Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial StoutPikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by 49degrees on 04-17-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
22.52%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 61
Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer twice while on a trip to the NW. Once on tap at Belmont Station in Portland and again on cask at the Washington Cask Beer Festival.

The appearance was quite dark, more so than many RIS, with a nice brown head on top.

Aroma was really nice, a combo of sweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, and a bit of coffee notes. Quite complex, rivals the big boys.

Taste was just about as good as I was hoping from the aroma. Again a lot of chocolate sweetness with some raisin, licorice and coffee notes to add to the complexity. Left a bit of a molasses aftertaste which sort of coated the mouth.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thick not too light. Really nice here, perfect body for drinkability, but didn't make it quite sessionable. If an RIS is possible to be sessionable this might be it.

Bad reviews mystify me on this one. A fantastic beer all around. I think there must have been some bad previous batches or something. Ignore the overall score and the previous reviews and try this one on tap.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. This pours about as pitch black as one could ask for. There is a good looking dark tan head present that quickly fades out of existence leaving only a slight lacing about the glass. Overall one of the best looking stouts I have seen, now if only the head retention was better it would be perfect. A burnt chocolate and sugary sweet aroma dominates the smell, with the burnt scents standing out the most. This stout is about a medium body, much thinner than most Imperial stouts and is not so smooth going down. The flavor is an over roasted one that dominates the less apparent alcohol and chocolate. It is also quite sour, not something I would expect from a beer like this. Overall not a bad beer but defiantly nothing I would reach for first.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap this pours a dark black with a good chocolate brown mousse-like head. Aromas are strong chocolate with just a bit of coffee in the background. Taste is pretty much the same mostly chocolate and a little coffee. A very creamy mouthfeel holds everything together.

This was a little too much chocolate for my tastes but man, when this beer arrived looking like a dessert I really didn't mind the chocolate. It was such a creamy feel I just couldn't put it down.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was tart and blueberry/blackberry fruity with hints of chocolate. Not too Imperial smelling, but not a bad smell. Pours a deep purple/black with a pinky thin mocha head. Fore is burnt malt and baker’s chocolate. It gets VERY thin through the middle palate wise. Finish is coffee/dark chocolate bitter with a touch of metallic twang in it.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark colored body, motor oil in appearance; small tan head formed, less than one finger in size; not much lacing stuck around the glass; tar look

S - Really dark chocolate; moldy yeast nose; moldy cheese, like a mascarpone; ricotta; back-end has a dark burnt malt nose; sherry; no hops to this beer at all

T - Dark coffee, espresso favor; slight liquor based flavor, followed up with a yeasty chocolate taste; figs and sweet prunes

M - Medium body; not much of an aftertaste; lingering coffee aftertaste; touch of coffee flavored ice cream coffee; no carbonation what so ever

D - Alright; not sure where they were going with the yeast and moldy cheese taste; its a stout, what more could you want besides smooth burnt malt flavoring? I think the moldiness could have better served with a Gueuze or or other light roasted ale

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Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew at the Washington Cask Beer Festival in Seattle on March 22nd.

A: It poured a black body with a light chocolate big bubbled head that left a dark swiss cheese lacing.

S: It emitted a mild chocolate aroma with a stringent coffee backside. There were hints of molasses and dark fruit.

T: There was an initial flavor of smoky bourbon but that was quicky overtaken by the burnt malts and bitter hops. There were undercurrents of rich chocolate malts and plums.

M: It was smooth and medium bodied. It seemed a bit thin for a RIS but it had a pleasant finish and clean aftertaste.

D: Nice stout but it was not especially well balanced. I enjoyed the bourbon flavor, especially since it was not overdone. Nice enjoyable brew.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with minimal soapy tan head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is of roast, some fusels, thin coffee.

Flavor is metallic and coffee with some roasted notes and a lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with low carbonation and hot alcohol in the finish.

This beer is not good at all. my review is short because I'm rushing through it so I can run to the sink and pour it out.

