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RATINGS: 1437   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 09.02.2014, 0,65l bottle (2012 vintage) @ home, courtesy of RobertDale:
Big slightly brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is rich and slightly sweet, licorice, chocolate pudding, dark malts, coffee, dark sugar, soy sauce, caramel, hints of dark fruits. Taste is slightly dry, cough syrup, spicy raw licorice pastilles, alcohol, hops, dark malts, burnt caramel and coffee, dark sugar. Longlasting mild bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice one, but I think it would have been even better with some years in the cellar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (544) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Taster at Avery’s. Appearance: black color, smaller brown head that lasts, good lace. Aroma: coffee, roast, citrus, chocolate, light floral. Palate: full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Taste: rich bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste. Overall, very good and very worth getting a hold of if you can.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ModeEngage (151) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 Bomber. Pours opaque black with moderate fluffy tan head that laces. Smells of maple, wood, and vanilla. Drinks sweetly with an alcoholic bite and mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of booze, maple, wood, and bourbon.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2194) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours a deep goopy black color with a trace of khaki foam. Nose is sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla and some boozy dark fruit and roasted chocolate malt. The palate is sweet as well. Big boozy chocolate sauce with underlying nuances of vanilla, fig. Slick almost oily mouthfeel. Good but just doesn’t all come together into a harmonious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Black or very dark brown with brown head poured from a tap. Full bodied tastes of toffee and mocha. Legit

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (815) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014
On tap, poured a black hue w/ minimal head. Light to moderate boozy and roasty aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ moderate bitter finish. Tastes are fresh malt, roasted malts, and bourbon. Full bodied, light syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation, and slight warmth in the finish. Well balanced imperial, very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Tap takeover at the Attic. Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, booze. Taste is toffee, chocolate and some booze notes. Pretty damn good.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (546) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a dark black with thin tan head. A faint aroma of chocolate and oak. Taste is strong and rich with malt, chocolate, coffee, and hard alcohol. Finishes with a taste of rum but not overpowering.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Chocolate, molasses, and coffee upfront. This is what a stout should be. There is a very pleasant sweetness to this. Soft on the palate. Love this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2095) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
22oz bomber gifted to me from JohnGonk for Christmas. Pours black with an inch of creamy mocha head. Aroma of burnt toast, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and burnt sugar. Taste of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel malt, dark fruit, and char.


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