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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age.

2002 Batch: 12.2% ABV
2003 Batch: 11.9% ABV
2004 Batch: 13.0% ABV
2005 Batch: 11.03% ABV
2006 Batch: 11.04% ABV
2007 Batch: 11.73% ABV
2008 Batch: 10.77% ABV
2009 Batch: 10.82% ABV
2010 Batch: 11.69% ABV
2011 Batch: 10.57% ABV
2012 Batch: 11.1% ABV
2013 Batch: 10.3% ABV
2014 Batch: 8.5% ABV (Separate Listing)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9701) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Good news and bad news here.....or I should say good news and semi-good news. Is this in my top 5 RISís? No. Is it a great beer in its own right? Absolutely. Pours deep mahogany (why do I think of Diana Ross everytime I use the word "Mahogany"), with a rather small tan head...sort of like Halle Berryís tits.....very nice, but not huge. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, currants, licorice, cabernet, and soy sauce. Tastes malty, with big coffee, chocolate, some prunes, milk stoutiness, and a finishing cherry tartness of sorts with some hops. The palate is dense, firm, with a slightly dry, tart finish. The alcohol is not as well hidden as other Impyís Iíve had, but that takes nothing away from this one. I have always been, and continue to be, impressed by the offerings of Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Bottled in 2002. Pours as dark as dark can be, with very little head. The flavor was great, roasted malt, coffee. This has sweet and sticky mouthfeel, very big and chewy. Overall a fine Imp Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
I enjoyed this beer. Nice malty, nutty roaty aroma with some floral hops noted. Appearance was nice, black witha smallish tan head. Flavor was great. Alcohol well masked with a nice balance and none of the burnt taste associated with inferior stouts. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
At 10% alcohol I knew this would be the only one of these Iíd have. I liked the taste of this a lot. I detected a definite bourbon odor, and I asked if it was aged in an old bourbon barrel but the bartenders didnít think so. There wasnít really any bourbon to the taste so I may be insane.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 25, 2004
Bottled in 2003. 11.9% ABV. My bottle was aged for a year already when I bought it. I aged it an additional 3 months. Served in a snifter glass. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, with silver foil covering the snap cap. Satisfying pfftt when opened. Poured out a deep black opaque color, with reddish / caramel colored highlights at the egde of darkness. Head was dark tan colored, and minimal. Aromas are of licorice right off the bat, with strong maltiness following as it warms slightly. Hops are somewhat noticeable, with a nice, earthiness to their aromas. I was actually afraid to open this beer, because Iíve heard so much about how overpowering it was. Well, aging must have taken itís toll, because itís nothing to be scared of. The licorice aromas meld nicely with sweet caramels, English toffee, anise seeds, the hops, and alcohols. Very aromatic, and changes as it warms up. Tastes are of strong malts, espresso coffee, warm caramel, and the alcohols, of course. Waxy, thick mouthfeel. Oily, slick, waxy, and smooth are the only words I can find to describe the mouthfeel. Itís like chewing on a coffee scented wax candle, sort of. Definitely a meal in a glass. Warming alcohols hit your gut hard when swallowed. Not "hot", but very warming. Finishes dry, almost astringent. This beer has a definite puckering power to it. Well balanced flavors, so nothing dominates the flavor profile. A really nice, well made Russian Imperial Stout from the dedicated brewers at Avery. Good show, gentlemen!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Deep black with almost no head. Aroma of molasses. Flavor was bittersweet with molasses and dark fruit. IJust didnít do it for me--I was disapppointed after reading all the rave reviews

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2004 On tap at blind tiger ale house NYC, an extreme black color nice head,Malt molasses and and alcohol flavas. great strong sipping beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10885) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2004
left most of this bottle for cooking. There was an overpowering bittersweetness that left this not very drinkable for me. Yes, beautiful black. Aroma of sweet molasses and maybe fig

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Nice thick, dense, medium brown head. Head lasts for a while. Rich aroma of roasted malts, slightly sweet with a bit of chocolate also. Not much in the way of burnt or coffee flavor. Color is black with maybe a hint of red under a very strong light. Woah! Big alcohol kick. Me likey! Very potent alcohol which masks some of the flavors. Little sweet with a bit of licorice, molasses and maybe some raisins. Finish has a bit of spice and a lot of alcohol. Warms as it goes down. Leaves a rich, thick aftertaste. A very good imperial stout but I would expect a bit more in the flavor department and the body is a little on the thin side. Otherwise a great brew.

(2004 Vintage) Alcohol still present in a big way btu this is so smooth that you really donít notice it. Pretty much the same as above. I think the flavor is more apparent at a warmer temperature. Little alcohol burn on the tongue and in the throat. Damn this is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
This is a really good Imperial Stout. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet flavors. Finishes rich, smooth, and clean.

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