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Sprecher Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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WINTER - This tremendously rich and thick stout uses a profusion of burnt and caramel malts. A massive mouthful of dark roasted malt and coffee flavors finishes with hints of licorice, fig and currant.<br /> 8.5 % pre 2008 Currently brewed at 7.9%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (176) - - FEB 15, 2015
Pours a thick, inky dark brown bordering on black with a super dark reddish brown yet tiny fizzy head that disappeared lickety split. Smells of dark fruits, bitter dark chocolate, hazelnuts, and toffee. Like a dark chocolate heath bar. Taste starts off sweet with the dark fruitiness. Even catching some slight tangy/sour notes. Coffee, chocolate bitterness apparent after the fruity sweetness hits. Roasted flavor is noticeable between sips, after letting other flavors dissipate. More carbonation than I’d expect or want from a stout. Soft, but with a light body. A decent beer, but would I buy another? Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (854) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black with a rocky tan head. Rich roasted malt nose. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet roasted malt flavor has bittersweet cocoa notes. A touch of licorice and resiny hops add depth in the mid taste. I pick up some smoke and currants as well. Finish is bitter and more smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2556) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours near black with some dark brown/reddish hues. Large, creamy tan head has good retention - leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Sweet and lightly spicy aroma with a base of dark roasted malts . Taste is unusually sweet. The hops that lend a spiciness to the aroma fail to do enough to counter the sweetness until the finish, although the sweetness does linger into the finish. Seems to lack a solid dark malt base until near the finish. A bit of tartness to it. Mouthfeel is smooth, but with some tongue tingle; Ner full body. Medium-light carbonation that seems appropriate. A little too sweet for style from the start to mid-taste. Lacks balance,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3067) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Chocolate, smoky prune/dark fruits, caramel, and light coffee aroma. Black brown with a small dark tan head. Roasty coffee, chocolate, light licorice, sweet dark fruit flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. Solid, but not incredibly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3563) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Une petite bouteille qui crache un liquide noir et huileux. La grosse mousse brune est coriace et presque fabuleuse. La dentelle est éparpillée. Le nez est plein de malts rôtis, de réglisse, de chocolat mi-amer et de caramel foncé. J’aime bien ce que je sens. Au goût, c’est un peu comme un sweet stout bien balancé avec du chocolat, de la réglisse, de la mélasse et une pointe torréfiée. En bouche, j’ai la nette impression d’un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement modéré et une texture crémeuse. La finale est sèche, amère de grains foncés et parfumée par une réglisse chocolatée. Pas pire. Bouteille trouvée au Total W de Fort Lauderdale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
12oz. bottle. Aroma of dried fruit, dark, roasty malt, semi-sweet chocolate, raisin and cherry, some background sweetness present here as well. Utterly black in color with a very slight, fading head. Flavor profile is full of dark chocolate, prune and malt roast, with lighter notes of toffee and vanilla, mild-moderate hop bitterness, and a coffeeish finish. Smooth and gently warming on the palate with low effervescence and a full body. Interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (202) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an inky blank, with a medium off-white head which quickly fades, leaving fair lacing. Nose is burnt malt and coffee. Taste is coffee and dark malt, with a mild hop finish which nicely cuts the sweetness. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Dark pour with tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruit. Taste Smokey dark fruit with.light chalky feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (857) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
This pours a very dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with sweet malts and sugars. The flavor has a sweet malty taste that finishes a little chalky. There is also a little bit of a alcohol burn in the finish. Pretty decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Black pour. Big tan head, but I did force it a bit. It does stay for a bit once there though. Little bit of lacing. Molasses and dark fruit aroma. Slight caramel and vanilla. Chocolate and malt taste. Creamy finish. Nice beer.

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