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RATINGS: 1437   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Pours a dark black color with nice head up front and light lacing. Aroma is sweet [right now] with raisin, hops and coffee shining through. Flavor is very rich with smoky chocolate and sweet fig. Finishes sweet & bitter, very refined. This would age well, but it's still very fresh right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Very very deep mahogany color, nice tannish head, pretty lacing. Coffee, raisins and sweet malts in the nose. Very smokey flavor, almost dominating the bit of coffee and chocolate that are there. Surprising stout. The smoke flavors caught me off guard, but it wasn't too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Hunks-a-hunks of yeast, malt and alcohol. Huge roasted plum. A really big beer. Not the best of ImpStouts, but has amazing potential.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Chocolatey, chewy, superior roastiness, vinous. Alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering. A bit thinner than Expedition, but very similar in malt flavors. More fruits here, though, and some apparent spiciness that plays very well with the firey alcohol. This young version is among the top of the Imperial crowd, I expect a bit of aging will bring it up to par with my top 3 faves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2003
Bottled: Very dark black/brown burgundy coloured. Almost no head. Caramel, vinous, coffee, light roastyness makes up a grand aroma. Coffee, caramel, roastyness and alcahol in the flavour. Fullbodied and surprisingly light for a beer that potent. Has a nice alcahol bitterness in the end. Thanks Raindog for this wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1502) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Beautiful dark color with a burgundy red edge. Hardly any head. Fruity, floral aroma. Layers of different flavors, from the toffee- like sweetness to the spicy bite of the hops. Warming finsh from the high abv. 2002 vintage.(ccl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
(draught) Very dark brown, not black; extremely slim dark head. Grapey nose, sweet chocolate, raisins. Sweet, little roast malt, except for immediately on tasting. I find it a bit thin for an Imperial Stout, very little aftertaste. Nose is great, beer is nice, but one would be excused for demanding more from an Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Pours with a dark brown to black body with red accents topped by a thin tan fizzy soda-like head with little lacing. Slightly sweet chocolaty malt aroma with notes of licorice and a slight roasty character. Slightly sweet malt flavor with strong notes of licorice and a slight touch of mocha and alcohol. Full bodied, smooth yet tingly on the tongue and warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
Dark amber coloured, no head. Strong sweet molasses aroma and taste. The alcohol is way too obvious. I do not find this a well balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
Dark brown with ruby hints. Really nice chocolatey, winey aroma. Big thick body, big malts,some chocolate, maybe too sirupy and thick though.

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