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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,645 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,645
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 68
Gots: 209 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003)
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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that quickly fades leaving a little lace. Deep amber almost black color. Nice, beefy full bodied. Sweet roasty coffee/chocolate nose. Starts sweet, almost but not syrupy. Finishes with some alcohol overtones but is easy to drink. 22oz bottle $9 from Drum Hill Liquors Chelmsford, Ma. 2004 bottle - 13% ABV.

jdhilt, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presented in the bomber pictured, with foil wrapping. No “born on” or freshness date to speak of. I’ve read in earlier threads that there is sometimes numbers on the label, none on my bottle. Purchased at the Barnyard in the ‘Burnie for $6.99.

It pours a deep, dark and opaque black with an oily consistency. Seems just like melted chocolate. There is a dark tan ring of lacing. No agitation could bring a head to the beer and there is a limited amount of carbonation on the glass itself.
Had a molasses-like pour. Comparatively, the aroma is smoky molasses with some other assorted bitter/burned malt in the background.
I was surprised by how complex, yet not balanced, it is. The first flavors in the taste are definitely brazen and rough, just like those stereotypical Russian characters from the bad early 80’s movies. Bitterness and alcohol rush in and smack your tongue back. A slight twinge as the bitterness assaults the roof of the mouth too. Bitterness was from both the slightly over toasted malts and a bit of hops. However, there is a bit of smoother and sweeter malts mixed in on the backend, as a chocolate mix evens it out a bit. The harsh flavor profile masked the scarily high alcohol quite well.

Scores a definite medium to full mouthfeel and actually better in the mouthfeel category than some other imperials I’ve had. Completely coats your mouth with syrupy consistency. Had a spicy and acidic finish. I don’t think I’ll be having many others. I’ve found the Victory Storm King a much better imperial for those cold winter nights.

Dithyramb, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lore: Attractive double duecer brown bottle single label touting redolent Hallertau hops…That and $1.05 gets ya a cup of coffee. Bottled in 2003,adding 70 IBU. 11.9% ABV

Buh-lack opaque countenance under a quickly dissipating head to a slick of microscopic head that clings to a khaki collar ring into me Hennepin tulip. A few swirls erupts a whirlpool of tan, nada mas.

Screaming RIS scents of burnt molasses black cherries, and toasted bread. A bit cold from the fridge. Palatable awl-kee-hawl in the nose.

First Swigs: Rocket fuel awl-kee-hawl presence overrides all flavor aspects. Some toasted burnt malts manage to get through. The trick to AVERY’S Czar is to let it warm a hair from fridge temps. Lip smackin’ goin’ on. Just narrow toasted burnt bread and a hint of dark cherries with black chocolate peeking out.here. How much this will (and needs to) improve with age? The first time ever written that this burns me tum-tum-tummy.

Considering the style, the body is medium. No thick chewiness. Drinkability? My review grows like a James Joyce novel to go along with the marathon sippage.

Last Swigs: Big beer? This is distilled whiskey beer! Calling this a sipper is like saying that Niagara Falls is a leaking lake. This damn near took me all nite to kill. Maybe AVERY is shooting for a RIS that rips the ABV prize away from any other contenders, but compromises the flavor department. Best hopes are that this will settle with a year or two down the road. Despite the focus, a bit out of control in the esters department.

From the site: Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age.

Beer is good. Happy two hour bottle marathon beering.

***RE-REVIEW***

Flvors rounded out from the same case previously reviewed. A few bottles were left. The baker's chocolate is still there. Hot fussel has calmed a bit, but still there. Roasty cake dough and sugary cocoa.

blitheringidiot, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of walleye
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured dark brown with a med. size tan head. aroma toffee, roasted nuts, molasses, floral and a hint of yeast, spices, and a hint of alcohol love that alcohol. flavor over roasted nuts, sourness, licorice, malts and a nice taste of alcohol. not to bad another one from avery that I will buy again

walleye, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sample came to me via bditty187. Thanks for the hookup! I am sampling a room temp bottle in a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown color. A light creamy beige head develops and fades to a surface layer. Aroma is chocolate, plums, raisins, some molassess and brown sugar. Very appealing. First sip reveals, average body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose. Ripe Plums, raisins, chocolate and brown sugar come through. There is also a big warming factor as the beer goes down into my belly. Very robust tasty brew. Suffers a little on drinkability due to the intense warming from alcohol. But just expect that and it will be all good. Enjoy!

