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Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels - Sprecher Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rallison on 08-05-2007

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Photo of Sweffin
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waltc21
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Beer. Wonderful flavor and taste.

Photo of flyersfan900
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattyb79
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffSK
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SVance
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a huge brew that got better with every degree of warmth and every sip. Consider drinking it at 60 degrees F. I also was thinking the whole time that maybe it should age for six months, but I'm not sure it would get a lot better.

It looks black like it should, with a weak brown fuzz head of fine bubbles. The aroma is a boozy and sweet.

The taste is syrupy and slightly hoppy. It gets much better warm. The aftertaste is quite boozy.

This made for a nice strong New Years Eve drink that was followed by stronger and hoppier stuff. Nice pairing with other large beers.

Photo of Rbodacious
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. Some trailing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, oak/bourbon, anise.

The taste of sweet oak/bourbon mixes with chocolate, anise, and mild roasted coffee. Warming dryness in the warming finish.

It hits full-bodied, though carbonation is a bit sharp for the style. Alcohol lingers.

Overall, it's qa rich, enjoyable strong stout with a bourbon/oak character that is blended well. A nice "sipper"!

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in a snifter, this most excellent RIP pours black as midnight with a thick tight bubbled head that slowly dies down to a firm thin layer with excellent webbed lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, black licorice, dark molasses, and rich bourbon. Flavors are chocolate all around with the licorice coming through on the back with the bourbon. The bourbon lends itself to adding to the sweetness which to many may be overpowering towards a milk stout. Still very nice, with a smooth coating mouth feel and light carbonation. Very slick.

An excellent Russian Imperial for those who like theirs on the sweeter side.

Photo of curbmusic
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great bbl, figs & licorice for sure, only 2nd to backwoods bastard for me

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danny1217
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours jet black with a tan ring of carbonation for a head.

Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, figs, and oak.

Molasses and licorice up front followed by oak and a hint of cinnamon.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Beautiful presentation, nice aroma and body. Flavor is nuanced and threatens to be a bit too cloying. Overall a very good rich stout that may turn off some people due to the overripe sweetness in the flavor.

Photo of MrTana
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of mikebcpa
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of slayernation
4.76/5  rDev +29%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Tlocaciato
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours heavy, like motor oil heavy, great nose of vanilla and charred barrels. Overall my favorite part is that the barrel aging isn't the only flavor in this beer it tastes like a great Russian Imperial that was enhanced by the barrel rather than a hot boozy mess. The alcohol is subtle for an 11%+ beer. I am a big fan

Photo of Yankeejw
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

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Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.