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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
halesbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 49degrees on 04-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
18.92%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Belmont Station Biercafe in Portland.

A= This ale poured a deep dark brown with hues of black to it. The head rose 1.5" and was a glorious mix of brown and tan. Settled to a thin skim and left just a bit of spotty lace behind.

S= Lots of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, and dark fruit in the nose. Some light alcohol in there too.

T= As in the aroma, the flavor was a heady mix of chocolate, mocha coffee, and dark fruit/licorice estery notes. The malt component was rich and showed some nice caramel/toffee qualities. Earthy and leafy hops in the middle lead to a slight alcohol finish.

MF= Heavier bodied with a slick and satisfying feel. A tongue-coater, but not a heavy syrupy one.

D= I really enjoyed this beer a lot. It has the complexity of a good RIS, but is a bit smaller than many examples. Drinkability reminded me of Old Rasputin. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of marc77
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Totally jet black and opaque. Tight, persistent bister head with an odd orange hued tinge. Meandering foam trails. Dark chocolate fudge and espresso wafts to the nose at first. Ensuing are notes of burnt butterscotch and singed brittle. Enticing, but functional aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a quick snap of buttery chocolate brownie. Unfortunately, this brew goes south from there. Leaping in is a obtrusive, lingering impression of fermented, astringent, unripe cherries. Dark malt tones attempt to offset tartness, but the roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate malt hints are far too understated to offer any saving grace. Non descript hop bitterness combines with the prevalent tartness to lend a permeating, chalky dryness. Strangly enough, an oily viscosity develops and grows progressively thicker on the palate. It's almost plaque - like. Poking though are prune and raisin hints. Finishes expectedly tart, assuaged with only a brief, fleeting mocha surge. An odd, rather disappointing imperial. If there wasn't ample barley to cover it up, this would be blatantly lactic, unless that tartness was intentional. Regardless, it doesn't work.

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Photo of Braz
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark dark brown, almost black in color with a light brown head. Head leaves small bubbles around rim of glass. Smells are boozy, roasted and bitter. Tastes is bittersuite with a nice roastiness. Booze a bit prevelant in this flavor wise, not a bother but think it would have been if masked a little more. Feel is smooth and velvety. Good but has potential to be much better. Just misses the mark somehow to be great.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of aracauna
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bit of a disappointment for an imperial stout. The appearance is really quite nice with a pitch black body under a dense, if smallish, brown head. The aroma is pretty good too, with coffee, black chocolate and a grape or plum fruitiness. The flavor is where this one falls apart. The flavor is thin and salty with a slightly tart finish that is disappointing after the rest of the aspects. Finishes with a smokey, charred malt finish.

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Photo of jdense
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with colleagues, 1.20.11.

Dark brown almost black opaque body, no visible carbonation, broken brown head less than a finger resulted in uneven ring around edge of glass. Faint bit of roast in the nose, even less chocolate, citrusy hops. Taste is pretty muted for style, more mild roast than chocolate, more nibs than dark chocolate, neither is very assertive, citrus hops, not bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, good effervescence, not sticky, ABV pretty well hidden. A good value at this price point, but quality wise there are many better available beers in this category.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of froghop
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an opaque with a thin brown head, and no lacing.

smell of licorice, some sour malt, espresso, cocoa, and some smoke.

taste is thick, smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, some roasted nuts, and sour malt, ends dry and sour.

nice smell but the look was lacking, and taste was average.

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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 Asics
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Briken
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 Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 leedorham
1.5/5  rDev -55%

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 Zach122
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 bespin15
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 adkieffer
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
3.33 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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