sulldaddy, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Virtually black, with brilliantly clear deep crimson hues when held to light. Dense tan, surprisingly steadfast head considering the alcohol concentration. Loose lace remains. Barbed waft of ethanol macerated ground anise and prune hits the nose initially. Mellows a tad, with dark chocolate covered raisin and black licorice ensuing. Swirling releases trace solvent - like, fusel hints. Ragged, yet appetizing aromawise. In flavor upfront is a lingering impression of rum soaked bittersweet chocolate torte. Minty ethanol darts in after a deliberation and complements the stalwart chocolate presence. Earthy, dirty, hop tones arise mid palate along with suggestions of black pepper and fermented dilute molasses. Fruit character is slow to develop in flavor, but eventually augments into a combination of well overripe plum, although there's a softer hint of cherry - esque tartness. Moderate in body at best, with a mouthfeel dangerously skimpy in viscosity. Roasted barley and chocolate character counterintuitively diminish as the beer warms, while hop bitterness augments. Overall this brew gets sharper and drier as it breathes. Finishes with fleeting burnt brownie hints and lingering, enveloping ethanol warmth. A potent and flavorful imperial stout, indeed. Most certainly worthy of cellaring for a long time. The Czar is a a touch boozy in its current state, but is quite tasty nonetheless.

marc77, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, bottled in 2003. Appearance is Coca-Cola like, though appearing richer and headier. The head gives way to a thin ring of lace rather quickly. Aroma is musty and enjoyable, but is unlike that of other Imperials I have enjoyed. Scent reminds me of an old ale, in the like of JW Lees, with fruity notes, prunes, sweet malts, and a mild alcohol undertone.

Flavor yields a mass of dark fruits and burnt, blackened coffee, but it finishes with a potent mess of licorice and alcohol...sambuca, if you will. The alcohol character overpowers just about everything else and takes away from the overall enjoyment and drinkability of this brew. I'd drink it again, because hey, I like beer...though I wouldn't again shell out the coins I paid for this bottle. I like Avery beers, but this one has a long way to go before catching up to many other American-made Imperial Stouts.

IrishRedRock, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says "bottled in 2002", I guess I already have an aged bottle.

Pours very dark brown with absolutely no head.

Big roasted chocolate, espresso and rum flavors in the nose. But no strong alcohol smell.

Full bodied, very smooth. The alcohol is still very present but not the entire focus. Rum flavors come in as does a roasted bitter chocolate and coffee. A light sourness comes in as well, but nothing distracting. An aftertaste of rum and bitter chocolate hang around.

A fine imperial stout, even after 2 years. The one drawback is the pronounced alcohol flavor. Most others I've had have hidden it a bit better. Still quite good though.

Southernbrew, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color. Just a slight surface head that quickly disappears. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. The flavor follows the nose as there is a nice balance of the roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, light bitterness, and alcohol. The alcohol levels are slighlty strong in the flavor though.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start and finish, with chocolate and alcohol rides the tongue long after swallowing. Not a bad drinking brew.

Gavage, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Half a glass of dentable tan foam, settles a bit quick to a smallish Guinness table top, above a black body which shows ruby highlights just along the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Aroma, from popping the cap, is overpowered by sweet alcoholic licorice. Can do a bit of sinus clearing.

Licorice drives the taste, along with a sense of alcohol, with a few stray sips of coffee and chocolate hanging on for dear life. Not warming/burning though. Dark fruits abound in the finish, with a background of hops.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. I need something to chew on with an imperial.

Except for the mouthfeel, this is a fine example of the style, though the alcohol could be better masked . Should age well. I had heard mixed things about Avery, but this was overall satisfactory.

RonfromJersey, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Hefe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on 7/15/04. Served plastic tasting cup at the DFH - Avery Brewing tasting at R.F.D.

