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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 264 | FT: 11
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.57% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. I'm not seeing any date on this, but this has been cellered by me for about...oh...a week?, so lets call it a 2010.

A-Black with a creamy medium tan head that settles rapidly. Nice look, but nothing remarkable. Tip the glass for some ruby highlights.

S-Heady roasted mocha, bakers chocolate, some dark fruits in the background with almost a spicy soy sauce note.

T-Savory creaminess abounds with anise very much leading the charge into a full bodied mocha midrange followed by a peppery astringent finish. Boxed around the palate, the dark fruits make themselves present as does the warming alcohol, but not nearly as much as would be expected. I love the style, and I really love this beer.

M-See above, creamy, well balanced, full mouthfeel. A very nice effort.

D-Dangerously drinkable. I haven't met an Avery beer I didn't like, especially among their big beers, and this one is an outstanding effort that tastes just great young....I can only imagine how wonderful this will be with some age.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2009. Pours dark in the glass with some toffee head. It does let some light through throughout the beer, seems a little lighter than some other RISs. Big whiffs of dark fruits, some booze and roast. I was a bit surprised by the lack of chocolate and dark roast that I've experienced in other RISs. The dark fruit and molasses were very evident and the alcohol got really hot as this warmed and as such I kept away from open flames. Felt nice and syrupy with moderate carbonation and left a sticky sweet aftertaste. Overall a good big beer but not quite what I expected. The heat may subside but was a little too, burny?, right now. Also, priced a little higher than I would have liked.

Photo of peedee
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09 bomber poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a nice back with a little hint of red at the bottom when held into light. A light mocha brown head.

S- Light cherry and chocolate smell. The alcohol is lightly noticeable.

T- A sweet cherry with a ending of chocolate malt. The alcohol shows up in the finish slightly.

M- Smooth, not as much warmth as I was expecting from the alcohol.

D- This beer went down easily. The alcohol is there but not enough to hinder the experience.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today I'm celebrating my first year as a BA. I thought I'd celebrate with a nice strong Stout.

The 65 cl brown long-necked bottle's got a red picture of Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia. It looks really nice and exclusive.

A: The pour is pitch black with a thick medium-large beige head that takes quite some time to dissipate, leaving nice lacings.

S: Chocolate and light roasted malt (caramell?). Hoppy in a nice way, both floral and bitter.

T: Rich syrupy sweet light roasted caramell malt. Chocolate, coffee and sweet dark dried fruits. Then there's licorice and vanilla and some bitterness as well.

M: Full body and mild carbonation in great balance. A warmth spreads from the high ABV, but still very nice. Aftertaste is long and holds a great balance of sweet and bitter.

D: This is a great beer. Buy it, enjoy it while thinking of what Benjamin Franklin said: "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy".

Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle pours a dark black with lots of light caramal foam forming in the glass. The taste is of dark fruit with a hint of chocolate and black licorice. Its pretty smooth overall and quite easy to drink for the higher abv%. Not a bad stout overall, and glad I got to try this one.

Photo of clickpush
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour 22oz bottle to wide mouth glass. Hearty pour yield half finger of tan head. Coffee colored body. Head reduces to a thin cap of lacing and intermittent ring around the surface.

Aroma is on the lighter side. A bit of oxidation. Some roast malts, acetic... a bit doughy. Hope it tastes better than it smells.

Smooth and creamy mouth. Sweet, a bit syrupy. Flavor is thin. Finish is roasty. Some vegetal notes... peas??


Photo of Manoftyr
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 08 bottle into pint glass

Appearance-Pours a rich charcoal black with maybe the slightest tinges of red around the edges, a nice mocha head raises and slowly dissipates.

Aroma-Cherries and dark fruit, maybe plums, followed by rich caramelized and somewhat chocolaty malt. Ends with a note of alcohol. It may just be me but the fruity cherry smell, smells a little bready to me almost like a piece of cherry cake.

Taste-Follows the nose but with the cherry and dark fruit flavors taking a backseat to the malt character which dominates the finish with toasty and chocolaty flavors that mingle with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Lush, but somewhat thin for an Imperial Stout, however, it still possesses that nice silky smoothness.

Drinkability-For such a big beer, this is pretty drinkable and goes down rather easy.

Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. 2008 batch. I should really try this beer fresh in the interest of writing harsh reviews. Aged, this beer is quite good. Pours a deep brandy brown with a small head that fades quickly. The aroma is brandy, raisins, plums, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, warm alcohol and a faint herbaceous note that may be the last gasp of the faded hops. The flavor is all wonderfully sweet aged malt. Feel is smooth and rich. This is a good beer to sip slowly out of a small brandy glass. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of Duhast500
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a pitch black with two fingers of light brown head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty roasty with a bit of a tootsie roll flavor. Some sweet malt flavors and a touch or two of bitterness.

