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

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (43) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 At $5.99 for a 330ml bottle this is very pricey. The aroma offers hints of chocolate and coffee. It pours black with minimal head. Definitely has a strong bitter taste, which can be be off putting to some. As the description says, it is full bodied, with a slick texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. A nice strong beer, but here in Nova Scotia it is just too expensive.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kauge (91) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja food department (Ä 4,65) in May 2014. Pours Coke black with dark brown head that lasts nicely, leaving a scattered lacing. Nose is a fantastic mixture of hoppy and malty: I sense a great deal of cocoa-laden dark chocolate, truffle and almost burnt coffee, but also pine / spuce, grapefruit / lemon, or something similarily more bitter than sweet. Taste is at first surprisingly bitter, proceeded with a sensation of strong burnt coffee (but not at all in a bad way) and chocolate (though I wouldnít say itís sweet). The bitter aspects make me wonder about the types of hops used. Itís got a very full body (it almost feels physically heavy on the tongue), low carbonation, and indeed a "smooth velvety texture", hinting a 9,5 ABV only in a slight alcoholic tingle in the finish, and after a while a sense of warmth in the throat. Mouthfeel is thick and resinous. Overall a wonderful beverage to sip in the company of quality literature, something historical maybe, taking place in 19th century Russia. Turgenevís "Fathers and Sons" for example.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (634) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 08.04.2019. Pours black with brown head. The head stays. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, roast, and licorice. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, some fruits, ash, and some sourness. Finish is long coffee, dark chocolate and dry bitter. Overall: very well made stout, but I prefer the ones that are a little bit sweeter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (1031) - ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2014
Pitch black, brown head. Nose is warm malty tones, coffee, flowery hops, chocolate, Flavor is malts, chocolate, coffee, light sourness, a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish along with some alcohol. Pily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ciaranc (842) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2014
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Black, small foamy tan coloured head, lasts and great lacing. Cocoa, espresso, leather, dark chocolate, malt roasted to within an inch of itís life in the aroma, yet itís not over powering. Flavour is intense resiny bitter coffee, more dark Belgian chocolate. Thick, luscious oily mouthfeel, coats the palette. Very little carbonation. Finish is intensely coffee bitter. Superb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate, massive flowery hops. Appearance: black, medium beige creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweet notes continue, some alcohol, milk chocolate, Overall: fantastic Imperial Stout, great aroma and taste. Bottle at the Buxton Tap House, Buxton.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Cask in the Magnet, Stockport. Black brown with a medium darkish tan head. Aroma has a decent amount of coffee. Flavour has creamy velvety chocolate, nutty, mild coffee. Low bitter finish. Tasty stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1525) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Aroma: Semi sweet, intense chocolate- maybe more chocolate than Iíve tasted in another beer. Additionally, some vanilla/waffle cone and a substantial roast character to boot. Appearance: Very oily black pour with a dense bubbly mocha head that settled into a bubbly, ever present skin. Flavor: Chocolate all the way, but some more waffle cone and roast comes through shortly thereafter; a puff of raisin liquer brings things to a conclusion. Palate: Light body, oily texture, flat carbonation, long finish. Overall: Not an IS you hear a lot about, but among the best Iíve had. Drank this while listening to the Mount Doom chapter of LOTR as read by Phil Dragash. A fitting pair.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10474) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor. Long great finish. Creamy palate. World class.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (554) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 13, 2014
dark fruits, coffee, candy, alcohol; black, big beige foam; medium sweetness, light bitterness, light sourness; full body, thick feel, little alcoholic; Overall: beer without flaws, well made


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