duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2003mjmoen (520) - - MAY 13, 2017
Wonderfully complex roasted malt flavor though aroma is a bit thin. Bite is noticably absent with robust start and gentle finish. Pleasent aftertaste leaves the mouth feeling full.
B-. Pours a black color with khaki head. More drinkable than most Russian imperial Stouts. StoutBeerReviews (131) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2017
bottle to snifter. very strong licorice and fig. sorta burnt tasting. boozy too. kinda gross tbh, its a little too boozy and funky for me, but maybe i’m just not used to imperials. something seems off regardless. Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery, 9/12/16. Viscous looking dark brown, large fizzy brown head, fair retention. Aroma of roasted malts, tobacco, nuts, chocolate and a phenolic note. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, banana bread. Thin bodied, mild lingering bitterness, mild booze.
euniceradio (525) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dirt. Taste of chocolate, toffee, toast, earth. Very earthy. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty thick, slight tobacco, a little nutty. Good stuff. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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ads135 (4587) - 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. popephred (268) - 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. PartyFowle (954) - - 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. gripweed57 (2308) - 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. chinchill (4935) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2017 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,