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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Barley-tastic. I was supprised at how much of this was more of a barley wine. Reminds me of the '03 Epic. Regardless, I much like this for its smoothness and how it is in fact a Different imperial stout. from the rest.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2003
Deep ruby red opaque. Awesome port wine, toffee-treacle and licquorice aroma. Wonderful medium light but lifting palate. Medium bready malty and classic fortified wine (Tokay?) flavours. Sweet but not cloying malty finish. Well masked alcohol. Borders on stunning. Thanks ecrvich - t'was truly one of the party makers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Thanks to Brewbandit for this fine bottle of beer. Now this is a beer. Nice sweet chocolate roasty flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
Wow... sweet malt aroma.. brilliant sweetness and roasted flavour. Nice and thick and flavourfull!!! Nice. Not much of the alcohol comes in the flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 (3/2/06, 22oz bottle, 2004 vintage) Opaque black body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, some coffee, chocolate, roast, light alcohol, molasses. As it approaches room temperature the chocolate and roast come to the fore. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, coffee, roast, some grapefruit/earthy, light chocolate, salty, faint mint. Pleasant alcohol warming (whisky) with a light burn. Smooth full body. (7/4/8/4/16)

(WCC2003) Black with small brown head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate, light vinous, and roasty. Taste is chocolate, sweet, raisin, malty. Finishes chocolate bitter, light alcohol. Full body. (8/4/9/4/17)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Memories of SA Tripel Bock - yet more refined. Opaque with thin, brown head. Nose of molasses and fortified soya sauce. Smooth, smooth molasses, vanilla. Finishes with a powerful mellowness that was never encountered with the Russian Royal Family!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 2002 22oz. bottle.Pours out a ruby black/teaser of a brown head/sparce lacing.Smells sweet(molasses,yeast) toffee/smokey/chocolaty/fig/plum/raisin/tease of roast...Palate is so smooth!The 12.2% is hidden well in the flavor but not in the delivery of a warm wintery buzz.(which is putting me to sleep on this sunny breezy april afternoon.The palate is velvet smooth> smoke roasted(maple,raisin,toffee chocolate)lovely.Though this is hardly an Imperial stout(more like an Imperial schwarzbier.I like this alot(the 2002 vintage anyway)I'm scared to try any other vintage.I am drinking my last right now and I must say this aged really well.The strange teriaki flavor has been worked out.That estery english yeast is all over this beer.Very unique to say the least.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Black body with ruby tints. Has a very small, almost non-existent head. Aroma is full of sweet malts, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Very sweet and malty in the start, leads to a very slight roastiness and finishes up with alot more bitterness than I expect from an imperial stout. The taste lingers on the palate for a long time. Complex and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Vintage 2002. Black with ruby highlights around the edges. Initially robust head faded to a thin sheet. Aromas of strong coffee, nuts, and anise. The flavors span a complex range including coffee, chocolate, licorice, molasses, alcohol and some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Rich, smooth, sweet, and pleasing palate. A bomber of The Czar treats you kindly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Pitch black hue with the exception of some ruby tints around the top and bottom, very little head and no lacing. Aroma hints of molasses, licorice, prunes, expresso, and leather. Rich and oily mouthfeel led to a sweet malt and twangy ripe fruit taste, spicy and woody on the finish. The alcohol is dangerously hidden, surprising smooth. Full-bodied. Initially my impression was that the beer was overrated, but as the glass warmed up, the aroma and taste grew more complex and wonderful. Recommended, thanks Acrodizer for the trade!


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