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


on tap

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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Cask & Bottle conditioned; Regular.

Tsar is rich and powerful, a full bodied Imperial Stout. Malty chocolate, mocha and dark berry fruit-notes preside over a subtle hop profile, whilst a smooth velvety texture in the mouth gives way to a lingering bitter, dark chocolate finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4301) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 27, 2015
Courtesy of kajser (huge thanks!), shared with ogivlado, Mrazek and franski. Black, tiny tan head. Creamy sweet aroma, slightly roasty, vague orange liqueur, dark chocolate, heavy without being overbearing. Lovely. Roasty, very roasty aroma, dark chocolate with extra bitterness, apart from the roastiness, slightly herbal, rough. Yeah, harsh in a way, but balanced out somewhat. Slightly dully soft in the finish, apart from the lingering (paw p... oof sorry) bitterness. Excellently crafted more or less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (468) - - JUL 27, 2015
Pours black clear / haze colour with big creamy compact brown head. Visual carbonation is low. Aroma with mild-medium notice of an alcohol, notes of chocolate, tobacco, hint of dark fruits and roasted. Flavor: strong notice of an alcohol, hints of whiskey, cognac with notes of dark chocolate, mocha, tobacco, and with fruity esters (dark fruit with reminiscences of some tropical fruit) in the end. Malt sweetness is medium, hop bitterness is high, with sweet, sticky / dry finish. Body is soft / sticky. Interesting English imperial stout, made in American manner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4696) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pours a jet black body with a massive cloudy beige head. Nose is licorice, grains, chocolate, raisins, honey, grains and hints of coffee, biscuits and nuts. Taste is chocolate, licorice, bitter herbs, burnt sugar, nuts and hints of bread, biscuits and coffee. Full body, medium carbonation. A pretty classic, straight-forward imperial stout; not terribly exciting but well brewed and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1911) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle from brewery via Eebria. Deep almost black colour with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. The taste mid sweet with a roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lobs_ols (389) - LATVIA - JUL 15, 2015
Black as pitch, medium brown head. Roasty aroma with some coffee and dark caramel. Sweet with bitter roasty notes. Finishes bitter and warming. Lovely, if quite dead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1000) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 15, 2015
Very nice balanced IMP stout. Intense roasted malts profile, standart good RIS qualities with nice berry touch that gives some articulate sourness. Intense coffee profile, dark choco, some wood presence, herbal hoppy balance. Moderate to light sweetness, moderate bitterness, light sourness. Very nice sippable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melnis (309) - LATVIA - JUL 14, 2015
Well pretty decent Russian IMP, but expected intensity in taste is missing. OK aroma is very appropriate, it is good, but something is missing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2015
11.2 oz, bottled 9/1/14. A careless pour yields an explosion of clingy tan foam that slowly settles to inky brown. Nose is woody cocoa, caramel, blackberry and smoke. Silky medium body with a tang. Taste is dark chocolate, licorice, hazelnut and espresso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle filled to the absolute brim, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours black with a very very large tan head that (unsurprisingly) leaves some lacing on the glass. I sort of love a ridiculous head every once in a while.

The aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruit, toasted marshmallows, and generally just a whole bunch of rich maltiness. It’s got some nice leafy hoppiness in there as well. Geeze it sort of smells like a less sweet Dark Lord, no joke.

The flavor is defiantly a step above what I normally want from a stout with regards to malt bitterness, but it’s chill.... balancing factors of caramel, chocolate, & leafy hops bring some sanity to the table. There is almost an espresso like quality to it with all the roastiness and bitterness, but then there is a nice plum and blackberry thing as well.

The palate is... how can I say, thinner than the flavor would have you believe it would be? That’s not to say it’s a thin beer or that it has a poor mouthfeel, but usually stouts that taste like this have a higher viscosity on the tongue. It’s sort of cool that it’s a little more lively and not as brooding on the palate as other stouts that taste like it.

No matter how I try to fight it, I am a damn sucker for a good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1832) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2015
Overall: Coffee, black fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol.
Note: On-tap at Mikkeller Bar. Reviewed 2015-07-05.

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