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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout - Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 02-06-2011)
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4/5  rDev 0%

Sammy, Dec 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a dark chocolate flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but strong.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

nmann08, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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

brentk56, May 11, 2013
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.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr G for sharing this at my recent birthday stout tasting. enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a tulip.

The color is black, opaque with viscous look and quick dropping tan head. The smell has lots of chocolate malt with mild alcohol ester and slight spice notes from the hops with a mild roast presence. The feel is good -rich and thick with creamy body and slight spiciness of alcohol and hops with warming element and slight hint of astringent dark grain subtle roasted with a semi-bitter finish.

The taste is very good, I like the dry cocoa notes and bitter herbal hops which blend together well with slight tinge of caramel in the malt. There is a nice cocoa tinge with light pepper and slight coffee flavor in the background. The alcohol shows up in the finish but for 10% stout it isn't that prominent. Overall I enjoyed this one, I wasn't sure what to expect since I have not had any of their other beers, but was pleasantly surprised and would say it fits the American style double stout well with pretty easy drinking quality for the amount of alcohol.

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

corby112, May 19, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a jet black like a burnt motor oil leaving a tannish cap

S: Toasted malt, hints of liquorice, cocoa and coffee

T: I thought it had a big dry liquorice taste backed with roasted malt, with elements of coffee and bitter cocoa

M: Sordove thinner than I was expecting considering the taste, nice booze feel but there was plenty of flavor.

D: Very good and easy to drink

barleywinefiend, Feb 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 waxed ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date but it is not going matter. Pours thick black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, spicy hops, and bitter coffee. Some nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, light charcoal, and a bit of spicy hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, charcoal, and caramel on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and fairly thick mouthfeel that goes down fairly easily. Pretty easy to drink, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout, and one of the more roasty ones I have had. Fantastic stuff here, glad I picked this up randomly in MD.

superspak, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a goblet, appearance is a cola black with some foamy lace.

Smell is sweet chocolate, a touch nutty.

Taste is dark cocoa malt, big and smooth, a touch of almonds. Big and clean.

Mouthfeel is med+, drying alcoholic charter, but very smooth, a nice suppleness to the malty body that brings the flavor.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a solid, strong RIS that I'd enjoy again.

ccrida, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Cynic-ale, Nov 28, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Libbey pours a rich black color with a dark brown head. Nice! Good retention and lace.

Nose shows a nice 1 - 2 combo of malted chocolate and raisin fruitiness. Moderate amount of leafy greens as well.

First sip is impressive...lots of chocolate with a drying alcohol and hop bite with a mild fruity yeast. After a few sips, I must say...this one is a pretty damn well kept PacNW secret. I really like the leafy-ness of the hops, it gives it a noble character that is nice. The chocolate and roast are in perfect balance. Not much negative can I say at all regarding this treat. Very good beer, I would even go so far as to say I need to get a hold of this one again!

twiggamortis420, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

bsuedekum, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -20%
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.

drpimento, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

enelson, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black, with a finger of mocha coloured head. Leaves a big of lacy smudges. The aroma has a bit of coffee roast, bakers chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. Taste was nice and chocolaty, with a big roasted malt taste and a finish of bitter coffee. Had a nice full body, with a creamy finish.

A super-solid Imperial Stout.

EgadBananas, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

twelveinches, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

strongaf, Jan 25, 2013
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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.