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RATINGS: 1443   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ROADGUY (1) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
1/18/03: bottle. light black color. medium- low head with medium lacing. little bit of a malt smell. in the taste department there is lots of malt, some coffee and some sweetness. smooth, and not at all bitter. although i don't taste any sort of an alcohol flavor, i am glad that i'm not the one driving home... this is one strong brew. worth the $6 for a 22 oz bottle, can't wait to have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Poured 100% opaque with a slight tan head.
Aroma was malty and coffee. Some chocolate mixed with hops.
Tasted like a big, thick stout milkshake. Malt and coffee that ended with a nice hop bite on the back of the tongue.
The 12.2 % ABV was nowhere to be found in the taste. There was a slight hint at the alcohol in the aroma but it dissipated.
This is going to be a well-received beer. Need to get more!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Very nice. Has an almost inky thick quality to it. Can only imagine what a bottle that has been stored is like. Give this some time in the basement and it would probably be worth its weight in gold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Fantiastic beer. Lots of alcohol taste and a full malty palate. Damn near got me drunk. Luckly the kegs rolled in afterwards. A fine beer, everyone should have this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Get yourself a Hershey"s Special Dark, slather it with gooey toffee. Then dip it into a cup of black coffee that"s been spiked with a generous shot of Irish whiskey. This is one heavenly concoction. Aroma is sweet and strong. Palate is thick and round, but thinner at the end - makes you want another sip. For some reason, the toffee flavors remained on the right edges of my tongue, the roasty chocolate was on the left and a nice, even hop stayed in the middle. This is obviously a world class brew, I can imagine the complexities possible with aging it. (I immediately followed this with a Stone IPA - what a Black&Tan that would make - try it!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 2002 bottle. Caramel colored but darker in the center and gets lighter toward the edge. Caramel-toffee nose, chewy round smooth on the palate. Hoppy, bitter finish. My last couple of sips are room temp and a very tasty alcohol bite has kicked in. Thanks to ecrvich for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Man oh man. I was sort of pre-hyped for this, being that it is a new local brew, but I vowed to give it an honest, non-biased rating. And I am. This beer is awesome. But my take on this is that it really does not taste like a stout, imperial or otherwise. Have you noticed people speaking of the toffee on this one? Well, to me, it tastes a lot like a great Belgian brown abbey ale, it reminds me a lot of Rochefort. It is just a little bit drier (that"s the stout part). But they could have called this an Abbey-style ale, and no one would think to question it. If you like Rochefort, and Westy, and the like, you need to give this one a try. Also, as previously noted, this beer is very drinkable, i"m going to use a word here that I have never used on Ratebeer but knew that someday I would: it"s quaffable. UPDATE: same beer, I just wanted to add that as the beer warmed, its stout qualities became more evident. It still reminds me of an Abbey ale though. Maybe an Abbey ale-stout?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 I had the opportunity to sample this beer next to Bells Expedition, Victory's Storm King, Brooklyn's Chocolate. Brooklyn's Chocolate was the most similiar to The Czar in flavor. Brooklyn had a slightly alcohol finish, The Czar would have none of that. I found the Czar to be slightly sweet up front with a comfortable finish. In the description toffee is bought up, I taste it alot. I'm going to age some of this. Avery definitely has a keeper here. Many Thanks to Ecrvich for providing this one. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Poured fairly thick with a slowly dissipating beige head. Medium carbonation level and not as opaque is I was expecting. When held up to light I got a mix of dark brown and ruby. Aroma is slightly more complex than most imperials but not overwhelming - chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and a little licorice. Flavor is also not overwhelming and in softer than I expected. Mildly bitter with chocolate, coffee and a unique sweetness that was balanced by the somewhat hidden alcohol level. 22 oz bottle was finsihed very quickly, so I’d have to say this beer is also extremely drinkable.

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