Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western, Harrington & Klages, Hugh Baird XLT-80, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats.
Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook. Specialty: Two Secret ingredients.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from Olivers near NYC. Dark black colour, wide-waffing aroma. Taste is like many other imperial stouts, imperial porters I have had. Maybe a notch below because of sour finish. Very coconut and bitter baker's chocolate presence. Very high alcohol kick.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a thick light brown/brown head and looks very inviting.

Nose is chocolate plums; chocolate covered fruit character (oranges/cherries)and again is inviting;

Mouthfeel is medium bodied to lightly creamy but it's hard to judge or appreciate any mouthfeel because the flavors and general character of this beer are so off-putting.

All character is just forgotten because of the extremely burnt, charred, grain, burnt day old coffee flavors. The flavors are gigantic and aggressive but with little appeal. Front palate is decent with hints of chocolate but quickly goes to burnt tar; charred meat flavors that then go to a burnt charcoal bitter finish.

Little appealing about this one; no finese whatsoever. True to form, Rogue does great bottles and average or worse beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Small 7 oz. nip bottle. Bottled in 2009.

Pours a thick opaque black with a small dense 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random small spots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and a sharp alcohol aroma. I am also getting some molasses and graham cracker aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of bitter roasted malt, roasted coffee grounds, bitter cocoa powder, and some bitter hops on the finish. The bitterness is pretty assertive and sticks around on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is simply a pretty good RIS with a pronounced bitterness on the tongue. Not bad per se but I probably wouldn't go for one of these again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled in 2004, that's right, 11 years ago! unearthed from a friends cellar, what a cool treat to dip into around holiday time. age has done nothing but good for this thing too, not hardly any oxidation in it, and a richness not at all decayed. jet black, the beer looks almost reduced and concentrated, crazy how dark it is, intense, midnight. very little head on it, some patchy tan bits on the surface, but no cover at all. smells great, specialty dark malts, bitter raw cocoa, and some stale coffee. I get some fruitiness too though, some definite raisin in there, and a rum sort of booziness, pretty darn appetizing. the flavor is even better than the nose, its everything I smelled but all so well integrated. hints of unlit cigar, vanilla, and cake batter, its just delicious. the alcohol is still strong, but it has to have mellowed right? would this have been a whole lot hotter fresh? if so, I am glad its been aged. one of the oldest beers I have ever had, and I see no ill effects from this extended time in the cellar. one of the top beers in the XS series in my opinion, what a treat!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out from a mini bottle which I wasn't much of a fan of. The beer poured out jet black with a nice brown head on top. The lacing was decent on this beer. The smell was boozy and very roasted. The taste had some rich dark chocolate with coffee in there. It's also got some nice toasted boozy flavors going on in there. The mouthfeel was pretty thick which I liked a lot. Overall this beer is one of the better Rogue brews out there. I'd like to get it in 12oz. bottles though.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with just a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of soy sauce are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of soy sauce, dark malts and licorice. The soy sauce lingers into the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does an excellent job at masking its strength as any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste. I've rated a fresh version of this beer and reviewed an aged version of the beer—the fresh version is better as it doesn't have any flavors of soy sauce in the smell or taste.

Note: 2009 vintage (for review, not rating)

Serving type: bottle

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

Quite similar to Goose Island's Bourbon Co. Stout, despite the lack of bourbon barrel aging. The thickness, darkness, and aggression is all there. Looks as black as you could ever expect a stout to look. Brown head retention the is unwaivering. Aromas are deep, malty, roasty, expresso, nuts, raisons, prunes...the list goes on. Flavors: see aroma. Overwhelming in the first sips. Becomes more fruity as the beer goes down. Dark dried fruits compound the chocolate and coffee flavors. Hop bittering and flavor add much more than just balance, it adds complexity, bite, and intimidation. Close to being a perfect stout. Only the harsh coffee and chocolate (chalk like) compounded with hop bite and alcoholic heat makes this beer less drinkable than a few others out there. Nevertheless, it's one to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, black-painted ceramic bottle, 2008 XS edition. I've been calling these XS bottles 'Darth Vader black', and I think I'm going to have to continue doing that.

This beer pours a perfect black - no light at the edges when held to the overhead halogens, no refraction at all, baby. The only colour reflected in the glass is actually coming from that Christmas tree that I should really be getting around to dicing up for the recycling bin. Anyways, there are also three or four fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and rocky brown head, which takes its sweet, sweet time to dissipate, leaving some well-spaced, interlocked and webbed lace patterns around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, beginner's espresso, tanned leather, musty, somewhat fermented dark fruits, stale black licorice, herbal, dead leafy hops, and a whiff of soft warming alcohol. The taste is sharply bitter chocolate and caramel malt, curdled cream, cherry liqueur, smoky leather, edgy, almost salty Scandinavian anise, wet ash, astringent coffee beans, and some competitively astringent earthy, musty, and weirdly fruity hops.

