From the Barrel. Something Dark This Way Comes.

Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout returns with a bigger, bolder flavor.

Rogue Ales & Spirits, the country’s only brewery-distillery-cooperage, announces the release of 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout.

Brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms and ocean aged in Dead Guy Whiskey-soaked handmade Oregon Oak barrels coopered at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is the culmination of a long journey from bark to bottle.

In 2015 Rogue acquired vintage, WWII-era, coopering equipment and subsequently established Rolling Thunder Barrel Works to take on the ancient artform of barrel making. Using Oregon Oak, Rogue’s cooper Nate Linquist assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, cauterizes, sands and brands one barrel a day, all by hand.

Rogue’s cooper Nate Linquist holds
Rogue’s cooper Nate Linquist holds

“At first it was a creative challenge to see how we could incorporate our brewery, distillery, cooperage and farm into one beer,” said General Manager Dharma Tamm. “ However, our brewers, distillers, coopers, farmers — and even graphic designers turned it into a quest to create a world class beer that exemplifies the Rogue spirit of challenging the norm and pushing creative boundaries.”

Black with a creamy head, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout features deep sherry notes accentuated by hints of coconut, cherries, dark fruit and vanilla held up against a dark roasted malt backbone with earthy hops.

At 14%, this year’s Rolling Thunder is bigger and bolder than the inaugural 2016 release. Limited quantities of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will be available on draft and in 1-liter swing-top bottles at Rogue public houses starting July 21, then at select retailers nationwide on August 1.

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