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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
Wants:
6
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13
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0
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

On-tap at the brewery:

Pours black with a brown head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of toasted dark bread, coffee, chocolate, licorice and a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows the nose. It's a roasty, drier version of the style. Carbonation is slightly high for the style, but it does have a smoothness to it.

Could be richer, but pleasant as it is. Enjoyable overall. A bit different, but it works well enough!

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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into Sprecher snifter.
7.9% ABV, 32 IBUs

A - Sprecher's Russian Imperial Stout pours out almost opaque black with a loose and fading mocha head. The small ring of bubbles left behind makes for nice decoration below the wisps of lace.

S - It's rich and chocolaty malt presence slowly opens up as the beer warms, gradually releasing the full experience of a candy bar; nougat, milk chocolate, and hints of caramel sweetness overlap heavily roasted, bitter espresso and charred oak.

T - Sweeter chocolate aromatics turn much more bitter and roasted as this beer develops into a baker's chocolate, dark iced coffee, and charred oaky flavor with overtones of burnt sugar and blackstrap molasses.

M - The heavy malt presence provides a nice heft to the body but the dryness and bitterness seem to cut it's thicker feel, thinning it out a bit more than desired as this "lighter" Russian Imperial Stout finishes with just a touch of warming alcohol.

O - This Russian Imperial Stout's lack of sweet malt in the flavor allows the roasted malt and hoppy bitterness to overtake the whole profile a bit too much for my liking which, in turn, leads to an unbalanced body that ends up feeling thinner than it smells, tastes, or looks. By no means is this Sprecher beer poor, I'm just not into the hoppy and really bitter-leaning stouts.

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3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with mahogany highlights. Thick khaki head that fades fast, lacing is present in sheets.

S- burnt, liquorice, alcohol, coffee.

T- tastes like burnt sugar. Lightly tart, smoky, coffee, bakers cocoa.

M- full bodied, thick, slick, more carbonation than expected.

O- there is a fine line between roasted and burnt, and this one it.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black, some dark brown highlights around the edges, a thin head, darkish tan. Not too much aroma: some anise and chocolate, sweet malts, not much else. The taste is more robust. Sour cherries, dark chocolate, smoke, anise, rum. Sour aftertaste, like candied fruit in fruitcake. Not too syrupy in terms of its body; the carbonation is right for me in that is all but non-existent.

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3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Vigorous pour gives a tan creamy head that dissipated quickly. Very dark black color.

Smell is first alcohol then some chocolate and smoke.

Kind of a tangy taste. Definitely alcohol, and bitter roast flavor turning sweet and smoky at the end.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, Not over carbonated

Overall not a bad imperial stout. Found for only 6.49 a 4 pack it's well worth this price.
That said there are way better imperials out there. Well be aging the other three from this 4 pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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