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RATINGS: 1487   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 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 (3488) - 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 (3191) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
somewhat sweet malty aroma with restrained bitter notes. Dark black opaque liquid witha persistant toffee colored foam. Sweet lightly malty flavor with a sharp acrid bitterness on finish. More fluid and thin than most stouts. Still a fine beer. High alcohol content and big bottle mean this one will lay you low. Beware.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
2002 bottle Wow, a stellar beer all around. First the apperance. Very dark brown or black, with some ruby tints on the side. Tan head that was small and was gone in a flash. The aroma was of dried fruits, candy(toffee?), brown sugar, and malts. The first sip was heaven. A hint of sweetness, followed up by bitterness. The flavors of roasted malts, toffee, hops, and candy did a dance on my tounge. As the brew moved down my gullet, the alcohol made its presence know in a nice, but firm way. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 2008-06-22, bottled 2005, 3 years old, 11.03% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Black color, with a generous creamy head; when pouring, it doesn’t seem very thick, there’s even a fizzy sound. It has a sweetish phenolic aroma at first, then some cookies and dark chocolate. It has an average body strength (i.e., less than other Imperial Stouts); it’s still sweetish, without being cloying, with a strong caramel flavor and just some dark chocolate; the bitterness is much attenuated, difficult to feel the 70 IBU; in the end there is a small alcohol perception. For being sweetish, with lower bitterness than the average, and with less roasted malt, it’s an easy Imperial Stout to drink.

2004-01-10, bottled 2002, 2 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Dark amber color. As expected, the usual caramel/liquorice/roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11751) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
2002 vintage: dark black colour, no foam, strong coffee aroma, alcohol and plum, thick, sweet and oily, very bitter and dry, the finish is quite powerfull with overwhelming alcohol presence - thanks to jcalabre for this beer

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