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RATINGS: 1491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (88) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
This brew is one of my ultimate favorites. I’ve tried so many Avery beers and finally found one I will always buy if I can find it in stock somewhere. This brew is deep, rich and amazing. So high gravity that it does make my heart skip a beat. This brew should be taken slowly, over a prolonged period. It does challenge ones physiology in several ways. Not a bad idea to chase it with ice water and have some insulin handy if your pancreas is not up to speed. This is an entire meal in a bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11211) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2015
Bottle shared at Olbutikken. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of big malt, light roast, overripe dark fruits and booze. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Too boozy and thin for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrik (624) - - APR 11, 2015
Flarra. Doft. Blåa druvor åh lite vanilj, lite trälagrat. Åh faktiskt lite typiskt för en bra Dipa? En fräsch havsdoft!. Ovanligt för imperial Stout Häftigt. Smak typiskt rejäl mjölkchoklad . Medel söt för att vara en Imp Stout. Lättdrucken mjuk och väldigt bra Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slaktmasken (70) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Coffee aroma. Chocolate/coffee taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2015
Deep black with heavy khaki head. Nose of roasted malt dark fruit and licorice. Flavor follows suit with grainy roast, raisin/fig and licorice. Lingering bitter chocolate and acidic dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raoul_duke (240) - - MAR 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 2014 variety with stated 8.5% abv. Tan to brown head which isn?t foamy but is liquidy. Dark dark brown to black with red hues in light. The nose is, honestly, magnificent. Chocolate goes without saying (that seems to be required on a stout) but the hazelnut and toffee are, in a word, enticing. Perhaps a bit sweet? That?s the only issue I can come up with. The layers of flavor are exceptional. This is one for the shortlists out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitehotg8 (85) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Upon pour this stout looks promising. Dark near-black color with a nice dense khaki head. Smells of chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted nuts with just a hint of spice with a boozy undertone. Sipping this slowly I get the obvious cocoa/chocolate notes with some licorice/rye, coffee, toasted almond with some nice warming alcohol on the back end. Really an all around fantastic imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2223) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2015
draft that poured almost black with little off white head. this one smelled nice roasted malts and chocolate plus a sweetness I couldn’t pick up right away. I understand why my friend uses this beer to make brownies. the flavors are good and not overpowering like some others. nice blend of roasted malts. chocolates and maybe it was toffee or caramel something like that...body was not as thick as you would except made for a pleasant surprise...overall very tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LuckyDog (615) - - FEB 5, 2015
This is to sweet for me, but I think it’s appropriate for the style. I taste toffee and alcohol. Not much roast. Not a lot of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (1000) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Vintage 2013. Black and oily with light mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black liquorice, and roasted malts. Taste is coffee roast, anise, dark chocolate, and light bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter with a black liquorice aftertaste, medium bodied, a bit of heat on the finish. Pretty tasty, lots of black liquorice no a nice amount of bitterness.

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