Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, this big bold beer is crafted from rich roasted and toasted malts, fermented with a classic English ale yeast this Czarist favourite is an intense, living, bottle conditioned, full bodied Stout. At 8.5% abv The Czar lives up to its name.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, - AUG 27, 2012
500 ml bottle pours very dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, toffee, alcohol. Taste is well balanced. Very tasty. Toffee, oatmeal, sweetness comes through and has slightly bitter and dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4224) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2015
Pitch black color. Light brown head. Dark chocolate, licorice, molasses and dark fruit in the nose. Great depth. Mouth lacks acidity, but is pungent with hops and deep rich malt character, molasses, cotton candy, tons and tons of dark fruit, sherry, cotton candy and truffles. Seriously outstanding palate, but lacks a lot of roasted character. Seriously seems like barrel aged, there is so much going on here. This beer is ripe for barrel aging. Lingering dark chocolate, truffles, dark fruit and cherries in the finish. Insane complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5938) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 31, 2015
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark mahogany with a frothy light tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is smoky roasted malt, light creamy caramel. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter with a roasty, slightly watery liqourice, coffee, light caramel palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (933) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2014
An excellent brew that is a local (antipodean) benchmark. Probably something Iíll be re-rating (on the upside) in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (539) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2014
Dark chocolate aroma on opening, great look pour with a lovely head, but neither of them made it past a few moments, There is a burst of alcohol that underlies this, and that pushes it to the sour side of balanced against the sweetness. But it is lovely with hints of fruits, toasted malts, and is thoroughly nice drop. cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has roast, coffee, liquorice. Black coloured beer with a thin off-white head. The taste is bitter, bit sweet, has caramel tones, some chocolate, liquorice, light coffee tones there. Bit yeasty as well. Wasnít too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of boozy coffee. Taste is licorice, toffee, dark cocoa, booze. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
it isnít awfully complex, pretty much just roasted malts and rich alcohol (which tends to give off dark fruit and wine flavours), but it is still rather pleasant to drink and it has a beautifully smooth palate. so, pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (470) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2013
Iím drinking this while cooking with Mediterranean spices, so I could be off here, but not for the first time Iím getting hints of cardamom sitting just on top of the licorice, which really works (Saudis drink coffee with cardamom, yum). Extra mark for being excellent value for money. A warming beer for a winter evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - JUN 14, 2013
A spectacular beer with smooth chocolate malt flavours in a strong beer that really knows what it's all about. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Dark brown, aroma is light fudge, choc, and a bit of fruitiness. Med impy, slight roast, fudgey but also fairly yeasty. Quite light for the style, maybe think of it as "extra stout" and youíll be happy.

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