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RATINGS: 1466   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle. Very dark red brown color, small head. Aroma and flavor of choloate, roasty coffee, spices, fruit, and citrus. (Sweet coffee with warming alcohol)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (36095) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2008
From 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense chocolate brown head diminishing to a nce lacework. Aroma is mild roasted, chocolate and light hoppy. Flavour Light roasted malt, chocolate (dominantly) and light liqourice note before a solid hops flavour appears and nicely breaking the dense dark flavours. Sweet flavoured with a distinct caramel to light sugarish note. Smooth mouthfeel and the 11.7% are amazingly well hidden. Nice and balanced brew yet doesn’t have the subtle complexities of the top 50 imp stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (30818) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2005
[Vintage 2003 - sampled 2005] An almost opaque brown beer with a dense brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of coffe and chocolate, but also some caramel. The flavor is very powerful with strong notes of alcohol and Cascade hops to begin with, but then coffee and chocolate on a very sweet background and with the alcohol lingering in the background, and the end is quite dry with a combination of roasted malt and bitterness, but still with the alcohol making its presence know. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 (Bottle 65 cl) Completely black and opaque with a small, rough, off-white head. Vinous, sweetish malt aroma. Medium-bodied, sweetish alcoholic with lots of roasted malt ans notes of dried fruit. Discreet, hoppy finish. Quite lovely. 030606

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23865) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle, 2005-edition. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of dried fruits and liquorice. Sweet roasted flavour of dried fruits, liquorice and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23002) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Smooth roasted malt and caramel in aroma, also hints of coffee. Strong old coffee and roasted malt in flavour along with caramellish and smokish hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21459) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2003
Bottled. Very black with salty grapefruit aroma. Loads of salty licorice, roasty, sweet and immensly flavourful. Very bitter salty bitter finish. Many thanks to hopsrus for a box full of incredible beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19571) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some hints of hops and dried fruits. Sweet malty flavor with some hints of chocolate and dried fruits. Long warming bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17649) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Bottle at home ... thanks to TheCheeseMan for this ... Deep black ... Lots of coffee and a little alcohol in nose ... quite a bit of alcohol ... rich chocolate a bit bitter in linger ... lots of sweet alcohol ... some toffee and loads of vanilla ... liitte spice... THis one seems very well rounded... little alcohol burn on lips 4.2

2010 bottle at home ... soft roast malt ... thin tan head nose ... very sweet chocolate roast ... LOADS of that malt that i dont like ... dark malts .. its not working .. no alcohol burn 3.2 ... odd wildly different score average to 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 2008-06-22, bottled 2005, 3 years old, 11.03% ABV, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Black color, with a generous creamy head; when pouring, it doesn’t seem very thick, there’s even a fizzy sound. It has a sweetish phenolic aroma at first, then some cookies and dark chocolate. It has an average body strength (i.e., less than other Imperial Stouts); it’s still sweetish, without being cloying, with a strong caramel flavor and just some dark chocolate; the bitterness is much attenuated, difficult to feel the 70 IBU; in the end there is a small alcohol perception. For being sweetish, with lower bitterness than the average, and with less roasted malt, it’s an easy Imperial Stout to drink.

2004-01-10, bottled 2002, 2 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Dark amber color. As expected, the usual caramel/liquorice/roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

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