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Buxton Special Reserve III Tsar Bomba

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

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
330mL bottle at Euston Tap, pours jet black with a very large tan / light brown head. Aroma brings out oak barrels, a little brett, fish tank (!) and a little cocoa. Flavour brings out loads of toasted oak, just enough brett that surprisingly incorporates itself well into this stout, along with a little cocoa and coffee. Rich and complex, with an oaky finish. Wonderful stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2470) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown, nearly black with a medium sized, lacing tan head. Aroma og roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, notes of brett, wood and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry, with alcohol notes and slightly bitter. Full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent impy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (5896) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
8 cl sample from 33 cl bottle @ Pub Kultainen Apina.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Aroma of sour darks fruits, some yeast and berries. Flavor dry dark fruits, some yeast, dark berries and sour federal berries. Very complex but still very refined. Tasty.
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
(Bottle, 0.33 l - bottled Aug 2013, at Kitty’s, 20140104) The beer poured black and oily. Its head was small and white. Aroma had burnt malts, sourness, liquorice and midly ash. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sourness, burnt malts, liquorice, ash and bitterness. Afteraste was ashy, sourness and bitter. A nice heavy imperial stout

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1092) - SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Dense black, not viscous but thick with a sandy head. Driven rich salt and malt head is the only way to out it, dewy and licking your palm tang - perky enough but a weird gassy vibrance. There’s little angles to this beer sadly, wee bit slippery mouthfeel and crunchy salty malt middle. I really thought this would be a lot more complex than it was but it’s down the middle before a rocket of a finish. Bump of malt richness dissolves in, light oaky and dry and a couped up bitterness. Would like to see more info on how or what this is aged in as the finish could boost things from the start, especially if they risk sticking in a Bourboun softening barrell or similar.

Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (4246) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of kaufmanized. Almost black colored beer with medium beige head. Roasted malt, brett, dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate. Taste, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, licorice, brett. whiskey, wood. Long coffee bitter finish with touch of brett. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Delight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Deep black with a small tan head, aroma is funky, the flavour is brett and dark malt. Nice beer but not as great as I hoped.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Mikkeller and Friends, Cph. Pours deep opaque black with a large, creamy, beige head. Aroma has Brett, roasted, dark chocolate, fine hazelnuts. Medium carbonation, fine light and very drinkable. Flavour has apple zest, roasted, dark chocolate, fine caramel. Grainy cocoa powder bitterness. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9135) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2013
330ml bottle (Kitty’s, Helsinki) - dear staff, you should have warned us this was 24e before selling my mate 2 bottles of it - yes, I may be a beer nerd who will occasionally splash out on something special, but my mate isn’t. Clue - beer nerds don’t say "and one for me too" after his beer nerd friend has asked for the most expensive thing you sell which only arrived last week.
Lovely ginger, very nice roast. Ginger in the the taste too. Wish i didn’t have to rush this, this is is excellent and roasty. Finish also roasty and ginger. Great finish, very long. A hint of choc. Soft. Alcohol hidden well. A good sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Cask handpull at Churchkey. Almost black, brown head. Aroma of licorice, cocoa, coffee. Taste is similar with a bit of cinnamon.


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