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


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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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

jackl's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4647) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle @ home. The pour’s thick, oily black with a tight, creamy tan head. Attractive. The nose is strong sweet Hershey’s chocolate syrup, charred malts, espresso bean, booze-infused fudge and bitter dark chocolate. Big, expressive aromas. The taste is similarly outsized. Heavy notes of freshly ground espresso. Charred wood and gritty roasted malt flavors. Big, fat, thick chocolate milkshake. Dry, hoppy bitter finish. Ashy. The body’s thick and viscous. Luxurious mouthfeel. This beer wears the ABV well, though it certainly demands to be drunk at a leisurely pace. Overall, pretty outstanding. I feel like I’ve cheated myself by waiting this long to try this beer. It’s great. If this was made by a hip US brewery it’d have a huge reputation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ipamonger (70) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aromas of molasses, toast, vanilla, malt, antiseptic, and alcohol. Taste of antiseptic bitter, with a less than pleasant bitter, charcoal finish. Full bodied, with a fizzy carbonation. It’s alright, I guess. May have been tainted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Idiosynkrasie (3853) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
330ml bottle. Jet black colour with thick, average to huge, creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, tan head. Surprising aroma has notes of woodruff, mint, aniseed, sweat and smelly feet, hardly detectable minimally roasty, dark malty background. Taste is dry, unpleasantly extremely bitter, roasty dark malty, soapy, herbal, a touch of lavender, woodruff, aniseed, peppermint and eucalyptus, metallic as well, very subtle dark malty hints of coffee. I’m baffled: oxidised hops? Kind of far out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1806) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dense dark brown black with a tan head. Aroma is milk choc, candy, light veg funk... Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Soy, treacly sweetness, light booze, meat, bitter coffee, well balanced and there is some hoppy, lemony grassiness too. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
330 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a rich, nearly black colour with small but lasting, creamy brown head. Aroma is rich cocoa, anise, some coffee and fruit. Flavour is very roasty with lots of coffee, some licorice, some cocoa and hints of dark fruit. Very fine carbonation. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nicoizzo (9) - Rotondi, ITALY - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
Imperial Russian stout concepita con maestria... Aroma al naso che ricorda molto il profumo di tostatura... Birra non molto densa come da canone per le Imperial stout. La presenza Dell alchool le regala corposità ma nn risulta mai fastidiosa. Al palato e avvertibbile un intenso retrogusto di liquirizia

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1313) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours dark espresso with a limited tan head that lasts and no lacing. Nose is roasted grain, espresso and maybe some fruit. Flavours of espresso, dark chocolate, burnt toast, dark fruit and some earthy bitterness. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Full, creamy body with medium carbonation and a lasting bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lisowczyk (58) - POLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Butelka 0,33l Piwo czarne. Piana ciemnobrązowa, pojawia się i znika. Intensywny aromat śliwek i wiśnie w czekoladzie, rodzynek z odrobiną cytrusów i wanilii. W smaku palony słód, mleczna czekolada, ciemne owoce, rodzynki, waniliowy krem, odrobina toffi. alkohol w likierowej formie. Goryczka niska, chmielowa. Leciutka cytrusowa kwaskowatość. Oleiste w konsystencji.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2274) - FINLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Black, brown head. Seawater salty nose, some charred wood, oak. Brown malty sweetness. Full bodied, but nicely drinkable. A bit dark though, heavy. Sweet roasty licorice. Very flavourful, but bit unbalanced. Too heavy hitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (954) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
Very black pour with almost no head, but what there is is a deep toffee colour. The nose is full of licorice, dark chocolate, espresso and dark fruit. The licorice and coffee dominate the finish but there’s some lighter flavours on the entry, Full bodied and a little gritty with a smooth warmth and long finish. I can dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (2749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2014
330ml bottle. Very dark brown almost black color. Small size, bubbly brown head, stays. Sweet, hops, dark chocolate, woody, cocoa cream in aroma. Cocoa cream, mellow roast, spicy hops, milky chocolate in taste. Although it bites you first soon it mellows down. Long lasting milk chocolate in aftertaste. Roasty chocolatey body.

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