In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Sprecher Czar Brew

Aroma: “Dark roast with a nice spicy barrel/boozy character. Hints of dark fruit, raisin add some nice complexity.”

Flavor: “Chocolate and caramel malt up front, with some fruity complexity that has hints of dried cherries. Fairly sweet on the finish—could use a little more bitterness to balance, though this lets the spicy oak/whiskey character come out more. A little chalky mouthfeel on the finish paired with a nice warming alcohol note.”

Overall: “Dark and intense. Not too over-the-top, but it’s pushing it. Big very dark roast character and lots of barrel.”