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

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #830
Ranked #30,398
3.79 | pDev: 13.98%
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 158 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by watermelon:
Photo of watermelon
watermelon from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Nov 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in a snifter, this most excellent RIP pours black as midnight with a thick tight bubbled head that slowly dies down to a firm thin layer with excellent webbed lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, black licorice, dark molasses, and rich bourbon. Flavors are chocolate all around with the licorice coming through on the back with the bourbon. The bourbon lends itself to adding to the sweetness which to many may be overpowering towards a milk stout. Still very nice, with a smooth coating mouth feel and light carbonation. Very slick.

An excellent Russian Imperial for those who like theirs on the sweeter side.

Dec 23, 2014
Photo of MrTana
MrTana from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dec 14, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
KFBR392 from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

May 18, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
fredmugs from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 11, 2015
Photo of NickyPogs
NickyPogs from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jun 20, 2014
Photo of bowzer4birdie
bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sep 15, 2016
Photo of weonfire
weonfire from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Apr 11, 2014
Photo of osuskin
osuskin from Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.8%

Jul 08, 2014
Photo of skaboom420
skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 07, 2015
Photo of Lukas
Lukas from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mar 10, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
JimmyFlatRock from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

May 09, 2014
Photo of Mattyb79
Mattyb79 from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 04, 2015
Photo of Lukass
Lukass from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

May 10, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
gueuzedreg from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JakeMorgan13
JakeMorgan13 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I found this barrel aged stout very under rated. It was very well mingled together. Bourbon perfect to me. I see alot of this on the shelf rite now and I'm very happy no one knows how good this is. Try it you will be pleased!

Apr 03, 2016
Photo of ohiobeer29
ohiobeer29 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

May 06, 2014
Photo of buzzy
buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
Bunuelian from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 05, 2015
Photo of GABrew
GABrew from Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Jul 04, 2014
Photo of N_Schleret
N_Schleret from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 17, 2015
Photo of craftbeerasian
craftbeerasian from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

May 17, 2014
Photo of DemoniChris
DemoniChris from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jun 23, 2013
Photo of atpca
atpca from California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Sweffin
Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 15, 2015
Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 158 ratings