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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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The CzarThe Czar

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,824 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 264 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.57% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle code 14303B7 suggests an October 29th 2014 bottling date. So now it is four months old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with the barest trace of clear ruby at the bottom when seen through light. Inch thick tan head receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dominated by alcohol

t: Smoothness is the first impression, followed by alcohol and dark roastiness and then a moderate hop/alcohol bite at the sides of the tongue and throat.

m: Very smooth medium to full, oatmeal or milk stoutlike in that respect. Great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: An unusual imperial stout, with mild roastiness and no real coffee/chocolate notes to speak of, which seems to leave the alcohol rather naked. Yet it is enjoyable and wonderfully silky. One can imagine this actually having been consumed a century ago by a Russian potentate with great gusto and pleasure.

Photo of mush
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is based on the Czar Batch 13. It opens in a large puffy beige foam atop a dark ruby body; after the initial pour, there is little lacing and a minimal head. The nose detects a subtle whiff of molasses while the palate receives a delectable blend of said molasses and toffee, both of which are finely controlled by the Hallertau hops and English yeast. (Fact: the Russian Imperial Stout is a British style - not actually Russian - of course, you knew this ...?)

There is a tad crispiness in the mouthfeel along with a semi-sweet body that makes for a very nice quaff, despite the potent alcohol boost.

If you really want to expand the experience, I recommend letting this one sit for about 10-15 minutes; this will bring more of the flavor and allow the body to settle. Nice, Comrade!

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brayton
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of carolinabrew
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, coffee thick malted sweetness. I can see why this beer is the dictator!

Photo of tridge85
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tedvr
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Russf3181
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aderousseau
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best stouts you can halfway find on your shop's shelves. Nose is loaded with cereal malts and molasses. I love the sweetness and back of throat alcohol. Another Avery gem that should have higher BA scores in my opinion.

Photo of PEIhop
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of salthemonster
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobJude
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sillyhed8
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lavapajamas
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fingerflinger
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeltaFour
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2013beer101
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tree777
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.