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Imperial Stout | Rogue Ales

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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 Murph
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001: This pours so black that it actually starts to swallow up the light from around it and dims the room, it also has a nicethick creamy brown head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Big burnt malt, bitter hops, oats and alcohol smell to this one. This beer greets your tongue with some huge malty and burnt flavors before the hops slap you in the face to wake you up. There is a load of piney hoppiness in this one that gets overpowered as the brew goes on by some of the amazing roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors that are produced by the malt along with an incredibly smooth character that is imparted by the oats. The brew finishes with a nice lingering roasted/slightly burnt flavor on the tongue with some faint traces of alcohol.. Grab your fork and knife as you are going to need it, this is definitely an amazingly chewy beer with a huge body to it that is nice and creamy as it rolls across the tongue. For a beer of such complexity and thickness this one is still rather drinkable and I would suggest that all try it.

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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 Brent
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001: Aroma on this reminds me of Rogue's mocha porter - lots of coffee and dark malt. Lots of coffee in the flavor, with a fairly prominent alcohol presence (wonder what the ABV is on this one?). Easily in a class with Sam Smith's Imperial Stout, and seems a bit sweeter. Another winner from Rogue.

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

2001: Looks the part....black as a pair of Ronnie James Dio tight black pants (Former front man for Black Sabbath)..a rich burgundy lace that bubbles like a root beer float then fades to almost nothing...Poured out of the bottle like cough syrup...The nose is a tich disappointing...I expected more...A faint fresh hop smell, and some thick malt accents, but it is not a great nose on this one...Alcohol on the buds and a heavy bitter hop bite....The closest one I've tried to expedition, but Bell's isn't hopped up this high (if it is their malt load is much higher)..what is interesting is the hops were not real heavy on the nose, but boy are they there on the buds along with a mocha/coffee flavor...


I find this the closest imperial to Expedition....at first taste I thought the hops were too hot and the malt too light but on second taste I find this outstanding....a great balance...hopped up, but balanced with the nice thick malt......top of the rung for Imperials..

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001: While this style is not my fav this is a very good beer. From the dark as night color to the heavy creamy head, it makes you think you may need a spoon to taste it. Very good scent, like the beer is signaling you that "hey I am here". Nice feel on the tongue and the only resaon I give it a lower mark on drinkability is that its not for the novice or the faint of heart................CHEERS

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Photo of beerluvr
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001: Pours with a gargantuan rocky, dense rusty colored head. Looks like one could float a coin on it. Settles into opaque blackness, with the nose smelling of chocolate, burnt malts, alcohol and hops...and greatness! Taste is tangy, thick, burnt, hoppy, alcoholic, it goes on and on. It's almost sensory overload with this excellent beer. Finishes with a warming liquor-ish sensation as it flows down the throat. Superb!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001: This beer is black. Not a ray of light gets through. It pours a big choclolate milkshake like head. Dense, dark and brown. Lacing ability is impressive as it leaves nice intricate patterns on the glass. Scents of mocha, coffee and molasses all intertwine nicely. The two big standouts on the buds at first are alcohol and hops. But they mingle nicely. These characteristics are more obtruse than in the 2000 sample I reviewed not long ago. But I love it. This is an insanely bitter beer. There are also some slight notes of coffee, anise and burnt malt. (These will probably emerge in a year or two.) The only thing that I really "docked" at this point is the drinkability factor (4.0). The alcohol taste kept me from giving this category an excellent rating.

I only see this beer improving in a year or two. Thanks to Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, I have 2 to cellar and 1 to give to my brother.


2000: Pours a bit like motor oil. A small creamy brown head disappears within seconds. A unique sweet/roasty mix in the aroma. Thick black appearance with fine sediment settling to the bottom. There's a great roasted malt taste present. There's a sweet and a bit of an alcoholic taste reminiscent of fine barleywine style beers. The bitterness is intense, as it should be for this style. And it lingers long after the drink. The IBU is 87.5. It takes an incredible malt load to balance this hopping so nicely. A truly great BIG BEER from one of the BIG BEER kings, John Maier.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2001: Black, as in black hole, body. Hell, the head is darker than some porters I've had. Head is actually brown like a slighty overdone chocolate chip cookie. Craters like the lunar surface. Great lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and hops in the aroma. Rich, full in the mouth. Superb nightcapper.
Bottle says best when aged one year, bottled in 2001. Some sort of coding on label, which might indicate actual bottling, but it would only be a guess (Dec 10,2001 in my case). Anyway beer is quite fine now, at roughly half year (I think).

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Photo of Viking
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2001: 'Best when aged for 1 year'...but I don't have that kind of patience today! I needed a big stout with breakfast and this is all I had. Damn Indiana blue laws...

Inky black, syrupy body with a brown/tan head. Absolutely beautiful looking beer. As the head dissipates, it looks something like a cake fresh from the oven - incredible! Leaves thick rings of lace down the side of the glass. Very good, but a bit weak, aroma of roasted barley, balanced by some hops. The taste delivers everything the aroma promises, and more. Thick, rich roasted taste with a bitter hop finish. A bit harsh, but pretty nice considering I've cracked it open early.

I'll save a couple of bottles for the autumn/winter if I have the willpower!

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Photo of mattmaples
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black is beautiful and this beer is as black as it can get. Thick a touch sweet with an edge from the high roasted malts. The one I just had was a 2000 but I didn't see any reason to add another entry. I think this is one of the best Imperials out there. Too bad they are not bottling them anymore. If you find one buy it, if not definately try it on tap if you are here in Portland, or Newport Oregon.

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