The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 70
Gots: 220 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.57% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003)
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Batch no 10. November 2011.

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass with a gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Served cold into a Guinness goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label. 10.57% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki colour. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is poor - maybe 20 seconds.

BODY: Opaque amber-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated (though this may be from age). Not unique or special for the style, but satisfactory.

AROMA: Raisin, prune, dark malts, dates, grape, and a hint of cherry. Dark malts. Sweet. Fruit dominates.

An obviously aged brew with plenty of depleted sugars.

A decent aroma of average strength. No alcohol or off-notes is/are detectable.

TASTE: Raisin, prune, dark malts, dates, grape, malty sweetness. Raisin and prune dominates. Decidedly Belgian yeast character guides it.

This just plain isn't an imperial stout; it's a Belgian dark ale.

No yeast, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Fairly balanced. Lacks much complexity/intricacy. There isn't any subtlety here.

TEXTURE: Subtly dry and coarse. Medium-bodied. Overcarbonated. A biteen rough. Uncomfortably astringent. The dryness and coarseness suits the raisin.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: Downable but underwhelming, and just plain not an imperial stout. It has a Belgian character and lacks sufficient complexity and subtlety. I expected far better.

D+

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, 22oz bottle, shared with friends, served in a clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Black, but not pitch black. Mahogany brown at the edges when held up to the light. Thin light tan ring of foam, with some lacing here and there.

Smell: Fruity, light, sugary, cocoa powder.

Taste: Cherry, dark fruits, burnt sugar, light bittersweet chocolate, with a bitter finish of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, sticky, but smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very different for a RIS than other styles I’ve had, lighter, but full of flavor. The wider range of flavors and aromas worked for this beer rather than heading towards the extremes of thickness and chocolate/coffee flavors. Quite drinkable and I’ll have to pick up a bottle again to savor all on its own.

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2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Too fizzy, light in flavor and taste for a RIS.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.