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Brewmaster's Premium Reserve Russian Imperial Stout by Sprecher Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
8.50 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2010
Pint Bottle
$6.99 4-Pack
Village Dell and Wine shop

Bottle states 7.9%abv

Sprecher's RIS pours midnight black with only faint garnet highlights when directly backlit. A one-plus finger brown head formed on the pour and fell to a skimming rather quickly. Thicker ring around the collar. Leaves some wide webbed lacing that eventually slides back into the body.

This RIS has a very unique nose and the deeper I smell the more I like it. The aroma on this beer is packed full of dark berries. The berries are the most prominent scent of this stout. There's some roasted malts in the background along with a mildly citric hop finish but the berries are the showcase, a melange of blackberry, blueberry, and black raspberry all of which are slightly underripe.

The flavor isn't quite as good as the aroma. Solid but just not as good. I realized as I drank the first few of these from the 4-pack that they need to breath and warm up longer than expected. Lightly roasted malts start things off and a bowl full of the berries mentioned in the aroma, and still lightly underripe, are covered in cream. The sense of underripe berries give a nice tartness along with the citric hoppiness one the finish. It's just enough to let you know it's there.

The body of this RIS is a little on the light side without the creamy smooth carbonation I expected. Body is closer to medium than heavy.

Easy drinker that has it's charming points here and there but nothing I could drink the night away with.

Solid beer from Sprecher. I'd have to be in the right mood to pick this up again but I wouldn't count it out.

Reviewed: 10/17/07

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by Surly Duff on 12/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2006
Served up in a 1 liter bottle I picked up in Madison a couple years back.

Pours a thick jet black as it glugs from the bottle with a couple fingers of deep brown head atop. The foam settles after a couple minutes and leaves just a little bit of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smells of thick roasted malt with a nice bit of smooth chocolate. Some burnt malt bitterness comes through and then a boozy aroma still present after all these years. Hint of bourbon and a touch of coffee.

Super thick and viscous. Roasty malt is the king here. Lots of beautiful roasted malt brings a nice sweetness. Bit of smooth chocolate and a touch of light toffee. Burnt malt imparts a touch of bitterness. Hint of coffee. A bit of booze that has mellowed nicely to the point where it just peeks it's head in to make you aware it's there.

Very well balanced and well made. Much better then I was expecting. A couple years on it really made the difference I think.

Served In: Snifter

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