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Brewed by Buxton
Style: Imperial Stout
Buxton, England
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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1609) - 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 (5590) - 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 (11362) - 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 (10083) - 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 (14773) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Draft at church key in DC. Near black with a thin and bubbly head. Really sour and barnyard aromas. Tastes a bit like licking a horse saddle followed by a deep chocolate porter. Weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8928) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2013
330ml bottle picked up at Mikkeller & Friends. Shared at the great Absalon Sunday tasting. Solid tan-coloured head. Good lacing to the glass. Jet coloured body, more or less. Coffee and chocolate nose. Flavoured with dark, mid-sweet malts and offset by a little tartness. Dry, malt-fruity bitterness to the ending. Creamy in the mouth. Pleasant and interesting brew (hotel room, Copenhagen 26.05.2013).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7112) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, berries, brett, oak, little coffee, light sourness. Flavor is rich roasted malts, oak, bretty, little sour, berries and wood. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry and light bitter finish. Lovely. 100613

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7523) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
Draught. High creamy and lasting brown head. Pitch black body. Powe3rful roasted malt liquorice choccolate wood smoke aroma. Powerful hard roasted malt coffee liquorice flavor with sour lemon notes and strong notes of alcohol. Low carbonation. Long bitter finish.


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