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RATINGS: 1380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Extremely thick pour. Onyx in color with a billowing caramel colored head that lasted through the entire beer. Aromas of sweet dark chocolate and nugat. First sip unveils roasted coffee flavors and a slow but steadily climbing hop bitterness. Also seemed to be the flavor of spanish olives in the finish? Worked for me. A great reward for one’s self after a long and tiring day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Beautiful pour: deep molasses color and equally brown head. The smell is primarily coffee with a sweet sort of maple smell to it. Very bitter, but masks the alchohol quite nicely. As the commercial description (and users) suggest, I think this could do with some serious storage, perhaps the malt and grains would dominate the flavor a bit more. Near the end of the glass the yeast is more apparent and the mouthfeel improves a great deal. The flavor is rather modest when compared with some really complex imperial stouts, but this is very good regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Pours with the darkest head that I have ever seen ... reminds me of an afro from a circa 70’s Pam Grear film. Hints of alcohol, plums, and resinous grain scent in the nose. Upon first sip what struck me the most was the extreme bitterness of this brew. Some derived from roasted barley, but most stem from an abundance of bittering hops -- this is truly one of the most bitter beers I have ever tried with oddly little hop aroma or flavor. Super complex malt flavors which are boosted by the alcohol warmth. At the bottom of the brew I found a positive treasure trove of yeast harboring in the cozy depths of my tulip glass. This was not my favorite Imperial stout, but I would love to try it again. I think that a year of cellaring would do wonders for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
1997 Vintage bottle--It Must get better with age!!!! You can really taste the roasted malt. It almost tastes burnt. Very thick and dark in appearance and the aroma will light up any room. It only comes in a 7oz bottle in the year so if u can get get it enjoy it slowly and savor the taste. u will be hard pressed to find this fine stout twice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Thick black like motor oil...very roasted/burnt malt taste. I enjoyed the 1997 vintage with Kevbo last night. This beer is definitely worth seeking out if you can find it. Re-rate of 1996 bottle is evident in overall score of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
Enticing aroma of liquorice and bitter coffee. Black as tar, zero head. Tastes of pontefrat cakes and coffee. Fantastically bitter. Oily, thick, bitter, virtually no carbonation. An amazing Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 2001 12oz Bottle: This one pours a thick, viscous jet black color with a medium sized, dark tan head that lingers. The aroma is full of malts and hops with hints of chocolate, licorice, and alcohol. Thick and very rich in flavor, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The flavor contains chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and hops. The finish is sweet at first but then a little bit of hop bitterness kicks in. Oh baby, this is one fine Imperial Stout, and one of my favorite Rogue ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2002
Im not really sure about this one. Loads of bakers chocolat in the nose with hardly any head to speak of. Thick to the point were it coated the glass and left arcane sympols of laceing over the top of the brew. Mean while, behind a monolith of stale cold espresso and wet dog, cassis, burnt cherry, and rye bread dance on top of a bakers chocolate bitterness around an alcohol fueled bonfire in a pagan ritual that leaves a slight saltiness in your mouth and a question of WTF just happened on your lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2002
12 oz. bottle. Wow, this is viscous stuff, I thought it was going to get stuck on its way into the glass. I definitely agree with the motor oil analogies. A rough pour yielded a tiny bit of dark tan foam, which actually stuck around for a while. This looks spectacular. The aroma is complex, although not as intense as I expected: molasses, rum-soaked raisins, light alcohol, and a creaminess not unlike Bailey’s. This stuff coats the lips like whole chocolate milk...that’s high gravity! I can definitely pick up some chocolate malt flavors, but the hyper-hopping screams for my attention instead. This is why I’ve stayed away from Old Crustacean up to this point. It does become more expressive near room temperature, which is a plus. I really want to like this, and I know that it is well-crafted, but it simply lacks the balance I’m looking for in an Imperial. Old Rasputin beats this one hands down. Still, I think I might tuck a few of these away for a while, and see what develops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 zero head, dark brown color, opaque..aroma is slightly fruity and woody. flavor is fruity with coffee hints and bitter chocolate. very thick and rich

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