The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We crack the top on this 2008 vintage and pour an oily brew. It’s color is chocolate brown, like a tootsie roll, showing lighter hues around the edges. The head is half a finger high and whitish in color. It recedes quickly, leaving little lacing. Carbonation is light, with the bubbles rising slowly through this syrupy brew. No sediment or haze is noted. The aroma bursts with stinging chocolate and molasses. There is mocha coffee bitterness sitting between deeply roasted and caramel malts. The latter are chalky and drying. There is berry fruitiness of dried strawberries, black cherries, and figs. With warmth comes fusel alcohol with soy sauce saltiness. As we sip, we are met by big booze, chalky and drying malts, and bright bitterness of raw chocolate. There is the faintest hop sweetness, which is resiny and piney. Through the middle there is a calming sweetness of milk, with light lactics. This is transient as strong espresso coffee beans and a stark roast of wood crash in. There is a little wet musk and moss here as well. We finish on a bright chemically note that reminds us of medication or bittering Tylenol. This actually functions to effectively cut the sweetness set up earlier, which is, as this point, reminding us of a tootsie roll candy, surprisingly. The aftertaste breathes with puckering, wet grain, a fishy saltiness, and bittering chocolate. There are also Band-Aid phenols, and a final wash of dirty malts and booze. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium to high. There is sticky slurp and nice cream, with a hearty froth to each sip. The massive abv lends with its big warming quality, but this is well hidden throughout most of the taste. This is a definite sipper.
Overall, the best thing about this brew is the rich and chocolate aromas. The fruit inclusions are also nice, in both the taste and aroma. The look could have been a bit stronger, and the hops advertised are not as present as they could have been, but then again this beer has been aging for three years, so it’s to be expected to some extent.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 17:02:25 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 10 Nov, 2011
A - It is black with about a half inch of tan head.
S - I get a combination of dark chocolate and cocoa.
T - The taste has components of dark chocolate, anise, alcohol, and roasted malt.
M - Full
O - It is not a bad beer. It has held up well. The only thing that is off is a little burnt flavor on the finish, but it is mild. Now I need to try a fresh one sometime.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 00:11:52 | More by buschbeer
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. Whoever brought this, thanks! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Yeah, this is a RIS alright - and it really shows how it's a type of stout all unto itself, in some ways. Extremely blackened, with maybe some brownish streaks at the sides of the glass, but otherwise, this looks half solid from afar. Contains a strong off-khaki head that makes this resemble freshly brewed espresso or some delectable, thickened chocolate beverage of sorts. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but it does leave behind a good ring and some sticky lacing. Definitely a good looking, mouth watering inducing RIS.
Wow, this one sure is sweet though, and I can already tell based off of the aroma at hand. Huge milk chocolate syrup, burnt vanilla, molasses, dark cherries, and raisins, with some noticeable roasted notes way at the back of the beer. Some roasted coffee beans, charred grains, maybe cinnamon? It's difficult to make out, and it's very overpowered by the sugar and intense candied dark fruit character. Caramel and toffee definitely shine through, as well as a slight bitter licorice and pine profile. Overall, though, wow. Looks like it's going to be hedonistic as far as the style goes.
Sweet Jesus! This is extremely sweet, and it's filled with heat as well. While it's definitely complex enough and enjoyable, I was glad after one sip that I was only getting about a few ounces worth. Big notes of semi-dark chocolate syrup, light coffee, molasses, vanilla, burnt maraschino cherries, raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cloves, pine, and anise are at the back, as are the roasted malty notes that make up the beer, but this is definitely approaching Dark Lord sweetness, only without the soy sauce notes. On the bright side, carbonation is pretty good here, and strong enough that it elevates the roasted nuances hidden somewhere in this beer. Finishes pretty hot, with some silky and full bodied characteristics, but the sugar, combined with the high booze, got to be a little too much over time.
This is by far one of the sweetest RIS offerings I've had to date, and I'm wondering if this was an older bottle or it's simply meant to be this intense. While I don't mind sweetness in a beer, I do like some roasted character and bitterness to off set it a bit. This almost drinks like a port, but it does contain a chocolate character that is strong, pungent, and memorable, to its credit. While it's not my favorite RIS, it's definitely one to check out at least once for what it has to offer.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 22:13:35 | More by magictacosinus
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 22oz bottle marked "Batch No. 12 Oct 2013" into an Avery tulip.
Appearance - pours a dark syrup, no light coming through. A thin, mocha head that has great retention, but leaves minimal lace.
Smell - some dark chocolate, mocha, spice and maybe some maple syrup and toffee.
Taste - whoa, this is hot; a big, no nonsense beer. Bold flavors similar to Ten Fidy, but the alcohol is much more present.
Feel - heavy, chewy; definitely a sipper. Finishes too sweet.
Overall - a no doubt about it, big beer! Take your time with this one! Poor value.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 03:59:08 | More by DenverHopHead
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.