The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.08/5 rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours a dark, deep brown-black with an unusually tenacious (for an Imp stout) creamy tan head. Good lacing.
Smell is rather unpleasant, harsh alcohol and a weird medicinal quality assault the nose first, followed by the expected burnt grains, chocolate, etc, etc. Interesting hops, the bottle claims Hallertau. Overall smell is quite "young" and harsh.
Taste is equally young, the flavors here just don't mesh like they should and the impression is hot and brash. The alcohol is quite forward in this beer and shocks the palate, only after do the sweet malt and roasted flavor arrive to mellow things out. After that it's your basic Imperial Stout, nothing surprising. Carbonation level is fine, creamy and aids the rich cocoa mouthfeel. Interestingly, the Czar is actually a little light for an Imperial Stout, I was hoping for something a bit more chewy.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the fizz is there and it's creamy, if not entirely smooth. Finishes bitter, boozy, and hot.
This beer needs to age, or at least back off on the alcohol character. To Czar's credit, they actually recommend aging it on the bottle. Still... More coffee and less heat would help, as would a richer, fuller mouthfeel. Czar is a brash beer, and one that'll certainly wake you up in the morning. Not one of the better Imperial Stouts I've had, but certainly one of the more intense. Thanks to Khiasmus for sharing.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2007 06:17:35 | More by kkipple
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 1,602 ratings.