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

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.71%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rallison on 08-05-2007)
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-23-2013 20:22:29 | More by DemoniChris
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour with a light to medium bodied thickness. Could see the dark brown color on the pour but was black once accumulated in the glass. Light brown head formed on the pour which subsided and was non existent while drinking.

Smell: A lot of bright coffee aromas and some chalky malt. Hops burst through and seem to throw off many of the darker accents. The sweetness just blankets over many of the more interesting accents here.

Taste: I kind of expected the flavor to be erratic but this had many more traditional BA stout accents then I expected. Bubbly hop front with a good bitter bite. The front and beginning of the body are the best parts of this brew. Coffee, milk chocolate, light vanilla and caramel, and some average bourbon accents. There seems to be some disconnect between the flavors here. The finish is confused, some chalky bourbon and malt which gets lost. There are some accents here which want to finish strong, but bizarrely just fade away into a watery finish.

Mouthfeel: For an RIS, probably on the light side for mouth feel. The palette seems to beg for more. Does not drench the palette like the elite RIS's do.

Overall: Comes off overall pretty average, slightly forgettable. Not something I would get again, but not something that should be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:17:16 | More by KFBR392
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-10-2013 03:28:05 | More by DangerDawg
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-30-2013 21:18:45 | More by gueuzedreg
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-10-2013 05:47:17 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-31-2013 03:27:49 | More by Jasonrm72
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-13-2013 06:26:49 | More by Zachtheporter
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Lukas

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-10-2013 17:10:46 | More by Lukas
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-09-2013 22:03:10 | More by BrownAleMale
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-28-2013 22:25:59 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

02-24-2013 21:05:03 | More by bradcochran1234
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-20-2013 01:35:20 | More by t0rin0
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-27-2012 04:10:47 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Joefisherman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-24-2012 14:46:07 | More by Joefisherman
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atone315

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-13-2012 12:37:09 | More by atone315
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-13-2012 02:49:30 | More by TonyTalon
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

03-15-2012 19:27:22 | More by imperialking
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been aging Czar Brew since the summer for a cold winter night. Amidst the other Russian Imperial Stout sampled, this was a stand-out.

Poured into a sniffer, it produced a modest white head. Aroma of whiskey and bitter fruits tempted the tongue. Intial flavors included a mild whiskey flavor, maltiness, and hints of raisins. The aftertaste was the higlight as butterscotch and carmel made an appearance before disappearing into a warming whiskey flavor.

I was not overly impressed with the regular version of Sprecher's Russian Imperial Stout, but Czar Brew is an much more impressive effort. It balances sweet and tartness, though it is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 16:43:48 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-04-2011 22:09:00 | More by Mscarpen
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +37%

12-03-2011 19:51:35 | More by FreshmanPour77
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-01-2011 03:17:58 | More by barnzy78
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2011 01:29:19 | More by Supergenious
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camil1mj

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this past Spring while I was in Madison, WI. Poured at cellar temp into my Founders snifter.

A: Deep, dark, brown. Foamy, 1 finger thin head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty with a faint alcoholic finish.

T: Immediate sugary sweetness nose followed by some roasted malt that leads to some bourbon undertones. The sweetness dominates the overall taste of this one.

M: Very thin for the style. Medium carbonation.

O: One of the weaker BA stouts I have had. Too thin and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:04:45 | More by camil1mj
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single 22oz. bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $11.89 in Summer 2011.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick foamy head that last a long time. Scents of coffee, carmel, cocoa, and bourbon fume from my glass. The taste is hard to describe as it is thick, creamy, and smooth. Quite robust and yet the flavors go quite well together. Some spices and burnt sugar are also obvious. Certainly a well made, tasty beer but the value is really lacking. for half the price you can get a beer that taste just as good as this one. So while this beer is good, it's not of the best value for your dollar.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:15:27 | More by Lemke10
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womencantsail

California

2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks? to Greg for sharing this...

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of tan head.

S: When the first thing you smell is butter, you're rarely in for anything good. Lots of butter, a bit of roast and bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some sourness. Not sure whether that's vinegar or just too much booze.

T: The flavor is much the same. Heavy on the butter with a more pronounced sourness and even more booze. Light bourbon and vanilla flavors with lots of roast and oak, some coffee is also there.

M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

O: This was a nice contribution to the dump bucket.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:57:38 | More by womencantsail
Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.