The Czar - Avery Brewing Company
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4.97/5 rDev +26.5%
A - Tar black with a slowly developing brown cream head. The foam looks like whipped chocolate milk, and I want to eat it with a spoon. Lots of creamy lace is left around my snifter, and the two finger head falls to a fat collar and a little haze on top of the brew. This brew shows the slightest hints of brown around the edges when held directly to the light.
S - Dark bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel filled chocolates, double chocolate chip ice cream. In fact, this smells like about every kind of assorted chocolates that you might find in Gump's proverbial box. Profound walnut notes are there along with cream cheese and chocolate flavored graham crackers. This is one of the most outstanding noses that I've ever encountered. A big ole five for smells here!
T - The flavors have all the chocolate complexity from the nose, and bring a big smoky woodfire element in to the mix. The charcoal, smoke, campfires, and wet lumber notes are part of what I'm experiencing during retro olfaction (breathing out of your nose after you swallow). There is an astonishing amount of sugar in this beer, but it's expertly balanced with smoky roasted notes, bitter and tangy hops, and a good alcohol burn. Outstanding.
M - This is as full bodied as a bevy of full figured beauties on a cupcake binge. Ridiculously sugary like cake batter, but it's never too much to handle since the massive hops and astringent alcohol keep things in check.
D - A simply outstanding beer. One could discount this for the amazingly high alcohol content, but for me dinkability refers to my overall enjoyment and opinion of the beer. I'm sure there are threads on this site devoted to discussing the definition of drinkability, and for some it means sessionable low alcohol content. But I rarely drink more than two beers in one sitting, and I'd rather have one bomber of this than three other weaker brews. This is one of the best beers that I've ever had. No shit.
02-19-2008 23:39:32 | More by pmcadamis
4.97/5 rDev +26.5%
Bottled in 2003: The label claims an ABV of 11.9%. The beer is not quite black, and has an almost white head. The aroma has a nice chocolate profile, with dark fruits, and a roastiness that comes with room temperature. Anise, and molasses too.
This is phenomenal. Raisins, figs, sweet molasses, anise, and chocolate, all blended beyond belief. Roasted malt backs it all up. Mouthfeel is smooth, and still carbonated. This has aged well, and just adds to the case for ageing big stouts.
10-24-2005 04:13:11 | More by Sephiroth
4.93/5 rDev +25.4%
Czar is up for its 100th review on this February friday night tasting of 10 brews that covered a wide spectrum of styles.
Three tasters interacting with a 2 year old Imperial Stout ( the line up: Ayinger Celebrator, the Czar, Samiclaus, Arogant Bastard, OFallon Smoked Porter, Goudenband Flanders Red Belgium Ale, Cutthroat Porter, Meuller Pale Ale -Springfield Brewing Co., and last and by FAR least a St. Louis macro - not that one . . . Dirt Cheap Beer) List is reversed with the DCB as a pre-rinser for the various glasses used.
Tan head quickly nods under the influence of 12% ABV chocolate-coffee (from over roasted malt) with dense fruity esters suggesting chocolate coated black cherry injected with alcohol. Low - Hallertau hops get lost in taste of spiced coffe and chocolate. fruit, drying mouth with alcohol and finishing off with soft bitterness. Flavors come on harse in this medium-full bodied RIS.
Surgeon-poet Yury Zhivago struggling to survive the winters of the Russian Revolution was torn between fidelity and passion for two women. The Czar is rough, passionate winter warmer that struggles beyond the Old Imperial wanting passionately to be a revolutionary Black Barleywine.
"May you live as long as you want to and Want to (drink fine beer) as long as you live" - capre diem. - Thanks to Shultzerdugen for bring this Avery giant.
02-19-2005 18:06:04 | More by karst
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.