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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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)


budznsudz's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Black pour with a thin khaki head. Chocolate and roasted malt on the nose. Taste is chocolate, malt, and bitter hops on the finish. Nice balanced stout.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raoul_duke (105) - - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitehotg8 (71) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1505) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LuckyDog (554) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (806) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1099) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Draft at Ale House. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, date. Flavor follows. Chocolate, molasses, dark dried fruits. A bit of licorice in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (210) - USA - JAN 19, 2015
After their miserable White Rascal they redeem themselves. A good but not great stout. Dark. A smell of roasted chocolate. Thick head. A bit bitter. Warm wash down. Since it is a bit roasty it cools down quickly. Definitely a winter beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 17, 2015
Batch 12, Oct 2013. Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.29.14. A: Sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Very sweet and delicious smelling. A: 2 finger brown/tan head that stays. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom. T: Chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet malt are dominant. A slight wood/roastiness, and spiciness are subtle. P: Creamy smooth like silk. Nice bubbles on the back end. Medium chewy. O: This does have some alcohol heat that is detectable on the back end. It also has some spiciness, but it doesn’t overwhelm as in other beers. The spiciness actually nicely balances the sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1706) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Floral notes, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, and caramel sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little anise, but mostly roasted malt.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (363) - - JAN 11, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Brown sugar colored head. Let's a little light through on the edges. Smell: roasted malts. Chocolate. Bitter coffee. Alcohol. Taste: roasted malts first thing. Chocolate on the back. Coffee somewhere in the middle. Feel: dryer than i expected for a stout. Relatively thin mouth feel. Overall: nice beer. Really want to know if this is supposed to be a drier form of stout. First drank: home 1/11/15 Vintage: October 2014


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