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RATINGS: 1459   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)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Appletart (10) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
It's neat. I have this, like, ESPN2 shit, & I already know I'm going to hate something before I even taste it; but for the sake of art I'll try it anyway. It smells like a Jager/Nyquil cocktail with a tbs. of nail polish remover & a pinch of mulch. Ash brown, nearly black, uh oh, I'm not gonna like this crap. Ewww!!! It tastes like a mixture of acetone & Rite-Aid brand Isopropyl Alcohol. Gag me with a Q-tip, I'm totally grossed out. Pass on this shit unless you're in need of a pedeicure, may quite possibly double as drain cleaner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with amber highlights and a thin beige head. Has a rich chocolate taste that mellows the strong alcohol volume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle. Opaque, small tan head. Roasty and smooth chocolate aroma. Fruity: very characteristic of the style. Very rich chocolate flavor. Thick, perfect mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Draft. Dark brown pour, deep rich complex flavor. Alcohol nose with nice roasted malt taste.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3410) - 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.

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