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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,788 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 71
Gots: 250 | 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:
Beer added by: Wildman on 01-05-2003

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Photo of exl_90
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnBender
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black in my stout glass, with a tan towering head that fades to leave some nice lacing. Rich body.
Smells like chocolate, coffee, malts and hops. A standard ok.
Tastes like charred chocolate, with bitter hops a standout, and some lingering coffee within there. Not bad, but also not my go-to RIS profile since I don't prefer char and hops-dominance in the style.
Feels medium and slick, and fairly big considering its bottle indicates 8.5% and not the 10+ % indicated on this review site.
ALL things considered, a solid example.

Photo of ericat78
2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like soap. Wish it would of tasted as good as like it looked

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wrigfen
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acubflem
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveD082791
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sneth019
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thinner than I expected. But the taste and aroma was money.

Photo of caahare
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fearthebeerd
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silverhorn
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition out of a bomber. 8.5% ABV this year. A solid stout, with a toasty dark chocolate and coffee flavor, augmented by far fruits.

Photo of kingston213
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WJones
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what an imperial Russian stout should be. I would like a little more carbonation and head but I am sure the high alcohol makes this prohibitive.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color - it doesn't seem pitch black (the pour looked almost 'light'), though the body is more or less opaque. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. I'm not particularly impressed with the retention, or the texture's lack of softness. A ring of lacing does stick to the glass, though. (3.25)

Smell: Very fruity. There are definite hints of chocolate, but I'm mainly picking up stewed dark fruits; that, and brown sugar. It almost seems bready like a Belgian ale, even packing some noble hops. There's a decent amount going on here, except for the one thing I love most in an imperial stout...roasted notes. Seriously, it's not roasty at all, not even a little bit. So then, let's call it a brown stout? (3.25)

Taste: Brown stout. Totally. An initial hoppiness quickly fades into notes of toffee, bread, brown sugar, molasses, and marzipan. The back end reveals some powerful dark fruit notes. For an 8.5% imperial stout, it's surprisingly alcohol-sodden - in a way, though, it actually nuances and adds to this brew rather than hampering it. I never grow to love this one, but it's not exactly 'bad', either. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not very heavy or dense at all. Instead, it's somewhat light (just somewhat) and a bit sharp-edged. Because it's so seemingly well attenuated, the drinkability is pretty good. Carbonation remains medium-low. (3.5)

Overall: This is interesting to say the least. It doesn't taste like an American-style imperial stout (Ten Fidy) or even like a modern European-style RIS (Beer Geek Brunch Weasel). It's seemingly old-school, almost as if it were a brown stout. It isn't my favorite example of the style, though. Having said that, this would make an amazing soured stout...are you guys listening, Avery? (3)

3.11/5: Just okay; not very stout-like at the end of the day

Photo of watchnerd
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikus
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked the couple of Avery big beers that I tried. This pour (into my snifter) was viscous, perfectly black, and nicely carbonated. No visible head though. Really a light nose for an RIS though, with a few roasty malt notes coming through (opened up a bit as the glass warmed up). Malt - forward (obviously), but some nice balanced bitterness on the back end. Flavors also opened up a bit with some dark chocolate and smoky character coming out as the glass warmed. Nice heavy, but not too chewy, of a mouthfeel. Overall, this was quite good, but maybe not quite up to par aroma and taste - wise with some of my other faves. Still a great brew, and worth a taste!

The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.