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

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3.74/5
Good
155 Ratings
Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon BarrelsCzar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rallison on 08-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,164
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
155
pDev:
14.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
24
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a dark opaque black with a small but long lasting head. The aroma is rather boozy, with vanilla. oak. chery. a hint of smoke, and caramel. the flavor is ery sweet, with vanilla. butterscotch, candy, bubblegum, and a slightly sour mash note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light, tingly carbonation and a thin but sweet finish. Overall this beer is okay - it suffers from being rather sweet but not rich - but it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 2/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance; a few stray champagne bubbles.

Small dark khaki head; nice lace.

Oak & cloying caramel in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Oak & set chocolate syrup flavors up front; cloying bourbon & caramel notes on the finish. A too-sweet booze bomb...not a good combination.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, and bourbon; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, raisin, plum, coffee, smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, and bourbon; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, raisin, plum, coffee, smoke, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from bitter/spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. This aged extremely well. Tons of barrel presence with no booziness; and well rounded stout complexity in balance with the barrel notes. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a thick, oily black and not a bubble in the glass.
Aroma has just enough bourbon to let you know it spent time in a barrel. Plums, raisin and smoke make their presence known. Flavor is dark fruit with just a hint of booze. The label says 11.9% ABV, they sure fooled me.
Updated 3/19/17
Bottle found in the crawl space at least
two years old. It aged quite well. I updated the scores. Better than I remember.

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Photo of JakeMorgan13
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
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!

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Photo of tommy5
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Angerhaus
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste of bourbon and chocolate and roast are very well mended together. Not very heavy bourbon flavor. I actually can't believe it's 11% since it drinks like it's around 9%. Found the single for around $5 which is pretty good if not great for a bourbon barrel Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALLISON01
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JosephBieske
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours as thick as oil. Nice Carmel head. Drinks easy for a 10%-ish beer. Heavy chocolate on the front, blast of oak and bourbon in the back. Best Sprecher beer I have had.

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Photo of little_star
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NavyGoat
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy a lot of products from Sprecher Brewing Company; especially their Root Beer! That being said, first time trying the Czar Brew from Sprecher. They have something cooking here; not yet, up to some of the better Oak Bourban Barrel brews. In due time, I think they will have the right mix that everyone will chase after. The look and taste of the beer is good but not great. I would buy it again!

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of N_Schleret
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fondyball20
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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