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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


dukeredhair's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
not mind blowing but good. Aroma is bakers chocolate, figs, hints of vine. Pours black with thin head and red edges, taste is sweet and kind of lacks complexity, missing bitterness, deep roast coffee, toffees, caramels, sugars. mostly just bakers chocolate and a sweetness. Palate is a bit thinner than Iíd like overall itís good but better can be found pretty easily.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Poured from bottle dated Nov 2012 dark chocolate color with a nice tan head and nice lacing. Aromas of dark fruit caramel chocolate and licorice. Taste is creamy currant licorice bakers chocolate caramel and a nice alcohol finish. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2016
November 2015 batch #14 bomber. 10.1% abv. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and licorice, maybe some Quik powdered chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit (cherries, etc.), bourbon, caramel. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (557) - Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 16 ounce bottle. Appearance: pours black with a brown, tan head. Aroma: Smell of dark fruit and some cocoa, slight booziness detectable as it warms. Taste: sweet and malty with rich dark fruits carrying the middle and some sweet breadiness at the close. Palate: medium with relatively high carbonation. Overall: dynamic malt flavors with just enough hop bitterness to give it edge.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (224) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Mine was a 10 % ABV 2015 bottle...I had one last year too and Iím so very impressed with this brew and this brewery...I could drink this stuff for breakfast!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1020) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
2015 Batch No. 15 Aroma - chocolate, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Appearance - the body is black. The head is beige and around 1". The head holds tight. Taste - chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, and some licorice. Palate - full body, sticky and slick texture, average carbonation, alcoholic and slightly astringent finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1401) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Almost black color. Big , tan head . Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits in aroma . Roasted malt , chocolate in taste . Mix of hoppy and roasted bitterness at the end. Well hidden alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9121) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2016
Tap. Thick, fine, tan head on black. Dull and cloudy. Fruity nose, berries, chocolate, marmalade, cola. Rich flavor, fruit and umami, miso, citrus. Noble hops, chocolate, vanilla. Weird stuff, a bit like stanky natto.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (820) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Batch No. 14 November 2015 10.1% Pours black with a thin tan head. The aroma is heavy. It has chocolate, whiskey, cherry, licorice, and hints of coffee, with the whiskey and cherry standing out most. The taste is sweet and very boozy. Here I find the noted whiskey, along with chocolate, vanilla, spices (Belgian?), cherry, mild coffee, and a touch of raisin. The aftertaste is a long lasting combination of chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. This is heavy in body, has a thick texture, and has minimal carbonation. This is a good heavy stout, though I believe I might like it better if it wasnít so sweet. The portrait of Tsar Nicholas II on the bottle is cool.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2423) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Tap at ginger man, ny. Black color, brown head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, some vanilla notes. Balanced taste, vanilla notes, chocolate, roasty. Nothing special.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3405) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
June 6, 2015. Vintage 2007, on tap at Akkurat.
Black with a small frothy tan head. Aroma is creamy and roasted malts with coffee, milk chocolate, figs, cocoa, black berries, hints of licorice and soya. Taste is sweet, light dry and slight boozy. Finish has sweet berries, dried fruits, licorice, dry bitter cocoa notes, milk chocolate, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft small bubble carbonation.
Aroma is great, finish is slightly too dry and boozy.


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