1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The CzarThe Czar

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,693 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 213 | FT: 9
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,693 | Reviews: 862 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark chocolate/dark roast coffee color. Heads up decently. Aroma of chocolatey/coffee malt is a little too subtle for my taste - minimal hop character. Taste is typical for style - nice blend of heavy alcohol with deep dark roasted malt with hops in the distant background. Easily palatable - maybe more than the average bear, but overall fairly typical (which isn't a bad thing). Very well done but no significant standout here.

IBUnit63, Jan 27, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like an oil slick completely black with a mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly,big buttery aromas almost of butterscotch and dark roast coffee.Typical big Impy stout flavors vanilla spiced rum and some butter along with some unsweetened chocolate with the high alcohol coming thru more as it warms.Incredibly smooth mouthfeel went down to easy for me even in the hot NC weather today.A damn solid impy stout glad I gotta chance to try it thanks to hopped up for the chance.

oberon, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: There is an English thief among us that steals our prose and claims to have a wit all his own. Alas, the poor dolt is folly, for his pint-sized emasculated unimportantness is second only to the sorry desperation of an attention-starved hormone-injected gender-balanced transvestite on the eve of its wedding night trying to distinguish true asexual desires from pornographic fantasies involving John Wayne, Matt Damon, and an offset fence pole in the back of Mrs. Smyth’s tomato garden. In the end, the bum of the beach that is said to be long is a day late and a few x chromosomes short. Onward to better things . . .

Appearance – The ruby cherry blackness in the body signals that this is a significant Stout of substantial proportions. There’s not much of a head, but I guess when you tip the scales over a 10 ABV it’s to be expected.

Smell – “Complex,” doesn’t begin to describe this RIP. The base itself is solid roasted malts. The beverage then takes its cue from the Grand Cru and throws out a plethora of fruity notes. The Rainier cherries, ripe apricots, subtle bananas, and star fruit are soaked in alcohol. This is not day-old gin at 3.99 a fifth from the Stank Ho Stop & Go, this is fine imported East European vodka unbruised from well-water ice and the occasional eight pound Costco olive.

Taste – This is an event of a lifetime. The myriad notes from the nose all migrate downward to the tongue. A promise is a promise, and this Stout is true to its olfactory word.

The roasted malt base is in effect, strong and supportive. The huge fruits come galloping along. There are even a few hop notes to keep things totally interesting. What a treat!

Mouthfeel – Almost full in the mouth with some moderate dryness. There’s a bitter nature to this one that begs to be hit again.

Drinkability – Work, wife and maybe some mild long-term health concerns are the only things keeping me from drinking a bottle of this every night.

RoyalT, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Tiernan, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Czar Russian Imperial Stout. 10.82% alcohol as stated on bottle.(2009)BD

A- Pours a pitch black fluid that does allow some light to pass on the lower part of my pint glass that glows a firey dark amber. Small quarter inch light tan head falls to a froth leaving rings of lacing.

S- Upfront is a raging alcohol scent that burns the nose with fury. Second is a mild coffee and cocoa. Last is very light sweet molasses and hops.

T- Quick warming effect of a hell of alot of estery alcohol bite. After is a smooth hit of bittering hops followed by coffee and sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is creamy after the alcohol burns off its unhidden state. Alittle rough and hot in the mouthfeel department but hell its for drinking.

D- Massive alcohol bomber and i'll remember when a moderate priced stout with more than enough alcohol is wanted and some flavor is recieved.

wesbrownyeah, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SanFranJake, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Pours a nearly opaque pitch-black, with ruby hues marking the edges and a cascading tan head that crowns to a good two fingers. Aroma is of rich, sticky, deeply ripe fruits--raisins, prunes and figs come to mind--followed by a smooth chocolate note, freshly-milled malts and an alcoholic sherry back. Ultra smooth on the palate: full-bodied, round, viscous and creamy from a lively carbonation. The chewy malt flavors are bold with a strong chocolatey presence, mild espresso, some tangy molasses, deep rooted toffee candy, caramel, honey, golden syrup and an anise-like edge; we're picking up pumpernickel bread, too. Hops are leafy, spicy, even a bit resiny and provide just enough pushback on the malty sweetness. Alcohol is quite warming and hot, producing a bit of a rummy sensation that's both sweet and peppery. Finish is dry, with lingering char notes, faint tobacco and a dusting of malt husks.

The Czar is a bit hot out of the gate, but surprisingly balanced and definitely a must-try for RIS fans. Avery's website notes, "The 2007 Vintage is showing beautiful notes of chocolate right off the bat." They also recommend aging the Czar to allow it to mature, becoming more dense and complex. We agree.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Dmann
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really wanted to love this beer because it had been hyped up to me so much, but it fell short of the mark in my opinion. The look was definantly not that of an Imperial Stout. The lack of carbonation was a sign but the beer was more of a dark ruby color rather than the pitch black that I am used to. The smell was quite subtle with prunes, malt and alchohol dominating. I was really expecting more from the taste but it was still good. The 13% abv was hidden with great skill and was not overpowering in the flavor, only in the warming effect as it went down. There was a hint of alchohol in the flavor but it was mostly malt sweetness with a touch of dark chocolate and an even smaller touch of coffee in the background. This tastes more like a bock to me rather than a Imperial Stout, IMO. Still a decent beer and one worth cellering just to see what will come of this in the next few years.

