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Brewed by Buxton
Style: Imperial Stout
Buxton, England
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
28th September 2012
Borefts Beer Festival IV. Day 1. Nice yeast story with this beer! Opaque black beer, tiny pale tan head. Smooth dry palate with mild carbonation. Smooth dark malt. Mild dark fruits. Smooth and somewhat sweet brett on top. Nicely joined up. Dry finish with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2798) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2012
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of wild yeast, roasted malts, sweet fruits, chocolate, apricot and earth notes. Light sweet flavour, little salt, light tart. Finish chocolate, light fruit and coffee.
Interesting, and adding the 1978 yeast was a cool idea in the first place.
(Draught @ 4th BBF, Bodegraven)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3331) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2012
Tasted at 4th BBF @ De Molen. Black pour. Aroma of roasty malts, brett, fruity, chocolate, caramel and earth. Flavor is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly sour, slightly bitter. Quite complex. Great balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8126) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
Draught @ Borefts 12. Opaque, almost pitch black color, small brown head. Smell malts, smoke, roasted malts, some fruits, yeast and slightly sourish. Taste malts, lighty roasted malts, some bitterness from the hops and sourness from the brett. Weird combination, but well done. Very balanced. Low to medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4388) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
Draught @BBF’12: Small bubbly brown lacing on top of a black colored beer. Aroma’s of sweet fruit, pine apple, apricot, yeast, some roasted malts, wood and light smokey. Taste is fruity with roasted malts, good bitter, some roast, lot of fruit, like a good bitter fruity (hint of wood) black ipa. This is different than any BA Imperial Stout I have ever had. But it’s nice. Aftertaste is wood, bitter and some fruity tones. Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, medium to full body and a creamy texture. A complete different approach of this style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5223) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012. pours black with a big tanned head. Aroma is liquourice and brett, unusual combo. Taste is dark light roasted malty, light funk. Dry bitter end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012. Black with a large solid chocolate head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is funk, grape, chocolate, fresh hops. Slightly confusing on the palate with hoppy bitterness and some brett sourness. Taste is celery, floral hops, chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10157) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Cask @ Borefts 2012. Black and opague. Roast, apple and brett in the aroma. Roasty flavor, coffee and hidden bretty notes. A considerable dry out effect in the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but I prefer the regular version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Borefts beer festival 2012. ABV is stated to be 9,5%. Black body with a foamy fingerthick brown head. Sweet liquorice and a hint of berries on the nose. Full bodied with sweet flavors and a noticable presence of coffee and liquorice and a hint of ash and Brettannomyces. Oily bitter and a dry tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2809) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
Drauft @ 4th Boreft 2012. A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of dark fruits, with caramel and whisky notes. The taste of dark fruits, dark malt, wood and whisky notes. The aftertaste of sweet fruits, bitter and roasted malt.


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