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Tsar - Buxton Brewery

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxk on 12-14-2011

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Photo of Jeffo
1.3/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this one at The Bierkoning in Amsterdam

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 8 April 2014
Best Before 8 April 2019

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a large, four finger, looser, dark tan head with decent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Huge head. Looks infected perhaps. Feades to a full foam cap leaving some chunky lacing one the glass. Very foamy. Splotchy foam and wisp remain leaving chunky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Smells off. Some roasted notes and chocolate on the nose. Metallic aromas with hints of black coffee as well. Unfortunately this is quite metallic and acidic.

TASTE: Way worse than the nose had indicated. Lots of metal and acid. A bit of roasted malt and bitter coffee lingers after the swallow, but it’s no match for the metallic and acidic nastiness. Very offensive.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Abrasive on the palate, goes down rough with a burn at the swallow and finishes dry. Lots of acidity and burn.

OVERALL: This is definitely off. Given how much it cost and the praise that Buxton receives, I’ll admit I’m rather disappointed. An awful drain pour. Would like to try a good bottle of this at some point but I won’t be paying top price for it again.

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a huge fluffy dark mocha head.
The smell surprises with a lot of leafy hop, bringing some citrus peel too. The usual chocolate, mild roast and coffee notes are still there, but not the first to pop up.
Wow, same goes with the taste. Really bitter from the start, with those hops really dominating. Really prickly too. Citrus peel shines, somewhat sugared, but there's also some faint raisin and forest berry. Strong dark chocolate, smokey burnt malts and really strong espresso straight up, leading to a really dry bitter finish. Citrus crispness adds to that dryness.
Aftertaste feels like espresso with orange juice. Some dregs, some raw cocoa powder, burnt bread too. Medium body, really prickly carbonation.
A really pumped up RIS, without any excess alcohol, strictly flavor-wise. Solid.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black and very gloopy with a collosal crema of a head. The head starts off tightly packed but gets gradually bigger farther down.
S: Huge coffee and chocolate.
T: Repeats the nose with the huge coffee and chocolate. It's sweet enough but slightly overpowerd by a not too unpleasant bitterness. More than I'm used to in this sort of beer though. There's a lovely elderflower like hoppiness. Almost at room temperature and orange marmalade rears its handsome head. The finish is a strong roastiness with floral oranges.
M: While it poured out gloopy there's a very lively, albeit fine, effervescence which lightens it up and there's a nice snap as I swallow.
O: An excellent example of an excellent style of beer. After that 9.5% fizz bomb I'm struggling to hit the right keys.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, malt, and something sweet.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, malt, a vinous quality, toffee, and dark fruit (plums?). A good, solid flavor, but it doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Nonetheless, a complex taste.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Surprisingly medium-bodied.

O: Very much a likeable beer. Not as powerful or robust as other Russian Imperial Stouts, but worthwhile.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with no head. Aroma is of dark fruit, plums, black figs, with liquorice notes, some dark cacao notes as well. Taste same as aroma with mild bitterness. A full bodied, rich and thick mouth feel, smooth and mildly sticky on the palate with good carbonation. Finishes with a full flavored dark fruit, dries plums and figs, raisins, a bit of sweet bitter chocolate and a mild bitter liquorice flavor on the end for balance. Overall a very good full flavored and tasty brew.

Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Its body is as black as the label on its bottle. The head that forms on top is massive. It's meringue-like and frothy and looks like a dessert inits rich shade of khaki. Its level of retention is something worth noting. Thick and chunky patches of lace glue themselves to the sides of the glass. Very few beers look better to me than bottle conditioned RISs. What a beauty.

Hefty loaves of pumpernickel and rye have gooey notes of raisins and dates smothered over them. A rich roastiness and stripe of alcohol buttress this hefty stout. Dark chocolate brownies come as an afterthought. Lively and juicy blackberries are tossed in all of the above and make for an intriguing center.

The alcohol comes in quick and zippy. There's much more of a hop presence, coming in green and leafy. The melange of berries and dark fruit settle on the middle of the tongue. Spiked roasty coffee coats the sides of the palate.

The body is full and rich with a soft creaminess. Not at all slick or oily. The finish is dry with still enough body to chew on.

Overall, a fantastic rendition of the style. It's a bubba in every aspect but never comes across as overwhelming. Its high ABV doesn't weigh it down and the flavor and all its complexities make it a treat to drink. Well worth a try.

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mdagnew
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Chatsworth House farm shop...

Poured pretty much pitch black. Dirty mocha head poured small but thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to the faintest covering with a thick ring around the edge... light patches of lacing...

Aroma - Deep roasted chocolate maltinesss, nice toffee and treacle sweetness, nice light peaty smokiness, muscovado sugar, charred wood, quite earthy, dark fruits (raisins, dates and figs), fruit loaf, light vanilla traces, peppery, no real hint of the alcohol, slightest hint of cardboard... wonderful stuff...

Taste doesn't quite live up to the stunning aroma... Quite a lot of roasted chocolate malt backed with light vanilla, some peat and charred wood smokiness, coffee, some molasses sweetness, spicy nutmeg, sooty and earthy, booze is just noticeable, light sourness, dried dark fruits (prunes to the fore), faint anise..

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth... full bodied... pretty drinkable for an 9.5% brew..

Overall - An excellent example of a RIS... highly recommended

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beholder_pl
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pitch black with a thick tan, long-lasting head. Awesome lacing.

Aroma: dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and roastiness. Not very intense, but really good, just the way it should smell.

Taste: first comes the intense roastiness, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Some delicate notes of cocoa in the back. Bitterness is medium. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost untraceable. Some small hints in the aftertaste, but that's because I drank this beer in room temperature. Pretty warming.

Mouthfeel: thick, oily, full bodied, soft carbonation. Superb.

Overall: maybe not mindblowing, but almost perfect russian imperial stout. Plus the name Tsar makes this beer even better. Really, this is probably the best way to name a beer in this style.

Enjoyed in a teku glass.

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mplsbrew
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jdhilt
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet chocolate with a bitter chocolate finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Acquired ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I keep hearing that Tsar is amazing stuff - time to put that claim to the test!

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy brown foam with a fine texture; this subsides after a few minutes to leave a patchy surface layer. The aroma is a heady experience - rich roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses/brown sugar, faint vanilla, pine, stewed hops and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Superb!

Tastes of exceptional roasted malt with a deep, hoppy character and a huge bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, faint smoke, pine resin, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Well-attenuated, accompanied by a warming hint of alcohol in the background. An ardent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and a touch of spiciness. Good body, though could be a shade thicker. Highly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, piny hops and earthy yeast.

Amazing - an amplified taste sensation. It looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are towering tributes to dark malt and aromatic hops. The body is good, though enhanced thickness might have done the strength more justice. The powerful malt/hop combo reminds me of Flying Dog's Gonzo. Fantastic - a future classic. Add this to your must-try list.

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Tsar from Buxton Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.