Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels - Sprecher Brewing Company
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Reviews by botham:
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
liter growler poured into a snifter. pours pitch black with a single figer of rich tan head that lasts a minute or so and leaves a tan rim for the duration.
aroma is of roasted black malts and ok, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee and a base of warming bourbon.
taste is more of the same with an ultra smooth profile and a touch of residual roasted malt. the roasted malts an oak aging are well done, with an ultra concentrated presence on the palate. the alcohol is well hidden, though it does show up a bit after some warming.
mouthfeel is wonderful. silky smooth and super mellow on the way down. the brew is mildly warming on the palate.
drinkability is decent. so rich, thick and flavorful with a smooth and warming presence on the palate. just what a good oak aged RIS should be. cheers!
Serving type: growler
09-09-2009 17:27:57 | More by botham
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4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pour is a dark hue yet translucent, appearing thin (and invoking worry about the mouthfeel). Dark, medium head. Aroma of tobacco, vanilla, and oak. Very rich, very sweet. Flavor dominated by vanilla, much like a vanilla bean ice cream. Finishes with a sweet caramel note. Very light, refreshing mouthfeel for such a full-bodied beer, but as a contrast rather than detriment.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 15:13:06 | More by QueerBeer
3.59/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2013 00:58:41 | More by watermelon
3.98/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 21:22:58 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
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