Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout - Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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3.25/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
11-20-2012 01:00:20 | More by RuckusDu
3.2/5 rDev -20%
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.
10-29-2012 05:37:10 | More by drpimento
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from waxed bottle into Duvel Tulip glass.
Pours deep and dark with a solid 2 fingers of rich mocha head.
The nose is very nice of a raisin, chocolate, mocha combination.
The initial sip is quite impressive, and as it warmed the fruit notes mixed with chocolate blossomed. Throughout the glass the subtle caramel notes really add to the taste. Big but not overwhelming mouthfeel. This tastes nowhere near the 10% that it packs inside. Quite a good beer and for the cash-point, a great deal.
10-14-2012 23:46:10 | More by BabyTree
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-05-2012 12:10:13 | More by EgadBananas
3.08/5 rDev -23%
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.
07-17-2012 17:21:31 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
07-12-2012 23:08:47 | More by twiggamortis420
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-02-2012 16:54:32 | More by Slatetank
3.33/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
05-19-2012 03:03:58 | More by corby112
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
22oz waxed bottle to tulip.
A: Very dark. Near black with reddish tint at the edges. Absolutely gorgeous chocolate head—two fingers' worth. Solid 360° lacing and legs.
S: Bittersweet chocolate. Plums, raisins, lots of sweet dark fruits—particularly as it warms.
T: Straightforward mild chocolate followed by roast malt bitterness. A bit of that fruit, too.
M: Nice, coating mouthfeel with small carbonation evenly spread throughout. Silky. Not overly thick.
Quite liked this. Solid all-around; really good-looking, great nose. A nice savor.
02-22-2012 06:22:41 | More by jpbebeau
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Old Schoolhouse Imperial Stout, bomber bought at Jersey City Super Buy Rite for $11.99. Decided on this after reading the glowing reviews here...
Appearance: Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter, the brew comes out as a thick, black and rather viscous liquid. Hefty head, good retention and glorious lacing.
Smell: Roastiness, some grain, then chocolate and liquid sugar. Boiling hops and bitter coffee.
Taste: The hops really shine here, almost too much so. Spicy, floral notes. Bitter coffee and chocolate, this time in powdered form. Intense dryness.
Mouthfeel: Starts off a little thin, but as I let the brew warm, it becomes thicker and more balanced. It settles into an almost-full body, full flavor and great carbonation, offset by a spicy and punishingly dry finish. It almost made me gag, the way it reverberated around my throat like cola-flavored chewing gum.
Overall: A damn nice Imperial Stout, but if only they would tone down the hops and dryness... although drinkable, this feels more like a Black IPA. Seriously dry!!!
02-21-2012 06:56:07 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Waxed 22oz bottle with no ABV or date statement. Pours silky smooth, opaque black body with a creamy pale brown head, 2 fingers with good retention for the alcohol level. Dense rings of lacing adorn my pint glass.
Maple syrup and roasted malt in the nose tempered by some alpha hop and a wift of alcohol. Thick, slightly buttery mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Predominantly bittersweet chocolate palate with citrus, very well-balanced and a relatively light counterpoint to the mouthfeel. Halfway down the glass, some dark fruits start to emerge. Goes down smooth, a bit of pine resin says hello and goodbye as the chocolate returns, this time with some charcoal that lingers pleasantly.
Quite a joy to have in your mouth, and pretty quaffable if not for its sheer density (I'd love to hear what its original gravity is). Very good, but also a little too straightforward. Excellent sipper.
01-15-2012 02:16:48 | More by ism
Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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