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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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The CzarThe Czar

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,597 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 66
Gots: 199 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.57% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003)
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CaskBeerouac

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty disappointed in this beer. I love Avery. The Maharaja and IPA are some of my favorites. I was really excited to try this beer, but it just did not impress me.

It looks like a RIS. It poured nice and black, but just a little mocha head. There was almost no lacing to speak of, just some oily residue.

It smell pretty good. Lots of chocolate, a little caramel, some coffee, and maybe a hint of raspberry. Though was also a slight alcohol burn at the end which I wasn't crazy about.

I was hit in the face with that alcohol burn that I got in the nose. It pretty much overwhelmed all other flavors. I could taste a little bit of the chocolate and coffee, but they were pretty much the only flavors that were strong enough to shine through.

Given how big this beer is, it actually felt slightly thin. The alcohol kept everything from being smooth and creamy like a good RIS should be.

Overall, this was a beer I think Avery just tried to make too big. It tastes like the 11% that it is. Other high ABV RIS's just incorporate the alcohol so much better than the Czar. Maybe some barrel-aging or cellaring (I've got one in the cellar now) would do this bad boy some good. It wasn't a terrible beer by any means, just a little disappointing I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 16:45:44 | More by CaskBeerouac
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.