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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This bottled brew brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a small head of light brown colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was made up of malt molllasses and hops while the mouthffel was malty hoppy and smooth from start to finish. It had a nice big brown malt hop flavor and a vinuous aftertaste. A most excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Bottled in 2002 this pours jet black with a tannish, grey head and just alittle violet hues with some lacing. Sweet toffee, hops, roasted malt, and alcohol in the aroma. Smooth taste of chocolate, mocha, caramel, and just alittle alcohol. I couldn't help but think there was also some oats thrown in somewhere here. Soft round mouthfeel. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
natural. smooth, rich, and round. a bit minty, "fresh." interesting flavors. yes, it's a damn imperial stout. strong mofo. alcohol, chocolates, ya know... it's good just drink it damn it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2003
The Czar poured a deep, dark, opaque black. It had a small brown head that only showed up due to a vigorous pour and went quickly down to a thin lacing and collar. It had a very subtle aroma of sweet malts, with some floral and yeasty and tangy alcoholic tones. It was definitely a thick and chewy beer, with a sweet molasses start and a hoppy finish with a big alcoholic bite that got stronger as the beer warmed. It started off a little over the top, but the more I drank it, the better I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 22 oz: (2002 version 1 year later): Pours fairly smoothly from the bottle (I guess I expected it to look thicker; more "sludgy"). Ruby black, with slightly transparent edges. . . retains a nice light brown head throughout. Bitter dark chocolate aroma with full malts, dark cherries, and deep cocoa. Sweet alcohol; coating and delicious. Nice and spicy: not quite as thick as I would like; but the complex flavours and soft elegant palate more than make up for it, I look forward to the day I can find this locally, but for now a big Thank You to TAR will have to do.8/4/9/5/17

22 oz bottle; 11.9% (2003 version, 1 year later): opaque black scarlet…off tan foam rises and then falls into a thin film. Rich, fruity alcohol aroma: plums, raisins, tart cherries, charcoal and burnt cedar embers. Velvety alcohol comes close to overpowering most of the flavours as it warms, but charred malt, liquid Baker’s chocolate, and bitter anise add a decent depth of character. Not sure why they have been increasing the alcohol over that last few years, but I wish they would concentrate on the velvety palate and deep, luscious fruits instead of the alcohol…8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Color is dark dark brown. Flavor is sweet up fornt iwth a bitter chocolately finish. Mouthfeel is average - nothing to write home about! Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Nice imperial, but definately not the best. It tasted a bit flat to me. I don't remember the specifics of it. Kind of the same molasses flavor as Speedway. I had Speedway after it, and the Speedway absolutely blew it away. Rereate 061804: Much better this time. No off flavors. Not as sweet as Speedway. Rerate 101604: Molasses and marachino cherry aroma with fig, molasses, caramel, and cherry flavors. Kind of a barley wine flavor within an imperial stout. Not quite roasty enough. could maybe use a little more body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Jeeze talk about high alchol contnet. Very present in both the nose and taste. Dark rown head with lots of lacing on the glass. Hoppy, more so than malty. pleasant and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1524) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2003
deep brown with a very quickly dissipating beige head. aroma has lots of alcohol and lots of roasted malts. fair amount of coffee in the aroma as well with mild hop aroma slightly detectable. lots of roasty malts in the flavor, some chocolate, but the finish for me was mostly alcohol...one of those beers that is definitely very good, but didnt meet my expectations. as it warms the chocolatey quality shows up a little more, also it develops a somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
This fits the bill for what an Imperial Stout should be. Fruity aroma, good solid malt, chocolate, roast flavors, etc. etc. to great depth. Hoppy finish gave me a spot of doubt, as if it were lacking a je ne sais qua in some category of complexity. But I don't know what. 95% opaque with pitch color. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

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