The taste is pretty sweet at first. The sugary sweet flavor surprised me and was expecting a bit of a bitter flavor to take over but a chocolate flavor hits at the end and is really nice. It has a bit of a black licroice flavor as well.

The feel of this beer is a little creamy and goes down really well. It is a bit strong so I took my time with this beer. It has a nice medium body.

Photo of RiverCityBrews
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - One finger head in an 8 oz snifter. Head Retention is long lasting. Once poured, this beer boasts robust crimson waves snaking around in an inky darkness. Note: Other than head, this is partly the brewers description but I found it very accurate.

Smell - Malty and slightly biscuity. The Belgian Candy Sugar Avery uses adds a swirling ice cream cone goodness to the dense dark cloud.

Taste - Rich and full. Hits the tongue with what can be described as an onslaught of high quality ingredients from one end to the other, without any degree of insult. The above mentioned Belgian Candy Sugar holds the ingredients together and smooths the strong malts. The malts are powerful but graceful.

Mouthfeel - A truly well balanced mouthfeel. No swish or foam. Just the right amount of stick. Almost feels like it's rolling along your mouth instead of sticking.

Drinkablitiy - The mouth and taste part of drinkability are not a problem. For one, I could (and have) drink just this beer all night. The only problem one might come across is if they are not used to thick beers it may be a little heavy on the stomach after 440z or so.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Czar Russian Imperial Stout. 10.82% alcohol as stated on bottle.(2009)BD

A- Pours a pitch black fluid that does allow some light to pass on the lower part of my pint glass that glows a firey dark amber. Small quarter inch light tan head falls to a froth leaving rings of lacing.

S- Upfront is a raging alcohol scent that burns the nose with fury. Second is a mild coffee and cocoa. Last is very light sweet molasses and hops.

T- Quick warming effect of a hell of alot of estery alcohol bite. After is a smooth hit of bittering hops followed by coffee and sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is creamy after the alcohol burns off its unhidden state. Alittle rough and hot in the mouthfeel department but hell its for drinking.

D- Massive alcohol bomber and i'll remember when a moderate priced stout with more than enough alcohol is wanted and some flavor is recieved.

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip. My bottle is labeled as being 10.82% ABV rather than the above-listed 11.03%.

Appearance: entirely black but for a very slight crimson tinge when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan, compact foam which stick tenaciously to the glass. A bit of a monster ... it looks fantastic.

Smell: rich coffee and toffee aromas. There are also hints of chocolate and caramel. It has a highly dessert-like aroma and not a little sweetness. Smells quite nice.

Taste: the sweetness really comes through here. Big malt flavors of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Alcohol is prominent and lends a lot of dark fruity flavors; lots of plum in this one. A basic but tasty RIS.

Mouthfeel: thick body with a syrupy consistency. There is plenty of substance here to coat your mouth and let you enjoy all the flavors. Quite nice.

Drinkability: a very tasty, solid RIS. High alcohol, but the flavors and aromas keep me coming back for more.

Photo of Parrotbeak
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very deep mahogany, with no head, save some swirly off-white patches.
Smell is dark chocolate and malts, with hops coming through. More roasty malts, a little toffee, with a bit of vanilla. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Not bad overall, but it doesn't quite work.
Taste is hops and chocolatey malts. As with the smell, the malts become roasty halfway through. A bitter, hoppy wave comes in, swelling at the finish. Alcohol is slightly assertive. Again, just doesn't quite work for me.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and heavy, though there is a little bit of carbonation. A lot of heat from the alcohol.
Not that drinkable. I know this one is meant to be a sipper, but still, this one is a bit off-putting to me. I find myself anticipating the finish of each successive sip with an increased level of trepidation. I shall finish this bottle, but I don't think it'll be that easy.

Photo of Luff
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 22oz bottle

A: Black, small cream colored head.

S: Caramel and roasted malts, dark fruit.

T: Similar to smell, caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, slight warming alcohol, a little bitterness.

M: Viscous, lightly carbonated.

D: Great very tasty, not to sweet or overly alcoholic, seems well balanced. At 10.77% might be hard to drink a whole 22oz for some.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009.

Poured into a New Belgium glass black with a one finger tan head. Good retention and great lacing all the way down. Smells of cocoa with hints of vanilla. A little alcohol thrown in there also. The taste has much the same, cocoa and vanilla that mellows out. The end of the palatte has a little alcohol burn. Despite that, the mouthfeel has the right consistency.

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

Avery Czar Imperial Russian Stout purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance: Beautiful black with a nice tan head.
smell: malty, brown sugar. Very nice.
Taste: Delivers the goods advertised by the nose.
mouthfeel: Oh so creamy.
drinkability: This goes down fast and easy.
Another great Avery.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version, 10.82% abv.

a strong pour produces a big creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

A: dark brown with ruby highlights, almost looks like a porter in light. The head clears quickly.

