Mad Czar | SanTan Brewing Co.

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24 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
santanbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by OrestesMethuon on 03-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
24
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Slight vanilla, chocolate, roast, and some caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied, not as full as most imperial stouts. Finishes with chocolate and roasted flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted cherries aroma among the dark malts and light alcohol. Very dark colored beer which is a must for the style, although the head and lacing need some help to impress. I paid $4 plus for this "From the Vault" offering and that's a bit much for this 16 ounce can from Santan. While this is a decent tasting beer it's really not worthy the "From the Vault" tagline and the price. To be honest, if Stone, Roque, Russian River, etc. came out with a "From the Vault" at this price I would be rather depressed but from a brewery that I have lesser exceptions from, I guess I should say "keep working at it, keep improving your vault recipes , and who knows"

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Photo of Stoutmeister
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doopie brought back a can of this stuff for us to try out here. Cheers dude!

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 55

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear, light brown and yields a small, fizzy, loose, light tan head with lousy retention. Looks like coke. Clear bistre brown body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Touches of wisp remain until the end and leaves some faint lacing down the glass. Not very impressive for the style.

SMELL: Leather, smoked meats, cacao notes and some toffee on the nose. Not my style, really.

TASTE: Cacao, smoked meat and toffee up front. A big finish with more smoked salami, leather, toffee, notes of cacao powder and some floral bitterness. Flavorful and very atypical.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes quite dry. A bit astringent on the finish, unfortunately.

OVERALL: Too light in body and feel, as well as being too carbonated for the style. Not my thing. The smoked meat character is also something that was difficult to enjoy. I can see how some other people might enjoy this, but I'd pass on it in the future. Thanks again Doops!

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Photo of aknalley
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerando
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not huge on Russian Imperial Stouts, but I've had some damn good ones in my day. Beers so good that you can easily look past the style and appreciate it as a damn good beer (e.g. Courage IRS). I bring this up as a way to say that my opinion should not be taken seriously by anyone who drinks stouts on a regular basis, as I lack the appreciation, honestly.

That said, this beer holds up pretty well for being the product of an obscure brewery that I had never heard of until picking up a lone four-pack of 'Czar.' Pour this guy in a glass, and appreciate the rich, chocolatey smell that you would have otherwise missed by drinking it out of the can. And, wow, that sweet maltiness in the taste is absolutely incredible. Dude, over-the-top malt is the exact reason I don't drink much stout in the first place, but THIS beer just nails it.

I wouldn't call this a must-try, but for anybody trying to get into stouts and/or expand their taste in beer, grab one if you happen to run across it.

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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early April for $4.49. Received at TW 3-1-15...no canning date but I believe it was early February.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is mocha, very nice.

Taste is mocha but not overly sweet as it is well balanced by a decent amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a smackable beer from SanTan, I have enjoyed several brews from the vault series. Give it a shot if you see it!

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Photo of Kylo76
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bannockburn
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvey98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of azdback
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really tasty special release from Santan.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mad Czar from SanTan Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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