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RATINGS: 1360   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, pine, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness; with a bit of booze. Nice aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, char, molasses, light toffee, pine, floral, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick and moderately chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy/pine hops; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
furthur (95) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Head like the crema on good espresso, beer black black black like my soul, nice duration on the head and excellent lacing, especially considering ABV. Aroma bread, malt, dried apples and cherries, licorice, molasses, smoke, vanilla. The flavors are wow! Caramel, apple, strong vanilla, licorice, coffee, citrus peel, cinnamon. Waves across the palate as it fades to a mildly bitter/spicy finish. The body it thick and viscose, nearly syrupy, with very fine, light carbonation, but not flat. This beer is dark, with a bright center and an almost dry finish, almost like an export stout finish, remarkable!

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Chocolate and licorice in the nose. Pitch black with a fine tan head. Starts off with dark malts and licorice, mild coffee, fades nicely into roast, hops and booze. Pretty smooth with a thin mouthfeel

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (422) - - FEB 17, 2014
10oz glass at the Underground in Edmonton. Pretty good stout, one of Rogue’s better beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (403) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Aroma: very big chocolate and mocha flavors paired with roasty maltsTaste: roasty malts with some smokiness that pairs well with the bitterness that finishes smoothlyAppearance: dark body with lace head that retains well

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Poured from a 7 oz 2010 bottle (opened in 2014). Deep black with reddish highlights and a small tan head. Some lacing. Rich aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. It seems to also have a hint of bourbon, but the bottle doesn’t indicate it. Taste is bitter dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
2/II/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - BB: n/a (2014-161) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!

Clear black beer, aery beige to brown head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: chocolate, caramel, bit hoppy, mocha. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, little sour, some cooked red fruits, hint of barley wine, very hoppy ending, little sweet, caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2014
On tap at Haymarket. Poured blak with think n creamy tan head. Super dark choc aroma. Light to no carb thick bod. Drying intensifying bitter choc taste, light coffee hop resin finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
THX for sharing! Sample at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: coffee, chocolate, alcohol, sweet. TASTE: alcohol, sweet, coffee, chocolate, very decent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BackyardDogs (35) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Friday night. 750 ml bottle. Bit pricey but delivered. Nice stout with tan head. Full of flavor with smooth finish. I suggest pairing this with Bruce Springsteen live from NYC playing Jungleland and beans and franks. In other words it's pretty damn good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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