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

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rallison on 08-05-2007)
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22oz bottle purchased at Peabodys in Boone NC poured into a pint glass.

A: Inky black with no transparency dark khaki head with medium lacing.

S: Bourbon and chocolate dominate the nose.

T: Bourbon, chocolate and licorice

M: I can feel the malts on my tongue, fair amount of carbonation, very little burn from the booze.

O: This was the first BA imperial stout that Ive had. Its my third bomber of this and probably the last one I'll buy. I used this as "practice beer" before venturing onto more coveted examples of the style. I was able to pick this bomber up for 5 bucks which makes it an outstanding deal I would be disappointed however if I payed $15 for this bottle. I would say that if you're well versed in the style then you wont be blown away by this, however if your new to the bigger beers then this would be a great one to start off on, as its tasty yet not overly complex. I have a feeling that this is quite old(probably a year or maybe more) so I wouldn't mind trying this fresh.

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Poured into a small Sprecher snifter and served at 60 degrees.

Appearance: Charcoal black color body with a ½ finger head, medium carbonation nice retention. After each swirl I received a temporary cover of head, sticky lacing and alcohol legs that did stick around.

Aroma: Immediately you receive the big bourbon barrel characteristics and then the bittersweet/roasted malt and dark fruit aromas that follow. Bold bourbon, charred oak, coconut, sweet caramel, robust cocoa, grainy toasted malts and roasted coffee and big dark fruits. The aroma is very nice and all the characteristics are evenly represented here.

Taste: This is slightly different from what I expected in the taste versus the aroma. This is much lighter bodied, pretty sweet and somewhat dry. Spicy yet smooth bold bourbon, toasted wood, slight vanilla, prominent coconut, deep tart cherry, big raisin, pear, red grapes, apple, and some fig. Bittersweet dry cocoa, caramel, sweet maple syrup/honey, mild roasted barley and coffee beans, smoky charred notes, and a slight hazelnut nuttiness near the end. The sweet malts and dark fruits were most prominent, the bourbon barrel characteristics stood tall and the roasted type notes were lightly represented. Alcohol wasn’t too present but it did help move some flavors along here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium thickness, and still very nice to sip on. I wish that this was just a bit fuller bodied, bit it is what it is. This bourbon barrel aged variation has the same exact body as their original Reserve Series RIS.

Overall: This is definitely a step up from their original RIS and I am interested in how the other bottle that I have will age with a year or two on it. I enjoyed this for what it was and I liked how all of the characteristics were decently represented. This was crafted as an English-style Russian Imperial Stout and they should really label this as exactly that. This was pretty tasty the only drawback is that I did wish that the body was a bit fuller and I wish that the roasted qualities were more prominent with the rest of the stout, but this is what it is. Every time I take a sip, this gives me a good idea about what a bourbon barrel-aged RIS would have tasted like over 200 years ago in England

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