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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3336) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
I have had this beer several times and never felt up to rating it. There is so much going on in this unique beer that I still have a hard time. It pours a deep mahogany red when held up to the light with a thin oil slick head and nice lacing. Brandy alcohol nose. Lots of dark sweetness with molasses, butterscotch and burnt sugar. I also got some apple and plum fruitiness and lots of red wine tanins. Very enjoyable, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Dark, translucent brown body with a small head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was intense and full. Chocolate and smoke, with plenty of ripe plum, raisins, sticky caramel and a touch of residual malty sweetness. Initially, I thought the body was a little thin, but later came to appreciate the subtle creaminess and smoothness of the body. There was a nice combination of flavors in this one. Smoky chocolates, warming alcohol, sweet caramel, slightly roasted malts and a fair bit of subtle hops. This is a really interesting Imperial Stout. Not really all that similar to most Imperial Stouts, but it was an interesting twist on the IS style. I would really enjoy having this one again to get a another opportunity to try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 2003-not much different than the aged 2002 i had-still a very strong alcohol presence as it warmed. Lots of malts but no hops to speak of. very hot alcohol. not that impressed. 2002 bomber bottle-Huge coffee/expresso aroma-alcohol detected. Some signs of Barrel aging on the aroma also. Not completely opaque-i could see some light through the glass actually. Somewhat boring appearance-light carbonation(more than the expedition 02 though!) very little head retention. Palate was super sweet and very unbalanced when cold. As it warmed, the hops and sweetness somewhat masked the very high alcohol. Alcohol was still detected as it warmed, especially on the aroma. A chocolate covered cherry flavor was detected as it warmed (very cool!). I have to say i was expecting more from this brew, but with the very high alcohol, this one is somewhat unbalanced even after a year of aging. Its very good, but not a top notch imperial IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 22oz bottle - inky black color with smallish light tan head that dissapates fairly quickly. Aroma is full of roasted barley, italian roast coffee, bit of vanilla, molasses, anise, red grapes, bit of caramel, touch of alcohol. Flavor is malty, fair amount of roasted barley, touch of caramel, ash, cedar. Finish has a firm bitterness, but balanced overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Normally, I'm not at all a fan of Imperial Stouts, so I approached this one wit h a negative mindset. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a very dark color with a small head. The aroma was nice - roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol. The taste was very full-bodied and lovely. Tasted of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol, but as smooth as silk. The body is full and the mouthfeel is great. This is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had in a long long time. Two thumbs up ... this coming from somebody who doesn't care much for the Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
2002 vintage. Very stylish label. Almost black with nearly no head. Fruity aroma with liquorice notes. Sweet and fruity powerful stout flavour with a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation. Thanks Mads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Body is tar black with a small tan head which slowly fades into a ring around the glass. Big pronounced aroma, powerful grapes and cherries meeting a serious hops palette (resin). Basically generous on the malt for an imperial stout. It's sweet, slightly tart, very vinous, most potent with 12.2% alcohol relatively well-hidden, but still noticeable. Aftertaste is rich figs. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a generous beer. Thanks Ecrvich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2003
This was a wonderful way to start off my evening. The alchohol makes itself very present in the aroma and in the taste, but the taste is masked well with a bit of a burn in the aftertaste. Very warming, and very rich with a very nice, but a little thin feel in the mouth. Slightly more reminiscent of a barleywine in parts, then when it warms slightly the stout flavors begin to surface. A lot of flavor, definitely tell the molasses and toffee, a little bit of unsweetened chocolate in the finish. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2003
First of all, thanks to ecrvich for sending this my way! 2002 Vintage. Pours a brownish black with almost no head. Definite alcohol "legs" on the glass as I swirl this around in my snifter. The nose is alcohol, smoked wood, molasses, fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Definite wood notes in this, more coffee, cocoa, vanilla extract, some fruit, and, oh yeah, alcohol! The mouthfeel is silky smooth save for a slight alcohol burn right after the finish. I really didn't pick up the anise in this. However, that's of no consequence. Absolutely fantastic beer! I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday, even though it basically just turned the 31st!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 #500! WooHoo! Blackish red, thin tan head that disappears quickly. Ripe fruit (plums?) and alcohol aroma. First sip is an avalanche of flavors - Smoke, red wine and port, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tobacco, prunes and rasins, salt, toffee, grape, the list goes on. This was a beer woth comtemplating and sipping with friends and certain worthy of its high rating. Even young, as this bottle was, it is amazingly complex. Amazing beer.

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