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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,844 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 79
Gots: 270 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.57% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured nice with a nice white head to it..quickly disapates. Smell: not a strong smell to it, which I usually like my stouts to have a nice nose to them.
Taste: Nice roasted chocolate flavor to this..sticks around on the back of the tongue too.

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3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at the releasedate in Sweden (march 6 - 2015).

I hade pretty high expectations on this beer given the brewery's good reputation and the rating of erlier years version of the beer. I got a little dissapointed when I saw that this 2014 edition had lower ABV. 8.5% instead of 10-13%.
Well. Let's get on with it! This is my review:

Dark redbrown, hazy beer with a two finger high beige head that leaves lacing on the glass.
I took this bottle right from the fridge so I think it's a little bit cold.

Nose: Hops, brown sugar, molasses, fudge, chocolate, raisin, plums, dark syrup, dried fruit and vanilla. Milk chocolate and candy. A type of sour-sweet nose that I really like!
Taste: Red fruit, chocolate, espresso, mocca, brown sugar, licorice, roasted malt, pumpernickel, raisin, pine, cherry and plum.
Body: Full body and fairly complex structure. A light carbonation and a great bitterness to compensate the sweet malt.

Conlusion: I really do like this beer! A great nose even though I took this right out of the fridge. If I had time to wait an hour I think it would grown even bigger. The taste was great but I would like a deeper, thicker body. Maby the older versions of the beer is better on that matter. Still very good though!

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black (40+) pour into my SAPP with thick, tight dark khaki foam; great lacing. Not much nose at first, but ripe fruit, toffee and licorice as it warms. Chocolate malt base, stone fruit, subtle candy/toffee flavors, with hint of licorice on the finish. Medium lite mouthfeel, velvety tongue coating. Easy to drink and alcohol well hidden. Another winner in the Dictator series.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Batch 13, October 2014

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a layer of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and licorice. Lighter notes of candied fruits.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with moderate flavors of dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of candied dark fruits and licorice. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable, nice complex and rich flavors and aromas with a pretty full mouthfeel. Easy to drink considering the strength of the beer but this one is a definite sipper.

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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of marieli
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. 8.5% abv. Please note this 2014 batch is well below its apparent historical ABV of 10+%. Started at 54 degrees. This stout is all about the hops, which sounds kind of strange, but is true. It's the first thing I smelled and it was still there at the end. Taste is not as much, but still there first and foremost. Hint of chocolate on the backside, or maybe its a combo of the toffee and mocha? Bitterness is well managed at first but lingers a bit too long on the tongue. Medium body, slight creaminess. More sweetness came through at the end. I didn't think the alcohol was a taste factor. I certainly did not get the array of flavors some other reviewers seemed to have experienced. Bottom line: this is a pretty good quality beer, if you like hops.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle code 14303B7 suggests an October 29th 2014 bottling date. So now it is four months old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with the barest trace of clear ruby at the bottom when seen through light. Inch thick tan head receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dominated by alcohol

t: Smoothness is the first impression, followed by alcohol and dark roastiness and then a moderate hop/alcohol bite at the sides of the tongue and throat.

m: Very smooth medium to full, oatmeal or milk stoutlike in that respect. Great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: An unusual imperial stout, with mild roastiness and no real coffee/chocolate notes to speak of, which seems to leave the alcohol rather naked. Yet it is enjoyable and wonderfully silky. One can imagine this actually having been consumed a century ago by a Russian potentate with great gusto and pleasure.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is based on the Czar Batch 13. It opens in a large puffy beige foam atop a dark ruby body; after the initial pour, there is little lacing and a minimal head. The nose detects a subtle whiff of molasses while the palate receives a delectable blend of said molasses and toffee, both of which are finely controlled by the Hallertau hops and English yeast. (Fact: the Russian Imperial Stout is a British style - not actually Russian - of course, you knew this ...?)

There is a tad crispiness in the mouthfeel along with a semi-sweet body that makes for a very nice quaff, despite the potent alcohol boost.

If you really want to expand the experience, I recommend letting this one sit for about 10-15 minutes; this will bring more of the flavor and allow the body to settle. Nice, Comrade!

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.