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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jzlyo, Oct 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ralerwen, Sep 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Hrodebert, Sep 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

BeccaH, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bandi, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

metter98, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

user785335, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at the brewery:

Pours black with a brown head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of toasted dark bread, coffee, chocolate, licorice and a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows the nose. It's a roasty, drier version of the style. Carbonation is slightly high for the style, but it does have a smoothness to it.

Could be richer, but pleasant as it is. Enjoyable overall. A bit different, but it works well enough!

jwc215, Sep 12, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

condorsim, Sep 01, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

enelson, Aug 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

ColdWaffles, Aug 16, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Razorback09, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

hops202, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dmorgan310, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bcsbeer, May 21, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into Sprecher snifter.
7.9% ABV, 32 IBUs

A - Sprecher's Russian Imperial Stout pours out almost opaque black with a loose and fading mocha head. The small ring of bubbles left behind makes for nice decoration below the wisps of lace.

S - It's rich and chocolaty malt presence slowly opens up as the beer warms, gradually releasing the full experience of a candy bar; nougat, milk chocolate, and hints of caramel sweetness overlap heavily roasted, bitter espresso and charred oak.

T - Sweeter chocolate aromatics turn much more bitter and roasted as this beer develops into a baker's chocolate, dark iced coffee, and charred oaky flavor with overtones of burnt sugar and blackstrap molasses.

M - The heavy malt presence provides a nice heft to the body but the dryness and bitterness seem to cut it's thicker feel, thinning it out a bit more than desired as this "lighter" Russian Imperial Stout finishes with just a touch of warming alcohol.

O - This Russian Imperial Stout's lack of sweet malt in the flavor allows the roasted malt and hoppy bitterness to overtake the whole profile a bit too much for my liking which, in turn, leads to an unbalanced body that ends up feeling thinner than it smells, tastes, or looks. By no means is this Sprecher beer poor, I'm just not into the hoppy and really bitter-leaning stouts.

BeerFMAndy, May 19, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with mahogany highlights. Thick khaki head that fades fast, lacing is present in sheets.

S- burnt, liquorice, alcohol, coffee.

T- tastes like burnt sugar. Lightly tart, smoky, coffee, bakers cocoa.

M- full bodied, thick, slick, more carbonation than expected.

O- there is a fine line between roasted and burnt, and this one it.

silverking, May 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AmitC, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black, some dark brown highlights around the edges, a thin head, darkish tan. Not too much aroma: some anise and chocolate, sweet malts, not much else. The taste is more robust. Sour cherries, dark chocolate, smoke, anise, rum. Sour aftertaste, like candied fruit in fruitcake. Not too syrupy in terms of its body; the carbonation is right for me in that is all but non-existent.

kaufmaal, Jan 09, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Vigorous pour gives a tan creamy head that dissipated quickly. Very dark black color.

Smell is first alcohol then some chocolate and smoke.

Kind of a tangy taste. Definitely alcohol, and bitter roast flavor turning sweet and smoky at the end.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, Not over carbonated

Overall not a bad imperial stout. Found for only 6.49 a 4 pack it's well worth this price.
That said there are way better imperials out there. Well be aging the other three from this 4 pack.

JerUrbans, Jan 06, 2014
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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.