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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

The CzarThe Czar

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,531 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1531
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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kkipple

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 version.

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
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.