PhillyBeer2112 (2586) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown reddish touches. Tan head. Bubbly. Soured milk acrid aroma. Chocolate, roast, and coffee flavors. BAM.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Ruby brown color, sticky head. Dark, dried fruit aroma (cherries, prunes). Bitter, salty flavors. Huge roastiness, licorice, fruit. Sweet coffee, bitter chocolate (mocha). Lingering bitter finish. Big palate. Doesn’t quite all come together like it should. Cellaring a couple.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Despite this being so imperialistic it took quite a while for me to get into this being that I had just sampled four other rather hefty brews. Chewy, big, thick, lush - that I could tell right off, but he finer characteristics took their time assembling on my tongue.... mostly what has been said - the finer qualities of molasses, cocoa, and some thick, dark fruit. Looking to get my hands on another and try it prior to coating my tongue and numbing my brain. (thanks Ern)
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2004
Holly Moses, the 2004 13%abv is utterly amazing! This beer is buy and large that most drinkable Imperial Stout I’ve ever had. The 13% is hardly detectable… just a nice warming finish, that’s the only clue! Awesome Beer!
Huge thanks to Indra for supplying me with this brew, and as I had promised I aged this beer further before drinking it!
Rating # 230
Vintage 2002: **Minimal head, but what is there is caramel in color. The body is black like the Russian nights the CZAR were accustom to….. A nose of raisins, prunes, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and a punch of whisky.
The flavor is mind numbing! A blast of finely aged oak barrel whisky, more Grade A Vermont molasses, vanilla, figs rolled in sugar, a chunk of coco…… It’s so tantalizing and delicious; just full of earthy yet sweet suggestions from the Heavens! The palate is syrupy and smooth, gratefully warming with a bite of hops in the finish. 12.2% abv, gotta love that!
Is this beer top 50; Well IT BETTER BE!!
CZAR Imperial Stout, Will You Marry Me?
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer formed a small sized tan head with fine-large sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was malty, hops, chocolate and some coffee. The flavor was bitter, chocolate, some caramel, and a bit of alcohol was noted. The mouthfeel was tingly along with a burning sensation. This was a medium bodied beer with very sparse lacing.
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a small head of light brown colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was made up of malt molllasses and hops while the mouthffel was malty hoppy and smooth from start to finish. It had a nice big brown malt hop flavor and a vinuous aftertaste. A most excellent brew!
egajdzis (5487) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2002 this pours jet black with a tannish, grey head and just alittle violet hues with some lacing. Sweet toffee, hops, roasted malt, and alcohol in the aroma. Smooth taste of chocolate, mocha, caramel, and just alittle alcohol. I couldn't help but think there was also some oats thrown in somewhere here. Soft round mouthfeel. This is a great beer!
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
natural. smooth, rich, and round. a bit minty, "fresh." interesting flavors. yes, it's a damn imperial stout. strong mofo. alcohol, chocolates, ya know... it's good just drink it damn it.
Beaver (1394) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Czar poured a deep, dark, opaque black. It had a small brown head that only showed up due to a vigorous pour and went quickly down to a thin lacing and collar. It had a very subtle aroma of sweet malts, with some floral and yeasty and tangy alcoholic tones. It was definitely a thick and chewy beer, with a sweet molasses start and a hoppy finish with a big alcoholic bite that got stronger as the beer warmed. It started off a little over the top, but the more I drank it, the better I liked it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 22 oz: (2002 version 1 year later): Pours fairly smoothly from the bottle (I guess I expected it to look thicker; more "sludgy"). Ruby black, with slightly transparent edges. . . retains a nice light brown head throughout. Bitter dark chocolate aroma with full malts, dark cherries, and deep cocoa. Sweet alcohol; coating and delicious. Nice and spicy: not quite as thick as I would like; but the complex flavours and soft elegant palate more than make up for it, I look forward to the day I can find this locally, but for now a big Thank You to TAR will have to do.8/4/9/5/17
22 oz bottle; 11.9% (2003 version, 1 year later): opaque black scarlet…off tan foam rises and then falls into a thin film. Rich, fruity alcohol aroma: plums, raisins, tart cherries, charcoal and burnt cedar embers. Velvety alcohol comes close to overpowering most of the flavours as it warms, but charred malt, liquid Baker’s chocolate, and bitter anise add a decent depth of character. Not sure why they have been increasing the alcohol over that last few years, but I wish they would concentrate on the velvety palate and deep, luscious fruits instead of the alcohol…8/4/8/4/16