RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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blipp (9306) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, light chocolate and grainy notes, with some bitter coffee notes in the finish. Nice enough.

Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma with roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted grains, coffee and some raisins. Quite bitter for an imperial stout.

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
651mL black wax. Inky pour generates a larger, mocha head. Dense with good retention. Webby lacing. Nose starts with green olive and salt, moving to spiced vanilla chai latte. Some fumey alcohol and still a lot of green olive. Taste is very dry, ashy, bitter, a bit gritty without any thick palate to balance. Overall acrid and burnt tasting with some severe cardboard and sawdust in the finish.

j12601 (12001) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tanned head. Roast and cocoa on the nose, chocolate and a bit of booze. Chocolate, roast, cocoa. Medium bodied with a bit of astringency. Long roast and cocoa.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Name: RR Imperial Stout
Date: November 30, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, scant tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: rich dark roasted aroma, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of burnt malt, nice hop character, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

reebtogi (6277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
650ml bomber pours a deep black color with a 2 finger creamy light brown head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted grains with hints of dark fruits. Taste is a chocolate malty and dark fruit sweetness with some roasted grain bitterness. Nicely balanced with a full body and moderate carbonation leaving the palate satisfied. Great stout.

Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
On the first day of Christmas, the beer gods brought to me... a disappointing stout. Pours a black color with soapy caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, licorice, and roast. Sweet roasty taste with a harsh second layer of super sweetness. I can’t figure it out. Is it vanilla extract gone wild. Maybe just the hop blend is off. I love hopped stouts. But this one isn’t working for me. Disjointed.

robforbes (2245) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours black with a tan head, and some lacing. smell is of coffee, cocoa, some licorice, and a touch of vanilla. taste is of sour malt, cocoa, and some coffee. ends sour and a little dry.

kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle kindly shared by toffsbury. Pours ink black with a thick brown head. Aroma is... wow - chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon - wow. Taste: rich, smooth, creamy, mocha taste, with some vanilla. Bitter finish. Thick and smooth on the tongue.

toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
Intoxicating aroma. Chocolate coffee vanilla and bourbon and wonderful. Pours with a nice caramel head and perfectly black and opaque. Flavour is a mix of chocolate and espresso up front, with vanilla and creme brûlée undertones. Good gods. This makes me so happy. Very smooth, almost like a milk stout. Roasty coffee flavours linger on the tongue long after your sip is done. This beer is highly underrated.

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