Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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4.03/5
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1,279 Ratings
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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:
Also known as XS Imperial Stout

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
Ranking:
#3,253
Reviews:
821
Ratings:
1,279
pDev:
12.41%
Bros Score:
3.09
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
94
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 1,279 |  Reviews: 821
Photo of Farral
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WynnO
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 toronadotornado
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales & Public House - San Francisco, CA - draft

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Photo of joe_sf
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of blastoderm55
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1600eman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmikepow
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FLima
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gouettn
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of berkeleymaw
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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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Imperial Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,279 ratings
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