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RATINGS: 1414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deserving the title "Emperor of Ales" (unlike the bourgeois "King of Beers"), Imperial is the strongest and fullest of all stouts. Imperials originally were brewed with large quantities of hops and a high alcohol content to withstand long, unrefrigerated journeys. Rogue Imperial Stout, considered the high end of stouts, is made of 2-row Great Western Harrington & Klages, Hugh Baird XLT-80, Black, Munich and Chocolate Malts; Willamette, Cascade and Chinook hops; rolled oats; and two secret ingredients. Unfiltered and unfined, Imperial Stout is best when aged for one year. Imperial Stout is available in a new 12-ounce bottle (replacing the older 7-ounce XS-line package) and on draft.
Measurements: 26 degrees Plato, IBU 87.5, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 258


MBison's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - APR 19, 2009
Bottle (750ml) swing top. Poured black with a large, heavily tanned, thick, frothy head (virtually creamy) which was forever lasting. An intriguing mixed aroma with tropical/fruity hops, smoky roasted malts, chocolate, leather, caramel, blackberries, passionfruit and light notes of guava. An absolutely intense flavor with a strong hop bitterness, bitter liquorice, coffee beans, new leather, ash, raisins, pineapple and a very strong dry earthy finish. Very full bodied with soft carbonation, an amazingly dry mouthfeel, syrupy texture and an unbelievable finish. Truly a remarkable beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (3571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Shared 2012 swing-topped, 750 ml. bottle, viscously poured to a snifter showing a black/brown hue, with a bubbly layer of brownish tan head foam, and both foamy & leggy spots of lacing. The nose was heavily roasted, cocoa, caramel & treacle sweetness, and just a touch of age as soy. The taste added a pronounced, roasted, slightly resinous, and earthy bitterness that lingered, was full bodied, with soft carbonation, and pleasant, complementary warmth. Excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2016
2010 7oz Nip Bottle: Pour is murky brown with a modest khaki head into this glass - it retains on the average side , with very light spotting. The nose is rich dark fruit, and velvet cake - molasses and brow sugar. The nose is impressive. The flavor profile is faded with minerality, inherent alcohol, bittering notes, with char, cocoa powder - itís just a plateau . Well - the bottle did say to wait a year to drink... not 6....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (919) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle, vintage 2006, sampled February 6, 2016. Pitch black with beige head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Sweet malty flavour with a malty, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanhunter_4 (210) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
750 ml bottle poured at home. Pours jet black with almost no head. Smell is hard to place smell but there is a bit of chocolate and something strong I canít place. Leather comes to mind but thatís not it. This is quite strong and has a slight bitter finish. I think this confirms that I donít love imperial stouts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krej (222) - USA - JAN 15, 2016
This is a stout. One that is a little bitter... Frankly I don?t have much to say about it, maybe if it was more than 7 oz I would... This was bottled in 2010 and it is now 2016 but it says best when aged for one year, so maybe thatís got something to do with it...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malkyore (376) - - JAN 15, 2016
A perfectly executed stout. This one has been aging for 6 years, so the hops have mellowed. Very very roasty and the remnants of the hops marry into the harshness of the Dark malts very well. This is the oldest beer Iíve ever drank....

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2016
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is smoke and ash with undertones of caramel and coffee. The beer is dark and opaque with a tan, dense head that leaves a moderate ring retention and mild lace. The taste is a medium high / high bitter and a medium sweet. The texture is thick with a light fizz carbonation. The medium body is flavored with smoke, ash, dark chocolate, and wood and finishes with a mostly dark chocolate syrup flavor and a clean wood ash and leather combination . The aftertaste is a dry tobacco smoke that turns to bitter coffee with a mild metallic tinge.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (756) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
2014 edition- 10% abv. Appearance is jet black, with a tan, foamy clingy head. Aroma- loads of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, leather, burnt toast, massive roasty malt, espresso coffee, dark fruit and liquorice hints. Bit of treacle toffee in there as well. Taste- bitter coffee, chocolate fudge cake, roasty toasty malt, coconut and vanilla undertones, molasses, thick chocolate milkshake, dark cooking chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and thick, almost chewy. The finish is almost sweet. Superb stout.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Perfect beer. Very long taste with chocolate and vanilla. Great balance of ingredients.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 25, 2015
XS Imperial Stout Bottle to goblet. Merry XMas. Look is Dark black, medium tan head. Thick look. Lasting lacing remains. Sudsy legs. Aroma is plum, blueberry raspberry, dark chocolate. Taste is the same except stronger on the fruits, where the aroma is equal fruit and chocolate. Rum, whiskey booze like taste in the finish. Feel is full and and a little chewy.


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