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RATINGS: 1462   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
2013 Batch: 10.3% ABV
2014 Batch: 8.5% ABV (Separate Listing)


3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Dark reddish black ppearance, very light head formation. Alcohol, fruitcake, salty aroma. Dark fruits on the palate, raisins, molasses, strong burnt toffee flavor, hints of chocolate, alcohol prevalent throught, especially warming in the finish. Plenty of citric hop bitterness in the end. Saltiness is intriguing (I probably wouldn't have called it that without reading omhper's review but he nailed it). Big, bold and original? Yes. Great? Not something I could really drink much of.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1381) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
somewhat sweet malty aroma with restrained bitter notes. Dark black opaque liquid witha persistant toffee colored foam. Sweet lightly malty flavor with a sharp acrid bitterness on finish. More fluid and thin than most stouts. Still a fine beer. High alcohol content and big bottle mean this one will lay you low. Beware.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
2002 bottle Wow, a stellar beer all around. First the apperance. Very dark brown or black, with some ruby tints on the side. Tan head that was small and was gone in a flash. The aroma was of dried fruits, candy(toffee?), brown sugar, and malts. The first sip was heaven. A hint of sweetness, followed up by bitterness. The flavors of roasted malts, toffee, hops, and candy did a dance on my tounge. As the brew moved down my gullet, the alcohol made its presence know in a nice, but firm way. Very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 2008-06-22, bottled 2005, 3 years old, 11.03% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Black color, with a generous creamy head; when pouring, it doesn’t seem very thick, there’s even a fizzy sound. It has a sweetish phenolic aroma at first, then some cookies and dark chocolate. It has an average body strength (i.e., less than other Imperial Stouts); it’s still sweetish, without being cloying, with a strong caramel flavor and just some dark chocolate; the bitterness is much attenuated, difficult to feel the 70 IBU; in the end there is a small alcohol perception. For being sweetish, with lower bitterness than the average, and with less roasted malt, it’s an easy Imperial Stout to drink.

2004-01-10, bottled 2002, 2 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Dark amber color. As expected, the usual caramel/liquorice/roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10188) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
2002 vintage: dark black colour, no foam, strong coffee aroma, alcohol and plum, thick, sweet and oily, very bitter and dry, the finish is quite powerfull with overwhelming alcohol presence - thanks to jcalabre for this beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Bottled 2002: pours really dark brown, with a big thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasted. Nice full mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee are on the tongue, along with a little alcohol. Good warming beer. This would be great for relaxing by the fireplace. This stuff is great!

Bottled 2003: Not the same stuff from 2002. I drank this along side Weyerbacher Old Heathen and WWS 2003 and it didn't compare to the others. Long lingering weird after taste. Fish scales and lots of alcohol kick. The Czar has been overthrown.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Dark brown reddish touches. Tan head. Bubbly. Soured milk acrid aroma. Chocolate, roast, and coffee flavors. BAM.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
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)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
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?


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