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Buxton Special Reserve No. One [Barrel Aged Tsar]

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


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Bottle conditioned; Special.

Our first forray into Barrel Ageing beers, and our first Special Reserve.
This Special Edition of our regular brew “TSAR” has been aged on oak for six months prior to bottling to impart extra flavour, aroma and character.
Huge flavours of roasted malt, chocolate and molasses combine with a little spice and the signature Buxton hop presence. Further complexity is added from the barrel ageing, bringing notes of vanilla, sweet oak and plums.
Only 112 bottles of this beer ever existed, if you have one, you are lucky. They were filled by hand on Thursday August 2nd, 2012 - during the London 2012 Olympic games.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8130) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle no:73 picked up at Cotteridge Wines (thanks to Jaz & Kal for rooting this out for me) consumed in Buxton (it seemed appropriate) at Best Western Hotel, Thursday 16th April 2015 A damn decent Imperial Stout, nice balance in that the barrel ageing works well without overpowering or smothering the base beer (well integrated). Appearance is a very dark brown edging towards mahogany, black with a tan head. Soft with some chocolate and dark, sweet sugars, smooth with a bitter, roasty edge also some liquorice, I think that this is very good and I am glad to have tried it but the Barrel Aged Dragon Tips I had last night bettered this. . A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12814) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood and whisky. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 100415

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3955) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Bottle @ Post-Easter Procrastination, Ulfborg. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Booze in the long nose. Roasty flavour with sweetish notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel malt. Bitter and roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice, indeed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
330ml bottle from Eebria. Number 108, bottled Aug 2012. Black, very little head. Aroma is minty, liquorice, coffee. Body is medium, quite rich, very low carbonation. Taste is woody, coffee, dry cocoa powder, tangy hop finish with some ’fruit n nut mix’ and salt. I really like the woody hop and barrel character coming together. Very nice, although I’ve had better at a fraction of the price. I reckon this would improve over the next year or so (but probably not 10 years as stated on the bottle).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2268) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Thanks to Landlocked Mike. Black. Big, bubbly, tan head. Liquorice. Chocolate malts. Big, woody roasts. Taste is bitter, with a rich, chewy palate. Hugely tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33cl bottle from Eebria, expensive. It pours a dark brown color with a small ring of beige bubbles. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins with hints of tangy fruits and wood. Taste is medium sweet, light roasty and finishes lightly tart and acidic. Notes of dried apricots, light funk, hay, coffee, cocoa, wood. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, really tasty and worth trying for sure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barcelonian (52) - Barcelona, - AUG 20, 2014
Great imperial stout. Roasted malt everywhere, vanilla, tar, oak and dark chocolate, some coffee notes too. Smooth head, dry finish with bittering hops aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2014
Pours hazy orange with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light butterscotch. Taste is caramel sweet and butterscotch creamy rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8371) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle#63/112, big thanks to Mr Kenny! It pours cloudy darkest brown with a medium beige head. The nose is roasted malt, spice, toast, TCP, whisky, earth, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is roasted malt, earth, wood, toast, medicinal aspect, TCP, warming alcohol, peat, earth and faint smoke/ash/tobacco notes. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Good depth of flavour and complexity. Really rather tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5393) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s. #62/112. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is roasted wood, smokey compost, some chocolate. Sweet apple brandy. The taste is really smooth chocolate syrup, Roasted malts. Some Forest fruits, wood. Full body, smooth carbonation. Really well-rounded. Overall, very impressive.

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