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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

1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 65
Gots: 202 | FT: 8
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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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009. Poured into Stone IRS glass.

Nose is dark chocolate, heavy roasted coffee notes, anise, kind of sweet, kind of smells like cream and there's definitely still some booze in there. I feel like there's something else buried in there too but I can't quite identify it. Maybe some toffee? The taste is great. There's notes of anise, chocolate and coffee all at once but they push each other back and forth and weave in and out. I wanna say chocolate into coffee then it dives into anise and kicks back to the coffee (almost a mocha flavor) before it fades into anise and a bit of alcohol heat. The after taste is mostly roasted malts and coffee. The mouthfeel is substantial but not overwhelming. The heat sticks around in the pit of the stomach, it would definitely be nice on a cold night. I don't remember what I thought of this when I tried it years ago but right now its pretty fantastic. Thanks Whole Foods for doing my aging for me ;-)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:09:19 | More by DonDirkA
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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

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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
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.