Zatek 2010 | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Zatek 2010Zatek 2010

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Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jampics2 on 08-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks for this bottle Tyler (Tifore)!

A- Pours a dark brown color which is close to black. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Some specks of lace coat the glass with each sip.

S- Roasted malts in the front with lingering darker fruit right behind that. Light bready chocoalte malts show the middle of the nose. Anise, alcohol heat, and light citrus hops in the very background.

T- Roasted malts in the front are dominated by a strong darker fruit (mainly fig). This starts to get a nice chocolate flavor toward the middle of the beer. Middle of the beer shows light chocoalte and toasted malts with the first signs of fusel alcohol that also is on the backend of the beer. Roasted malts come out more with a stronger coffee roast than anything else. I also get a small fig like flavor that sticks right before the fusel alcohol flavor comes in the final part of the beer.

M- Medium moutfeel. Carbonations is good for the style. Roasted malts, darker fruit, and hints of chocolate are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol (hot and boozy), darker fruit, and hints of coffee roast. Flavors were well balanced except for the alcohol with came out of nowhere with full force. Light metallic flavor left the only off flavor to the beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was a easy drinker once you started into it. The alcohol seemed to wane although that could be because I was getting used it to it. A nice try at the style and if it wasn't for the alcohol it would have been a lot better along with this grade. Would love to try this beer again when I get a chance to see if the alcohol is different in that bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and some citrusy hops. Taste is mostly the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some licorice and coffee. There's also a lingering bitter hoppy finish, the hops are noticable but not overpowering in this stout. Mouthfeel/body is on the light side of medium, it's smooth and well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, the soft carbonation makes this easy to drink. I think this is a good enough brew, I'd try this again in the future.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with one finger of milk chocolate coloured head and some nice lacing.

S - Some distinct hops/bitterness up front to compliment a cofee, chocolate and licorice profile. Some citrus comes through (from the hops?), which is odd for an imperial stout.

T - A very hoppy stout - bitterness is noticeable up front. Some chocolate, licorice and a slightly bitter roasted malt flavour in the finish. There is a noticeable alcohol bite as well, but at times it gets easily confused with the noticeable hop profile. Overall, the typical stout flavours are not as prominent as I would expect but are still there.

M - Light to medium body. Seems a bit watery at times. Light body for the style. Moderate carbonation.

D - A good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this bottle from drgonzo in the Black Booty BIF, thanks Paul!

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with a thin, light mocha colored head that drops to a wisp very quickly. Some lacing expected from this one.

Aromas of deep roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, prunes, hints of anise. Citrus.

Interesting flavors, prune juice up front, dark roasted malts, strong dark coffee. Light cocoa and licorise. Some citrus, lemon zest. But the prune juice flavor dominates, like it was boiled down to a syrup, then caramelized. Toasty. Some alcohol burn is evident. Finish is medium with roasted malt, strong dark coffee, and the prune juice slowly fading. Signs of oxidation is such a "young" beer is not common, unless mishandled at the brewery.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium, just shy of cloying. Alcohol burn. No real perception of carbonation, but without it, this would be full on prune juice cocktail.

Drinkability is questionable, I question whether I'll finish a bomber of prune juice by myself. Glad I had the chance to try it, not sure I'd buy another one.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AwYeh for splitting this beer with me.

Appearance - Pours a rich chocolaty brown. Really good lacing that holds tight to the glass. A very porous head with air bubbles. Settles into a deep black.

Smell - Sweet chocolate and malts with slight coffee.

Taste - A surpassingly sour stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. A slightly above average stout with that sour twist as an added bonus. A very bitter finish that is more like an IPA. Sour.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite bitter for a stout. This was sour and different, but didn't quite adhere to my personal taste. I don't think I would purchase it in the future. It was worth trying once, however.

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Other reviews mentioned the hotness and hoppiness so I cellared it for the last 5 years in my wine fridge at 53F. Wow, I'm glad that I did! Chocolate, dark fruits, sweet upfront, pleasantly bitter finish with some tobacco. Wish I had saved more bottles...

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Photo of Landfill21
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours into a dark black color with a tiny head that dissipates during the session.

Has a real hoppy smell and a hint of coffee, toffee and malts.

Tastes really good, goes down smooth. Has a nice toffee, malt, coffee taste with hint of chocolate and fruits.

Has a medium to full mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beverage.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle featuring a yeti on the label into an oversized snifter. Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head that reduces to a soapy lid. The head leaves a soapy residue along the sides as you swirl the glass.

Has a very hoppy smell, with plenty of pine and evergreen aromas. Some solvent notes, with alcohol and molasses.

Has a very full taste, with coffee, toffee, chocolate, and mild malt, with a healthy helping of piney hops that dry the tongue out.

Astringent, yet smooth, this beer leaves the tongue feeling quite dry. Full to medium bodied.

Complex and tasty, this beer is odd in that it smells like a real hoppy IPA, yet has a full stout taste. Will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice RIS. Pours a dense dark brown color with a medium size dark tan head. Head retention and lacing are good.A little light gets through at the edge of the glass when held to a light.

Smell is ok. Malty and some coffee. Not representative of the taste.

Tastes really good. Chocolate and coffe balanced nicelt within a rich malty stout.

Mouthfeel is the best part. This one is really smooth and hides the alcohol.

Drinkability is good. I could put down a few of these. A very nice RIS.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - mostly opaque, does show some deep burgundy against a good light. Nice cap of mocha, maintaining a partial cover and solid collar.

Aroma - roasty grain, some occasional notes of cocoa, a certain whiff of estery alcohol. A little too light in everything important IMO.

