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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3
   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.

4.4
   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

4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (335) - 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.

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
I'm bad at this stout thing... The stuff is too subtle for me :) Anyway. Pours rather black, no head, no lacing, kinda like motor oil. Smell is subtly sweet and alcoholic, bit of anise and some other stuff. Dunno what it is. Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect. Taste is mildly roasted, slightly coffee flavored, aaaand some other stuff I can't recognize. Tasty though! I've had better RIS's, but this one is still worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2004
Very thin layer of a tan head. Aroma of walnuts, toffee and anise. Flavor has anise, coffee and a tiny bit of chocolate. The main thing that detracts from this beer is the alcohol taste. Nice full mouthfeel like an Imperial stout should have. Very impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
2003 vintage. This beer looks fantastic. It poured a deep, dark black. The aroma was sweet like molasses with some coffee and spiced tones. Bananna tones emerged after several tastes. It is a very smooth tasting and feeling beer. The label indicated it's 70 IBU's but it doesn't seem harsh which demonstrates its great ballance.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 This beer is shockingly overrated. As with the average beer with high alcohol by volume (I believe this one has 11.2?), the alcohol destroys the flavor. This beer is flat, difficult to drink, and cannot be discriminated from conventional micro-brewed stouts. In other words, there's nothing extraordinary about this beer except for its high alcohol percentage by volume, which isn't, in itself, a measure of quality beer. p.s. I was notified by another user that this year's batch is not comprable to last year's, so take that into consideration.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
Wow! Very complex Imperial stout. Pours a deep BLACk with a brown head. Has a great aroma. Taste is all over the place in a very very good way. The sweet taste is of licorice, molasses, coffee, chocolate, pineapple/bananas (yes I may be going insane), toffee, dark fruit and floral hops. Giving this a "10" for flavor based on how well all the numerous ingredients come together. Goes down extremely smooth considering the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is very full, round, creamy and oily. Nice dry, bitter and very slightly burnt aftertaste. Highly recommended! Tastes as good as the bottle would make you think.


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