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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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.

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3.5
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle . Couple months old. Pours without much head and little lace. Aroma is strong dark chocolate and roast with some caramel sweetness and dark fruit. Flavor follows suit with more sugary simple sweetness and bitterness, appropriately balanced for a imp stout. Feel is soft, kinda flat, soapy, sticky and woody end. I don’t like the feel really. Other parts are nice but it feels too thin.

3.9
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
12/17/2013. 22 oz. bomber. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of coffee aromas with dark fruit and roasted malt. Caramel, chocolate and malt flavors with hints of coffee. Smooth, long finish. Very good.

3.7
pushkinwow (2887) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Bomber with a nice wax top. Black with mocha head that completely disappears. Chocolate, anise, semi-sweet and partially roasted malts, boozy. Bitter with a mild carbonation and moderate+ body, dry, chocolate, more booze, some bite on the finish.

3.9
drfabulous (8465) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle thanks to Prufrockstar. Big black stout. Black wax. Chocolate and cocoa powder. Big nose. Lots of alcohol in finish. Roast. Very tasty.

3.7
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottled: um, earlier? Pours black, little foam formation at all. Smells of toasted/burnt malts, some licorice, hints of graham, some malt (like whoppers malt), some sweetened bakers chocolate. Taste matches with depth and a little higher on the burnt malts end - almost a bit of smoke character in here, which normally I’d dislike, but here plays well. I really dig this, but in a fetish way. It’s unique to me, although some reviews say it’s a beer they’ve had before. I’d like to compare this to Bell’s Expidition Stout, but it’s not too licorice characterized, which I dislike about Expo stout, but this is a little more subtle and accents well. Full bodied with low carb and an almost dry finish. Nice beer. I think treatment in a port barrel or an addition of buterscotch character would really, really open this up to the midwest flavor profile. A little too robust for the national masses.

3.7
Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
A pretty good RIS. A bubbly head, and lacy, on a black body. A dry bitter finish.A big aroma. A tad mould in the taste mid sip.

3.4
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours black/deep ruby, finger tan head. Smell roasty coco vanilla. Taste sweet, caramel and roast, wood, smokey. Med body. Taste didn’t live up to smell.

3.6
Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours deep black with a dissolving head that leaves a slight lace that hugs my glass. The aroma is of cocoa, carmel malts, and roasted malts. The flavor is of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, carmel sweetness, medium bitterness, and booze. Overall a good drink to sip but not a quick drinkable beverage. The finish was a tad bitter and of more booze than I tend to like.

3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bomber. Poured rich, viscous, near black with a sticky orange-ish beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with roasted coffee, cocoa, and some treacle leading.. traces of peppery warmth around and on the back of the nose.. just what I needed. The flavor found well-roasted, near-burnt coffee and cocoa notes at the core with coffee roast, peppery alcohol, and some sour medicinal character around (not infection-like, but it just seemed a little messy at times).. finished warm, roasty, and dry, with a bit more sourness than I wanted. Heavier-bodied with the right carbonation to keep it moving.. not a great flow.. overall a solid stout that wasn’t far from being great.

4.3
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Aroma of licorice, burnt rye toast, and bitter dark chocolate. Pours thick black with a small team head. Taste is nice and black with licorice up front and roasted mocha coffee in the tail. Just thick and roasty and amazing. Love this.


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