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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
This beer pours like motor oil, but tastes like a chocolate soda with an alcohol kick. This is an exquisite drink...albeit expensive in my (@ $20 per 6-pack). A great beverage I will try again on a special occasion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Radiant bitter chocolate embers lusciously smouldering every bit of the palate...Cascading hop flames hypnotize the tastebuds...Peppery yeast ashes adorn the inside of your cheeks, creating powdered milk dryness on the back of the palate...A hot, mystifying tribal tar ritual...

A 2003 batch was so intense it almost undrinkable...Tons of hop bitterness, malt roastiness, at volume 10...And this was a 2-year-old bottle...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Rogue sure knows how to make a dark brew. Their stouts are the darkest, thickest brews ive yet to try. This brew is decent. I have yet to have a bad Imp. stout, so this will be in fridge as often as my my other favorite Imp. stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4680) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Viscous tar-brew with beady, roe-like caramel colored foam. Impressive appearance. Oddly cooling, donít know if itís the alcohol or not... Lots of patent malt character, oat twang, bitter chocolate. Velvety palate. Iím going to have to snag a couple of these and let them age for winter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Bottled 2000. Pours like motor oil from my í86 Laser (non-turbo) when I forget to change the oil for 10000 miles and its below the low mark, and just as headless. Aroma gives away a high ABV. Lots of burnt brown sugar, molasses, coffee. Fantastically thick palate. Maily coffee in flavour (my least favourite beverage) but surprisingly sweet. Stands up to the hops very well. I just wish the alcohol was not so promanent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2002
(Bottled in 2001) Black as black can be with a medium-sized brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, fruit, and hops. Flavor includesd all of these, but I found the bitterness of this stout to be a bit overwhelming. The bottle says 87.5 IBU, and you can taste them all. Love the complex aroma and flavor, but too bitter for my tastes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Pours thick black color, no head, aroma is of heavily roasted malt. Palte is thick, flavor is strong and dark, has some whiskey or scotch notes. Finishes with a lingering nut flavor, and pleasant bitterness. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Very tasty. Strong espresso and chocolate flavors. Nice hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Bottled in 2000: Tiny dark tan head, receding almost immediately, black as tar, hops and roasted malts in the nose. Very thick mouthfeel, with a strong burnt flavor, with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits some finishing bitterness. At $2.79 for 7 oz, it isnít cheap, but this is damn good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (950) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 20, 2002
great imperial stout. black with a beige head , that left a sheet of lacing on my goblet. strong coffee, hop and chocolate aroma. thicj smooth palate which is little buttery. taste dominated by coffee and burnt fruit flavors. hasa nice quickng effect. drinking this beer is an exoewrience similar to enjoying a good sherry.


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