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RATINGS: 1471   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours black with a thin broken tan head. Aroma is of molasses, soy sauce, chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Flavor is of molasses ,chocolate, rock candy, a bit of licorice, and a noticable hoppiness once you stop focusing on the huge sweet flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden, not appearing until the beer is at room tempature. Body is full, but the palate would be improve with a slight bit more carbonation to make it creamer but that is just personal preferance. The palate comes close to being syrupy but doesnít cross the offensive line making it very drinkable considering the gravity. The flavor develops more then most beers between tempature changes so I suggest taking your time with this beer to see all of its stages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2004
pours into snifter very black with a little head. smells hoppy and different from another other imperial ive had before. citrus smelling flavor too. a very nice smelling as well as distinct imp stout. taste is hoppy as hell. hints of coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel. great lingering coffee flavored aftertaste. like the cap says, this IS a big beer- a very strong effort from avery, and im glad i have another bottle of this to stow away for a year or two. beer seems to be a little too young. very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Appearance: vastly black, thorough and complete in itís darkness and opacity, with a fine, toasted tan coating of froth atop. Nose sticks out from afar, and is rather distinct from other ISís, in itís creaminess, like Baileyís and ice cream with an extra dollup of whiskey, and a hint of rum. Quite appealing, maple and mollasass and more. In the taste, all that and then some, but basically, sweet, dark, sticky, and strong. Commandeers the palate, conquers and coats...rich is an understatement, warm is a redundancy, for itís all those things times a thousand, with the alcohol riding high in the saddle as the flavors thicken and coalesce into a wondrous mix, twisted, thick, delicious! Licorice flavors peek in, too, mingling with dark rum, and meeting up with charcoal and smoke as well, rising handily from glass into mouth. Full bodied? Duh! Rich texture? Uh, huh! Long, luxuriant, rewarding finish? ...um, ya THINK??? This was a great Imperial Stout, though it didnít upseat any of my previous favorites, it ably made a case as a stand-in, and thatís pretty damned good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a very dark brown with a good frothy tan head. Strong apple and citrus smell with a slight malt undertone. Very strong and potent flavor... mainly toffee and fruit with a solid malt follow up and a chocolaty/coffee finish. Very nice indeed. This was the last of the brews MarkR sent me and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for each and every one of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2004
This imperial has alot going on. Pours deep/dark brown. With creamy tan head. Complex flavors. Robust, but a tad bit watery. Flavors of bitter chocolate, toffee, cherries, dark fruit and licorice. This can only improve with age. I will be waiting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Nice roasty beer. Black in color Nice tan head. The taster I had was good. Maibockaddicts taster was appley. Flavor is thin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Bottle of 2003 purchased (as to not reduce my inventory) on 10/4/04: Awesome nutty chocolate/alcohol aroma. Smooth malty nutty flavor, with the alcohol showing itself rather nicely to bring out the flavors. Dry roasted finish. This has aged extremely well, and now I can look forward to my remaining three bottles with glorious anticipation!

2003 bottle. This one will have to earn my respect. Fortunately I have 3 more bottles in storage for long term aging, which is definitely needed here, and I am talking 2-5 years from now...Anyway, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of green apples dominates the nose. Flavor is a little thin and hot, but roasty and again apples. I do believe that this will be better, but right now I am not liking this much.... 4-5-4-3-8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marykobes (5) - USA - MAY 9, 2004 does not count
Needs to age. Nice tan head. Lots of alcohol notes to it. Good beer. Dark black in color. malty and roasty. Very dry. Full bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Dark black body with a smaller brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma accompanied by a light fruitiness, modest coffee, and ample alcohol. Tastes of licorice, strong element of alcohol, and strong yet short lived sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, alcoholic, and includes currant and mild roasted malt. This was not as good as I had hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Bottle pours black with a nice tan head and little lace. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and malasses. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, candy sugar, bitter in the finish, and well hidden alcohol. The palate is rich and slipery. Overall, a real nice Imperial Stout.

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