Taste - sort of a rough raw toastiness to the grain side. Sweet as I tend to prefer, then a big ole dose of sharp, citric bitterness. Wow, potent contributions of C/T/Z and Target have this one zinging at mid-palate. I didn't expect this at all based on the smell. One of the hoppiest I.S. beers I can recall. Lots of citric, grapefruit-edged bite. With some palate acclimation, it's a tasty mix. A definite hit of alcohol on the aftertaste, giving it that 'hot' flavor. Ends warm for sure, with continued citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel - certainly has the I.S. smoothness. Lower level crispness and a good sturdy body.

Drinkability - almost fits the black IPA category a little better. As it warms, the stout flavors intensify some. I like the big flavors and the general balance between malt and hops. A different but distinctive and tasty take on the style.

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Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep next to black color. there is a half of an inch of caramel colored head that falls to a ring that leaves spots, and thin webs of lacing.

I smell roasted red meat, pine, walnut, molasses, soy sauce, sushi, and rubber. It is well balanced with a years aging.

The taste follows the nose with some added coco, and licorice notes. very smooth and balanced.

Medium bodied, with just enough carbonation. It has a warm with a peppery bite.

An all around good RIS...I could drink this till I pass out!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours very dark brown color with a dense 1.5 finger tan head with very good retention that reduces to a lacing cap that leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, citrus, dark fruits, oats, and some licorice. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, and oat, with a decent amount of citrus bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers for a short time after the finish. The flavors are very well balanced between the sweetness and bitterness, and the overall main flavors also compliment each other nicely. A very creamy medium-full bodied mouthfeel here with medium carbonation. The alcohol content is hidden very well in this with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall, I am impressed by this offering from Buckeye, it is definitely a tasty RIS. I would like to have some more of this sometime, but it will probably be the next batch.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 Vintage.

Zatek has a body that is thick, dark and syrupy looking, almost like the beer itself would stick to my glass and not just the foam. The head is pretty good. It is dark brown colored and solid. The retention is pretty good, but the lacing is minimal.

Powerfully boozy with chocolate and good doses of both dark fruit and some anise.

This things tastes like rubbing alcohol is the main ingredient. Tons of heat and straight fusel alcohol flavors. Underneath that is some chocolate flavors that are dwarfed by a ton of dark fruit and a good bit of anise.

Thick and syrupy, Zatek would be good if it weren't so damn hot.

If you already bought this beer, throw it in the cellar and forget about it for awhile. It's a mess right now. If you aren't already sitting on some of these, I would leave them on shelf when you see them.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this!

Into snifter

A-Totally opaque black with a finger width tan head. Head drops to thin cap leaving sheets of lacing and alcohol.

S- Definite alcohol, hop and coffee with a subtle chocolate backing. Typical RIS with licorice and molasses with an odd placement of what my nose thinks is strawberries.

T- Big roastiness with coffee and chocolate, and quite an upfront hop bitterness that is hiding in the back there.

M- Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation and minimal alcohol warmth.

O- Very good RIS hoppier than normal but it seems to suit it well.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tyler for this 22oz bomber.

Pours deep chocolate brown out of the bottle and looks nearly black in the glass. The hard is thick and frothy leaving really nice lacing on the slow descent to a thick cap.

Deeply roasted malts and cocoa dominate the nose with some sweet licorice notes. There is a noticeable citrus hop presence as well.

Taste is similar to the aroma and actually starts with the lint citrus hops and gives way to the heavily roasted chocolate malts and espresso. Finish is roasty and dry.

The mouthfeel is where it might fall a little short as it is a tad bit light for e style. Not watery, just not as full as i would expect.

Another impressive beer from Buckeye - a drinkable and highly roasted impy stout with a healthy dose of hops. I really look forward to trying more of their stuff.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild black. Just a bit of wispy light brown head.
Smells sweet and hoppy as well. Nice amount of milk chocolate and coffee, pretty much what a mild RIS should be. Tastes sweet and creamy with the milk chocolate coming through, hints of coffee in the finish and also a lingering sweetness. Feels smooth and a bit thin. A bit mild compared to others but this would pair well with many desserts.

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Photo of jampics2
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Imperial Stout. Brewed with CTZ & Target Hops and Roasted Barley & Chocolate Malt. London Yeast Strain. Dark and Rich. Limited Release. Brewed with the help of "Cyborg" and "Zombie". "

On tap @ Blues and Brews. Served by the brewer in a 6oz tasting glass. I wasn't a huge fan of the 2009 version despite my penchant for rye, but I'm very interested to see Buckeye's take on an RIS and it's right here infront of me, so I must try.

Opaque, black, with a beautiful head. This looks very promising.

Smells like you would expect an RIS to smell like. Roasted malt is in the forefront, giving chocolate impressions, some coffee, and sugar. Black strap and licorice. There's also a ton of hops adding some interesting notes - not a huge fan of the herbal kick of Target but I like the citrus from Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus. Nice and expressive.

Taste is just a touch too bitter for my liking, and there's a lot of sugary sweetness left over (perhaps under-attenuated even at 10.4%?). But the chocolate, coffee, and hoppy flavors work well. This is nice, just not my ideal, reminds me a bit of Goose Island Night Stalker, but I thought that had a better gelling of flavors. Maybe a bit less dryness and a bit more dry hop?

Mouthfeel is light for me, just a touch watery. Booze is well hidden. Finish is dry as all hell thanks to the London yeast. This was good, but not a shining example of the style. I like hoppy RIS's like Beer Valley and Nightstalker more for their use of more tropical American hops that really shine through. There's something magical about the orange citrus and dark roasted malt flavors and this is a great attempt but just falls a touch short of the benchmark.

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Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Zatek 2010 from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 25 ratings