The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ah, as it turns out I've already reviewed The Czar. However, my first review was not up to my current standards so I'm drinking this RIS again and giving it a proper review! It's not often I drink an Avery beer but since the weather was getting a bit colder down here (in Texas) I thought I'd buy me an RIS to help keep away the cold. As it turns out, an aunt and uncle of mine live eight miles away from the Avery brewery. I need to make a trip up there ASAP! But enough about me. How about the beer?
At first I thought the head on The Czar would be disappointing because it was not forming but it only takes awhile to form, like the Czar's (Nicholas II) will to satisfy the Russian people late in his reign. The head rose to about two fingers high, fluffy and bubbly, and a light brown. It fizzes away pretty quickly, though. No lacing. Liquid-wise it's pitch black until held up to a light where it reveals a mostly opaque, darkest ruby color.
The smell from this surprises me a bit. It's much stronger with the dark fruits than I thought it would be rather than the roastiness I would usually expect. The fig/plum/raisin/dark cherry sweetness comes through, as does a more molasses-ish sweetness. Next in strength of the smell comes the roastiness I expected, coffee and some cocoa. There's some decent hoppiness in there too that is usual for an RIS. Pretty damn boozy too. You know you're drinking an RIS when you smell the alcohol!
First off, this is definitely a beer you'll want to let sit out for a bit and warm up because if you drink it cold you'll mostly get the lighter malt flavors and BOOZE. Seriously, if you drink this at a restaurant or something you better have a DD. The bottom line is this thing is what you'd expect from an RIS. Like the smell this is much more fruity than I would expect but that's not a bad thing. I tend to enjoy stouts that are very roasty but this has plenty of delicious dark fruit flavors. They bring a sweetness that's balanced well by some hop bitterness. Underneath comes the roasted coffee and cocoa. Also present, and previously mentioned, is the molasses sweetness. And again, the alcohol is strong. It is felt over all the flavors and gives some good warmth. There's a lot of complexity here but personally I'd prefer just a tad less booziness and more roastiness. Perhaps The Czar is meant to contrast with the "Mad Monk", Old Rasputin?!
This is medium-bodied and never feels too heavy. Sweetness coats the mouth, making is syrupy, but there's good medium-high carbonation that helps The Czar out, especially with breaking up the strong booziness.
You know, this is a complex beer that's different than what I expect. It has good flavors but it's a bit too boozy for my liking. I'm not saying it's bad, though. I'd definitely have this again.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2012 05:25:15 | More by BeardedRiker
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4.06/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and some dark fruit (mainly raisins).
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a slight nuttiness, vanilla and raisins.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 19:14:22 | More by SebD
3.59/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
2013 bottle. Found on shelf of a Whole Foods-eque store. Sitting on the shelf. Needed a stout and haven't had this Avery in awhile if ever. One of those Saturday mornings where I opted for a dark beer instead of coffee.
A: Black mocha brown coloring with a light carbonated head that dissipates quickly. Not too thick. Has the color of a porter in my opinion.
S: Real subtle scents. Very unoffending for a high ABV beer. No detection of alcohol. Aside from a slighty malty chocolate muted scent there isn't much there. Almost milk-like at the end. Sweet.
T: Follows through with the nose, pretty easy going stout. Nice malty and nice low hoppy character that I like in stouts. Vanilla but somewhat chalky at the end. Little bit of smoke but this chalkiness blended in. It makes you desire more but for given the price, I'm not too bummed.
M: Kind of unfulfilling for a stout. You get the carbonation but it has this finish that mimics bitter chocolate without sugar. Not thick at all for a high ABV stout. but smooth. No hard esters as noted in the scent and equally detected in the mouthfeel.
O: A decent stout. There is nothing complex here but at the same time it's pretty inoffensive for the alcohol content and would be an excellent beer to introduce to someone who doesn't care for stouts. Its one of those rare stouts that I like less as it warms up. I love Avery especially some of their earlier sours and Uncle Jacobs. I'd pick this up again. It's right on par with the other stouts that I can get for $8. It did sit on the shelf so that could be factored in but not too much.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 16:57:56 | More by putonyourwalkingshoes
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
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