Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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105 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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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Photo of paul_db
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Fleeting khaki head, just a thin collar.

Smell - Deep roasted malt. Licorice. Acrid burnt malt. Smells intense.

Taste - Deep roasted malts up front, but not as burnt as the smell. Bitter in the back. Coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Intensely bitter. A little boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Flavorful and intense. I like it.

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Photo of 510a
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of FINLANDski_1619
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottle date but I've had it downstairs waiting patiently since last October. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black, deep dark russet around the edges under the light with almost two full fingers of light tan head. Several large clumps of lace left behind after the head has faded to a thin cap.

Smells of stone fruit skins, plenty of cocoa, a bit of coffee and some sugary sweetness.

Taste is nice and roasty. Bittersweet dark cocoa, medium roast coffee, plum skins, old leather, a pronounced floral/piney bitterness and mild booze. It drinks quite smooth for 10% abv.

Rich, creamy, medium thick body with mild to moderate carbonation. Bittersweet cocoa infused finish.

A bit bitter chocolatey one sided but a nice quaff none the less. Excellent feel and easy to drink. It was well worth at least the one try and I'd not turn it down in the future either.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a huge and steady brown sudsy head and decent lacing

S: Dark chocolate, so much sweet, delicious-smelling chocolate; roasted sweet bready malts; dark fruits and coffee linger underneath too but man does this smell chocolatey

T: Some booze up front followed by bitter chocolate and coffee; so roasty and chocolatey but I wish there were more of the sweet malts that I picked up in the aromas so this could be a bit more balanced; but it's still pretty tasty

F: Pretty creamy and thick up front; though it thins out a bit in the finish

O: A big, roasty, and slightly abrasive imperial stout--I like it and I look forward to trying more from these guys

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Brewers Reserve Imperial Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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