Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States
oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 02-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of mcgwire756
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Impfan
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one really surprised me. Huge syrupy and creamy body, tons of rum, nuts, dates, figs, chocolate truffle, coffee caramel, raisin, graham cracker, grapefruit, tangerine, and char.

It starts out very sweet and choclatey, segues into a rum raisiny middle, and finishes with assertively resinous hops, and a healthy dose of char Very balanced and intense. Finesse is somewhat lacking, otherwise this stout might be in my all time top three or four, but for the sheer immensity of it (it's even bigger than The Abyss, and similar in that respect to Bell's Expedition), it gets mega-points.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of ColinC
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AFreakingCougar
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ego
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
2 fingers worth of dark cocoa foam (sounds like a stripper name), this is utterly black, light doesn't even bother knocking at the door, slow creeping lacing like a limping pedophile, picturesque example of the style - black oil with a nice hat of lovely foam... looks awesome

nose...
all notes are deep and absolutely smother you, heavy bourbonish booze, dark bitter chocolate dipped licorice/raisins, dry cocoa, brewed ice coffee with cream, almost reminds me of the 'dryness' of baltic porters, for some reason I am also picking up some graphite (you know, like from the ever present in childhood #2 pencil), damn sniffy!

taste etc...
super velveteen feel, wow.. just super smooth. the flavor at first is slightly underwhelming but as you sip on it slowly invades the corners of your mouth in a quite insidious, deep roast and chocolate flavors with chocolate bitterness lingering, the booze is very well hidden but you are touched by it here and there, thick and creamy rule the day, beautiful beer, the malt really adds just the right amount of sweetness to counter balance
all the roasty toasty bold flavors.

verdict?
holy bat balls batman,,, simple. see it, buy it, enjoy it. one of the best brews I have had in some time (I am a sucker for this style when done well)

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tommy2x
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of youradhere
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light tan head, nice thin cap of lacing left behind. Smells of chocolate, dark fruits, anise, sweet dark breads, and a tad of licorice. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee, licorice, sweet bread, with a bitter char aftertaste to round it out. Carbonation is medium high, mouthfeel is not too syrupy at all. Slight alcohol burn gives notes of dark rum and dates; I think I need to snag a few more bottles for later.

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Photo of 007rtw
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass mug.

Look: 3
Looks almost like flat soda or coffee. Brown-orange-black. Minimal head (ladyfinger color). No lacing.

Smell: 4.75
Dark chocolate, coffee, nut (hazelnut?). Absolutely outstanding: simple, but beautiful.

Taste: 4.5
Very dark chocolate, black coffee, just a tiny hint of solvent. Charred meat/vegetable. Not overly complex, but VERY well done, if a bit too much char.

Feel: 4.25
Some tannin, some solvent, some dryness. Otherwise great.

Overall: 4.25
Fantastic. Thanks to the workers at Pear Market in the Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA) for recommending this. Guy with the beard knows his beer. Next time I see him, I should buy him one of these--it's excellent.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 waxed ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date but it is not going matter. Pours thick black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses, spicy hops, and bitter coffee. Some nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, light charcoal, and a bit of spicy hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, charcoal, and caramel on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and fairly thick mouthfeel that goes down fairly easily. Pretty easy to drink, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout, and one of the more roasty ones I have had. Fantastic stuff here, glad I picked this up randomly in MD.

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Photo of BabyTree
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ism
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a jet black like a burnt motor oil leaving a tannish cap

S: Toasted malt, hints of liquorice, cocoa and coffee

T: I thought it had a big dry liquorice taste backed with roasted malt, with elements of coffee and bitter cocoa

M: Sordove thinner than I was expecting considering the taste, nice booze feel but there was plenty of flavor.

D: Very good and easy to drink

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Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of itracy63
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WMD-1002
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cre83
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dwitt24
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Joecaddie
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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