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Buxton Special Reserve No. One [Barrel Aged Tsar]

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

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (13805) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2015
Fonefan 100415. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, alckohol. Flavour is roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, coffee, wood, alcohol, vanilla. Full body. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Towey1989 (1454) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Keg at The Buxton Brewery Tap House. A black colour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some raisin, slight red berries, subtle liquorice and biscuit. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some liquorice, raisin and other dried fruits, subtle spice and cocoa. Full bodied and soft carbonation. A dark chocolate finish with roasted coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Like all imperial stouts I’ve had from Buxton, it’s full bodied, creamy, full and powerfully flavoured. Bitter, sweet and wonderfully complex. Lovely chocolate and toasty aroma and flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (19761) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2015
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft meaty malts .. soft chocolate roast ... big alcohol nose ... dark meaty malts .. dark roast ... dark chocolate ... soft roast ... big big roast ... soft mellow malt roast ... light dry finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (8696) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Bottle 9 of 112 Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of wood, tar, dark chocolate. Taste is tar, woody, vanilla. More chocolate. Tannin finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9256) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, toffee, wood, taste is soy sauce, chocolate, wood, vanilla

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Buxton Special Reserve No. One [Barrel Aged Tsar] ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sweet malt, wood, alcohol. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, roasted, dark roasted, wood, alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150410]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9175) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (15785) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (4787) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
The_Osprey (5323) - 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).


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