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RATINGS: 1494   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
Deep black in colour. Aroma of grains, chocolate malts, caramel, licorice, coffee, and alcohol. The flavour has a nice hop bite to it, very complex, smooth, with a bit of alcohol. Finishes quite bitter, very big, and warming because of the alcohol. Many thanks to my friend hopscotch for letting me try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 nice bottle sets the stage for high multi-sensorsy theatre; cracking the foiled crown, i half expected music (something from handel’s water music). the pour was solid, but i was surprised to see some light dance through this imperial, bogging down in deep umbers certainly, but shouting out arabesques of crimson as well. a brief dollop of light sandstone colored head. expansive aroma filled the environs, pernot anise mingling with chocolate and coffee, cherries, and well-oiled furniture. alcohol was everywhere, cunningly so, never in the way, never to be climbed over; yet as i nursed this one in salubrious tandem with an evening’s relaxed prose, i interrupted my reverie at one point to enjoin this non sequitor: "jeez, this is kickin’ my ass!" . a barley wine imperial stout cross over, a beer built for two, very balanced, sweet, good carbonation with arcing trajectory from brisk to soothingly smooth; great flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2844) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Light brown, minimal head, short lived. Black, opaque. Fruity, sour nose with some alc. notes to boot. Medium body. Dry slightly roasty, grapey, fruity. Not much more. Ok Imps

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AleDale (4) - USA - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. Wonderful aroma and flavors. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24092) - Tyres, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Very nice dark color.tan head that has some lasting power.The aroma was roasted malt coffee and chocolatey with a slight hint of vanilla.The taste was beyond words strong malt,coffee with a hit of dark chocolate.The alcohol is definately there but doesn't seem to jump on you to hard but you feel it.The after taste was fantastic with the malt and coffee comeing through nicely with that alcohol burn going down,but still a very nice brew that will put you in a state of Nirvana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1848) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2012 Initial Rating Date: 5/17/2003 10:53:20 AM - UPDATED 11/25/2003 2002 BATCH The word "hardcore" comes to mind. I had a very hard time "downing" this beer. Mocha taste was superiour and hints of coffee and spices. I woke up after this one with the most painful headache Ive had in a long time. Not my style, but maybe the holy grale for stout lovers re rate pending

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 This is THE stout, the stout of strong warming alcaholic flavours. Jesus christ, I just downed half of these and it was a handful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Heavy duty black body with hints of burnt amber aroud the edges. Hardly a head at all, but what's there is a dark tan/light brown tight little mass. Heavily chocolatey, a hint of vanilla and cream, rich and full, alcoholic and roasted, earthy hop tones rise up, a bit of licorice and some dry, well roasted barley on the finish. Great balance, great body and a GREAT job of slipping in a 12.2 ABV. A whopping alcohol punch drowned in superior complexity and depth. Sweet and chocolatey initially, but quickly overtaken by roasted bitterness and a spicy/earthy hop bite and ALCOHOL. the finish is a fight between the sweet chocolate maltiness and the alcohol/hop/roastey bitterness. TRUE imperial stout!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Oh beautiful beer..im about to lay down a towel in front of my door and pray to Avery 5 times a day. Comprehension is leaving me as i engulf this surprising bottle of liquid nectar. The alcohol hits like a cement truck plowing into a honda del sol..it aint pretty. It pours a viscous black liquidous mixture with a slight tan sheathy head. The aroma is milk chocolatey, with roasty coffee, nuts, raisins and vanilla apparent. The flavors is thick as molasses. More of a soupy chocoalte, raisin, and vanilla/nut mixture. Some wood, and dark chocolate involved. Very thick and grainy chocolateyness. Super dry, massively thick ending with little carbonation. Sheer asskicking goodness here. No sissy add ons, no pussy carbonation levels..just sheer asskicking alcohol and thick ass chocolatey syrup. THIS is the epitome of an imperial stout. Drink, feel...learn!!!!

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