Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout - Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-09-2013 03:44:22 | More by ThickNStout
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Dark black with a huge and steady brown sudsy head and decent lacing
S: Dark chocolate, so much sweet, delicious-smelling chocolate; roasted sweet bready malts; dark fruits and coffee linger underneath too but man does this smell chocolatey
T: Some booze up front followed by bitter chocolate and coffee; so roasty and chocolatey but I wish there were more of the sweet malts that I picked up in the aromas so this could be a bit more balanced; but it's still pretty tasty
F: Pretty creamy and thick up front; though it thins out a bit in the finish
O: A big, roasty, and slightly abrasive imperial stout--I like it and I look forward to trying more from these guys
06-11-2013 20:52:56 | More by dbossman
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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
05-11-2013 21:46:49 | More by brentk56
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-02-2013 00:24:59 | More by ccrida
3.49/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
03-21-2013 00:48:59 | More by Braz
3.8/5 rDev -5%
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.
02-26-2013 02:06:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.66/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
01-19-2013 06:52:06 | More by harrymel
Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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