Thursday, November 17, 2005

Vintage 2001 - Rogue Imperial Stout

Ahhh...there's nothing like a nicely cellared brew on a cold night. I have enjoyed cellaring beers in my basement for awhile now and have had many good results. This bottle of Rogue Imperial Stout was bottled in 2001 and has aged beautifully in the 4 years since it was brewed.....

Vintage 2001. 12oz XS series bottle. Pours into my SN tulip glass an extremely thick, viscous dark crude oil black with a rising extremely deep tan head that leaves spotty lacing everywhere. Like a black hole..this beer envelopes light. Simply fantastic. Aromas of deep, rich dark chocolate malts erupt with vinous sherry-like scents as well. Notes of bitter coffee, vanilla and burnt malts mix with a citrus hop background that is still noticeable after 4 years in the bottle. I'm not getting any off aromas at all. The anticipation builds...

First sip brings a slick dark roasted maltiness with a big blast of chocolate flavors. Light swirls of bitter coffee along with a vinous and sherry notes backed by mellow alcohol tones. The sweet toasted malts hit initially, followed by a nice bitterness comprised of mellow citrusy, herbal hops. Toasted marshmallow comes to mind on the way down. Big, bountiful and damn good. Quite the impressive Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and creamy with a smoothed out carbonation that allows it to flow down very easily. At 10.5% the abv is very well hidden and makes it easy for you to get ahead of yourself while drinking it. I would gladly drink another if given the opportunity..but at this abv it's really more of an occasional treat. Truly one of the best imperial stouts around. I'm glad I have a 2003 waiting paitently for me in the cellar. Rogue...please bring back the 12oz XS bottles, please??

Overall rating I gave this beer is an impressive 4.5 out of 5.

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At 9:36 PM, Anonymous beerinator said...

If you have another of these hold on to it! I don't think I have this vintage!

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