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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,528 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1528
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%


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
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Ratings: 1,528 | Reviews: 852 | Show All Ratings:
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2003: The label claims an ABV of 11.9%. The beer is not quite black, and has an almost white head. The aroma has a nice chocolate profile, with dark fruits, and a roastiness that comes with room temperature. Anise, and molasses too.

This is phenomenal. Raisins, figs, sweet molasses, anise, and chocolate, all blended beyond belief. Roasted malt backs it all up. Mouthfeel is smooth, and still carbonated. This has aged well, and just adds to the case for ageing big stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 04:13:11 | More by Sephiroth
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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draheim

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch 10, bottled November 2010) into a snifter. Pours a dark cola brown w/ a 1-finger mocha head that settles to a thin film w/ a collar.

Aroma is dark and roasty, bitter, earthy, nutty. Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, a hint of alcohol.

Taste is equal parts malty sweet and sharply bitter. More molasses and dark fruit on the palate. Chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and just sticky enough. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall a solid offering. Perhaps lacks complexity, but it's drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Indiana

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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body, no light even around the edges. Given that darkness, it has a surprisingly light-colored tan head, which looks pretty creamy, with excellent retention. Trace sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, light vanilla bean, caramel, bitter chocolate near the end. After such an assertive appearance, this is a little tame.

T: Same as the nose, but more potent/expressive. Nothing held back. Nice and dark, smoke on the finish... yet something just isn't right. :(

M: Also strange; only medium-bodied, but smooth. No alcohol burn.

O: A good stout, plenty dark with good depth of flavors. But sadly unremarkable, beyond the hidden ABV. Maybe my expectations were just too high from this renowned brewery.

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New Jersey

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appearance is black and about a finger of fast leaving head. smell has chocolate cake, coffee, dark chocolate, bit of cherry plum and grape. flavor similar and completely well balanced with spice bite, some dark wine characteristics, palate coating and not too dry, highly drnkable for abv

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03-25-2014 01:30:14 | More by dank203
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03-24-2014 16:01:31 | More by Yueyue
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer has a dirty oil black body with an oatmeal flake colored head. The foamy head recedes to a wisp and some bubbles while any lacing eventually disappears.

The aroma is rich. Sweet vanilla hits the nose first, followed by a faint bourbon barrel woodiness. Raisin or dates can be detected in the sweetness as well.

The taste is just as rich as the aroma. More burnt offerings on the palate, though, such as roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and over-roasted coffee. There is some alcoholic bourbon notes in the finish.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, but very alcoholic and a little warm on the throat.

Overall, a well made sipper with a lot of flavor.

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.