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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours thick opaque brownish black with thin rust brown head. Aroma is super roasty chocolate malt, with heavy notes of dark chocolate syrup, espresso, and molasses. Taste is big syrupy charred chocolate malt, with notes of soy saucee, coffee, and dark chocolate on the finish. Lingering bitterness. Super sweet and chocolatey; and has the sizable abv to match. No real barrel-aged notes, which a beer this big could use.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomD (185) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2015
Poured from fancy bottle. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is medium bitter. Full bodied, with a a thick texture. Excellent imperial stout, but over priced here in Nova Scotia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle; pours nearly black with dark tan head; sweet aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla and molasses; taste is bittersweet with roast malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee with a hint of vanilla; finish is bitter with alcohol warming; another solid beer from Rogue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4064) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
Hazy dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter flavour, chocolate, malts, caramel and loads of coffee. Bitter coffee finish. As Rogue XS Imperial Stout.
(from 75cL bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRenter76 (341) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours pitch black with a light brown head, quite creamy and dense. Excellent lacing and moderate retention. Nose of deep dark fruits, black cherries, currants, some raisin, plum. Touch of chocolate, and no alcohol surprisingly. Nice. Taste turns the tables, super bitter and roasty coffee. Deep dark chocolate, and a dry finish. Lengthy roastiness, and some sweet molasses near the end of the sip as well. Slightly sticky, but still quite dry. Pretty heavy body, and low carbonation. Absolutely no alcohol here, which is a feat for the ABV. A very nice roasty and bitter stout, expensive but worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (407) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Tap at rogue distillery in Portland. Smoky and sweet nose and thick black pour. A bit too sweet for me and the sugar persists. Has the sharp edge of a imperial but the sweetness kills it a bit and lowers the ranking. Maybe nitro would be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Enjoyed and consumed at the Tap Room’s 1st Anniversary party! Great dark mysterious look. Roasty, rich and delicious. A well crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosskyle (208) - - MAY 20, 2015
Served on tap at Rogue. Dark black color with a medium tan head. Chocolate toasted aroma. Heavy creamy texture. Toasted chocolate bitter flavor. Bitter flavor lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - MAY 16, 2015
Ordered from Hopleaf. Inky brown-black, beige watery head with huge oaty bubbles. Veiny foamy legs. Smells of mineral bitterness, coffee, oat/biscuit, toast, butterscotch, hint of fruit (apricot, plum, banana) and raisin and vanilla bean. Really nice aroma that's bitter, toasty and nutty. Taste starts sharply acidic/burnt, graduates to being bitter, coffee bean, spiced dark malt, then ends on an even more bitter, almost ashy note. Body is very creamy, spicy, sharply fizzy burnt finish. A bit like the Rasputin but with a creamier body and oatier toastier nose. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle from Hop Leaf at home. Super cool bottle. Pitch black pour, not a big head, tan in color. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasted malts, vanilla, booze, toast. Inviting. Taste is big rich boozy roasted bitterness, slight apricot sweet/tart, coffee, caramel, vanilla. Bitter boozy finish with lasting warmth. Rich but nicely carbonated palate. Really good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1561) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
On tap at Rogue in SF. Rich molasses, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Seriously rich taste, nearing impy stout perfection. Coffee molasses dark fruit caramel bourbon licorice with a long bitter finish. Really good.

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