The carbonation is quite timid, manifesting in a mere low-key frothiness, the body large and in charge - due in no small part to its medium-heavy weight - thick, unctuous, and duly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel malt still tough to beat, though the testy hops, seemingly ubiquitous coffee, and seedy alcohol adding up to one bad-ass offset.

A veritable beer-tinged echo of all those Christmas box candies of lore, the big booze coming off as more or less well-integrated, the overall effect rendered as a smooth, sneak-up-on-you kind of chocolate malty hop-thronged alcohol sort of thing. Yum, even if that description doesn't exactly convey it as such.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003; tasted 6/11/07

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a modest tan head that drops to a ringlet rather quickly (to be expected from an Impy Stout this old)

Smell: Rich aroma of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as rum-soaked dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a fruity flavor of chocolate covered prunes and figs that, by mid-palate, displays a peppery bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors overwhelm and provide a rich fudgy finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Four years later and this is still going strong; excellent brew

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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mine is labelled "Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout". Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California for $4.79 plus tax.

7 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. I appreciate the bottle size; beers of this high an ABV should always come in smaller bottles so a typical beer drinker can enjoy it without having to commit to a massive quantity. I don't understand some of these thick strong stouts that come in 750 ml bottles; it doesn't make sense.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of dark khaki colour, great cream, good thickness, and rather impressive retention (4+ minutes) for the 11% ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is nice.

Sm: Rich chocolate, coffee, dark malts, roast, cocoa bean, and toffee. A moderately strong inviting aroma. No yeast comes through.

T: Dark malts comprise the foundation. Cream and chocolate are present but restrained. The malts are poorly handled, with some buried astringency. Too malty all around. The notes don't work well together, but rather compete and ring distinct. Poorly balanced all around. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Badly built for the style. Not complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and creamy. Too thick. Wet where it should be dry, though the roast does lend it some degree of dryness.

Dr: A poorly conceived imperial stout. Hard to drink on account of its low quality. It does hide its ABV quite well, to its credit. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Rogue.


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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the heaviest beers out there. It's black like tar; even the head is brown and dense.

The smell and taste are roasty and sweet, as you'd expect from a style like this, with undertones of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is faintly noticable, but not biting. It finishes with a huge hop bite; unexpected for the style and definitely sets it apart from any other RIS I've had. It's a great beer fresh from the tap, but I think that it would only improve with age.

The mouthfeel is enormous, almost overwhelming if you're not expecting something quite so heavy. Thankfully it's only moderately carbonated, which lends it a smooth texture.

All in all, another winner from Rogue, and a staple every time I go to one of their pubs. It's about as drinkable as any imperial stout, which is to say that a glass or two is all that most people will be able to handle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2004 drank in 2005): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge foamy dark brown head with average retention. Aroma of chocolate and toffee is dominant and quite enjoyable. The roasted malt with a good chocolate undertone also dominates taste. I can’t say I really did notice a high hops profile but was not too bothered by that. Body is above average and alcohol is very well hidden which is a feat. Overall, very nice example which is well balance but would have preferred a bit more complexity.

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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic bottle

A - Poured out a jet black color with a reddish brown, bubbly, two-finger head. It left thick, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate (bittersweet or dark chocolate). There was also a ton of caramel aromas. A sweet malty smell was also present.

T - It tasted of bittersweet chocolate and tons of sweet malt. There caramel taste was a little understated compared to its aroma.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding RIS, a little overpriced but after a long day it was almost worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice jet black color with a mocha head and a few legs as it goes down. The nose brings forward a good dose of chocolate and coffee as well as a bit of booze and some dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet but also boozy. Nice balance between the two as it is neither hot nor cloying. Good chocolate character and a bit of roast. Drinks quite well and is one of the better Rogue beers that I've had.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, pine, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness; with a bit of booze. Nice aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick and moderately chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hops; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An opaque, black body topped by a half a finger of orange-brown head. The foam settles rapidly and leaves minor lace.

S - A rich aroma of dark chocolate with notes of licorice, smoke, and light coffee. There are also aromas of resinous pine hops in the background with a bit of rosemary.

T - Strong, acrid malt up front with an turkish coffee character and a hint of chocolate. Some slightly sweet caramel notes in the middle with a bit of molasses. That sweetness quickly fades to bitter grain for the acrid, smoky finish. Smoke and char lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste with some bitter baker's chocolate.

