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Tsar - Buxton Brewery


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very good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%

Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maxk on 12-14-2011)
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Photo of beholder_pl


4.74/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 20:12:16 | More by beholder_pl
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:14:11 | More by jdhilt
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:44:03 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and herbal hop aromas. There are also some cocoa and vanilla aromas that come out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with cocoa nib and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that reminds me much more of a black IPA than a RIS in terms of the aromas and flavors I am getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:42:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jmaharaj


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black with a tan head that streaks the glass. Smells big, but a little muddled. Molasses seems to dominate, above layers of spent coffee grinds a some spicy hops. Taste is similar. big and bold, but not distinctive. All the elements are there but they haven't come together perfectly. They hit the tongue at once and almost instantly a sharp hop bitterness cleans it all out. There is a little warmth from the alcohol. There may be something about this beer that feels a little artificial. Mouthfeel is good. Not as thick as expected but it rolls over the tongue with some weight. Overall pretty good, and not ridiculously priced, but not a standout Russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:53:49 | More by jmaharaj
Photo of John_Henry


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is a truly great beer. A wonderful depiction of the style. Full body, full flavour and fabulous complex nose. Looks good, as one would expect, black. Not too carbonated. I imagine it would age well if you could resist it.

Overall, I can't wait to have this again, truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 07:14:43 | More by John_Henry
Photo of metter98

New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured like motor oil with a thin dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of licorice along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aging of the beer might have lended it a little flat but it is not too difficult to drink considering the strength.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:15:53 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a medium large medium thick patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts with lighter notes licorice/anise and some stronger notes of booze.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with just a touch of dark fruit sweetness (raisin and plum stand out). There are lighter notes of chocolate, licorice/anise, and just a touch of burnt malts. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Moderate amounts of complexity which make this brew pretty enjoyable though it is a big beer - made for slowly sipping to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:04:30 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of mmapes


3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Possibly traded from Ben (or did we buy this at the bottle shop in York?). Bottle said do not refrigerate, but we did, as the preferable alternative to a too-warm cellar. Poured into two North Coast snifters. (Proably should have let it warm a bit.)

Color is velvety black. Maybe a hint of dark red/brown on the edges. No head, but we poured carefully because there is a layer of yeast.

Smell: "stout," black licorice/anise, toasted malt.

First impression: grainy, dry -- a little from hops and a little from toasted malt/smoke. Hot with alcohol.

Later impressions: the alcohol/grain/toast finish is almost a little sour. The russian imperial stouts I'm used to a re sweeter, this one is dry and grainy. It's a nice change. Might be a little too dry/smoky to make my "buy again" list.

Pairs really well with a smoked gouda.

The dregs are more bland, more one-note. Interesting -- I would have thought the yeasty layer at the bottom would be more complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:00:46 | More by mmapes
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a black colour with a luscious brown head.

Smells faintly of coffee and dark malts.

Tastes of dark, burnt malts, with a liquorice like tang, and a rich coffee like taste. Good smooth and thick mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:22:51 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of russpowell


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Smokeyness, bubblegum

T: Dark fruit, hints of bubble gum, a touch of booze & oaky dryness up front & leafy hops up front. Carob, oaky dryness & vinous flavors as this warms, a bit of leather & dates too, some chicory as well, some dark chocolate & charred grain breaks through, along with booze bite. Finishes dry, fruitty, with some strong smokey notes

MF: Chewy, fairly lively carbonation, warming

A decent RIS, glad I got to try it

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 02:01:19 | More by russpowell
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. picked from the Greenville Beer Exchange. A fairly viscous looking black pour, just a few dark tan bubbles.

Aroma, roast malt, anise and some resiny hops. Dark chocolate as well.

Taste, heavy roast, malt and a little coffee. Anise and pine kick bitter through. Coffee, cocoa some more herbal bitter. Pretty nice.

To the right of mid bodied. More carbonation than would appear. Coats well, drinks well, no abv. presence.
Quite solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:33:32 | More by Bung
Photo of maxk


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured around room temperature into a snifter.

A: BLACK. Deep black, no light getting through this one. Almost no head and what head there does exist is a dark mocha color.

S: Lots of chocolate, molasses/caramel (treacle). Tiny hint of dark fruits.

T: Molasses, burnt sugar, hint of coffee. Good, toasted malt flavor at first which gives way to a very slight hoppy bitterness.

M: Very smooth, a little bit creamy

Overall: Tasty, heavy brew, great for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:09:27 | More by maxk
Tsar from Buxton Brewery
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