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Photo of BierReise
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber . Pours looking thick and black with a full head of creamy brown froth. Completely opaque it is showing no sign of the light shining through. Aroma is of sweet espresso and chocolate with an underling of hops. The head settles and becomes denser and creamier. The body is a tad thin compared to others I've had but smooth as can be. The flavor is drier than I expected also and slightly bitter. It does have some nice coffee flavors though and with it comes the addition of cocoa and chocolate. Finishes slightly dry on a semi sweet bitter chocolate note that lingers. Overall a nice Imperial. The only thing lacking is maybe the body is a bit thin and also a tad drier than I like.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you JohnGalt1 (Toby) for this beer in the LNBA BIF

A: this is a dark beer, but not inky black. it appears to be a very deep brown. the head is a mahogany wonder, though it doesn't do a good job of sticking around for the party. there is a residual ring around the edge of my snifter that brings a pleasant feeling as i consume the beer.

S: there is a slight medicinal tone to the aroma, but nothing that overpowers the aroma is a bit weak, but this might be my nose there is a slight mocha aroma, but its weak

T: more robust than the aroma, but still a little light especially in body. there is a slight coffee taste that is sweetened by what seems like chocolate malt details, but i cold just be shitting in the wind on that one. it needs a more robust malt presence but this is by no means bad. this beer is incredibly drinkable if still light. i knock the body a bit on style notes alone but i do enjoy this beer through the entire temp range.

this is not a world changer but its a great beer. if you wanted an everyday drinking impy stout this could fit the bill.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

66 cl. bottle pours a pitch black fluid with a brown head. Smells of plums, raisons, and roasted grains. Full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Has a roasted grain taste meshing perfectly with a raison date sweetness. The strong coffee flavored finish lingers long on the throat.

A very well balanced, highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black, allows no light through, and is capped with a hard-poured milk chocolate brown half-inch head. The head falls at once, and remains as a thin ring which leaves a little slippery lacing - each ring will stay on the glass for a while, slowly sliding its way back down to rejoin the head. Basically, nothing clings.

Scent is fruity, roasty mocha, chocolate and coffee; It has strong hints of pureed raspberries or even oranges, reminding me slightly of those chocolate balls that you crack into slices at Christmas. (Chocolate Orange, Raspberry Orange). It's full and rich.

Based on previous reviews, I've been putting off trying this beer for a long time. I thought it was going to be just vile. Imperial Stout is my favorite decadent beer, and I was dissappointed after buying it to read a few of the other reviews. It's been in my fridge for almost two months now, a holdover between beer runs, never drunk, always pushed to the back and ignored because I was ashamed I had made a poor purchase. However, after trying the abomination known as Le Coq, this is positively delightful. It reallly isn't a bad impy stout at all! The flavor really does have too much fruit in it, and not enough decadent coffee or chocolate, but it is flavorful, doesn't do anything wrong, and invites the drinker to keep going back for more.

Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, sticky finish. Just fine, and keeps you returning for more sips.

All in all, I'm pleased. I expected this to be watery, metallic, odd-flavored, and dissappointing. Far from it; It's rather enjoyable. It's a better lawnmower imperial stout (if there ever could be such a thing) than a decadent dessert impy, but don't let that stop you from giving it a go.

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Photo of blackc5
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber at about 50F.

A - Pours the darkest of blacks, with a nice creamy chocolate head - practically nitro-tap in texture and appearance. Just a bit of lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, espresso and dark molasses. Some fruitiness as well.

T - Strong coffee notes backed by dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses and dark fruit. Some smoky quality as well - a touch of burnt malt perhaps... Quite decent overall, with just a bit of booziness, and a mild bitter aftertaste.

M - Fairly creamy, with a low to moderate level of carbonation. A bit syrupy on the tongue.

D - Although not the strongest by ABV, the 22oz'er was more than enough for one sitting. This really pummels the taste buds with its depth of dark roasted flavors, and although not the best RIS I have had, it was quite satisfying overall. Wouldn't mind seeing this in 12oz bottles which would be a more easily consumed size.

