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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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Brewers Reserve Imperial StoutBrewers Reserve Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 02-06-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is black in color with a short lived off-white head. Roasted malt is the main aroma to this. Some coffee and a hint of chocolate. Lots of char to it as well. There is some licorice to the flavor along with lots of char and roast character. Maybe some molasses. Not a big fan of this one.

Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this aggressively at a good temperature with a smallish, light brown head that soon mostly settled and no lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is a little mild and has cocoa, roast, malt, dark ripe fruit, leather. Flavor's like nose, sharply bitter, carbonic tang after that, then a bit of sweet. Body might be better but bitterness is a little unpleasant, carbonation accents the bitter. Finish is like flavor and again the bitterness is long lastiing. I'll finish this bomber and that's it.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from an online shop. Not sure why but needed to fill a box and this was the random I went with. 22oz bottle into Avery tulip from. No date so I'm just guessing it is fresh. Poured a thin head of nice mocha color. Body is very dark. Aroma is nothing special. Lots of chocolate and molasses. Flavor is full but again pretty standard. A little more coffee, some bitter chocolate, and a little cream. Mouth is a highlight with great body and feel and average carbonation.

A very lovely beer but nothing special. I feel like I've had this dozens of times already just with a different name.

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two finger beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Large streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness, lactic sugar and earthy hops for balance.  Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal followed by some licorice and floral, piney hops.

Slightly chewy body with a very strong roast character that lingers throughout into a bone dry finish.  Dry and bitter with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, stale coffee bean and oatmeal.  Very dry and roasty making it kind of acrid and one dimensional.  Could use some sweetness.  Finishes with a strong hop character that provides more bitterness.  This compliments the dry roast but doesn't really balance things out or counter the malt much.  ABV is decently masked but it's a bit harsh and tough to drink.  Not bad but is it desperate need of some sweetness for balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Braz
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Albertson's. Appearance is near black with a thick hearty look and a thin tan head. Aromas are sweet chocolate, touch of coffee and the faintest whiff of mint, hard to place. Smells a little better than it tastes. Flavor is a bit thin. Like they forgot an ingredient or used a subpar ingredient. There's a nice bitterness underlying but the sweetness that is in the aroma doesn't show up. Taste ends up a little flat. Still a nice body with a meatiness and no noticeable booze for a 10%. Decent, but just falls a bit flat.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Fleeting khaki head, just a thin collar.

Smell - Deep roasted malt. Licorice. Acrid burnt malt. Smells intense.

Taste - Deep roasted malts up front, but not as burnt as the smell. Bitter in the back. Coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Intensely bitter. A little boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Flavorful and intense. I like it.

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled: um, earlier?

Pours black, little foam formation at all. Smells of toasted/burnt malts, some licorice, hints of graham, some malt (like whoppers malt), some sweetened bakers chocolate. Taste matches with depth and a little higher on the burnt malts end - almost a bit of smoke character in here, which normally I'd dislike, but here plays well. I really dig this, but in a fetish way. It's unique to me, although some reviews say it's a beer they've had before. I'd like to compare this to Bell's Expidition Stout, but it's not too licorice characterized, which I dislike about Expo stout, but this is a little more subtle and accents well. Full bodied with low carb and an almost dry finish. Nice beer. I think treatment in a port barrel or an addition of buterscotch character would really, really open this up to the midwest flavor profile. A little too robust for the national masses.

Photo of spree92
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml (22oz) bottle poured into a wide mouth pint glass. When held up to the light, there is no transparency. As black as they can get. The nice, dirty head had pretty good retention and did leave some decent lace marks. The aroma is heavy malts, roasted and charred. Licorice and alcohol and second but do play a roll. The taste is almost the same. The alcohol is more prevalent and stands out with an attitude. This is weird, it leaves my mouth oily and bitter. This is a big boys stout at 10%abv, and even bigger with the character it has. I think a Stout Lover would enjoy this with open arms, but my non-appreciation for big stouts has crept back into my system.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottle date but I've had it downstairs waiting patiently since last October. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black, deep dark russet around the edges under the light with almost two full fingers of light tan head. Several large clumps of lace left behind after the head has faded to a thin cap.

Smells of stone fruit skins, plenty of cocoa, a bit of coffee and some sugary sweetness.

Taste is nice and roasty. Bittersweet dark cocoa, medium roast coffee, plum skins, old leather, a pronounced floral/piney bitterness and mild booze. It drinks quite smooth for 10% abv.

Rich, creamy, medium thick body with mild to moderate carbonation. Bittersweet cocoa infused finish.

A bit bitter chocolatey one sided but a nice quaff none the less. Excellent feel and easy to drink. It was well worth at least the one try and I'd not turn it down in the future either.

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a thin pancake of tan foam that fades quickly; very leggy, with a sprinkling of lace

Smell: Baker's chocolate, licorice, charcoal and resinous pine

Taste: The resinous, piney hops challenge the chocolate malt from the outset and the malt loses the battle; though there is a charred Baker's chocolate and licorice character to the malts, they just don't stand up to the hops, leaving the beer dry and one-dimensional; interesting that the hops do much better on the aroma than on the taste buds

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This could be so much better if it didn't have so much of the Cascadian dark influence; I am sure some folks like it just the way it is, but I would like to see more of the Imperial Stout elements come through

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.