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RATINGS: 1405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 2001 vintage: Sampled at 54.7 deg F
Pours midnight black with a thick medium brown head. The aroma fills the room...intense hops bitterness at first. Behind that is a wonderful sweet chocolate and roasted coffee character. The flavor kicked my ass...very strong everything...almost too much stimulation for my tongue. Very sweet things happening in the flavor...coffee...chocolate...bittersweet hops...alcohol. The finish leaves my whole chest feeling warm. This would be the ultimate winter night snugglin' in front of the fire brew. The feel was silky smooth, creamy (the oats no doubt), coats the entire mouth with a coffee film. Well worth the wait for this hard-to-find brew (in Fresno at least!) How can one brewery make Shakespeare stout, Chocolate stout, and this! Incredible!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2003
2000 vintage. Pours tar black with a brown chocolaty head. Smells like it might have some tar in it. Strong hop odor but with several underlying aromas I can't quite pick out other than mint, coffee, smokiness, bacon/ham, and malt. Tastes much better with a chocolaty and coffeish malt combo along with a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Better taste than smell. Surprisingly better than I imagined after opening it. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
Very black with a small dark brown head. Heavy lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate and some alcohol. Roasted flavor. Dry salty and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2002 12 oz bottling: This beer poured as black as oil and similar consistency. If formed a hug dark brown foamy head that looked like a float and coated the sides of the glass with laticed lace while it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, chocolate and plums. A flavor of malt, chocolate, coffee and raisins. A slightly burnt chocolate finish to it with a warming feel of the alcohol present. A fine imperial to add to my cellar(okay, closet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2003
7oz bottle: oozes out of the bottle thick and black with a hint of grape pruple. Massive roasted aroma. . . Big raisins, strong alcohol, syrup/molasses and some hops to boot. Sweet mouth feel, but without the sugary texture of some overly sweet brews. . . complex flavours with some roasted soy sauce up front, that is followed by rich dark chocolate, coffee, and some bitter hops. Smooth delicate finish, lots of hops, but a subtle precense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 I must have had a bottle of this from 2000 or 2001, not sure. It was a very small bottle. Great beer though, wished i would have cellared it. Complex roasty tones and some bitter burnt hop taste. Not too strong a stout, though it was just exceptionally smooth and balanced which was unexpected. I think this bottle had been sitting for a while on the shelf,(it was on special at beers of the world). Rerate finally. 2001 bottle sampled 3/9/04. Amazing pour, just amazing. Deep rich dark brown/black with a huge creamy bright orange-tan head. Completely opaque and bottle conditioned. Huge roast tones add an incredible amount of bitterness (the cascades dont hurt either) BUT the chocolate in this stout is magnificent. Itís like a chocolate imperial, rich, rich salty sweet milk chocolate meets dry roasted barley, bitter NW hops and yummy rogue yeast goodness. Better than I remember, but then, itís aged about 2 more years. Maybe just a little too light and bitter on the finish.
2002 bottle drunk 12/04 Rich chocolate and toffee abound in this one, with less hops than I remember, only a slight minty/herbal bitterness, very easygoing. Saltiness present, as well as some light toffee notes. Smooth, rich, velvety body as always.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
angry and agressive, exactly was i was expecting from rogue. think, think black brew with a heavy dark foom. Sit down before you drink this beer or it will knock you off your feet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Black as knight, big brown head, little aroma. Coffee, chocolate, hops and alcohol and just a little malt sweetness. Mouth feel is big and sticky. Let me bring up the alcohol again, this is a big beer and it will hit you

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
1991 bottle. Very dark, thick and has a tan head of tight bubbles. Aroma is dominated by hops and roasted notes. Flavor is the same but chocolate and coffee start to come in as it warms up. Bitter from dark malts and from hops. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- deep dark black/brown color, pours oily, light brown foam head, rich roasted malt aroma, some hop aroma, very light coffee aroma and light hints of chocolate; oily rich roasted flavor Ė extremely bitter and roasted, touches of alcohol flavor along with some hop bitterness, a very light touch of chocolate sweetness, very rich texture but not as syrupy as some other imperial stouts, some saltiness too, smooth

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