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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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (696) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Roasted malt with a spice note. Chocolate taste and light coffee. Not bad. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (213) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Smoke, chocolate and leather perfume out of the glass. Little head and a not quite pitch black color. Taste is a slight hit of hops that leads into the dark malts and some more of that smoke flavor. Roasty and clean with a little but of an alcohol burn. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (581) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Spicy and roasted malt aroma. Flavor is slight sweet with a coffee aftertaste and a sweet finish. Enjoyable imperial. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1163) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2014
A punch in the face Imperial Stout. Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, some hints of vanilla. Pours a dark oily black, no light showing through, tan head that dissipates quickly. Full mouthfeel, carbonation is just right. Leaves the flavor on the tongue like oil. Very well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (399) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at Taco Mac. Nearly jet black with a creamy mocha head. Roast, coffee and heavy chocolate aroma; vanilla and dark ripe fruit notes. Very sweet - chocolate and ripe red fruit are prominent flavors. Finish is somewhat dry with a mild hoppiness. Body is full and creamy. Very good imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
pours inky black with a creamy tan head and solid lacing. aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. taste is much the same with a stiff hop character and a well balanced quality overall. finish is long and a tad boozy but it doesn’t completely give away its high abv. excellent, refined beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2432) - 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 (656) - 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 (152) - 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 (2374) - 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.


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