S: Some caramel notes, a tiny bit of smoke, and maybe even some dark fruit. I get some malt characteristic as well. Plenty of alcohol in the smell.

T: A big boozy front hits you right away, especially as the beer warms. There is a slight hint of charcoal, some toffee and malt, and some dark fruit as well. Its interesting that this beer is not brewed with any roasted malt, just black patent, which seems to give it a nice smoothe perception of roasted character. Very complex and strong. Just enough hop bitterness to keep everything together.

M: Medium to heavy body, fairly smooth for such a big beer. Can't drink a ton of this though.

D: 1 bottle is plenty in a night, its probably best to share this one with a friend.

All around, another great beer from avery. I love to try this one every year. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness are so well balanced that you really ponder how they bring this one together.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 09 I believe. A reddish black color pour with a thin light tan head , quickly fading leaving spotty lacing , light carbonation . Aroma of dark roasted coffee , cocoa , and booze , slightly earhty . FLavor of dark fruit , roasted malt , light coffee and chocolate , tobacco,quite boozy ,and sweet , oily mouthfeel , thin body for the style in my opinion . Long boozy finish . A good stout for sure , quite drinkable but not what im looking for in a RIP .

Photo of peppermo
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

Poured rich with a solid head.

My wife tried the 1st sip and I could tell that she loved it without saying a word. I probably drank this too fast but I was sad when it was finished. The last bit was as good as the 1st.

I could drink this often

Photo of donteatpoop
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black; with a nice cap of tan colored head and a foam cling that leaves an almost crown-like appearance along the inside of the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and toast.

Man that is so smooth. The alcohol is there in taste, taking on a sweet burn; but it is very subtle for as much as there is. Goes down smooth and creamy; an excellent imperial stout.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 aged Bottle.

Pours a solid opaque black with just some rims of light around the edges along with a thinner off white head.
Aromas are black malts, sweet dark fruit, and little to no hop character to be found. It starts quite sweet and syrupy, but with warmth it gets the right character and looses that sweetness for a more complex malt flavor. The mouthfeel was right on for the style with just a little below being really full and creamy.

Photo of BeanBone
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A dark black, nearly black body pierced by only the narrowest red laser-beams. Up top, a little over a finger of tan-tinged creamy head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Dark coffee, deep-roasted malt, and lots of rum-tinged medium-high alcohol.

Flavor: A relatively thin roasty malt body with dark fruit and the requisite coffee and chocolate notes. There's a substantial alcohol presence here that tends to take center stage and drown out the rest. Roasty malt, dark fruit, and plenty of booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium-full body with medium carbonation. Lots of warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Drinks as you'd expect a double-digit ABV Imperial Stout to drink.

Verdict: A combination of mild flavors and high-octane alcohol that tends to dominate, this Czar's reign is short-lived. I'm thinking a year or so of aging would mellow the alcohol a little, though I'm not personally that interested in finding out.

Photo of blackenmn
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a consistent black with a feint crimson hue to it. Had about a 1/4" cream colored head with faded into a decent collar after a few minutes. Smelled of a bit of very noticeable cinnamon, spice, and a bit of chocolate and caramel. There was a bit of ABV warmth on the nose also most likely due to it being enjoyed slowly and letting in warm.

Taste and Mouthfeel:This was a pretty tasty brew. A little less viscosity than expected which is most likely why the ABV came through. Fairly complex otherwise. I enjoyed the chocolate and cinnamon/spice aspects of this brew. They really co-existed nicely in harmony without overwhelming one another.

Drinkability:This could of used a bit more body to it. Saw the Abv was going to be an issue when I poured it. I definitely enjoyed the hop pressence in this brew regardless, helped balance it out and disguise the ABV on the pallet quite a bit.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Avery Brewing's winter rotator for their Dictator Series. It is a Russian Imperial Stout, hence the name, and it pours into my snifter with Crimson hues shining through an inky blackness. Inhale the rich chocolate malt, that is quickly followed by noble Hallertau hops offering a spicy and floral aroma and a slight twinge of alcohol at the end. Flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, along with some sweet roasty malt, a hint of candied currants and anise. This brew is surprisingly smooth and fairly easy to drink when you consider the, if you forgive the pun, stout 12.2% abv.

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

2004 Vintage courtesy of bargerking and Solomon 420
Poured a very dark brown with good carbonation and dirty head. Nose is roasted, chcolate and bigger malts, could tell this was a big hopped Taste is spicy, caramel, dried dark fruits, candy, wood. Mouthfeel is still pretty warm overall, coating and sweet. Drinkability. One would do but not my first choice on a RIS, will try it fresh and see how it compares to vintage dates.

The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.