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Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels by Sprecher Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
11.00 % ABV

Review by Tip Top on 04/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 2 9 12 2 5 2008
1 Litre flip top bottle. Bottled Spring 2007.

A - Pours a dark brown body that looks viscous and is completely opaque. Head is dark beige and a bit fizzy. It quickly reduces to a floating island in the middle and a thin ring around the glass.

S - Barrel aging sure isn't hiding here. Huge oaky bourbon nose comes right at you, stinging the nostrils just a bit if you breath in deep. Deep vanilla derived from the barrel is here as well. Nice notes of anise. Molasses sweetness.

T - Starts off with the barrel aging notes, but they're much more subdued. Big vanilla and bourbon. Anise comes in huge and stays for a long time. Molasses sweetness sort of plays along with the anise. There seems to be some sort of off flavor here. It's a bit sour, and it doesn't seem as though it's supposed to be here. Finish has a light roastiness.

M - Medium bodied and entirely too thin for the style. Carbonation is low, but somehow still biting on the tongue.

Overall - This beer really isn't doing it for me. Could be a bad bottle as something seems off. The sweetness is already becoming cloying and I am only through glass number one. Couldn't do it. :furley:

Price: $14.99 Served In: Snifter

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