Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
09-30-2012 00:19:58 | More by righthereisay
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
09-14-2012 03:24:24 | More by AleWatcher
2.58/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
09-03-2012 04:40:41 | More by BrownAleMale
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-24-2012 16:26:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-04-2012 02:27:45 | More by chefhatt
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout
Sprecher Brewing Company
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 7.90 %
LOOK: Stubby 12 oz bottle. Pours a darkest of browns bordering into black. Light brown head forms and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
SMELL: Toasted/roasted malts, coffee, herbal hops and alcoholic aromas.
TASTE: Robustly malty, with a small note of dark fruit. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness remains throughout with a moderate presence of alcohol. Roasted malt, smokey charcoal and coffee notes persist.
FEEL: Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth almost slick feel. Aftertaste of roasted malt and clean alcohol.
OVERALL: A solid export stout from Sprecher. Robust malty flavors, somewhat strong, yet satisfying.
04-27-2012 03:57:38 | More by Stinkypuss
Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.