M - A thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This beer is thick and complex with an intense bitterness that is hard to stomach at first. There is a good bit of chocolate in the aroma, but the flavor is dominated by coffee and black barley. Even the chocolate flavors are that of bitter baking chocolate rather than anything sweet. The bitter grain character seems a bit excessive at first, but it gives that beer a long, lingering aftertaste that unfolds into smoky, espresso complexity that must be given time to develop on the palate. This is not for everyone, and the drinkability is somewhat limited; a fact that Rogue seems to have recognized by bringing back the nip sized bottles. This is truly a sipping beer that is at its best during the long finish.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Jet black in color with a very slight very dark head,the aroma is sweet like molassis and a little nutty.The taste is very earthy and coffeish with a sweet backbone,the alchol is also prevalent in the finish.This is a mans beer for sure one will do me just fine.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an '09 vintage in mini 7oz bottle thanks to oregone.

Nice creamy darker colored 1/4 finger head that sticks around for a while, with a nice lacing and a bit of legs on the glass, with pretty much pitch black beer inside, and tons of yeast chunks.

Nose has plenty of chocolate, mostly baker's bitter chocolate and some dark, but a bit of cocoa. there is also a light roasted malt with hint of coffee, then some caramel, and slightest licorice. It also seems to bring a bit of an earthy hop presence, but not sure. Touch of booze tingles the nose.

Taste is a bit sweet at first, but turns to bitter dark chocolate, and earthy flavors. Chocolate is there, dark, baker's, and light cocoa with a hint of creamy milk chocolate. Then roast, the roasted malts kick in so much that it gets bitter and burnt, a light acrid burnt coffee and licorice flavor. It def has some booze, plenty warming and tingly and almost gets fusel but not quite, which I imagine is more so fresh. Earthy hops add more bitterness to the already bitter earthy burnt malts. Also a light black patent malt flavor, and a light fluffy nougat in there. As it finishes the bitterness really takes over, with an earthy, spicy, astringent bitterness, more from hops in this case I think, which is interested for an 2+ year old beer, although the bitterness from the burnt malts also accentuates it. Sticky and a little sweet still, as well as a slight dark chocolate and burnt coffee lingering.

Mouth is quite rich and full, almost creamy but not quite, decent carb overall.

Overall not bad, but a bit over the top. Not very drinkable, a bit boozy, burnt roast, a little acrid, and astringent finish. I'm usually an imperial stout fan but this seems to go a bit over the top in the wrong places, as most Rogue beers seem to do for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000: 9/10/02- 7 oz. XS bottle. Looks like oil as it pours. BLACK. No head, just a very limited collar. The aroma is initially of grassy, resiny, pine-like hops and dark fruit with chocolatey and roasty malts. As it warms, however, the hop aroma is eclipsed by the fruitiness and roast character. The mouthfeel is quite oily, and very silky. The flavor starts with a sharp "burnt currant" note, revealing some chocolatey notes as it warms in the mouth, then a solid hop flavor & bitterness, eventually followed by an intense burnt roastiness. The high level of alcohol is surprisingly hidden. A complex, and absolutely intense beer that's best served in a small glass. (But I was upset when the put the Old Crusty in the small XS bottle!) This does not seem to have aged any better than a recent 2001. In fact, I wonder if it will age well at all, as the hops that are present seem to help distinguish this beer and I don't see the flavors rounding for the better - that will just restrict the complexity! All that might happen is that the hop flavors will become muddled. Hmmm? Only time will tell. An excellent beer in its own right, but not my choice for a stylistically correct Imperial Stout. Still, INTENSE. Makes quite a nightcap.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml XS ceramic bottle into a snifter. 2006 release.

Pours as a black as an oil slick, with several towering fingers of mocha head, that's so deeply burnt, you might as well call it chocolate colored. This settles down into a solid quarter finger of creamy retention that flares up magnificantly when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of spotty lace and brown oily residues back. Just a text-book RIS look here. The aroma is sharp in the nose, with roasted malts and oats, coffee, a BIG TIME whiff of chocolate sweetness, with just a touch of dark fruits underneath. This is all encapsulated in a light fumey alcohol feel.

The taste is once again that huge chocolate sweetness which takes front and center, mixing with a sticky feeling dark fruit tang, before working itself into an intense blend of roasted oats, coffee, and hop bitterness in the back. Roast and char last well past the finish, just sticking in the mouth for a good long while. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lower feeling carbonation to it (almost but not quite viscous) with just enough creaminess to keep things moving. There is still a hefty alcohol presence in this but it's still overall pretty smooth in the mouth. If anything, the light heat actually makes the bitterness pop more.

