The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jdklks:
3.15/5 rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer is not as "big" or as bursting with flavor as the label would suggest. It pours black (like any RIS), but when held up to light is curiously transparent. it is accompanied by a foamy head that is off-white. The color of the head doesn't excite me (a brown head I find usually suggests more coffee and chocolate; this, however, is white). The beer looks overly carbonated, which I think is due to its relative lightness (for an RIS), but it is not when tasted. The smell is weak for an RIS, and nothing really stands out; rather, it is a mixture of certain [predictable] characteristics that, having come together, are hard to place exactly as they are. In other words, this beer doesn't emphasize anything, which makes it a little dull.
The taste is similar to the smell- no clear emphasis, no outstanding flavors, and thus little complexity. The usuals are present in short supply- chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits (plum, and maybe cherry), etc., etc. there is present an almost fruit candy sweetness, that doesn't blend well with the other flavors. As previously mentioned, the beer is lighter than expected or desired. It is not great, and I dont see myself buying it again.
edit: i didn't look at this review and ended up buying it again. score has been adjusted (lowered) accordingly. not very enticing.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2009 22:55:07 | More by jdklks
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2011 vintage. Poured on tap and served in a snifter, the beer is jet black, with subtle ruby highlights, and a dense, foamy, dark tan head. Aromas of coffee and booze forward, with old world fruit sweetness, woody notes, and an underlying coffee bitterness. Beast. Flavors are a blast of rich sweetness on the tongue, with black strap molasses leading the charge, followed by cocoa nibs, bitter coffee, vanilla, oak spice, and a ribbon of booze. Holy hell, this is big! Smooth and velvety in mouth, with a rich, darkly sweet aftertaste of molasses and brown sugar. Slick, smooth finish. Wow...this is a greay beer!
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2014 21:20:09 | More by GarthDanielson
4.06/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and some dark fruit (mainly raisins).
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a slight nuttiness, vanilla and raisins.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 19:14:22 | More by SebD
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.