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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

The CzarThe Czar

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1533
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)
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aasher

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2004 Czar is actually 13%, not 11%. It poured a chocolaty black with a slight, light khaki head. It smells of smoke, sweet malt, and has a richness but I don't get any coffee from it at all. It tastes very smoky and almost has a raisin or fig like sweetness to it. It's flavorful and presents itself differently with every sip. This six year old bottle is drinking excellently right now. I'm surprised at much carbonation is left. It leaves your tongue tingling but isn't overly smooth. This beer is hurt by the alcohol still present, but this is a more alcoholic year than normal. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:31:29 | More by aasher
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.