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RATINGS: 1455   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)


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Very nice aroma - I find it similar to Celebrator. A little sour sniffing, very little head, pours very dark. Nice flavor - very well rounded. Nutty and sweet flavor, with not a bit of noticeable alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2003
I waited quite the while to sample this brew. It was not nearly what I had hoped, yet still very decent. Not enough chocolate in the body for me or in the aroma for that fact. I just noticed alot of alcohol, with a minty black and tan feel to it. Still good, but not the best.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Thanks to Legion for this brew! Very dark with brown/red edges. Hops and nuttiness in the aroma. Flavor was full, yet smooth.....ripened plums, raisin, caramel, and alcohol all over the place, yet very easy to drink given the ABV.....12.2%? wow! Good work Avery!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 rerate--2004 bottle--- Pours a deep brown. nowhere near black with no head. Aromas of chocolate and cherries and thins so far aren’t so bad, until you get to the flavor. .... I remember liking this brew before, but this bottle was horrible. Tasted like a strong porter with absolutely no depth or character. I am not trying to be mean, but this brew was almost undrinkable. The only saving grace was the alcohol which wasn’t that noticable. ---On tap, Pours a dark dark brown with a choco/coffee smell. Goes does nice and smooth for the alc. content, but it was still missing something. 7/5/7/4/14-3.4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Strong coffee aroma. Vinous character. Malty notes combined with strong caramel and brown sugar. Very smooth. Not as dry as exspected. Some coffe/espresso in the palate.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Deep black with some brown creeping around the edges. Nice head at first, fading into a ring. Aroma is firmly of molasses and toffee, with some hints of boiling homebrew wort. Deep, complex flavors. Where to begin? Roasted malts. Molasses. Toffee. Blackberry jam faint in the background. Espresso. Raisins. Pepsin gum from the candy I remember from my childhood? What the heck is that doing in here? Who cares, it all works! Spectacular brew, thanks Indra for a great 300th! NOTE: The previous comments were for the 2003 version. I found the 2004 version to be virtually identical, with the exception of not noting the jam this time, and the alcohol being a bit more prevalent. No change to rating numbers.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 2002 bomber - A deep brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. The head is almost non existant - a tan ring on the edge of the glass. Huge aroma of raisin, plum and chocolate. Beautiful silky, syrupy, creamy medium thick palate that coats the mouth. Great sweet raisin, fig, plum, cherry, caramel, molasses flavor with roast and chocolate in the background. Nice alcohol warmth. This is an amazing imperial stout, my favorite so far. Another big thanks to Slikwily for this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3614) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3302) - 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


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