1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial StoutBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (41) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 181
Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown, so dark as to appear black, with garnet highlights producing 2 fingers of mocha, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves no appreciable lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich sweet & dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, cherry, prune, faint coffee. Taste is dark roast & dark bready malts, very rich & semisweet chocolate & bitter coffee with a burnt note; molasses, some vanilla, cherry, dark fruits, licorice & light smoke. Alcohol prominence is low. Hops are there but I can't quite define them other than the bitterness which is partially the deep roast of the malts. A bittersweet, bready chocolate cake in the finish. Afrertaste is bready, burnt caramel & chocolate. A pleasant bitter quality develops following mid-sip, increasing through the finish & balancing with sweet in the initial aftertaste but slowly gravitating toward a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth & dry.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dfunston
4.43/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Lewdd
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chris1919
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BeccaH
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jwc215
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!

Photo of condorsim
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of enelson
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ColdWaffles
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Razorback09
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hops202
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of silverking
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.