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RATINGS: 1502   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)

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 The aroma is full of alcohol, mocha, chocolate and some deep roasted coffee. Pretty nice nose but the alcohol was very noticeable and virtually no hops were present in the nose. The flavors were very complex but didnt seem to work well with each other. Dark Roasted Chocolate was present along with ground coffee, prunes or perhaps dark cherries, black licorice, some vanilla (but hardly noticeable) and some English Toffee. The alcohol was also very evident especially when the beer warmed. I also noticed that this Imperial Stout seemed to be lacking some hop flavor which seemed odd considering the brewery. Overall, a solid beer, but I have had much tastier Imperial Stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Another winner from Avery. I cant say much more than what you have read before. Nice and heavy, but the alcohol content is well hidden in the malty backbone of this wonderful brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a motor-oil black with a tiny mocha-colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is very big, with bitter bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, and more alcohol. But the alcohol is not overly noticeable for a 12%er. Also a hint of cherry. Finishes burnt, bitter, and very warming. A very nice imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sallad (115) - USA - SEP 17, 2004
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, looks black in the glass with dark ruby highlights when held to the light. Small light brown head that faded to a nice ring. Burnt / roasted grain aromas laced with cherry and chocolate. Bitter hops up front in the taste w/ more roasted malt. Finishes with a bitter dark chocolate flavor and some warming alcohol notes. This was suprisingly low on the sweetness, but still medium bodied. Sweeter (and more alcohol apparent) as it warmed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2004
Alcohol, chocolate, and anis in the nose. Big thick mouthfeel with more chocolate, black malt, earthy hops, coco. milk chocolat, and dark chocolate. Alcohol presence warms the nose and kind of adds to the expiriance. Finishes with coco.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
2002 vintage. This beer has all the goods to please the czar. The lusciuos pour is brack with a mahongany outer hue. The aroma is a fantastic combination of hops, spice and molasses malt. It may also have to most layered flavor of any Imperial Ive tried.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Czar pours a deep dark brown with a respectable foamy tan head- A nice fine lace and poor head retention. The aroma is of hops, grassy, with hints of roasted grain and a little chocolate. The taste is has quite a sweet and creamy start with an intense, sharp hop finish (hints of roasted barley and coffee). The mouthfeel is the best thing going with this stout. It is very creamy and smooth, with a well-balanced presence of effervescence and a sharp lasting hop presence.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2004
22 oz bottle. This Tsarman heartily enjoyed this Czar. Imperial Stouty. Dark as the night with a rich, frothy brown head. Dark chocolate and coffee clearly evident. Roasted smoked malts are also evident. Tough to drink the whole bottle with the nearly 12 %. Would be better to share, but I cant blame a great name like Czar.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
8/28/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, sampled at Dr. Bill and Steinys 8th Annual 12-Hour Beer Festival in Orange, CA 8/28/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a dark brown with a dark, gray-tan head that lingers very thin. A slight ring around the edge of the glass, then spotty and mediocre lacing. Lovely dark chocolate nose, a bit of caramel malts and molasses. Long and mean, somewhat drying finish of cocoa powder and coffee grounds. Nice, fluffy, somewhat fizzy but round and velvety body. Really nice, dry finish with enough going on to keep you satisfied until the next sip, but still enough taste with each drink to keep you reaching back for more. Damn nice brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2004
First Batch, Vintage 2002(Dec.): heavy roasty malt and mocha aroma, notes of nut and dark fruit; a complex mixture of plum, raisin, coffee, molasses, and chocolate flavors, a little smokey and sour; smooth, creamy mouth-feel and well hidden alcohol; this was an awesome brew.


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