RATINGS: 1506   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 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Pour: Pinky finger of Medium khaki colored head that only stuck around for a minute Look: Nice Creamy foam buildup on top. Constant carbonation. When swirled it foams up but falls back in quickly. Black as night. Smell: Chocolate Raisens Prunes Wond smell. Sweet. So much chocolate Smells similar to the aroma that eminates when you make your own invert sugar (Belgian Candi Sugar). Taste: Wow! Really thick. Chocolate is the first thing you’ll notice. Taste the raisens. There is a tobacco flavor to it. I can taste the alcohol. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s definitely there. It actually suites this beer well. The sweetness and the warming from the alcohol are a nice combination. Verdict: It’s not the best Imperial stout, but it is extremely good. I give this a B+. It’s good. Not great. But I’d definitely have another without any argument. Worth the Money?: It’s worth what I paid for it ($6.99 for 22oz). It was an enjoyable experience. I’d pay that for this again.

Torrefacto (1667) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2017
Chocolate, licor, toffee, café. Cuerpo maltoso y final de amargor achocolatado.

Tide (3830) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 25, 2017
Draught at Rogue. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, a bit of hops, chocolate, a bit of coffee and licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and licorice. Excellent imperial stout.

klm1 (1501) - Bled/SF, - APR 8, 2017
Bottle 22oz., release 2016 with 10.6%abv.: pours black opaque with foamy brown head with good lasting laces on glass. Aroma: candy bar, toasted toffee, gint of chocolate, dark fruit esters, licorice...flavour follows aroma with intensity and in all notes mentioned above. Finish is slightly bitter from roastiness, gentle astringent, dody is full, texture soft, carbonation is moderate.

weihenweizen (3751) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2017
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a glass. Clear dark brown with beige. Aroma is dark chocolate, medium body, lower carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dark chocolate with dry finish.

luttonm (6172) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2017
GG, Seattle. Thin off-white, lingering cream. Heavy dark brown, light on edges. Sweet malty nose. Syrupy edge to the sip, moderately sweet up front before a softer roast and burnt bitterness comes up. Dark, chewy red fruit and raisins. Light hint of smoked malts. Pepper and anise. A round stickiness to finish. Nice.

tightslice (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is licorice, molasses, smoky, roasted malts, herbal medicine. Taste is sweet, oily, resiny, smoky, licorice, some mild bitterness. Very sticky, herbal licorice with some smoky roasted malts. Somehow this is sweet without being too cloying.

adster (813) - HUNGARY - MAR 18, 2017
Impozáns üvegben lakozik a méltóságteljes benyomást keltő imperial stout, amely egészen addig megőrzi ebbéli tulajdonságát, amíg ki nem kerül az üvegből. Ekkor ugyanis leginkább kólaszínű testét, s a rátelepedő krémszínű habját vizsgálhatjuk, mely őszintén szólva távol áll a legkiválóbb imperial stoutok küllemétől, kicsit már a kinézete is karcsúnak tetszik. Beleszimatolva rágógumis, medvecukros, édesgyökeres, melaszos és cukrozott datolyás aromákkal szembesülhetünk, színes kavalkádját alkotja egy malátás, élesztős keveréknek. Kortyai könnyedek, talán túlságosan is azok, továbbviszik a dubbeles hangulatot, sós aszalt szilvás, medvecukros bevonatúak, belgásan, angolosan élesztősek, németesen komlózottak, fűszeresek. Önmagában tehát ízletesek, karakteresek, de az imperial stout-érzést igen haloványan közvetítik, belga dubbelként tán jobban megállják a helyüket.

gopherfan99 (1777) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle (Batch 16; 10.6% ABV); pours black with a brown head; aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, and molasses with some vanilla and floral notes; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, and light vanilla and roast malt; finish is dry with some light bitterness; very good

77ships (9650) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2017
100 ml. from bomber @ Gollem: USA Beerweek(end) #2. Black, tanned head, lighter head tan than expected, non-lasting. Nose is licorice, umami, molasses, soy sauce. Taste is very heavy on licorice, almost BE qualities in that aspect, umami, herbal, gravy, more licorice, red grape, sweet, BE cloying herbal roots, umami, bark,... Body is black licorice candy, herbal, bitter. Far too much black licorice for me, not what I expected. Overly big umami black licorice with BE aspects. Def. expected more.

ghostbeer (213) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Rich with strong bitter notes that makes this very drinkable. As it warmed up it brought out new and complex flavors and aromas. I was sad to see the bottom of the glass.

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