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Photo of Elemental
4.11/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - excellent dark black color, I actually thought of motor oil when I poured it. The head is the darkest brown head I have ever seen but is quickly dissapates.

Smell - Nice and lite, a lite chocolate yet burnt smell (but not in a bad way). Kind of malty and a very lite hop aroma

Taste - Big and Bold with some nice underlying tastes of chocolate. Not as malty as I expected, but very nice. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall a real nice beer

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Photo of masikon
1.92/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seeing this at the Market, being a local example of my favorite style I jumped on it with high hopes. Poured into a snifter a true black, with no light peeking through even when held up to it. Head came in a sandy brown, moderate in size....so far so good with this beer. The nose was the first indicator of this beer's true character, pleasant but not really showing off strong notes of coffee, chocolate, or anything else when compared to the top examples of this style. Upon tasting this stout really falls to pieces, The taste isn't offensive by any means...it's just sort of...blah. Very tingly metallic in the mouth for a stout and almost completely lacking in those great roasted barley flavors we all know and love in a stout. The aftertaste is in no way smooth and elegant like a good stout, instead its somewhat tart with a definite bite. I don't know if they planned this beer to have that feeling or if it was just an unfortunate mistake but it really just doesn't work. After all this is the first beer I've reviewed here at BA that I simply would not recommend for any reason, there are too many better choices in this genre to make this beer worthwhile.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very very very dark black looking beer. In comparison to Rogue and LaConner, Hales Imperial Stout is the darkest of the three, but not the thickest or best tasting.

Produces a chocolate milk influenced head. A very deep chocolate brown head, foamy but accented by larger clear bubbles. Head about ½" lowers to about 1/6" and sticks around for a moderate amount of time before fading and making room for a nice sized chocolate collar sitting around the top of the brew. Not quite as bitter as some Stouts, but there’s a bitter tone that sticks around in every mouthful.

Smooth and creamy, chocolate (lactose???), toffee, caramel, currant, figs?

Enjoyable, drinkable, but a tad bit mild.

[ STATS:>> 650 ml bottle / ABV: 8.0% / PRICE: $ 2.99 USD ]

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Photo of sockeye101
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing exceptional or memorable from this stout, but worth a try nonetheless. Very dark, black, with a nice tan head and nice lacing. Aromas were sweet with hints of burnt nuts and chocolates. Flavors also were strong with burnt coffee, chocolate and malts. Overall not a bad Russian Imp. Stout, but not one that I'd go out of my way to have again. I've heard rumor that it is exceptionally good on tap, so maybe I'll give it a go if I find it on tap someday.

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Photo of TheStove
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from Hale's and poured from bomber into a snifter.

Pours inky blank with very slight head. Leaves a light brown lace as foam dissipates.

What is that smell?!? It's not necessarily bad as it is unique. It smells seriously like a slight blueberry(?) yogurt or something (or is this what one would call lactose?). Drinks weird, a tad like an imperial cream stout. Got some fruit flavors mixed in with chocolate, molasses, caramel, licorice, malt. Finishes with light hops and toasted/burnt malt. Unsure if the fruit flavors are from the hop profile or use of fruit. Some slight vanilla and bitter malt become apparent as the brew goes down. Syrupy dark malt flavor lingers on the tongue between sips... and that yogurt flavor.

It's tough to think about where this beer deserves to be ranked. I don't think it's quite as bad as some others have mentioned but at the same time it's hard to put this even close to any of the upper echelon stouts. If anything, to me it seems like they tried to get just about every stout flavor and characteristic combined into one beer instead of focusing on a specific flavor profile for their beer. For $5, it isn't bad but at the same time I wish I would have been able to bring something else back from Seattle than this.

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Photo of gvarsity
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this beer and by it's low overall score when I got here. It may not be a huge Imperial Stout like a Surly or Three Floyds but it is what it is and it is good. I would say sublimely balanced with lots of flavors. Very drinkable and delicious. I'll be picking up a case of these to stash away for the rest of the winter.

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