The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Boo-yah. This is a beer! I'd had a few others from Avery when I sampled this and so had high hopes even before I saw the label. And you can just tell from the care they put into designing the label that they're pretty proud of this beer -- mine was the 2002 edition. Pours jet black, with only the scantest traces of a dark tan head lining the edge of the glass. But hey, at 12.2% ABV, who can blame 'em. Pour little cabron dioxide bubbles are probably too drunk to find their way to the surface. Aroma is huge, enveloping, overpowering and rich. Coffee, chocolate, and a cherryish/licorice like dark sweetness. Terrific! The beer feels great too, oily, very smooth and full-bodied. Sweet molasses dominates the first part of the taste, with the malt developing a toffee-like toastiness mid-palate. Alcohol spiciness comes through at the end, tingly and peppery, though you'd never guess 12.2% (did I mention it's 12.2% ABV) from the taste. Hallertau hops lend a pleasant though very understated herbal character to the finish, and a nice balance. Chocolate overtones becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. This is an ass-kicker of a beer, but I'll take a beating from it any chance I get.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2003 21:22:32 | More by mzwolinski
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.