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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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Chrysostom

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here's a beer for a cool day. This is from the 2012 release (11.1% ABV, right in the middle of the range), cellared (at somewhat too cold a temperature) until now. $9 for a 22 ounce bomber.

CONTRARY TO my usual practice and disclaimer, this review is not 100% live. I already drank half the bottle with a meal (less than an hour ago) and took notes on paper while drinking it. I am incorporating an exact letter-for-letter transcript of those hand-written notes in to this review, which is live insofar as I gain any new insights as I'm finishing the second half of the bottle while writing it.

A: (transcribed from notes) "Appearance: Frosty dark chocolate, opaque wit/ [sic] translucent ruby highlights. Small head, larger than [a] fresh [bottle], recedeth [very slowly] to ring and cap, [moderate] thin sheet lacing [with good retention, showing this beer has hops, able to retain a head or lacing of any sort at 11% ABV]."

S: (transcribed from notes) "Smell: Subdued booze, baker's coca [sic]. Very little going on in the nose relative to the bigness of the beer - maybe too cold? An effect of aging or improper storage?"

T: (transcribed from notes) "Taste: Astringent alcohol bite up front, accentuated by spicy hops. Roast[ed] & mild [subdued] dark fruit flavours advance as alcohol & hop bite recedes, but doth not vanish. [Leather and blackstrap molasses become notable upon warming. This is very much like an imperial version of Meantime London Porter. However, hops dominate the flavour to too-great of a degree for a stout, in imbalance with everything else, likely due to the synergistic effect of hop spice and alcohol burn, leading to a full one-point subtraction for this alone.]"

M: (transcribed from notes) "M: Sharp and clean, a rarity for imperial stouts of any IBU or ostensible [level of] hopping. [Very warming in the throat and stomach with little-to-no burn, like good liquor.] "

Drinkability: Moderate; somewhat rich and a bit compromised by the alcoholic bite. I can finish a bomber of this, but would not want a second.

Overall: My numerical ratings do not do this beer justice. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, even its "overall" rating (which is just one component part of the true "overall-ness"). It is a solid 4 out of 5, maybe higher. This is, as said above, like a Meantime London Porter (one of my all-time favorite porters, up there with Samuel Smith's) done bigger in every way, but retaining the same contours of profile. This is an excellent cold-weather libation, best consumed in moderation (even by alcoholics: switch to something lighter after a bottle of this).

A truly "imperial" ale, this one should bear wearing the purple instead of red.

To style: 72/100 (10 points subtracted due to poor masking of alcohol for style)
To taste: 80/100

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:39:59 | More by Chrysostom
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.