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RATINGS: 1488   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottled in 2008. Nice surprise from my cellar. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with some drunken raisins. Full, rich and complex. Gobs of sweet but burnt toffee, more raisins, and a smooth, intensely bitter finish. Awfully nice.

islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Tiny pour from a bottle at a tasting. Consumed on 9-23-17. 2011 edition. Pours a very dark amber to dark brown. Small amount of beige head. Sweet, port wine aroma. This beer seems to hold up well to its six years of aging. Quite nice taste. Chocolate milk to milk chocolate flavor. Medium body, light for the style.>3.5

alteregoo (1679) - Kalisz, POLAND - OCT 10, 2017
Piana średnio obfita, po chwili opada do chmurki. Barwa ciemno brązowa, prawie czarna. W zapachu wiśnie w czekoladzie, kawa, rodzynki w rumie, masło... W smaku miodowo słodkie, głównie mleczna czekolada, śliwki, jakieś przyprawy i ajerkoniak. Goryczka niska, ziołowo alkoholowa. Niskie wysycenie, oleiste i mdłe w odbiorze.
Ewidentnie jest tu wyczuwalny jakiś obcy, przeszkadzający posmak, poza tym diacetyl i nie do końca ułożony alkohol. Ogólnie spory zawód.

raymow (1732) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2017
on tap at Crafty's in Northeast Philly - super dark. Sweet and boozy chocolatey flavor. Slightly sweet aroma.

nihtila (3846) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle, Batch 16, 10.6%. Dark brown, off white head. Nose is roast, liquorice, chocolate, tar. Tastes sweet roasted malts, liquorice, hint of salted liquorice, molasses, toffee. Full, complex, great balance. Excellent stuff, traditional.

TET (3173) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2017
Batch no. 16, Nov. 2016, alc. 10.6%. A black beer, a head is quite small and light brown. Aroma has richness of malts, roastiness, melassie, caramel, liquorice. Taste has maltyness, liquorice, sweetness of caramel, balanced and quite strong bitterness. Full bodied, smooth palate. Complex, based on huge maltyness, old-fashioned or meant traditional. Very tasteful and powerful.

hauxe (898) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2017
Pours virtually black from the bottle. The foamy tan slowly fades. Aroma is chocolate, plum, port wine, nail polish. Taste is bittersweet, lots of licorice, cough drop, chocolate. Body is heavy, carbonation is mild. Pretty good. (SWI++)

JohananaV2 (278) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2017
This thing is richer than Donald trump but fucm is t delicious. Sorry for the language but it's just an amazing beer. Tall Dark and Handsome ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

rynobar (5) - Arroyo Grande, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2017 does not count
Malty smooth finish that excites the palate. Incredibly smooth finish for a beer with the ABV that this beer has. Must try! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is meaty, roasted, chocolate, taste is sweet, chocolate, liquorice, meaty.

Iznogud (4070) - CROATIA - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle, 650 ml, from Beergium. Shared with rest of the crew. Pours black with small light brownish head. Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, some fruity notes. Low carbonation. Medium bodied, overall seems a bit thin. somehow expected more, not sure if something went wrong.

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