Pumpkin Tzar | Naparbier Sdad. Coop.

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Pumpkin TzarPumpkin Tzar

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Naparbier Sdad. Coop.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GONZALOYANNA on 02-15-2013

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Cafe Dulcina, Bristol - Pours jet black with a small tanned foamy head which quickly disappears. Aroma - roasted malts, hints of chilli, light pumpkin feel. Taste - Sweet start, followed by roasted malts, coffee, chilli kick in, long, dry, bitter finish. On the threshold for me in terms of chilli kick.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of simoen
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hctap00
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of torriman
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Brolo75
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a mocha colored full, creamy, rich head, no retention, no lacing, looks under carbonated but thick and like motor oil.

A: Dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, black licorice, burnt pumpkin, and a touch of chile smoke in the finish, alcohol is well hidden.

T: The flavor is lacking the complexity and depth of the aroma, pretty straightforward, dark chocolate, espresso, soy sauce, roasted malts, light pumpkin sweetness then the chile spice kicks in the finish and lingers, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Completely flat, it's like drinking oil, thick, sticky but no carbonation at all, finish is very dry like espresso.

O: I was hoping for more from this but besides the aroma, it's not impressive, soy sauce is prevalent and the chile lingers way too long in the aftertaste.

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Photo of dcotom
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before slowly becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Not much aroma besides some heavy char and booze. You can catch a small whiff of the heat from the habanero. There's also this weird aroma that I can honestly only compare to rotting garbage.

T- Damn, you can taste a lot though. Big astringent notes show up mostly as the heat starts to creep in slowly but surely. No pumpkin to speak of though unfortunately. Some sweetness begins to edge its way in which brings with it some dark chocolate. Decently drinkable given the high ABV and band-aid like astringency. The booze actually starts to wear on me as it increasingly starts tasting like bourbon, and not in a good way.

M- Certainly the best thing about this beer as there's lots of slick creaminess. A bit sharp from the heat with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- If you want a big, boozy RIS with some heat and no pumpkin, this one's for you. Unfortunately, this just ain't my cup o' tea. Was a struggle to finish the large snifter.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and a latte-like design on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black licorice and chili peppers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has additional flavors of soy sauce and hints of pumpkin spices. The chili pepper-like spiciness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has just about a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes more like a chili pepper-infused Russian Imperial Stout than one that has pumpkins. In any event, both the chili peppers and pumpkin flavors are week and are outmatched by those of soy sauce.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Razonulzer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Pours pitch-black in color headed by tan foamy crown. It seems lively at fist sight but turns into a lasting thin layer on top. Spots on sides. Heavy roasted malt as well as floral aromas, hints of currants & fruity touch to the nose. Burnt malt upfront provides a dense sensation followed by involving sharp bitterness. Even though malts stand up on line. Flavorful body, medium carbonation. Thankfully, intense body is lightened by fresh vegetable & funny peppery chili in the middle. Spicy touch lingers with slightly burnt coffee into the long finish & remains on the aftertaste. High ABV is well hidden by incredible well balanced flavors. Watch up your step!!! I tell ja.

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Photo of glennchapin
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Naparbier Sdad. Coop. Pumpkin Tzar, 11.6% ABV, 80 IBU. Pours black with a nice four finger brown head, that left no lacing. Nose is coffee and pumpkin squash, taste follows with moderate bitterness, licorice, and a bit of burn. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good. Wouldn't have detected pumpkin if the label hadn't hinted to look for it.

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Photo of MrBeige
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of MasterPenguins
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of malt, peppers, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of hints of coffee, chocolate, malt, a good shot of peppers, and some hops in the finish. The pumpkin element is there, but it seems to be overwhelmed by the peppers and other ingredients. Nonetheless, this flavor is oddly likeable and complex. The high ABV% is not even noticeable.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a fiery finish, courtesy of the peppers. Full-bodied.

O: Definitely not your typical RIS. This might seem like a gimmicky beer, but it's a solid brew and worth checking out, especially if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a half finger coffee brown head which gives way to a small ring with little lace. The aroma is of roast and bitter chocolate. There is a small hint of pumpkin as well. The taste follows suit...the front end has a touch of pumpkin before big roasted malts and bitter chocolate come through. The end has a little heat. The mouth feel is silky and thick with some heat. Overall it was well blended but nothing stood out. The bitter chocolate was a little too much.

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