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RATINGS: 1505   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 (3/2/06, 22oz bottle, 2004 vintage) Opaque black body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, some coffee, chocolate, roast, light alcohol, molasses. As it approaches room temperature the chocolate and roast come to the fore. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, coffee, roast, some grapefruit/earthy, light chocolate, salty, faint mint. Pleasant alcohol warming (whisky) with a light burn. Smooth full body. (7/4/8/4/16)

(WCC2003) Black with small brown head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate, light vinous, and roasty. Taste is chocolate, sweet, raisin, malty. Finishes chocolate bitter, light alcohol. Full body. (8/4/9/4/17)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Memories of SA Tripel Bock - yet more refined. Opaque with thin, brown head. Nose of molasses and fortified soya sauce. Smooth, smooth molasses, vanilla. Finishes with a powerful mellowness that was never encountered with the Russian Royal Family!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 2002 22oz. bottle.Pours out a ruby black/teaser of a brown head/sparce lacing.Smells sweet(molasses,yeast) toffee/smokey/chocolaty/fig/plum/raisin/tease of roast...Palate is so smooth!The 12.2% is hidden well in the flavor but not in the delivery of a warm wintery buzz.(which is putting me to sleep on this sunny breezy april afternoon.The palate is velvet smooth> smoke roasted(maple,raisin,toffee chocolate)lovely.Though this is hardly an Imperial stout(more like an Imperial schwarzbier.I like this alot(the 2002 vintage anyway)I'm scared to try any other vintage.I am drinking my last right now and I must say this aged really well.The strange teriaki flavor has been worked out.That estery english yeast is all over this beer.Very unique to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Black body with ruby tints. Has a very small, almost non-existent head. Aroma is full of sweet malts, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Very sweet and malty in the start, leads to a very slight roastiness and finishes up with alot more bitterness than I expect from an imperial stout. The taste lingers on the palate for a long time. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Vintage 2002. Black with ruby highlights around the edges. Initially robust head faded to a thin sheet. Aromas of strong coffee, nuts, and anise. The flavors span a complex range including coffee, chocolate, licorice, molasses, alcohol and some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Rich, smooth, sweet, and pleasing palate. A bomber of The Czar treats you kindly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Pitch black hue with the exception of some ruby tints around the top and bottom, very little head and no lacing. Aroma hints of molasses, licorice, prunes, expresso, and leather. Rich and oily mouthfeel led to a sweet malt and twangy ripe fruit taste, spicy and woody on the finish. The alcohol is dangerously hidden, surprising smooth. Full-bodied. Initially my impression was that the beer was overrated, but as the glass warmed up, the aroma and taste grew more complex and wonderful. Recommended, thanks Acrodizer for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
pours black with some light comming through at the bottom of the glass, and no head. aroma is of coffee, plums, and chocolate. flavor is very sweet with coffee and chocolate at the forefront, and hops and alcohol in the background. very smooth considering the high alcohol content. also seems like there is very little carbonation. this is a great imperial stout and i will definately drink it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle, 2002, fresh
Deep black with shades of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet teriyaki sauce and licorice. Smooth upon the lips, medium-bodied up front and more syrupy in the finish with a crisp alcohol bite in the middle. Sweet taste of black licorice and smoke. Overall it covers the ABV very well, but is far to consumed with a sweet syrup taste and texture. 6/4/7/2/14 = 3.3

Bottle, 2002, aged 2 years
Really well developed molasses and sweet sticky plums and dark chocolate. I enjoyed it a lot more after a couple of years but it still was not the easiest IS to drink. 7/4/7/4/14 = 3.6

Bottle, 2004, fresh
This was a horrible experience. Nasty lactic yeast and mold everywhere in the aroma and the flavor... hot and young, no well developed flavor, just a bad combination of old fruit and mold and hops. Bad experience, Im glad I didnt have to drink the entire bottle. 5/4/3/3/7 = 2.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
What a wonderful beer! The initial hazelnut buttery creaminess hooked me immediately - almost like an excellent desert barley wine. The alchohol here was incorporated wonderfully, any more or any less would detract from the flavor. God...that buttery hazelnut just freaking blankets the palate like some steaming elfish draught you read about in Tolkein novels, just amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Tan, foamy head. Slow pouring. Sweet aroma, plums, figs, etc. Very rich. Definitely dark/black, but not the darkest I've ever had. Some ruby tones. Smooth drinking, the alcohol is apparent on the back of throat. There is a smokey nuttiness that is lurking in there, but definitely an as asset.

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