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


on tap

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle at home from Buxton brewery
Pours dark ruby tinged brown with frothy dark brown head. Unmistakable tart manure of Brett on the nose masks the hops I know are there, on swirling comes rich chocolate fondant and Curacao peel. Still very full bodied with medium carbonation, slight tartness up front then an exposition in malts from sweet molasses through burnt toast and bitter barley to rich roast coffee with a constant undercurrent of Brett dry woodiness and leaflitter. Increasing hop bitterness builds, mint hot chocolate, flintiness. Its a different beast to the original, but the malt hallmarks are certainly there. Its complex and makes me hanker for the days when beers like this were de riguer rather than one off specials. Fruity melon and dry barley in the lengthy finish. Not difficult to drink despite the strength and difficult to fault.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7774) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4258) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15278) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Black with big light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, brett and oak. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, oak, brett, little dry, little liquorice and little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Cask @ bbf. Aroma is cherry and other red fruits, slight brett, thick roast and liquorice. Flavour is thick roast and liquorice, again red fruit bretty notes. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle@Home. Nice balanced Brett in both aroma and flavour. Complex yet easy going, flavourful, balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (10200) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12079) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (1228) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (857) - 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!

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