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Sprecher Czar Brew Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial Stout has been complemented by a generous bourbon flavor after aging five extra weeks in white oak bourbon barrels. Already saturated with dark roasted malt flavor, bourbon and oak highlights perfect the balance in this enormously rich ale.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2134) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Shared bomber, poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was roasted, with a nice, malty creaminess, chocolate, and some dark caramel sweetness. Medium+ bodied, the taste was similar to the nose, plus notes of dark fruit as prune, and barrel notes as bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some subtle, tanniny astringency. Had just previously sampled the RIS, and found this to be more complex, richer, and fuller bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (937) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
No legible date on bottle. Aged at least a year. Pours black. Small light brown ring of head. Smooth bourbon. Oak. Vanilla. Dark chocolate. Rich caramel. Hint of dark fruitiness. No hops anymore. Sweet. In my opinion, its aged nicely. Medium body, a touch thin. Finish is lightly sour, light roasty, semi-sweet. Alcohol isnít noticeable, has faded. Underrated. Iím glad I let this sit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (473) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Aged for over a year. Strong coercion, dark fruit, sweet, roast, caramel, juicy aroma. Taste is similar. Very smooth, medium body. Malty, bourbon, dark fruit. Not much of an alcohol burn in the finish. Fairly pleasant

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Ale Alpharetta December Meeting. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is largely bourbon with wood and bits of vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is very bourbon dominate as well with a bit of a bitter/tart finish. This is a middle of the road/below average bourbon stout. The bourbon with base beer combo, while not bad, was not a great combo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (1887) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle share at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with minimal white head. The aroma has a bit of marshmallow, some coconut, light bourbon. The taste has a light roast, some coconut, and some sweet sugary aspects.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4040) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
22oz bottle, etched label. Jet black pour, brown ring. Aroma of charred grains, vanilla oak, bourbon barrel, licorice, dark fruit. Tastes of coffee & chocolate, warm alcohol, roasted /burnt malts, vanilla, oak, and loads of burnt sugars. Finishes with loads of burnt flavors, oak, and an odd acidic finish, and licorice. Roast & burn. (3666)

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - MAR 24, 2013
Poured from bomber into brandy glass. Aroma: Bourbon, molasses, and soy sauce hit the nose in the bottle. When poured into glass, could only smell hot alcohol and fruity esters. Appearance: dark brown but translucent coffee color. Thick, foamy, and tan colored head, but terrible head retention (all but disappeared after a minute in the glass with no sipping). Haphazard lacing. Taste: overpowering diacetyl and yeasty flavors (did this batch get infected???) with only the faintest whisper of bourbon barrel or stouty malts. And the Palate: was definitely not stout worthy, either-- thin and watery. This bottle was god awful. After suffering through this brew, I had to crack open an Old Rasputin just to remind and reassure myself that there is a beer god.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Alcohol says 10%abv on my bottle. Nose islight bourbon. Taste is vanilla oak into a thin dry finish. In my mind, this one needs more time in the barrels to really come together.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremyh70 (590) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours black with ruby edges. Little head and lacing. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of booze. Some chocolate with charred roastiness and some smoke with hint of coffee and chocolate finish. Medium bodied with higher carbonation than I like for style. Finishes too dry with not enough sweetness. ---Jeremy H

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kambei70 (505) - - MAR 14, 2013
2012 bottle to snifter. Pours a very dark brown with decent lacing. Aroma is very light chocolate and coffee with a boozy malt being predominant. Taste is the same with a large charred malt taste and some oak. Medium mouthfeel. Not sweet and not well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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