Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

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.

26º PLATO
88 IBU
73 AA
256º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,274
Reviews:
821
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
97
For Trade:
6
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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of blastoderm55
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1600eman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours Black with a thin tan head.
S: Winey, estery aromas with some roast.
T: Moderate roast and chocolate coffee notes seasoned with dark dried fruit. A mild sweetness dries out by the finish. Lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste.
F: Moderately creamy, medium to medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A beer with big alcohol that goes well with the roast and the hops. A little thin for the style.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009. 87.5 IBU, 11%abv in a 7oz bottle (it's a baby beer, lol)

This has aged well, very smooth and easy drinking. With the age, it's very drinkable, but lacking depth of flavor.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmikepow
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 edition with 109 IBUs (of happiness!).
Deepest light proof black color with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma though not strong with lots of dark chocolate, their Pac-man yeast, non-grounded coffee beans, distant charcoal and piney hop notes.
Bold flavor with lots of spices, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, definitely licorice, charred wood, figs, grapefruit citrusy, oats, expresso coffee, tobacco, vanilla, resin and pine. Very dry and bitter aftertaste from hops and roasted malts.
Full thick body with perfect carbonation and a smooth sensation. Alcohol of 10% abv is very well hidden.
Great beer. Although bold, complex and hop forward, this is a very balanced and rounded imperial stout. Not sure why the nose didn’t anticipate its intense flavors and complexity.
Ps1. Do not compare this to the barrel aged versions sold nowadays, though it has this fancy ceramic bottle.
Ps2. the challenge in the US is that they have very good offerings at decent prices, and this is a bit steep over there. Here in Brazil they are all steep anyway...

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Photo of braican
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gouettn
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of berkeleymaw
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as robust and mouthy of a stout as I was expecting, but very good. Saw a homeless guy buying one with spare change at my corner liquor store. He recommended it highly. You know you live in the Bay Area when the bums on the corners all drink craft beers. Hey, what can I say, he was right...it's pretty good! My only gripe was the noticeable alcohol aftertaste, the malts and molasses flavors were a little overshadowed by the kick at the end.

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Photo of pluto901
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of archyquaffer
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’m pouring this out of a 750 ml ceramic bottle with a “Lightning” (spring type) closure. This bottle will be handy for bottling homebrew and is pretty cool. It might even work as a water bottle- although a bit heavy, I think it would keep liquid cool. It’s an awkward size to get filled at the brewery, however. The beer is 2014 vintage so it’s been aging a year at least. The highly informative label lists a bunch of ingredients, including several types of malt, oats, licorice. honey, etc. The bottle cost $15.19 at Hennessey Market in Butte, Montana.

My first sample was poured out moderately into a schooner glass and produced very little head but it was quite sticky. My first re-pour was aggressive, and managed to bring forth perhaps ¾ quarters of an inch of rich, brown suds. The brew is very viscous as I pour and reminds me of stout coffee. The beer is sufficiently dark that it nearly appears black- a Mini-Maglite (a strong little light) cannot penetrate the schooner. As the first sample nears completion, a rich darky ruddy brown color is revealed.

The aroma is pleasant but not overwhelming and definitely malty. The flavor is complex, not terribly bitter, and quite smooth and mellow. I detect definite notes of vinous dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and maybe a little biscuit. Lightly charred, oaky, French-roasted coffee notes provide a mellow bitterness to balance. The mouth feel is smooth and frothy, almost chewy, and lingers on the tongue. Some boozy, fruity aftertastes round out the sip. I might detect a touch of honey here.

This is an excellent stout, and is one more experience drawing me closure toward this style of beer. I wish I could afford to shell out this kind of money for beer all the time! The keeper bottle makes it a better value. Good thinking Rogue!

Note: BA will not let me add this beer- they insist it already exists. However, this beer is obviously a newer incarnation, has a different name, it has different ingredients, a slightly lower ABV, etc. The name of this beer I’m rating is “XS Imperial Stout”.

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Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft. It's good not outstanding but a solid beer

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jemarent
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Giggy
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,274 ratings.
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