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Special Reserve III Tsar Bomba | Buxton Brewery

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Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kirk on 06-29-2013

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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rated Generation 4.On tap at the Churchkey. Silky stout with amazing warmth that creeps up on you. Aroma yields normal, rich roasty smells, but flavor kicks it up a notch, and then the finish comes in with a gentle wallop. Really nice, really smooth.

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4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In 1978, The Courage Brewery brewed a batch of Imperial Russian Stout, aged it in infected, wooden Hogsheads and some time later…. it was put into bottles.

34 years after that, we opened a bottle, drank the beer (which was amazing) and rescued the intruiging combination of sedimented yeasts and debris from the bottom of the aged vessel. We then inocculated a barrel of our own Russian Imperial Stout – TSAR with this precious sludge and left the beer to its own devices for 9 months. The only attention this beer got from us was a weekly roll-around-the-brewery, just like the Courage Hogsheads got.

Following this 9 month ageing, the beer that we now tasted had changed in character remarkably. The familiar landmarks were still there – huge body, chocolate, molases, but now there was so much more. The Brettanomyces strain of yeast that had laid dormant in the bottle all those years had re-awakened when dispersed amongst our young, fresh Imperial Stout, and had gone to work with vigour. Boosting the ABV by a further half-percent, and adding a delicious, trade-mark tartness to the beer, complimenting its hop bitterness and deep malty and dark fruit flavours.

The Tsar Bomba was born.

Still available in very limited quantities, the last of the 2012 vintage will soon be gone. But, there is more on the way, fermenting in casks right now in the darkest corner of the brewery, not due for release until well into 2013.

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Special Reserve III Tsar Bomba from Buxton Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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