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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremyh70 (974) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (936) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Nice deep rich black and coats the tongue, but isnít thick. Heavy scent that lingers. A nice bourbon flavor but not bitter or harsh. The oak is even and lends to the idea of a stinky cheese pairing. Tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3157) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2015
651 ml. bottle. 10% ABV per the label. Pours a medium, slowly collapsing, beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is Bourbon, roasted malts with cocoa, chocolate, minimal hops, balance to the barrel.....taste is sweet with Bourbon notes, cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, light cola, finishing almost dry, minimal hop bitterness, balance ot the malts.....mouth feel, light body, alcohol warmth present, low carbonation. This is a pleasant, easy drinking beer, but it is NOT an Imperial Stout. The complexity in both aroma and flavor are remarkably low. Many of the nuanced dried fruits from the malts, as well as the subtle hop notes are missing. It is quite sweet, incredibly light in body and has many cola notes. Donít give this to a teenager. The malt back bone needs a re-work, as does the yeast. BJCP 6/3/10/3/5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Carlisle (318) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Draft (10 oz.). Black color with tan head and substantial lacing. Sweet bourbon and sweet chocolate malt aromas with a hint of licorice. Rich, sweet chocolatey malt with caramel bourbon flavor. Sweet alcohol in the finish. A little too sweet overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2015
Aroma of bourbon, malt and coffee. Pours a dark brown clear with no head. Creamy feel, taste of coffee, malt and bourbon with a light phenolic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HappyHandsClub (31) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 My bad . . . Barrel aged for 2 years (not available again until autumn 2016), I have aged cases on my basement canning room floor for over 5 months & this brew is blossoming into the finest barrel aged imperial stout I have ever had the pleasure to drink. Came in 12oz-4 packs, not bombers. This Czar Brew is the best TWO YEAR barrel aged beer Iíve ever experienced. Couldnít be more balanced with mega-punch alcohol content well beyond label designation. No obnoxious bittersweet chocolate, just full bodied bliss. The 11.9% ABV is understated. Must be up to 15% alcohol by now. 2-12oz bottles & Iím not leaving the house. Makes Goose Island Bourbon barrel stout seem amateurish by comparison. I hope the cases of Sprecher 2 year barrel aged old Scottish ale Commando age as well. 3/26/2015 My mistake . . . the 1st bottle of this brew I drank cold & all I could taste was chocolate. The 2nd bottle was at 58 degrees & I could stomach it. But in comparison to Sprecherís Commando Scottish barrel aged ale, itís substantially inferior in fulfillment. I like my Russian Imperial Stout heavy weight, thick, one bomber suffices. Although Czar Brew is an improvement on the vast majority of íless than thickí stouts, even the non-barrel aged standard Straight To Ale Laika has an unrivaled thickness & uncompromising quality ingredients that barrel aged Czar Brew canít come close to replicating. Just use Laika as your reference & just about every barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout inevitably is a disappointment. 8/8/2015 Although TWO YEAR barrel aged, Iíve rested cases on my basement canning room floor at 58 degree for about six months. Czar Brew has matured into the best Russian Imperial Stout Iíve ever experienced. Talk about balance, smoothness and intense punch all wrapped up in a 12oz bottle. Too bad the next batch wonít be available again until autumn 2016. I will have to be very careful not to run out of my cases stock aging magnificently just like my stock of Sprecher TWO YEAR barrel aged Commando Old Scottish Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike5326 (1399) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium off white head. Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a sweet flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (575) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Not a bad selection. Poured from a bottle. Dark brown, good lacing. A little sour for my taste. Bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7509) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
bought this in asheville if my memory isnít to far gone from all the glue i sniff .. . very black .. bourbon, tar, oil, and sweet burnt g.i joes .. . the mouth is a but of a let down, especially with the boozy feel .. . still good though .. . . A car with a car rack looked like a police car, so I slowed down, only to realize I had been tricked into obeying the law FOR NO REASON.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3281) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Pours tar black with medium consistency. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and slight hint of bourbon. Great flavor with dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, some roast, and slight bourbon back end. Great beer!

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