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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (684) - - AUG 26, 2012
Pours jet black, frothy tan head. Nose is roasted malts, pure dark chocolate, dark berries, black currant. Taste is rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso, and a strong bitter finish. The really creamy mouthfeel is the best part of the beer along with the nose. The smooth mouthfeel reminds me of the Yeti beers.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Big bold beer, great aroma, some hops, sweet toffee, chocolate, and fruit flavour. Amazing body and feel.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Appearance: pitch black with a thick tan, long-lasting head. Awesome lacing. Aroma: dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and roastiness. Not very intense, but really good, just the way it should smell. Taste: first comes the intense roastiness, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Some delicate notes of cocoa in the back. Bitterness is medium. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost untraceable. Some small hints in the aftertaste, but that’s because I drank this beer in room temperature. Pretty warming. Mouthfeel: thick, oily, full bodied, soft carbonation. Superb. Overall: maybe not mindblowing, but almost perfect russian imperial stout. Plus the name Tsar makes this beer even better. Really, this is probably the best way to name a beer in this style. Enjoyed in a teku glass.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kauge (51) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja food department (€ 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 wouldn’t say it’s sweet). The bitter aspects make me wonder about the types of hops used. It’s 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. Turgenev’s "Fathers and Sons" for example.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vaiz (3261) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black pour, thin deep tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, hay, tobacco, caramel and some coffee. Flavor is well balanced deeply black imperial stout. A tiny bit sweet, nice bitter and very full. Amazing brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Charlieboy (57) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 A lovely present from my nephew sipped in front of the fire, looks amazing, the colour of the head is fantastic! Delicious flavours like a fruitcake in a glass great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle shared with Nick at the Euston Tap, London. Pours thick black like oily tar with a creamy, brown head. Burnt cocoa aroma with lots of dark roast, some oak and whiskey. Big sweet flavor but not cloying at all, lots of dirt, tar, dark roast, espresso, dark chocolate, bitter burnt grass. Full bodied, chewy with fine carbonation. Mild warming finish with lots of dark chocolate, bitter baking cocoa, heavy roast, light peat, burnt earth. Really just an immensely good, highly quaffable beer. Superb.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Borresteijn (4543) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2012
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, light brown head. Aroma of citrussy hops, grapefruit, hard roasted malts, coffee, some alcohol. Flavour is sweet, hard roasted malts, coffee, citrus, grapefruit, liquorice, really malty, firm bitter roasted and citrussy hoppy finish. Fullbodied, smooth mouthfeel. Great hoppy AND malty imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, orange peel and pine. Sweetish dark malty flavour with chocolate, licorice, a bit of charcoal and ink, along with citrus hops and a good bitter finish. Great balance and great intensity

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2094) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An inky black beer that pours with a dark brown, quickly disappearing head. It has a thick mouthfeel spicy red fruity and orange marmalade flavours, liquorice and slight chocolate hints on the fruity finish. Maybe not a normal imperial stout, but this is still excellent!


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