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87
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1493   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Black with a creamy, lasting head, which laces down the glass. Sweet, apple/grape scent. Dark roasted chocolate flavor with a bitter wallop in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 2003: Black, with a slight tan head. Sweet nose with plums, chocolate, licorice, caramel. Very sweet, with a powerful warming alcohol kick. Flavors of licorice and apples precede an overly bitter, dry finish. Re-Visiting, 2005: Bitterness not as pronounced, and Im not getting so much of the anise/licorice/apples flavors now. More plummy and easy on the palate, worth a few upticks on the rating for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark black appearance with brownish head and lasted. Its smell was a mix of coffee, roast, and malt. Sweet taste with several flavors coming at you. It was very smooth and finished smooth with a light oil texture. It had just the right amount of coffee taste/smell that a non coffee drinker could handle it; me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Strangely light aroma. Mocha, coffee, toffee malt (M); flowery hops (L). Nearly opaque black body with a tall, creamy, tan head that's quite well lasting. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly bitter, heavily alcoholic finish. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: not as big as I was expecting and it has a strange banana ester to it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Pours out black.Strong alcohol smell with a roasted malty oily aroma.Very complex with it's flavors.Warming sweet feeling as it goes down. Finishes hoppy and a little dry. A great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Bottle - big malty and alcoholic nose. Unbelieveably complex flavors! Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 2004. Lots of alcohol in both aroma and flavor. Some roasty notes and stuff, but its really boozey. Its a little thin of body as well. Not really all that great, nor is it horrible. Just not worth my time when there are so many better imperial stouts.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pitch black...not a bit of light getting through here. Strong scents of hazelnut and molasses. Sweet molasses taste with a very warming alcohol bite. Reminds me a bit of a chocolate covered cherry. Just a little strong tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Very dark brown color with a light brown head. Fairly strong alcohol aroma, with roasted malt, hops and raisin. Sweet and roasty flavors, including malt, raisin, rum, and hops. Nice full flavor and feel, lightly tingly, with a somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Deep dark brown with some ruby highlights when when held to the light with a small brown head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic, with malt and raisin notes. Medium bodied and slightly oily, but probably on the thin side for an imperial. Taste is a nice blend of roasted malt, toffee, raisins, and slight hints of licorice with a touch of hop bitterness. A very nice imperial, but not an exceptional one.


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