Dmann, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of DahWag
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

DahWag, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of blitz134
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Small fleeting tan colored head on the pour. Only a quarter inch to start and finished with a dense foam ring around the glass.

I find the aroma really light and have a hard time picking out much. I do pick up dart toasted malts with some signs of heavy roasting. Dark fruits, raisins and plums come forward. Needs more strength for a higher score.

Dark roasted flavors come through again as expected, dark chocolate and some roasted coffee with hints of toffee. Dark fruit presence again, fig and raisin. Alcohol is evident but isn't overbearing and works well...which is a surprise for its strength. I knew this was strong when I first tasted it but I wasn't expecting 12+%.

Mouthfeel is thick, full and slick on the tongue. Coats the mouthwell. This still has some prickly carbonation on the tongue as well.

Good drinkability overall. Decent flavor and a nice mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic but the flavor profile works with it well. Surprisingly not as warming on the stomach as one would expect with the ABV. Good brew...

blitz134, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

A - Pours deep brown with a touch of red and two fingers of tan head that has decent retention but leaves no lacing.

S - Smell starts sweet, with toffe, roasted malt, dark chocolate and black licorice. A bit of alcohol in the aroma.

T - Taste also starts sweet and malty, with dark chocolate, roasted malt, anise and dark fruit. Taste starts to dry out a bit bit and adds some bitterness. Some alcohol in the taste as well.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full, but still coats the palate.

O - Pretty good RIS. This is one of the first RISs I ever had. In the years since then, I have had many that are better, but this is still a good RIS at a decent price.

warnerry, May 26, 2012
Photo of dill
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured at room temperature from a 22 oz bottle into a sampling glass (all that was available).

A - deep brown color with a thick foamy light brown head.

S - not too strong but some coffee notes.

T - a nice balance of coffee and molasses.

M - nice creamy texture. little carbonation.

D - quite easy to drink for a RIS. not quite as tasty as my favorites in this style, but a decent brew nonetheless.

dill, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Czar poured a deep, dark, opaque black. It had a small brown head that only showed up due to a vigorous pour and went quickly down to a thin lacing and collar. It had a very subtle aroma of sweet malts, with some floral and yeasty and tangy alcoholic tones. It was definitely a thick and chewy beer, with a sweet molasses start and a hoppy finish with a big alcoholic bite that got stronger as the beer warmed. It started off a little over the top, but the more I drank it, the better I liked it.

Beaver13, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +1.8%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silver foiled, capped bottle of 2002, vintage here. Very dark, mostly opaque pour, with garnet hues on the edges. Not much of a head, an no lacing(not surprising for the 12.2 abv).
Aroma is a "WOW"....Lots going on here to suggest that this will be lots of fun to review. Spices and burnt coffee hit the nose first, immediately followed by lilac floral notes, which are quickly erased by campfire smoke, dark fruits, and licorice. There seems to be some alcohol punch hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel is tantalizing, with alcohol burn and hops bite eclipsed by a savory, creamy, richness that leads into the complex taste.
Complex and delicious, describe the experience in simple terms. You have dark chocolate on the back of the mouth, rum soaked grapes and cherries in the middle, raisinbread for the malt presence, and a European style hops bitterness to further befuddle your senses. The big alcohol is a pleasant, warming experience, hidden behind a wall of a bittersweet hops background playing off the dark fruitiness and toasted malt backbone.
The big abv hides behind the complexity of flavors quite well, but it's hard to disguise the warming sensation this is going to impart. This imperial stout will, absolutely, smother your olfactory and taste buds with flavors and aromas that you will not soon forget.
Very highly recommended!

merlin48, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled in 2002"-Bomber bottle with foil over the cap. 12% wooohaaa. Pours black as night, little head, low carbonation, but does leave some minimal lacing. Nose burnt grain and black coffee. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, licorish, whiskey. Subtle, sophisticated and strong. Warming and intoxicating. Serious stuff were dealing with here. Not for the faint of heart, wo wimps and no whiners allowed. Seek, cellar and enjoy.

Billolick, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mctizzz, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 ounce sample--2009 edition at Avery tap room

Appearance: dar black in color, 1/4 inch head

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, oak, and some cream at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy, can feel the carbonation, very sweet at the end

Drinkability: This is a very good RIS. It has multiple layers and is a sipper. The aftertaste and last taste are very sweet, but the body of the beer is not. I would say it is actually less sweet than others in the style. I look forward to having this again.

tigg924, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +1.8%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,693 ratings.