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RATINGS: 1471   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
22oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle says oct 2014- 8.5% Pours dark brown/black with no head. Opaque. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, alcohol, molasses. Taste is sweet upfront with a subtle bitterness underneath. Palate is medium-full body. Thick texture. Overall, a really decent stout. Not the best, but very good for the pricepoint. Fairly complex. A little too sweet and a little light on body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bobbymac29649 (4) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
My favorite so far. 10.3% ABV. It went ok with pizza, then was even better with a chocolate chip cookie. Then by itself, yum. Great mouth feel and body. I love everything about it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (705) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2014
22oz bottle to 22oz snifter. Inky black with a bitter roasted aroma. Thick everlasting creamy head. Huge roasted flavor. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a little bite. Bone warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7872) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Another big imperial stout. This one was not a let down. Pours a black that lets no light through. finger thick brown head. smell is aromatic, of mocha and hops. flavor is big on chocolate with a bitter finish. fairly full mouthfeel. dry bittersweet finish. overall, a good impy stout!"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollsrace (71) - - 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 (315) - San Diego, 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 (2090) - - 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 (1882) - 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.

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