The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cracked open a 2011 vintage bomber and poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black with a tan head that has all but disappeared. When swirled, the head regenerates nicely but fizzles away again in minutes.
Aroma: Molasses and black licorice. Definitely a hint of alcohol in there.
Taste: Almost abrasive on your tongue at first. Then roasted caramel comes next, along with a brighter flavor(the hops I think) that goes to the top of your palate. The molasses is thankfully not as apparent in the flavor. There is a nice black coffee aftertaste along with some dates/figs or other dried fruit taste. Leaves a bit of lingering hop bitterness on your tongue that is surprising given the age of the bottle. After each sip different flavors come out seemingly one by one, each fading before the next surfaces. The flavor continues to develop nicely as it warms. Really don't taste that 10.75% abv at all but can feel it in my throat a bit, giving a nice warming sensation.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium to heavy body and below average drinkability. It's surprisingly effervescent given that there was almost no head(gave it an aggressive pour but to no avail). Tiny bubbles attack your tongue adding to the bitterness from the hops. After a few swirls in the snifter, the carbonation has died down a bit, revealing that the hops can do the same amount of damage without the bubbles to aid them. The bitterness that's left on your tongue is great.
Final Thoughts: This is my first experience with The Czar(or any Russian Imperial Stout for that matter) and it was a pretty good one. I knew what to expect going into this and it basically met my expectations. While I won't be seeking this one out again, it's easy to see why this style is so revered.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 00:57:14 | More by JamesMN
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