Appearance: Black with noticeable ruby hues around the edges. Thin tan lacing around the edge of the cup.

Smell: Toffee, chocolate, black strap molasses, a wisp of alcohol.

Taste: Echoes of the nose, with undercurrents of plum and date. Lightly bitter and alcoholic on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich and creamy, also a glycerin like feel from the staggering amount of alcohol on the finish.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol, or more importantly too soon to be drinking this beer. A year or two in the bottle and this should flesh out beautifully. Not that the alcohol will go away, but all the other flavors need time to meld together.

Hefe, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is contra the herd, but I left most of this bottle for cooking. There was an overpowering bittersweetness that left this not very drinkable for me. Yes, beautiful black. Aroma of sweet molasses and maybe fig and dates and other fruit. And while masked, alcohol way too much.

A bomber 18 months later, and yes, I left the majority to cooking. very smooth and syruppy bittersweet. Improved rating, but not the pentultimate.

Three years later and good, brandyish. One of Avery's best still not the greatest imperial stout.
six years later and hangs in rgere, an aged version for 7 years and not so drinkable, but barleywinish.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity... 2003 bottling, foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/8" of light brown head over the nearly opaque dark reddish brown brew. Not as dark as most imperial stouts I've seen. Head is down just a slight film of bubbles quickly, but lacing is okay. Aroma tends towards sweet and alcoholic. After allowing to warm for awhile, taste starts to exhibit some dark malt character, which chilled was not evident to my palate. Was starting to think The Czar was reminiscent of its (in my mind) redheaded step-brother, The Beast, but had to give it some time. Mouthfeel is okay, but I wish there was a bit more heartiness to make up this one. Drinkability low for sessions, but a bit higher just to look around for flavors and characteristics in the complex brew. Not one I'd go out of my way to experience again, but it's all part of the journey...

ppoitras, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of beerinator
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: BLACK. Fizzy dark tan head. This beer is as dark as it could possibly be.

Aroma: Sweet cake in the aroma. There are hints of sourness. The sweetness is enveloped by brown sugar and vanilla. The roastyness from the malt is prominent.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, with slight sour flavors. There are some sharp bitter chocolate flavors here. The vanilla and cake flavors show through in the taste as well as the aroma. Nice solid body.

Notes: Great beer. There is a good bit of drinkability here. This beer may be super strong in alcohol, but it's strength doesn't detract from the other flavors.

beerinator, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled in 2002"-Bomber bottle with foil over the cap. 12% wooohaaa. Pours black as night, little head, low carbonation, but does leave some minimal lacing. Nose burnt grain and black coffee. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, licorish, whiskey. Subtle, sophisticated and strong. Warming and intoxicating. Serious stuff were dealing with here. Not for the faint of heart, wo wimps and no whiners allowed. Seek, cellar and enjoy.

Billolick, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours like motor oil and virtually no head. I really had to get aggressive with the pour to get any foam. Smells of licorice, coffee, and alcohol march right out of the glass and into your nose. I knew this beer was going to try to beat me into submission (thanks to a "heads up" from Hard Target). The first thing I tasted and the last thing I tasted was alcohol. There were hints of greatness tucked in the beer but the alcohol was just too overpowering for me. This is NOT the place to start if you are a first time stout drinker. I had a big meal with this...good plan or I probably would have been blind stinking drunk by the time I got to the bottom of the 22 oz. bomber. Being a stout man, I really enjoyed this beer but it just wasn't balanced and seemed to be a very one dimensional beer compared to the other stouts that I usually enjoy. Careful with this one...

