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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
22 oz. bottle. It pours a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is very nice with some mocha frapaccino, hints of vanilla, fudge and butterscotch. The flavor has lots of coffee and chocolate with some caramel blended through the finish. It’s really smooth on the palate. Very roasty with good balance. Great beer. I love when I get blindsided by an under-the-radar brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (527) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Black with foamy tan head. Big aroma of chocolate and Jaegermeister. Rich smoky palate with flavors of dark fruit, tobacco, molasses, cola, chocolate syrup and toasted malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Stash split with him and Joe during birds game, pours pitch black, with coffee colored large head. Aromas and taste of bitter grains, hops, smoked malts, chocolate, raisins, figs, and some other dark fruits. Palate is really smooth, like insanely smooth, lots of sugars and roast in the finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, prunes, plums, and raisins, earthy hops and light alcohol notes. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, chocolate, light hops and bitterness and a semi-dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4251) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, frothy tan head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roast and caramel malts, dark chocolate, figs, plums, earthy hops, and light vanilla. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, some hops, and dark fruit esters; light vanilla with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2483) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured this aggressively at a good temperature with a smallish, light brown head that soon mostly settled and no lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is a little mild and has cocoa, roast, malt, dark ripe fruit, leather. Flavor’s like nose, sharply bitter, carbonic tang after that, then a bit of sweet. Body might be better but bitterness is a little unpleasant, carbonation accents the bitter. Finish is like flavor and again the bitterness is long lastiing. I’ll finish this bomber and that’s it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mages64 (45) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Seriously one of my favorite stouts. Super rich and chocolatey and rivals any non-barrel aged limited release stout from around the country. The balance and smoothness as opposed to a DL like syrupiness is what draws me back to this beer time and time again. Work of art.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1261) - Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Poured opaque. The brown foam took a moment to build, then dissipated to just bubbles at the edge of the glass. Nose of chocolate with some cereal grains. Good thick body. More bittersweet chocolate and burnt wood dominate the flavor. Finish is dry with an ashy feel.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Pours an almost opaque dark brown (almost black with minimal tan foam. When cold, smells like cough syrup. When warm, smells extremely roasty with hints of alcohol. When cold, tastes like burnt cough syrup. When warm tastes like coffee grounds and bittering hops with no hop flavor. I normally enjoy imperial stouts, but this was terrible.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
There’s enough wax here to make the bottle hard to open, but that’s just going to preserve this pretty much forever in your basement. Pours thick and dark and pretty, slick and oily. Easily a definitive imperial stout. This will set the bar high for me for a while.


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