo of davisdahlberg6
davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Flying Saucer in Memphis TN
A: Pours black, when the waitress gave it to me there was now head, but it is difficult to say anything about the head.
S: Notes of vanilla and oak, but also very boozy
T: Taste is similar to the nose. The taste is very boozy and the abv is more pronounced than the average bourbon barrel stout. The after taste provides a pleasant vanilla and oak taste. There may also be a hint of chocolate and coffee as well, but ultimately the boozy nature of the beer overwhelms the more subtle flavors.
F: A bit light, lacking a real body and good mouth feel.
O: Eh, its probably the worst bourbon stout I have had. I usually find this style to be deep and complex with a lot of flavors that come out as the beer warms, but the abv is so prevalent these flavors really aren’t present. The beer is underwhelming, and I personally wouldn’t buy again.

Feb 02, 2021
Photo of arzt
arzt from Russian Federation

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 2020
Photo of ScottP
ScottP from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2020
Photo of petewheeler
petewheeler from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 15, 2020
Photo of Sludgeman
Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 15, 2019
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine, two finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, oaky vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, drip coffee, woody oak and vanilla and bourbon; hot and boozy bourbon and wood in finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I'm not cellaring stouts any more, but I think this one could have used a year at rest. The flavors are great with nice chocolate and coffee notes, great woody bourbon barrel character and a malt that is both mellow and supportive. It is a little too hot and woody in the finish at present, although both of these characteristics would probably meld with time. Still one of the best stouts I've had from Rogue and a craftsmanly level of barreling. Nicely done and good looking.

May 12, 2019
Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pint pottle poured into tulip. 2018 version.

Pours jet black with two fingers of brown head that leaves seaside cliff archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of bitter chocolate, soused berries, fresh-ground coffee, barrel wood, teriyaki pork, dried vanilla and smokey ash.

Tastes of dried raspberries and cherries covered in melted black chocolate, more boozy oak staves, warm black coffee, sweet black licorice, vanilla wafers and campfire smoke.

Feels thick and meaty. Full bodied with some very soft carbonation. Finishes chewy with some subtle warming from the booze.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. First rate stuff, and perfect for a long movie.

Sep 05, 2020
Photo of bdiiorio
bdiiorio from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2019
Photo of 22Blue
22Blue from Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 16, 2019
Photo of Brutaltruth
Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the boxed bottle in a snifter. This fine brew pours a
dark black with a thin cola highlight and a nice head of khaki
foam that settles to a thick ring with clumping big bubbles and a
sports some nice lacing. Nose of whiskey, light vanilla, subtle oak,
dark cocoa, dark coffee, and dark fruit notes with touches of vanilla.
Flavors follow the nose nicely with whiskey and dark cocoa with
touches of dark coffee and oak. Mild vanilla and dark fruit
notes abound with black and raspberry elements amongst
touches of char and roast. Nice mouth light carbonation,
coating, smooth, rich, full body, and a rich whiskey and
malt driven finish that is nicely balanced without being

This world has a lot of fine BBA stouts....this one is a
mighty fine example and one worth getting and
giving a rest in a cellar. Most excellent from
the good Rogue folk!


Apr 06, 2020
Photo of CisPiece88
CisPiece88 from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 16, 2021
Photo of MJSFS
MJSFS from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 04, 2020
Photo of avalon07
avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2020 version.

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, though.

S: A big aroma of booze, chocolate, malt, wood, dark fruit, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark fruit (raisins, in particular), some chocolate notes (sweet, but not overdone), a good shot of whiskey (and its accompanying barrel), a tinge of vanilla (just a pinch), and a decent amount of malt (present throughout). This is a focused and slightly boozy (less than expected). Pretty tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a warm finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A rock solid stout. Worth a look.

Jun 17, 2020
Photo of kkazemi
kkazemi from New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 12, 2019
Photo of bitterandstout
bitterandstout from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: opaque, as you'd expect. minimal tight head.
S: Smells of raspberries,chocolate a bit of whiskey from the aging. Malt comes through as well.
T: follows the nose.
F: Mouth feel is full,round & smooth.
This is the 2021 version. Barrel:#03, Bottle: #19
High quality stout, this. Definitely worth the 16 quid spent.

Feb 06, 2021
Photo of SpaethJam
SpaethJam from New York

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2020
Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 29, 2019
Photo of FFreak
FFreak from Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 20, 2019
Photo of puboflyons
puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 Batch. Batch 3 of 74. Bottle 144 of 395. Sampled June 16, 2020.

Black appearance with a darker tan head that fades slowly.

Plenty of appealing aroma sensations such as chocolate, butterscotch, dark bread, wood, alcohol, and a tiny floral twist.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Same sweet chocolate and booze characteristics in the flavor with a moderate warming finish. A slow drinker.

Jun 16, 2020
Photo of oberon
oberon from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
Rolling Thunder from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 95 ratings