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RATINGS: 1483   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)


natesbeerz's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
natesbeerz (6) - - MAR 22, 2013
Pour from 22 oz bottle. Opaque black. Tan head that laces quite thin. Aroma of licorice and molasses. Taste is malty at first then a light hop finish. Decent beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8501) - 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 (774) - 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 wasn’t 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 (2108) - 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 (2781) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4752) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Hides the alcohol content quite well. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5063) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Aroma is grapes, bubblegum and dark malts. The flavor is dryish dark/roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, dark fruit/slight grapes and an acidic/slightly sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edbast (38) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2016
22 oz bottle. A little underwhelming, this was the 2015 version but I picked up some winey notes typical of aged brews. No head whatsoever. A little hoppier than a typical imperial stout. Otherwise flavors were pretty muddled, nothing stands out. Still a very nice beer but for the style a bit of a let down.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Twostal (22) - - JAN 1, 2016
Go to imperial stout. On the darker side of Tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Smooth taste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (748) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Solid beer....thx Brian really smooth beer...chocolate and berries...really do not taste the booze...i thought this was really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2705) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from Maro Brothers. Drank with Dennis Bell. Nice notes of roasted malt, nuts, some booze, dark fruit and chocolate. The body was slightly thin and milky for my taste, but the brew had a decent blend...not just heavy roast. Well done.


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