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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Old Schoolhouse Brewer’s Reserve, waxed bottle and wicked stout flavor. Deep, dark, and complex with layers of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very rich with high alcohol and plenty of hops to balance out the loads of malted barley.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (557) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Another local that I’ve ignored far too long. This is their highest rated brew, so eager to try it. Black pour, so-so head, lovely aroma of dark chocolate, roasted grain, sweet malt, licorice, and alcohol. Flavor is more subdued than the aroma would suggest, but dark, bitter chocolate is the main player in this. Yet, not sweet. A bit of licorice in there as well. Bitterness backs things up nicely. Finishes bitter with just a little alcohol. It could use another flavor to put some complexity in this, but overall this is tasty, and I’d buy it again for sure. Nice one.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
22oz bottle pours a viscous, opaque black with some creamy brown head. Nutty aroma, burnt toast, licorice. Flavor of windex, burnt toast, burnt coffee beans, rubber. Full, heavy finish with plenty of alcohol burn.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1181) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours black with a brown head and nice chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with a long, alcohol finish. Excellent imperial stout with a lot of chocolate flavors

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1224) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a dark black color with a fabulous mocha head. Taste is all chocolate, malt and espresso. Taste is pure chocolate and malted coffee. Finish is sweet and full of chocolate . Great Imperial Stout ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (450) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bomber to big snifter. Very dark but not the darkest you’ve seen pouring. Nice lasting mocha head. Bitter and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4488) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pitch, pitch black coloured body with a deep thick brown head, about three centimetres tall. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, tons of fruits, prunes, plums, coffee and quite a bit of star anise. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a bunch of meaty flavours, soy sauce, a bit of earth and caramel and a bit of nutty tastes. Aftertaste shows quite a bit of alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, prunes, raisins and pitted fruits. Overall, a nice, fairly complex and pungent imperial stout - complete with a great body and a nice finish. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-March-2012 for US$10.55 sampled at home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 19-January-2013.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2308) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bomber from letspour.com. Near black pour with a good sized tan head with soapy stick. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes are same with roasty grains, dark fruit, milky, mocha, smoke. Big dry bitter finish. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, light chocolate and grainy notes, with some bitter coffee notes in the finish. Nice enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (2676) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted grains, coffee and some raisins. Quite bitter for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
651mL black wax. Inky pour generates a larger, mocha head. Dense with good retention. Webby lacing. Nose starts with green olive and salt, moving to spiced vanilla chai latte. Some fumey alcohol and still a lot of green olive. Taste is very dry, ashy, bitter, a bit gritty without any thick palate to balance. Overall acrid and burnt tasting with some severe cardboard and sawdust in the finish.


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