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Sprecher Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 354   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%


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (55) - North Carolina, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (811) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (682) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (1952) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
A bit heavy on the carbonation. Nose has a fairly alcoholic character for a beer clocking in this low for an RIS. Flavors of berries, cocoa, a dusting of coffee grinds, but a bit alcoholic in the finish and not clean by any stretch. Has some decent flavors going on and is certainly drinkable but a bit of a disappointment since I really love Black Bavarian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained mocha head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body......nose is coffee, cocoa, chocolate, with minimal hop spice....taste is coffee, cocoa, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, hints of sweetness, vanilla, cherry, with light hop bitterness near the finish....mouth feel heavy of medium, slightly sticky, carbonation adds a heavy, almost ice cream creaminess, but finishes with a nice acid finale. This is a nicely complex, well balanced Imperial. It is not the best in complexity and is reminiscent of the more English Imperial Stouts. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (923) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Almost black medium brown head, lasting with streaks of drippy lace. Aroma is Roasty, chocolate, touch of dark fruit. Flavor is much the same. Roasty and sweet. Full but not ’big’ body. Good overall mouthfeel, soft, roasty and a little sticky, some sweetness. Very nice balance. Rather impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonfly1 (460) - Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. $6.99 closeout at binnys. Stunningly black. Might be the darkest beer i have ever poured. Fizzy dark brown creamy head. This beer smells great, getting dried cherries, sweet milk chocolate. Those dried cherries hit right away upon first sip. Rich creamy dark chocolate follows, and then a lightly roasted coffee bean bitterness. However...this turns extremely thin so quickly, it pulls a Houdini and disappears into mid-air. Too bad, the flavors are great and wished they could continue longer. This is very good, but not really a Russian Imperial, more lke a cream stout. Nice beer though, I’ll have another.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niday2288 (115) - - MAY 17, 2013
Pour is dark brown/black with a light tan head. Nose is roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste is bitter and roasty. Taste of black coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Too light for and RIS. Taste is more like a porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3661) - - FEB 17, 2013
bottle. black with a nice tight small brown head. roasty, burnt, nutty aroma. one of the thickest bodied stouts i’ve had. drinks like cream. flavors are roasted and burnt with crystal malt sweetness and a hint of nuts. i like the silky body and drinkable abv.


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