Rogue Imperial Stout

Rogue Imperial Stout

Rated 3.872 by BeerPals

Brewed by Rogue Ales

Newport, OR, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

88 International Bittering Units

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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

ID: 489 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank341
Overall Percentile99.4
Style Rank89 of 2388
Style Percentile96.3
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.928
Weighted Score3.872
Standard Deviation0.477

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  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 10

    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.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    First impression is that it's more like a regular dry stout with a higher alcohol percentage. Doesn't have what most of the other imps have as far as molasses and licorice characteristics, it's also very fizzy and has a big head which isn't as typical. I like the heavy roast notes and bitterness with the mild vanilla in the nose. Good beer but too expensive and why the hell would they put it in a 7 oz bottle?

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Aroma is strong and rich, smoky with an overtone of molasses and hints of sweet chocolate and toffee. It comes out of the bottle looking like motor oil - thick, opaque, almost black. Light tan head is thick and rather persistent, and it leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. Flavor has tones of sweet chocolate, fine coffee, molasses and toffee, and a bit of a metallic tang. Alcohol nip is a bit strong, but still this is an excellent brewski. Texture is fizzy and rough, leaving behind a strong alcohol bite.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    This beer was REALLY pricey for what it was - a pretty ordinary impy stout. Yes the flavor was bold and roasted, and yes, the color was dark as night. The point is, for this kind of dough I could get something more desirable (e.g. Founders Breakfast Stout). I'm glad I got to try it but won't pay for this again.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Perhaps it’s the $15 for the beer that knocked it down a few for me. It was a damned fine beer, but to throw it in ceramic container and upcharge the consumer is just wrong. But I digress.

    The beer pours out a jet black with a beautiful, creamy 2" brown foamy head with impressive staying power. Aroma has some incredible depth to it with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, mocha, espresso and burnt sugar. An fantastic full bodied flavor that starts out like chewing on a roasted coffee bean, switches over to a sweet chocolate bar then finishes with a boozy hop finish. A fantastic beer, well worth waiting to try but the price tag stings a bit.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Big ceramic bottle, big cost, big beer. Pours thick black with a THICK tannish head that is retained throughout - beautiful stout, great lacing. Roasted malts, some caramel, bittersweet cocoa, and hops in the aromas. Taste is much like the scent with big roasted malts, cocoa, some java, and bitter from hops. Big stout - another nice beer albeit expensive from Rogue.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Okay, an expensive domestic beer. But the ceramic black bottle was a draw. In fact wife wants it after I finish off the contents. I have traied my share of Rogue beers. Perhaps this is among the best this brewery produces. The pour is as you would expect, dark ebony. The brown head is frothy and robust. Decent hang time settling into a thin lacing. The aroma is a wisp of alcohol and tender aromas of roasted malt. The palate is dry and smooth. The smoothness is an immediate impression. The taste is roasted malt and a bittering that really is pleasant. I paired this, as Rogue suggested with a steak dinner. And it was a marriage!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    more similar to Rasputin (North Coast) than any other Imperial I've had, but it's been a while. I like it almost as much as Rasputin as it has many of the same attributes...the difference is that I can buy Raspy at $8 a 4-pack and can only get Rogue in a $12 ceramic bottle. What's up with that? $5-6, like you're other brews, isn;t enough? I got it in a 12 oz 6 pack when I first tried it, but I won't dish out $12...especially when Stone's is better and half the price!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    hey big spender.... big roasty dark brown head ... wow! (said out loud) big and bitter ... "you're just a big bag of sugar.. did you just say...nevermind" lots of roast burnt malt, chocolate, and alcohol ... bold yet esoteric ...

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Rogue's notorious Impy stout I finally have in my posession; thank you Green's!! Aroma is very aromatic with tons of chocolate malt as well as some coffee coming through with some dried-floral overtones and is very bitter and hoppy. Appearance is pitch black but a deep, mahogany-burgundy in color when held to the light with a full head on top that is light-brown in color and remains on diminishing slightly leaving thick lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is medium in body which is surprising and offers tons of bitter complexity as well as nice balances of roasty malt and is surprisingly dry as well with a palate that is dry-like and damn good. Flavor is of tons of bitter chocolate with burnt, black coffee nuiance as well as some creamer with an aftertaste that is dry-like and way too smooth and has a finish that is dry-like with some bittering hops as well as some very slight alcohol showing through and is rather tame given this brews representation. Overall, a damn good impy stout here for sure that offers no evidence of the ABV% and is rather smooth as well as creamy and good and just a fine quality ale here; recommended!!! The alcohol content of this brew is gonna snick up on me for sure...

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