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

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

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002

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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 188
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of mentor
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can sum this beer up in a single word, tadcaster. Sour tang, yet sweet dark and delicious.

Pours a half finger of brown head over a pitch liquid. A few streams run up the side of the glass. Smells deep dark raisins, dark grains (coffee, black patent sourish), plum, date, heavy esters. Molasses is heavy and thick.

Tastes raisin, cherry sour, toffee, rich sweet and sticky on the tongue. Roast, but not in a coffee manner. I could see some thinking this too sweet, but I think the carbonation helps lift the sweet just enough from the tongue. Leaves enough flavor on the tongue to ponder, but not like syrupy candy. Storng on brewer's licorice. Perhaps a bit of peated malt. Alcohol is mild compared to the intensity of the other flavors. Comes across clean and a weak voice in a crowded room. Md-thick body and moderate, but sharp, carbonation. Yummy.

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Photo of blackearth
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a midnight black body with a dark tan head the falls over time. Aroma is of cream, brown sugar and chocolate. Full bodied and smooth this beer has burnt, smoked wood and dark chocolate and mocha flavors. Great complexity and drinkability. Gets more interesting with every sip.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of storksonm
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a Mug

A: Deep Dark Black, Nice head retention kept 2-3 in. of head for quite awhile.

S: The nice roasted barley really strong in this beer, with subtle hop flavor.

T: Coffee like roast, you can really feel the alcohol content but it's not overbearing in the least bit, it kind of gives it a earthy taste to it. Rich toffee and caramel tones in it.

M: Smooth with a strong aftertaste of sweet sweet barley.

D: If you like dark then this is definitley right up your alley. It is a very nice Russian Imperial Stout in my opinion.

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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this locally available so, upon my first trip to the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly, this was a must-grab. Plus, I love Russian Imperial Stout. This is a good representative of the style. Nice presentation, with one and one-half fingers of mocha head nestled atop a black coffee body. More duration from the head would up the appearance score, but this is a good looker. I'm pleasantly surprised with the melange of fruit with molasses and coffee in the aroma. I strongly detect plum with orange peel--very nice.

Very delicious taste, well balanced. I expected more coffee from the label's advertisement, but it's a bit understated--not a bad thing since other flavors emerge to fill any perceived void. The plum and orange are terrific, yet this is far from cloying. Molasses offset the fruit very well. Some coffee, to be sure, but also a little dark chocolate. Very delicious. I'm slightly less impressed with the mouthfeel, which is still good, creamy, and solid. It's just a touch thin compared to others. I think a bit more molasses would do wonders for the mouthfeel even more than the taste, to coat the tongue a bit more. Still, this mouthfeel is no disgrace. Additionally, it's a beer that's easy to down--delicious but also creamy and smooth.

Sprecher is one of the better sleeper breweries in my opinion. I'm quite fond of their Abbey Tripel, and this joins the ranks of very good representatives that Sprecher has to offer. Not the top RIS by any means (Old Rasputin, Samuel Smith's, The Czar, Bell's Expedition, and Oak Aged Yeti rule the roost) but quite good, a bit subtle but more complex than an ordinary RIS. Well worth acquiring.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher Imperial Stout is a black beer with a thick, creamy, dense, light brown head that has outstanding lacing. It has a sweet aroma with notes of caramel and brown sugar. It has a smooth, full body with a clean, dry finish. It tastes a little sweet and very roasty with notes of molasses and coffee. It's rich, drinkable and enjoyable, but an Imperial Stout? It seems like a Baltic porter.

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Photo of ikats
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown in color. Almost black. Nice brown head slowly dissipated into a solid cover. Aroma is of roasted malts. Definitely sweet (but not too sweet). I smell chocolate and may be some caramel notes. There may be a hint of dark fruits. Slightly sweet, velvety mouthfeel. Very drinkable - goes down very easy. Taste has roasted dryness and chocolate sweetness. Very pleasant.

My bottle was a short pint bottle with a picture of St. Basil's Cathedral on its label. Although not factored into this review, I always get a kick out of beer labels that relate to my Russian heritage.

Very enjoyable beer. I always had high respect for Sprecher and bought this bottle purely on their name knowing that one day I'll want a good imperial stout. I am not disappointed.

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Photo of Risser09
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a brown 2" head that shows great retention. Mostly small foamy, Guinness-like bubbles, but there are large ones, too. Islands peninsulas and archipelagos of lace.

Smell: Deep aromas of chocolate, espresso, almond and godiva liquor. Sweet wheatena and graham cracker. Leathery, oily and complex. Wow.

Taste: Deep, dark flavors are chocolaty and full of coffee. A distinct graham cracker chewiness and flavor is very nice. Not terribly sweet, as the aroma would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Heavily bodied, mild sweetness, a roasty sensation, and little alcohol. Smooth, and incredibly easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is an awesome RIS. It's nice not to be destroyed by sweetness. Great flavor and aroma. Very, very drinkable. I love it.

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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half a liter bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep black color with one finger of light tan foam. There is no lace. The smell is rich in roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. A real nice blend of aromas. The taste is sweet, with lots of malt. Caramel, chocolate, and molasses with a hint of mocha cappucino. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability fairs well too. A nice imperial stout.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy black with 1/2 pinky of burnt tan head. Good creamy retention left good lacing. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, soy sauce, and roasted malt. Tastes of dark fruits like raisins, plums, and cherries, along with chocolate syrup, roasted malt, saltine crackers, light coffee, soy sauce, a hint of anise, and spicy hops in the finish. Medium full in body, smooth and creamy with good flavor and balance. Lower in alcohol than many other RIS but still very flavorful and enjoyable, easy to drink.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - jet black opaque color with a modest tan head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - rich roasted sweet malty aroma characterized by chocolate and coffee scents; some herbal-like hop scents as well

T - roasted malt character noticed at first with moderately strong hop flavor profile that immediately follows, moderately strong hop bitterness on finish fades and leaves a nice roasted grain taste afterward, alcohol noticed as it warms

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a nice interpretation of the classic style. While the flavors I think are quite remarkable, the feel and carbonation could be improved slightly: lower carbonation & slightly more body (but lower carbonation would help this also). Nonetheless, it's a very good beer and I'm glad I can get this at my local grocery store - an outstanding selection for the aisle.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright black pour under a 2” rocky tan foam collar that provides thick lace. S: wine, alcohol and malt in the aroma along with a little citrus T: Well rounded malt flavors with malt caramel sweetness and chocolate in balance with light roast flavors. Starts with a little sweetness up front and slight grainy tartness on the finish. F: Fulll bodied with fine soft carbonation. O: A balanced, easy to drink Russion Imperial Stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big blue, one liter, flip-top bottle.

Appearance- Greeted by winey, yet straight up black that has a little Grenadine like cling to my wine glass. Mild tan head with very little lacing to speak of.

Smell- Lots of bunrt caramel, creamy vanilla, and bitter roasted and even lightly smoke malts.

Taste- Smakcs with some complex toasted and roasted malts and there delicious bitterness hit me right away. Giving way to some velvety smooth. Lots of burnt fruits dance slight nuances with teh almost nutty caramels and vanillas and coffees that take center stage in my palate.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and just great for sipping after dinner and putting a futon together.

Complex and feels just great going down.

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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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