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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HappyHandsClub (32) - 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 Ive ever experienced. Couldnt 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 & Im 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 Sprechers Commando Scottish barrel aged ale, its 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 less than thick stouts, even the non-barrel aged standard Straight To Ale Laika has an unrivaled thickness & uncompromising quality ingredients that barrel aged Czar Brew cant 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, Ive 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 Ive ever experienced. Talk about balance, smoothness and intense punch all wrapped up in a 12oz bottle. Too bad the next batch wont 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike5326 (1651) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (650) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8151) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
bought this in asheville if my memory isnt 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3599) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (282) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
12 oz bottle, pours nearly black, nice brown head, but fades quickly. Bourbon aroma, roast coffee, cocoa. Medium sweetness. This beer is not as thick and chewy as some of the others of this style, soft carbonation, and long finish. Another solid RIS, give it a try.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (6207) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle: Nearly black, with a minimal tan cap. Vinous, dark fruit, chocolate aroma. Taste is tart, dark fruit, nearly sour, lactic chocolate. Dark grape juice. Light, sweet bourbon.....very light body....thin.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle..Pour is dark black with tan head..Nose is chocolate, soft roast, spice, dry..Taste is dry, roast, chocolate, sweet,

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Draft. Fairly slight aroma for the style, some vanilla, Tootsie Roll, bourbon and roast. Black in color, some brown showing around the edges with a very slight, fading head. Flavor is pretty bitter, with coffee ground, bourbon, cherry and oak, the bourbon being the dominant character here, the finish is fruity and somewhat hot with alcohol. Malt is here but is very thin and roasty, not much of a factor which for an Imperial Stout makes no sense. The main impressions are bourbon and bitter roast, though, not a lot of complexity. More wood on the finish. Very low carbonation, mouthfeel is thin and sticky with a big body. Didnt like this much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2014
The new 12oz bottle to snifter. Dark black pour. Slightly viscous. Very nice barrel character. Lots of vanilla and burnt marshmallow crust.


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