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RATINGS: 1428   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


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (55) - North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep black, with a small tan head that quickly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is toffee and molasses. Taste is caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Delicious. Hides the ABV well. Very drinkable now, would be outstanding if cellared for a year or two.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Jan. 2003: Thin (yet enduring) dark tan head with healthy lace patterns. Dark and mysterious color with a luminescent ruby glow (in front of a bright light). Complex and inviting nose with hints of freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, sweet cookie dough, dark fruits, and fresh yeast. Mouthfeel is absolutely out of this world! Thick, but not cloying; velvety, soft, smooth & creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation. My tongue convulsed with pleasure. PERFECT nip of alcohol adds to the flavor and warms the soul. Decent amount of hops add a little flowery zing and a gentle bitterness in the finish; complements the subtle, vanilla-cream-like sweetness very well. Incredibly balanced and overwhelmingly flavorful. Have to say, this beer is absolutely amazing -- and it’s SO YOUNG! This Imperial raises the bar. Dec. 2003: Different from the original batch. Alcohol is much more noticeable. Grapefruit pokes through more, also. Have a few bottles nestled in my basement with last year’s. Nov., 2004: Much better than the last batch, but not quite as spectacular as the first batch. That said, it’s still really good. Silky texture. Complex aromas. Warming alcohol.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Man oh man. I was sort of pre-hyped for this, being that it is a new local brew, but I vowed to give it an honest, non-biased rating. And I am. This beer is awesome. But my take on this is that it really does not taste like a stout, imperial or otherwise. Have you noticed people speaking of the toffee on this one? Well, to me, it tastes a lot like a great Belgian brown abbey ale, it reminds me a lot of Rochefort. It is just a little bit drier (that"s the stout part). But they could have called this an Abbey-style ale, and no one would think to question it. If you like Rochefort, and Westy, and the like, you need to give this one a try. Also, as previously noted, this beer is very drinkable, i"m going to use a word here that I have never used on Ratebeer but knew that someday I would: it"s quaffable. UPDATE: same beer, I just wanted to add that as the beer warmed, its stout qualities became more evident. It still reminds me of an Abbey ale though. Maybe an Abbey ale-stout?

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2569) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Aroma is pure intrigue, with a host of characters. Dark brown sugar, heady flowers, semi-sweet chocolate, plummy fruitiness, caramel/toffee, espresso, faint whiskey, spices and then some. Held up to a bright light, you can find a dim, ruddy glow, but otherwise the blackness reigns. Head invariably settles into a slight, yet striking fractal pattern. Flavor plays across the tongue like a bombastic Russian symphony. Dark, roasted, syrupy, bittersweet chocolate maltiness, a touch of background saltiness, molasses and toffee, and faint yeasty esters subtly blended to play off one another. Languidly drawn out, lightly alcoholic and sweet finish. Aftertaste is malty and unusually savory. The 12% barely ripples the profile but is undoubtedly felt. Majestic, inscrutable, but ultimately joyous in nature.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2003
My new standard for Russian Imperials. No wonder the Bolsheviks were pissed. If the court got to drink this and all I got was Vodka, I'd revolt too. Poured a coal like black With a deep tan head. Aroma was redolent with malty roasted goodness, also coffee and a bit of sweetness like a candied fruit. Flavor was too stunning for words. Think of the most flavorful stout you have ever had and then double it. Continued to find flavors well into the aftertaste. 12.2% is nowhere to be found in the drinking of this fine ale. However, it is a bit noticable when rising from the bar stool.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2003
First of all, thanks to ecrvich for sending this my way! 2002 Vintage. Pours a brownish black with almost no head. Definite alcohol "legs" on the glass as I swirl this around in my snifter. The nose is alcohol, smoked wood, molasses, fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Definite wood notes in this, more coffee, cocoa, vanilla extract, some fruit, and, oh yeah, alcohol! The mouthfeel is silky smooth save for a slight alcohol burn right after the finish. I really didn't pick up the anise in this. However, that's of no consequence. Absolutely fantastic beer! I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday, even though it basically just turned the 31st!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirsch13 (4) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008 does not count
very thick head on this poor! 2006 batch. roma is sweet and full carrying a good bit of molasses. The front is sweet and bright, the middle is warm and slightly sweet, and the back brings the tinniest bitter flavor into the mouth and balances the sip perfectly! Great job, these guys can brew!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Batch 2007. Purchased at Wild Oats. 22oz @ $7.99. Very complex stout that takes the tastebuds for a enjoyable ride from start to finish. Very nice on the palate, with a immediate finish. Balanced between hops and maltiness. Head was lacking, and dissapated fairly quickly. One of my favorite Imperial Stout’s, those 15 folk at Avery know what they’re about.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
2009 Batch, Pours motor oil black with a minimal light tan head. Strong dark malt and alcohol notes. Initial attack is a nice malt forward attack which fades to a nicely balanced cocoa finish, but nice and not too bitter, very nicely balanced finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Oh yeah… another one to add to the AW Beer Hall of Fame!!! This brew pours up a rich black body sporting a rich tan creamy head that stays with the brew for quite some time leaving some nice lacing on the glass while the brew is being enjoyed. One’s sense of smell is flooded with chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and something along the lines of warm snicker-doodle or warm gingerbread cookies. The flavor of this beer is very complex and yet very, very enjoyable. I can’t even find the right words to adequately describe the flavors noted in this brews; but they are all well-balanced and very much to be savored slowly! The body is just how I like a good stout to be; thick, rich and almost chewy!


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