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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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%

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1978) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty thick, slight tobacco, a little nutty. Good stuff. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (3932) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 6, 2015
A pretty standard Russian Imperial Stout. Very rich, lots of chocolate with hints of coffee at the end. Tried with Brandon in 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popephred (264) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2015
Sprecher has been hit or miss with me, so when I was given a 4-pack of their Russian Imperial Stout, I was a little leary. I am happy to say my fears were unfounded. This is a fine example of a RIS that I’d be happy to have again. Pouring the beer into my trusty Samuel Adams glass, I am greeted by the ebony body with a thick head for dark tan foam, which diminished quickly, and left light lacing throughout the session. The aroma is what I’d expect from the style, rich with chocolate, raisin, and coffee notes, with a touch of alcohol. Though a little light on mouthfeel, this stout does deliver a fair balance of sweet and sour, finishing with a good, lingering coffee flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (941) - - 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 (1284) - 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 (3881) - 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 (3609) - 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 (4702) - 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 (2711) - 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 (379) - 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.

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