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Buxton Special Reserve Sede Vacante

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


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This limited release, whisky barrel aged Imperial Stout was held in ’dollis lignea’ whilst Buxton was between Head-Brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Birratrovo, Como; bottled Aug 2013, bottle 1383
Black color with medium sized brownish head. Strong aroma of peat and iodine, then roasted malt, then resiny hops. Full bodied, but smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of roasted malts, with a milky impression; salty and peaty presence; regular bitterness.
Good, powerful, not elegant; it must not be too difficult to do this one.
Too expensive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scottishchris (272) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Opened on the occasion of the arrival of CHG. Bottle numbered 0327 from the hive. Brown/ black, small tan head. Looks great. Woody nose, malty and smokey. Sweet and peaty taste. Full mouth feel, lovely soft finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Backlog rating. 33cl bottle from BeerRitz. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt sugar, figs, port wine and raisins. Taste is sweet with notes of dark chocolate, licorice root, dates, raisins, wood, booze and ashes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, interesting flavour profile, light whisky influence

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (407) - ITALY - SEP 10, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2014 33cl bottle from Ale&Hop in Barcelona. Pours pitch black with one finger of beige head. Smells of roasted malts, peat, whisky, smoked meat. Taste is similar with earthy notes, light sweetness evolving into a very light bitterness with ground coffee notes. Whisky aroma and alcohol very well balanced and not overwhelming. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Ale&Hop, Bcn. pours black with a light brown head. Sweetish, roasted coffee, medicinal whisky nose as well as solid smokiness. Good smokey whisky flavours, a bit sweet, some chocolate and vanilla. Perfect night cap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1902) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Nearly black. Thin, creamy, tan head. Pitch black tar. Peat. Charred wood. Light liquorice. Taste is woody dry, and burnt, bonfire bitter. Background of of caramel sweetness. Thick, but soft, chewy palate. Earthy, mucky, long bitter finish. Dry close. Expected more really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (1808) - FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
A one year old bottle. A black beer with an almost medium and graybrown head. The nose has strong whiskey and turf, some smoke, liquirice, strong sweetness. Taste is more balanced than aroma, still lots of dominating turf that stays there until the end, some smoke, salt liquirice, nice sweetness. Not so heavy as could be expected based on the whiskey and alcohol %, almost full bodied. Not balanced, the barrel is too dominating. Not totally for me but the whiskey lovers probably like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3442) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 17, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 Bottle at home from beer Ritz
1200th English rate!
rich thick black brown with clingy tan head lacing the glass. Treacle, marmite,vanilla, toasty, burnt coffee. Full bodied, rich, smooth, gentle smoke, fruity, acidic, peaty, red Apple. Slightly minty, iodine, warming, sweet & sticky. Dry Smokey, burnt toasty, warming in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1149) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014
330 ML bottle Thanks to Owen Black pour, quick fading light tan head Ash, char, burnt tires, peat, earth, scorched earth, whisky, burnt malts Taste reflects nose. Lots of booze in this. Heavy, low carbonation, slow sipper. Lots of peat, burnt rubber, and ash. Massive only for how burnt it tasted and felt but lighter than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1046) - DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
(33 cl bottle courtesy of minutemat) Pours black with medium toffee head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is quite peaty with some boozy notes. For some reason peaty whisky always reminds me of rain coats. The flavour gives away more oaky and iodine notes as well as some hints of smoke. The body is not as heavy as one would expect for a 12% ABV barrel aged. I guess most of the sugars got fermented. Soft carbonation, oily texture and a warming, roasted malt bitterness finish. Flavour has oak, iodine, roasted malt and a hint of smoke. Quite the sipper but I’m wondering how ’artistically integrated’ the expression of this beer is.

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