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RATINGS: 1414   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Sweet dark malt aroma, with a bit of liquorice, and an extremely dark whiff of a head. Malt flavor is straightforward and uncomplex, with the standard flavors for imperial stout, (coffee, chocolate, plum, liquorice), but not a superlative example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Very thick pour! The darkest head Iíve ever seen while watching a beer glass fill. Spicy aroma. Creamy, rich tasting, nice hoppiness. Dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
aroma is heavy, but not readily apparent. very dark pour, with a beautiful tan head, though not creamy. rich, complex flavor with a good bit of hop. a little less thick than i like my stout, and probably a beer i should be aware of the abv on. definitely one iíll drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Wondeful example. Well balanced, a tad on the hoppy side but nevertheless complex and very rich and thick. Alcohol is notable but not overwhelming--just right. Like a shot of espresso, very dry in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2002
One word. DARK. Blackest stout Iíve ever seen. Head very deep brown, good-sized. Nose is of cola and quite roasty. Very big stout, much more vinous than expected. Quite rich. Pucker-dry, definite hops in the end. Wish it was a bit creamier. A bit harsh, could use a bit more sweetness in the malts to balance it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Update - Bottle tasting 2002: (numbers going way up) Rich sweetish doughy roasted aroma. Somewhat milky in the nose too. Pours thick motor oil black with the darkest brown head ever. Head size was medium with good retention and light lacing. Rich vinous flavor. Sweet malt coats the mouth, chewy, some roasted notes. Fairly highly tannic, almost harsh, but within the realm of being balanced by the sweeter malts. Tannic finish is puckering. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish as well. Something to savor very slowly. Old rating: This is for a tasting of a 1997 keg in 2001. (oh yea). Intensely malty - with notes of dark fruit. Very smooth, yet thick and mouthcoating. Understated hops, and nicely bitter. Perhaps a bit of astringent/bitterness from black patent malt?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
If I had tasted it blind folded I would have know it was from the NW. While certainly a fine brew I felt the the overwhelming bitterness detracted. To the eye this one certainly was a 5, but I could not give this ine a higher rating because of the bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
12 oz. bottle. Thick, not very much carbonation, dark brown head. Good Imp stout but a little too bitter, lacking the complexity of Imp stouts like Left Hand or A. Le Coq. What is the ABV of this one?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3567) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 2002 bottle-needless to say, this was my first imperial stout experience and it kicked my ass!!! Poured as dark as 10-30 motor oil-dark brown head that was gone very fast-Huge malt presence that reminds me of Old Crusty just a notch toned down-hop bite was there but masked by a huge coffie malt finish. Excellent brew!!! 1996 7oz XS bottle Pours pitch black with no carbonation at all. aroma of chocolated covered rasins, coffe, carmel and lots of burnt notes. no sign of alcohol at all. wonderful palate of massive burnt notes and dark chocolate. super silky mouthfeal. this is fantastic! This is amazing for an 8 year old bottle of brew. Just imagine, when this was bottled, i was a junior in high school!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Whooa this one was thick. Very intense hop and malt presence. This was very smooth, not to carbonated. Left me with a brown beer mustache the next day.

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