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RATINGS: 1415   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 25, 2015
XS Imperial Stout Bottle to goblet. Merry XMas. Look is Dark black, medium tan head. Thick look. Lasting lacing remains. Sudsy legs. Aroma is plum, blueberry raspberry, dark chocolate. Taste is the same except stronger on the fruits, where the aroma is equal fruit and chocolate. Rum, whiskey booze like taste in the finish. Feel is full and and a little chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (717) - HONG KONG - NOV 26, 2015
Dark oily black, thin head. Aroma of roasted malts and vanilla. Expected better taste, its good but nothing amazing: roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, balanced by high hoppyness. Good, but, you pay for the ceramic than for the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (2322) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
Rating #1320 10.11.2014 - Bottle @revolutionyeg - Aroma is earth, cocoa, toffee, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, earth, coffee. Decent bitterness. Extremely well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (501) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Another bit of XS craftsmanship from Rogue. Complex and well blended, this XS features cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, some licorice and coffee. The rolled oats help extend the taste and thicken up the body. The 88 IBUs are competing with a lot of taste and alcohol, but they make their presence felt as the taste continues. An expensive rarity north of the border, but nice when you have something to celebrate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2048) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Tap at Michael Mina, Las Vegas, 12th November 15. As Rogue XS. Black, aroma is chocolate, tar, coffee. Taste is bitter chocolate, slight smoke, long lingering bitter hop kick. My kind of impy, excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
7/26/2010 11:02:24 AM Small bottle at Beer Temple. Dark black with thin head. Nose of dark chocolates. Silky, syrupy texture. Taste of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish. Must say I had expected quite a bit more as Rogue is always spot on. It lacked an overall oomph I felt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomD (278) - 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 (1437) - Minnesota, USA - 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 (4560) - 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 (845) - 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.

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