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Buxton Special Reserve III Tsar Bomba

Brewed by Buxton
Style: Imperial Stout
Buxton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A Special Edition of our Tsar Russian Imperial Stout, inoculated with a 1978 strain of Courage Brettanomyces yeast and aged in barrel for at least 9 months before release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (6791) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2016
Not hugely into this one. Bretta is a little strong for what I’d want a stout to be. Lots of the former. Some roast, chocolate and caramel. Black pour with ok head and lacing. Bitter sour finish. Not a fan. Tap at porter beer pub in Georgia or wherever I am right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - MAR 26, 2016
10%ABV. Imperial Stout. Tapped out black. 40ºSRM. Head. Now I don’t usually comment on the head, but this one had such a beautifully rich head that looked nothing short of sinful, like an extra thick crema from a dark espresso roast. Nose is is just rich and thick with the aromas of opulence: leather, leaf tobacco, Cohiba cigars, oak, and pipe smoke. There is a heavy medicinal alcholic nose to this one. Just the hook you’re expecting with an imperial stout. There is also a rich aroma of roasted black sesame seeds. Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is certainly dark malt and alcoholic. Front of the palate has the strong limestone like funk of a bat cave or drying oyster shells with a slightly fishy oily tang like cod liver oil, and before I write about the next thing, a rounded, full umami like palate (this is the part that most reminds me of an oyster stout), then sliding into the briefly sweet malt flavors that then segue into ripe stone fruit, raw black honey, and near the end has a pleasant herbal quality to it that is reminiscent of Ricola or Pei Pa Ko (a veritable Asian tradition which is a syrupy medicinal preparation made from honey, loquats and other herbal goodies) Finish is predictably sticky and treacle-like. Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5148) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Listed as Special Reserve Bomba Generation 4. Black with light tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, grapes, light tart and Bretty notes, light red wine and vinous notes. Tastes of red wine, grapes, dark chocolate, roast. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3552) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2016
On tap at the Churchkey. Silky stout with amazing warmth that creeps up on you. Aroma yields normal, rich roasty smells, but flavor kicks it up a notch, and then the finish comes in with a gentle wallop. Really nice, really smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Tap at CASC Aberdeen. Pours opaque black with a thick mocha brown head which reduces to a thin and thick layer. Aroma is cocoa, raisins, oak and leather. Taste is spices, cocoa bitter, slight coffee, slight roast, christmas cake, funky fruit spritziness, slight citric zest on the finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (1118) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 6, 2016
Half at alltech. Pour deep black with tan head. Oak, sour, skunk, hay, bubblegim, chewy strawberry nose. Flavor is creamy strawberry with a creamy Stout background. So nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (1243) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottled as bomba generation 4.the aroma takes some getting used to. Hints of liquorice, chocolate and coffee, plus some tart sour notes from the yeast. Quite a thin mouthfeel for its abv, this is easy to drink, and ends with some quite fresh fruity influence. interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1324) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 15, 2016
0,33 bottle purchased at Johnny Off L. in Rome-Italy, consumed in Kosovo. Bottled July 2014, 18 months old. Pours black with a very dark brown foam, little retention. Nose: licorice root, vanilla, much leather, a bit musty. Also a note of liquor. Nice. Mouth: quite clean but far too watery for the style, perhaps someone would consider this a plus. Again bitter licorice, sourish notes, under spirit cherries. The end is dry with a hint of alcohol. Tasty, not terrific but quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SanDiego1 (42) - ITALY - DEC 10, 2015
In bottiglia. Colore marrone scuro, quasi nero. Schiuma marrone, fine e poco persistente. Aroma di legno, frutta sotto spirito, leggero solvente, stantio. Al palato corpo rotondo, viscoso. Aroma di torrefatto, legnoso, di nuovo nel finale un pò di solvente, acetico, leggero senso di astringenza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8666) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
Bouteille 33cl de et partagée avec Pierre T. Brune foncée-noire, col moka, doré au verre. Arôme au bouquet fruité noir, note de brett apportant une impression de cave. Malt grillé, fin chocolat. Palais est malté, brett prononcé, léger fleuri venant des houblons et apportant une amertume noble anglaise. Le tout est sec et poussiéreux avec un accompagnement de fruité noir, finement épicé.

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