Breakfast Beer Tasting: Buxton Tsar

Some people like to keep their bottled beers for months or even years before sampling their hidden delights. I, on the other hand, like to get it down my neck. Hence it will come as no surprise to find that this morning’s morsel is the recently acquired treat from Buxton Brewery.

It’s a 9.5% Imperial Russian Stout. Or so it claims. But is it really a Russian Imperial Stout? Beer geeks go confer. Either way, it’s bottle-conditioned. It poured black as night with a nice tan head. The aroma was powerful: lots of big roast flavours, chocolate and coffee.

The beer itself was lovely and thick. It was quite a smooth drinking experience which was surprising given the strength. Flavour wise; there’s plenty of roast, dark chocolate and liquorice in there. There’s also a good dose of hops that deliver a dry, bitter finish. I’m reminded of espresso as the full flavour hits the back of the throat.
This is a complex, rich, beer that belies its strength. Easy to drink, it delivers flavour in spades and is testament to Buxton’s great brewing skill


Mmmm love a full bodied stout.Will have to hunt that one down.However, do have a Marston's Oyster Stout in the fridge.A nice tipple pal.But obviously not in the Tsar's league!

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