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RATINGS: 1493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2003 Vintage - Thanks to The_Beer_God for this one. Dark black (but not real thick) body. Minimal bubbly tan head. Aroma lacks the typical roasted character associated with this style. Instead it is sweet with lots of alcohol. The flavor is much the same with only hints of roasted malt and lots of alcohol. The body is thinned out by the alcohol. Overall it is OK but not nearly what I had expected given all of the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Black with a small beige head. Coffee, licorice, pepper and dark chocolate in aroma. Taste of roasted coffee, dried plums, dark chocolate and herbs. Bitter finish with notes of salt, licorice, herbs and black coffee. The only complaint is that the body is a bit thin, despite the high gravity! Thanks ciderguy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Black with hints of brown in the body. Foamy brown head. Some caramel and perhaps licorice to the nose. Creamy palate with notes of toffee and chocolate. Very much anticipated this beer and have some cellared for future, hopefully more, enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Bottled in 2003, pours reddish-brown that turns black in the glass, has a creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet well hopped finish. Medium body with creamy and smooth mouthfeel, not as thick as I expected, still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2003 vintage. Dark, dark black in color. Head is initially medium in size and off-white/brown, and is mostly diminishing. Lacing is thin but covers the sides of the glass fully. Mildy roasted aroma of black licorice, plums, and alcohol. Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and white grapes emerge in the flavor which is initially sweet, salty in the middle, and finishes mildly bitter. Thick, creamy, nearly milk-like mouthfeel. Alcohol, although noticeable in the aroma, is very well hidden in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Black with hints of purple and a thick creamy head. Aroma is coffee and alcohol. Flavor is strong salty and bitter like natural licorice though not strongly anise. Hides it's abv quite well. Finish is smooth bitter with a lingering salty pastis (anise & alcohol) flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Beer pours very dark brown with a nice big tan head that is retained. Aroma is decadent. Notes of roasted nuts, chocolate, and glorious sweet malt. Flavor is nice and big with elements of chocolate, toffee and licorice. Does seem to be a bit thin on the palate. Very good but not up to the standards of Expedition IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Okay, so I need to re-rate this one...First impression though....very nice. Rich, silky mouthfeel. Flavors of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. The 11.9% alcohol is amazingly weel hidden. Will re-rate this weekend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3539) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Surprisingly transparent given the style, but I've seen paler recently. The head was sufficient to style, but not impressive. The aroma had a little shock of hops that was later lost in the malt/fruit/alcoholic cocktail of aromas later on. The body is a bit thin, with a sugary sweetness that would be cloying if it had some thickness behind it. Toffee, licorice. Interesting and not in bad form, but seems a bit lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Maybe I'm burned out or maybe I need a new style; The Czar was yet another Imperial Stout that didn't excite me. I drank this after drinking a Dark Horse Cream Stout, and The Czar appeared almost transparent in comparison. Dark red/brown with light penetration in the edges, topped with a thin, creamy off-white head. Bitter hops aroma with some burnt malt notes and caramel. Flavor was pleasant but the whole was less than the sum of the parts: roasted malt, tons of sweet caramel, and dark fruits which finished with rather astringent bittering hops and less-than-subdued alcohol notes. Have I already tapped out the truly great Imperial Stouts? Bring on the Dark Lord!

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