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RATINGS: 1465   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Dark brown in color with a see-through pour and a tan head. Solid malty aroma, roasted malts, brownies, a little coffee, and just a touch of licorice, raisens, peppers, cherries, and grapes. Fairly sweet (almost perfect) and perfect carbonation. Seems a little light in appearance for the style, but still an awsome offering from the Avery dudes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2003
A well bodied very roasted malt balanced example of the dark side. Complex yet smoothly drinkable for its 12.2 % alcohol. Definitely one to acquire and cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Boy this sucker pours thick and it sits in the glass like a fat man in the ass-groove of his favorite recliner. Black and opaque like a piece of obsidian ... this beer dominates the eyes. Tiny thin tan head which quickly dissapates and recedes into the beer. A multitude of scents and titilating spores assault the probascis: raisins, burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, buckstrap, and alcohol -- this stuff is dizzying. First sip, very sweet, perhaps slightly overbalanced in the malt direction ... but hang in there and the alcohol and hops creep up to act as a foil. This is one gorgeous beer. Certainly, worthy of the Czars for which it finds its name.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Aroma is pure intrigue, with a host of characters. Dark brown sugar, heady flowers, semi-sweet chocolate, plummy fruitiness, caramel/toffee, espresso, faint whiskey, spices and then some. Held up to a bright light, you can find a dim, ruddy glow, but otherwise the blackness reigns. Head invariably settles into a slight, yet striking fractal pattern. Flavor plays across the tongue like a bombastic Russian symphony. Dark, roasted, syrupy, bittersweet chocolate maltiness, a touch of background saltiness, molasses and toffee, and faint yeasty esters subtly blended to play off one another. Languidly drawn out, lightly alcoholic and sweet finish. Aftertaste is malty and unusually savory. The 12% barely ripples the profile but is undoubtedly felt. Majestic, inscrutable, but ultimately joyous in nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 A bottomless circumfluent perfume lures...Chocolate wine, black grapes and coffee beans proudly endorse a man of subtle wit and quiet elegance...Hot burgundy flashes reflect off of his authoritative silky dark tunic...The stately monarch is never boastful though and his alcoholic leanings estrange his pugnacity...A bit less substance than show, yet satisfying for lovers of the style...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 I am already noticing a difference from the start of this release. I'll make sure to lay a few down for sometime. Im definitely gonna buy out my local store. This is a big Imperial stout , with nice malty finish, and warm alchohol flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Dark black color, smallish head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied Imperial Stout. Deeply roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla. Although this is most definitely a stout, it has many qualities of a both a barley wine (oilyness and maltyness) and an Abbey ale (Vinous and brown sugary). Complex as anything. Well balanced. Very smooth taste. Hides the 12.2% alcohol very well. Very drinkable. Extremely dangerous beer. This beer will be outrageous with a couple of years of bottle aging. Amazing this young, but with some aging…. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter, some alcohol bite. Amazing beer. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2003
2002 - Aroma of roasted hops. Bittersweet body with hints of chocolate. Finish leaves you wanting more. A truly interesting brew that hides 12% very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Pours black but held to the light it reveals a blood red heart.Quickly fading tan head.Big roasted nose.First sip starts with a sweetness reminiscent of chocolate but backed up by slight notes of bitter coffee.Some black licorice comes through in the aftertaste which lingers due to the creaminess of the brew.The abv is nonexistant which makes this a very dangerous brew. Many THANKS to ecrvich for this one. I just hope it makes it to California.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 poured dark at first glance but when held to a light you could see right through its redness..the head was non-existent save a halo of froth...not the usual imperial aroma..more vinous, and barley-winish IMO..with hints of cream & alcohol..flavor was way more reminiscent of a barleywine than an imperial for some reason..i do not know why..however, that doesnt take away from its rating at all...the flavor was nutty, with molassis, brown sugar, sublte chocolate..some very slight licorice..or shall i say anise notes..theres some burnt sugar qualities too..But where the hell is the roastedness..the malts arent dark and roasty enough for this to be an imperial..its a barley-wine..am I wrong, I've had many of both, and this clearly is closer to a barley-wine than an imperial..but all in all..a good barley-wine..am i the only one getting this? whatever.

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