mattcrill, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2003 vintage, sampled June 2004.
Aroma 4.5: Dark roasted malt, some raisins and chocolate aromas
Appearance 4.5: Black with ruby edges with a thin dark tan head that laced like grandma.
Flavor 4.0: Oh my. The alcohol hits pretty early in the taste, but it is backed up with some rich flavors. Rum soaked raisins are the lead role with a sweet brown sugar chaser. There is a harsh side as well, a lingering charcoal, vodka and burnt coffee taste that detracts a bit. This beer has a twisted soul, greatness combined with madness.
Mouthfeel 3.0: It burns, IT BURNS! Alcohol is a bit harsh and warms all the way down the gullet. I can currently feel it in my stomach and fully expect to be able to track its progress all the way through.
Overall Impression 2.5: I don’t know if the alcohol just beat me down or what, but I paired this with a cantaloupe, and it improved immensely! Really brought out the fruit taste and helped hide the alcohol. While it was an unintentional pairing (wife brought me a snack) it really worked well. Consider pairing with some fruit. By itself, this is a tyrant, not a Czar. Drinkability? I poured half the bomber in a swing top for tomorrow, I doubt I can finish this tonight, although, as I warm, so does my opinion of this massive double barrel attack of a beer. In the end, I’m afraid the alcohol just isn’t hidden well enough. The bottle suggests cellaring, and I think they are right. At 12.2% I think my 3 year old son will enjoy a bottle of this with his son.
Recommendation: Buy, but don’t drink, unless you are struck with that half mad, half genius inspiration.

2005 vintage, Reviewed 06-24-2005

Bottle Inspection: Bottled in 2003 (bought off a store shelf this week; June 23, 2005), 1.100 OG, 70 IBU, 11.9% abv (oh mamma)

Aroma 3.5: Rum raisin, sweet dark malt, perfumed alcohol

Appearance 3.5: A stiff pour produced a small short-lived dark tan head that shrank to a trace of cover and a thin collar. It is so black that it seems to extend beyond the edge of the glass. It appears evil.

Flavor 3.5: Santa? Is that you? What are you doing here, it’s 100 degrees outside! Tastes like a Christmas beer. Rich, revved up, a touch spicy (which I think is mostly hot alcohol). Raisins have turned to plums, but still rum soaked. The fruit melds nicely with a serious stout taste, deep roasted grains, with hints of bitter coffee grounds. Man, a full on assault.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Surprisingly light given all of the above. It weights in at about a medium body with very low carbonation. It’s so hot it’s burning the back of my nose.

Overall Impression 3.5: Wow, what a beast. I’ll be sipping on this monster all night. Really nice flavors, but the alcohol is still too hot after a good year to year and a half in the bottle. I got one of these and cellared it back in 2003. I don’t think it’s ready yet. I’m not entirely sure it’s going to be ready this generation. If it can soak up some of the alcoholic flavor, it really could be a masterpiece.

HardTarget, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came in a 22oz Bomber with a picture of who I am guessing is a past Czar on the label. Pours as black as one could ask for with a slight light brown head about half an inch high. The smell is of sweet chocolate and a strong alcohol scent to it. Not the most pleasant smelling stout, as the alcohol seemed to really take over the aroma as this warmed. The taste was a bit sweet to start off with before the alcohol jumped in and took over. This is one Imperial Stout where you can defiantly taste the big alcohol. The usual roasted malt and coffee flavors are there just not a prominent. The mouthfeel is decent with a good amount of carbonation. I think the drinkability is defiantly hurt by the strong alcohol, not a bad beer but no-where close to a favorite imperial stout of mine. I might possibly get another bottle to lay down for awhile to see if the alcohol mellows out and lets other flavors take over.

meathookjones, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

Pours solid black with a small tan head. and subtle lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt, roasted and alcohol. Maybe a fig here or there also, especially as it warms.

Taste is alcohol on the fore palate, malts on the mid palate and a strong hop finish. The aftertaste, of 30 seconds or so, sours for a bit also. Like the nose, the taste develops more dark fruit with increase in temp.

Mouthfeel is good, I like the carbonation level I like the size and accessibility of the flavors and for me (a neat scotch fan) the alcohol is at a pleasant level. I would add "stomach feel" to mouth feel in this case and the warming is fun!

Drinkability. Well this is not the first time I have had this beer and will certainly not be the last. The high alcohol level limits the occasion for this one, but situations where you are having one beer and/or sharing work well.

hobbes2112, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

My first homebrew was a 5 gallon batch of stout that I decided to ferment in my attic through the throes of summer heat. Something told me it was the right thing to do. Temperatures quickly shot up past 90 in that unventilated room and my beer was vigorously bubbling away with fermentation. The next day, it was done. It had gotten so hot, that this process -- which normally takes at least a week -- was completed in 24 hours. Whenever my girlfriend paints her toenails, I'm reminded of this wretched beer.

