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

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial StoutBrewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 262
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mendvicdog, Jan 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

mkh895, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TonyTalon, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

FishFrank, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Mosca
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding, either. Dark, hoppy, beery. You know how, when you try new beers you taste and think, "That's ok." And you taste another, and you think, "That's okay." And another, and you think, "Yeah, that's OK." Well, this is okay. It's good enough. If you bought more than one, you'll drink the others, but you probably won't buy it again.

Mosca, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Kunstman, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tourdot, Dec 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

martyl1000, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Jman_01
3/5  rDev -18%

Jman_01, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of righthereisay
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased for $2 at Harrika's Brew Haus in Swansboro, NC (A great place)

Poured dark black, dark brown head. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, maybe a little raisin, not sure about that though.

Doesn't taste that great. Nothing worth noting really. Chocolate, roasted coffee maybe. Doesn't remind me of an Imperial Stout, almost like a lame attempt at a dark Belgian beer.

No question, I would consider the label a little misleading. Would never have even thought it was from Wisconsin....I guess that is their strategery.

Anyways, not impressed.

righthereisay, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bigred89, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

RiggerStyle, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into Founders tuliped snifter.

Very dark body... Kinda brackish and murky looking with some serious rust color in the edges and legs.
Smells hugely of bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Very big roasty character with an acrid bitterness.
The flavor has just a little sweetness up front that rather remind me of plums before it turns bittersweet cocoa, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, and very bitter. The bitterness reminds me more of chocolate/coffee bitterness than it does of the usage of bittering hops, but perhaps I'm just projecting that.

Feels a little light of full, very oily, and a bit overcarbonated.

Overall-- far from terrible, but also far from good.
I wouldn't turn this one down, but I won't buy I again. I'll take Pleas the 5th, Expedition Stout, or Founders Imperial over this any day of the week.
The best thing this beer has going for it is that it is always available on shelves here in IL, unlike the ones I just listed. I was hoping I could stumble upon a secret, but alas, foiled again.

AleWatcher, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Capital Maibock pint glass.

Appearance- A very dark brown with nice 3 finger head that does dissipate rather quickly.

Smell- Faint nothingness. There was very little there and I won't justify trying to explains these faint nothingness for a bold style such as an Imperial Stout.

Taste- Not many flavors that I associate with an Imperial stout. Almost like drinking a pop with the slightly bitter hops and carbonation level.

Mouthfeel- Watery and highly carbonated for an imperial stout.

Overall- Very sad especially for the style. Looks nice but that is about it. Really like drinking a shitty porter.

BrownAleMale, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours black but a bit splashy. Nice mocha head, a little on the conservative side but attractive. Disappears kinda fast, making some lace legs along the way.

Aroma - nice big roasty sweet first impression. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Smells great!

Taste - roasty malts, quickly turning sweet with notes of licorice. Very nice footprint of coffee on the swallow and aftertaste. Long finish with some of the roastiness returning. Not a full-on imperial experience, but a good one nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - lots of crispness, good smoothness, not the biggest body.

Drinkability - pretty good stuff at the 7.9 level. These age wonderfully, this is the final of the set from three or four years ago.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jjheinrichs, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Amis, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

pavpav12, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

DrGonzoDDS, Jul 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hinemk76, Jul 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

dmilewsk, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a glass, it has a dark body with a small tannish head to it. The smell is of roasted malt and some chocolate coming through the nose. The taste is of dark fruit and some roasted malt up front with a burnt flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok and overall,i'm not a big RIS fan but i like to try them just to see if i find one i like.

chefhatt, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

zonker17, Jun 03, 2012
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.