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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2003
This beer pours a deep black with a nice dark brown head. The aroma hints of chocolate and caramel,and almost describes the taste, but a presence of roast coffee is detectable. Goes down pretty smooth, and leaves a nice taste behind. This a pretty good imperial.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3895) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Even though this is a very good beer, it is one of the few Rogue products I dont care for.The alcohol heat is much more harsh then any of the other Rogue brews, except the barleywine, which is substandard as well for this brewery

3.8
   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.

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   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 Ive ever seen while watching a beer glass fill. Spicy aroma. Creamy, rich tasting, nice hoppiness. Dry finish

4.2
   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 ill drink again.

4.4
   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.

3.9
   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 Ive 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - 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?

3.8
   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.

3.9
   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?


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