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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Black with hints of brown in the body. Foamy brown head. Some caramel and perhaps licorice to the nose. Creamy palate with notes of toffee and chocolate. Very much anticipated this beer and have some cellared for future, hopefully more, enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottled in 2003, pours reddish-brown that turns black in the glass, has a creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet well hopped finish. Medium body with creamy and smooth mouthfeel, not as thick as I expected, still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1903) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2003 vintage. Dark, dark black in color. Head is initially medium in size and off-white/brown, and is mostly diminishing. Lacing is thin but covers the sides of the glass fully. Mildy roasted aroma of black licorice, plums, and alcohol. Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and white grapes emerge in the flavor which is initially sweet, salty in the middle, and finishes mildly bitter. Thick, creamy, nearly milk-like mouthfeel. Alcohol, although noticeable in the aroma, is very well hidden in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Black with hints of purple and a thick creamy head. Aroma is coffee and alcohol. Flavor is strong salty and bitter like natural licorice though not strongly anise. Hides it's abv quite well. Finish is smooth bitter with a lingering salty pastis (anise & alcohol) flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Beer pours very dark brown with a nice big tan head that is retained. Aroma is decadent. Notes of roasted nuts, chocolate, and glorious sweet malt. Flavor is nice and big with elements of chocolate, toffee and licorice. Does seem to be a bit thin on the palate. Very good but not up to the standards of Expedition IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Okay, so I need to re-rate this one...First impression though....very nice. Rich, silky mouthfeel. Flavors of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. The 11.9% alcohol is amazingly weel hidden. Will re-rate this weekend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Surprisingly transparent given the style, but I've seen paler recently. The head was sufficient to style, but not impressive. The aroma had a little shock of hops that was later lost in the malt/fruit/alcoholic cocktail of aromas later on. The body is a bit thin, with a sugary sweetness that would be cloying if it had some thickness behind it. Toffee, licorice. Interesting and not in bad form, but seems a bit lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Maybe I'm burned out or maybe I need a new style; The Czar was yet another Imperial Stout that didn't excite me. I drank this after drinking a Dark Horse Cream Stout, and The Czar appeared almost transparent in comparison. Dark red/brown with light penetration in the edges, topped with a thin, creamy off-white head. Bitter hops aroma with some burnt malt notes and caramel. Flavor was pleasant but the whole was less than the sum of the parts: roasted malt, tons of sweet caramel, and dark fruits which finished with rather astringent bittering hops and less-than-subdued alcohol notes. Have I already tapped out the truly great Imperial Stouts? Bring on the Dark Lord!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
2003 Bottle: A nice pitch black color and a medium, light tan head start this brew. A very nice aroma, and I agree with many other raters that there is a citrus hint to it. The flavor...well, this is really some top notch stuff. If I had to pick two words, I'd say vineous and huge. But, since I have MORE than two words, I'll also say delicious, with a bitterness in the finish. Also, some dark fruits apparent in this beer. Really, an excellent beer. Unfortunately, overshadowed by the overwhelming excellence of so many imperials, but really a great choice!

   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.

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