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RATINGS: 1467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollsrace (67) - - AUG 9, 2014
Got the 2009. It was on sale for 8.99. Smooth beer strong caramel and honey with some chocolate. I aged a bottle about a year and it was stronger alcohol but got dryer and seemed to lose some flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2012 Pours black, two finger tan head Smell rich robust, fruity, coco Taste chocolate and roasty coffee, creamy, red fruit finish Mid body Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
22 oz. bomber from La Vista Liquor. 2011 batch, 10.57% abv. Pours jet black with little head. Aroma of chocolate, dark cherries, anise, caramel malt, roasted barley, and booze. Taste is well balanced, the soft caramel sweetness is offset by the roastiness and light hop bitterness. Easy to drink and smooth for such a high abv. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, long, sweet finish. I’m starting to like Avery beers better overall the more I try them, I think Hog Heaven turned me off because it was too hoppy but The Czar is smooth and fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a deep, dark brown, some tan head. Aroma truly bizarre; raisins, candi sugar, cocoa powder, some roasted malts. Body full yet smooth, just a bit of boozy burn in the finish. Different for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2051) - - MAY 26, 2014
Transferred from BA review on 4-10-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a deep dark brown, nearly black color with a light brown head. The head faded quite fast and gave way to a good amount of lacing. Smell – The aromas are sweeter in this stout. Dark fruit aromas of cherry , raisin and prune are the heaviest. There are some nice roasted aromas of chocolate and malt mixed in with the nose as well. Taste – The taste is quite roasted malt up front. Hints of chocolate meet the tongue and very soon mingle with some of the potent dark fruit flavors that were detected in the nose. The sweeter fruit flavors meld quite well with the roasty flavors. The fruit flavors really keep strong, but a nice bitterness starts to work its way into the tongue and balances out some of the sweet quite well. There is a nice semi-sweet, roasty flavor left on the tongue at the end of the taste with a little bit of a warming from a light alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is nice and creamy. The brew coats the tongue and mouth allowing the sweet and more biter flavors to really permeate the tongue. The carbonation level is quite low and really accentuates this feel. Overall –This is a nice imperial. It has some nice balance between sweet and bitter flavors. While it is a bit pricey, it is well worth a try. Give it a go!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
2013 edition. Black with a tan head and noticeable carbonation. Aroma is marshmallow, vanilla, dates, anise, caramel. Medium bodied, sweet on the palate with a little burn and spice and a slightly umami finish. Taste is toffee, honeycomb, anise, dates, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
XaenDovet (1227) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share. Batch #12 2013. Pours fairly dark brown, red highlights, tan cap. Aroma of anise, prune, chocolate. Taste is bittersweet. Low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1314) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Pours a deep brown almost black color with a molasses aroma. Taste is coffee, toffee, and alcohol malt. A lasting linger on the palate that verifies the alcohol content. A candied flavor with this beer, almost like a Belgian Strong. An enjoyable beer but not my favorite Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bomber, 2009. Pour is motor oil black, thin khaki head and alcohol legs. Smell is milk chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee and alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate, molasses, a hong if coffee and a toffee and boozy finish. Surprisingly boozy for 4+ years old, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (261) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep black, with a small tan head that quickly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is toffee and molasses. Taste is caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Delicious. Hides the ABV well. Very drinkable now, would be outstanding if cellared for a year or two.

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