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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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)


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edbast (38) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2016
22 oz bottle. A little underwhelming, this was the 2015 version but I picked up some winey notes typical of aged brews. No head whatsoever. A little hoppier than a typical imperial stout. Otherwise flavors were pretty muddled, nothing stands out. Still a very nice beer but for the style a bit of a let down.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Twostal (42) - - JAN 1, 2016
Go to imperial stout. On the darker side of Tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Smooth taste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (869) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Solid beer....thx Brian really smooth beer...chocolate and berries...really do not taste the booze...i thought this was really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from Maro Brothers. Drank with Dennis Bell. Nice notes of roasted malt, nuts, some booze, dark fruit and chocolate. The body was slightly thin and milky for my taste, but the brew had a decent blend...not just heavy roast. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with jasonn. This is from 2011, batch 10, with a 10.57% ABV. I'm shocked I haven't rated this yet! The pour is a nice black, a little thin, with a thin collar of light tan head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is a little sweet. It's milky and light. There is a good roasted all and a strong chocolate on the finish. There is a light molasses present as well. It's got a light, yet strangely complex aroma. The flavor is good. There is the light milkiness, but it turns to a bitter chocolate and a lovely bitter roast. It's basic, yet well done and well developed. The mouth feel is thinner and light with a light carbonation and a lingeringly bitter and sweet mouth feel. It's leaving a little to be desired, but overall it's a solid brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2015
2015 batch. Bottom of the pack in blind imperial stout tasting of 30 classics. Pours a dark brown black with a tan head. Aromas are very light roast, light molasses. Taste is thin dark fruits. Thin body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anthony850 (463) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2015
On tap. Rich stout with Carmel and anise. Very high alc. Tasting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2012 bottle, purchased April 2013. Nice black pour, lovely light brown, creamy, heavy head turns to a moderate ring; medium lacing. Molasses, raisin, chocolate, booze. Thereís some off smell and flavor in here that doesnít agree with me; itís possibly the currants, but Iím getting rotting cardboard and plastic, I donít know. Forgettable and slightly gross.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Dark brown real dark brown with small real small tan head. Huge aromas of cocoa and fennel and obviously roasted malts. Flavor of rich and bitter chocolate. Additional anise and coffe and some burnt caramel. Light earthy hops finished extra rich with slight alcohol edge.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5671) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2015
4 oz bottle pour (2010) at ChurchKey during the 22 years of Avery event. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of licorice, coffee, chocolate. Tastes of coffee, licorice, chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry finish.


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