A couple of years on this bottle seemed to smoothe the profile out some but a good bit of that 11% is still out hanging right out there, which holds back the body and drinkibility back a touch for me. Still, the power and complexity of a great RIS are here. Maybe I'll cellar another one of these a little longer next time.

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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 XS release, poured from a 750ml ceramic swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is exactly what you want from a big stout, very malty with a strong dark chocolate flavor up front. There's a little bit of smokiness to it and a mild but complimentary hops presence. There's also a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste consists of bitter-sweet dark chocolate.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered big stout that is worth drinking for as long as the 11.00% ABV will allow you to.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body crushed beneath the daunting weight of an impressively voluminous, tan-colored head.

Smell: Dense, malty aroma of roast, black licorice, high-percentage cocoa bars, and French Roast coffee. The aroma is impacted by a booziness that is masked by the depth of flavor in the taste.

Taste: A rich blend of flavors strike the tongue all at once. Dark, roasted malts with flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy molasses, and scorched heavy cream. Lesser sweetish, bready hints under the roasty components. Spicy, lightly citrusy hops, when paired with all that roast, display a full bitterness that lasts well beyond the finish. Ends with a last punch of roast and bitterness along with a taste of used English tobacco and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though admittedly pricey, it is a very solid, enjoyable Imperial Stout. I wonder how that 2005 bottle is doing right about now.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue."

--Scottish proverb

2007 bottling. Pitch black with an outstandingly sticky crown of dark brown sugar colored foam that is filling well more than half the snifter due an inescapable chug-a-lug pour from the ceramic 750 ml bottle. This is unquestionably one of the best looking Russian Imperial stouts in the history of the style.

The nose is as roasted-black-chocolate malty as expected. The hops are probably long gone, but what's left smells like it will more than get the job done. Regarding the 'two secret ingredients'... let's go with molasses and brewer's licorice.

Any fears on my part that this now four year old bottle of Rogue Imperial Stout was past its prime were put to rest with the very first sip. It might have been even better (read: more hoppy) back in '07, but it's beautifully aged big beer right here and now. May not need that cork and swing-top after all.

Where to start? First of all, I'm sticking with the secret ingredient guesses from several paragraphs ago. Granted, many big stouts deliver those same flavors without having added those specific ingredients... but still. There must have been a few battleships worth of barley shoehorned into each bottle because this sucker is huger than huge. Several more years of aging would not be out of the question at all.

Each mouthful is an explosion of dark chocolate fudge brownie with chunks of Skor candy bar and roasted coffee beans, soaked in blackstrap molasses and Sambuca. Every one of my favorite RIS flavors are present and accounted for... in spades. Simply put, intensity *and* complexity to this degree is a rare combination that deserves the ultimate taste score.

Age cannot have taken much of a toll on the mouthfeel because it's all kinds of crushed velvet lush and heavy cream-like plush. Not quite thick and caramel chewy, but close. Either that or it was the biggest and baddest beast on the big beer block back in '07.

To be honest, my first thought (this morning, not at the time of purchase) on seeing the $16.49 price tag stuck to the side of the ceramic bottle was... 'no way it's worth that'. Well, boys and girls, it is. If limited to one hand to count the best RISs to have ever entered my glass, Rogue Imperial Stout is easily worth one finger.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a half inch of chocolaty foam covering the top of the beer. Decent head retention with a little lacing.

The aroma shows a good dose of dark, bitter-sweet chocolate to it. Some roasty, coffee, slightly burnt flavors are there as well. Some sweeter, caramel and chocolate flavors give it some balance and depth. Pretty nice overall.

The taste has a little more sweetness to it up front. Midway I start to get more of the bitter, roasty flavors to it with a little bit of an oatmeal stout like quality as well. The bitter-sweet chocolate really comes out in the finish with some more burnt, bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is heavy and slightly creamy with carbonation being low. Overall a pretty solid beer of the style. The sweetness and bitterness seemed pretty well balanced. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ceramic bottle of of 06 vintage poured into an la chouffe snifter

Pours inky black with 3 fingers+ of rocky milk choclate colored head. Good lacing & a little film instead of a head at the end

S: Chocolate, iron & fruittyness

T: Bakers chocolate, iron, toasted grain, a little herbal hop & coffee up front. A subtle fruityness is there once this warms, a little raisin & baker's & dark chocolate. Finishes dey, sweet & warming

MF: Rich & chewy with minimal carbonation. As much a meal as a beer

A bit ponderous, a real fire-side sipper. But a beefy example of the style that satisfied the malt lover in me. A bit pricey, but a nice indulgence. Would go great with fine chocolate, a steak or game

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