After tasting Avery The Czar, I prize that beer for its ingenuity and craft.

The Czar is an absolute mess of thin, moderately carbonated slop. Alcohol more than dominates this beer, it is its key component with flavors ranging from vodka to scraped knees covered in isopropyl. When cold, these notes are controlled and a moderate chocolate flavor carries this beer with the slightest bit of bittering and a few plummy notes on the nose, reminiscent of a Belgian quadruple. Not hopped enough (70 IBUs to 1100 OG) with hardly any roasted malt, this is more bock than anything else.

The warmth of my hand weakens this self-proclaimed leader. His rotting corpse spits at us, bile and puss. Miserable tyrant.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, May 28, 2004
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is as close to black as you can get, but I see shimmers of scarlet red if I look really closely. Not much of a head, but oh well. Doesn't matter for this style. Really nice, thick nose. Deep and dark malt tones. Burnt and bloodied. Rum. Molasses. Barrel characteristics. And whiskey as well. This one's got some heat on the nose. First sips of this definitley grab my attention. I find fire immediately in the ethanol burn, but after further sips, this diminishes, yet remains throughout. There's a nice, harsh bitterness present. Roasted barley and hop in nature. The molasses and sweet brown sugar balance the alcohol and bitterness somewhat...somewhat being the key word. The body is about medium-full and the mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated. This is a good one, but I think it will be better in years to come.

Gotta thank cokes for this Czar...this Emperor...this Kaiser...this King....this Despot.

Bighuge, Apr 26, 2004
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle. Picked up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: As black as night. Only in direct sunlight did a hint of deep, blood red come through. Dense, one-finger head rose up with a rough pour. A ring of fine bubbles remained around the circumference of the glass the whole time.

Smell: Strong cocoa and hops right after the pour. As the beer sat, smoke, alcohol, and darks malts rose to the surface. A little bit of dark fruit was present as well.

Mouthfeel: Buttery smooth on the tongue, this beer coated the mouth. A little bit of a bite and tingle from the alcohol, but otherwise, very smooth.

Taste: A strong sweetness hit the tongue immediately. This was followed by cocoa, heavily roasted malt, and relatively strong alcohol. The middle was bitter hops, tart dark fruits, and heavily roasted coffee. Everything continued on into the finish and lingered for a long, long time.

A pretty good imperial stout. The alcohol was pretty strong, though, especially at the temps that I drank my first glass at. (I think it was somewhere around 62 °F.)

Quaffer, Apr 26, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is jet black, with a bubbly beige head. The smell is anise malt with a lot of alcohol. The taste is a licorise sweet malt, and the alcohol is quite strong in this beer. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe have a couple, but just too much alcohol taste to sustain.

Well, it's certainly been a lot of fun in my first year as a BeerAdvocate, and I appreciate the friends that I've made over that year, both here in Pittsburgh and beyond. As such I figured I'd give this beer a try to celebrate this event. It's not a great imperial stout (a bit too alcoholic) but still something that I'd likely have again.

beergeek279, Apr 24, 2004
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish-black that is slightly translucent and nearly no head to speak of. The smell is of sweet chocolate and toffee with a slight bourbon aroma as well. The taste is a bitter-sweet chocolate with a cough-medicine note right after the swallow. The first breath after the swallow reveals the hops along with more bitter chocolate and warming alcohol. This is a light to medium bodied beer for this style and finishes faintly sweet. This is a fairly complex brew but lacks quite a bit in mouthfeel. Also the high abv is not hidden well at all and therefore makes the drinkability suffer a bit. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Apr 13, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark reddish brown beer with light beige foamy head. There was initial lacing. It had some carbonation, not a lot. Unlike some darker Imperial Stouts that I have drank, this one you can see light through. The smell was a sweet, maybe a touch of raisin. The aftertaste was dry and bitter with no aftertaste of alcohol. The mouthfeel was thin for an Imperial Stout.

barleysangel, Apr 01, 2004
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,645 ratings.