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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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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 barczar
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved this beer when I first started drinking craft.

Aroma is roasty, with cocoa sweetness and booze, and a bit of banana ester.

Flavor is sweet, with just a hint of roast and char at the lightly bitter finish. The esters come through here, as well. It's a bit harsh.

Dark fruit adds complexity, but it's not enough to counter the sweetness.

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

Photo of IMFletcher
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EConnOG
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of diamondlie
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Floral notes, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, and caramel sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little anise, but mostly roasted malt.

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

Photo of Jeff412pgh
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eulerthegrape
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Photchkiss
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Batch 13, brewed October 2014


A:
Pitch black with a finger of milky tan head. Sticks around pretty good. Finally to patchy film. Decent retention; some swoops of web-like and speckled lacing. (4)

S:
Nutty. Leather right up front and a touch of lacquer-like alcohol, some more dark sweet smells, but isn't too crazy. (3.75)

T:
Roasty and smooth. Rich dark chocolate with a leathery, dirty flat roast taste that really holds it all together. (4.25)

M:
Coating burnt character with subtle small bubbles of carbonation, medium-full body, lingering roasted warmth on the palate. (4)

O:
Really good, solidly made Imperial Stout of the Russian variety.
Excellent tasting, drinkable beer with a very simple and straightforward feel to everything about it.
Roasty and burnt notes in the nose and taste, but there is very little bitterness and there is a creamy sweetness ubstantiveness to it that really keeps it mellow and makes it very drinkable. Palate is similar with a lingering toasted malt sweetness that is always there but doesn't eventually overwhelm itself.
Admittedly, I think that I like this one a lot because it doesn't seem to only exist to be big and bold. I like a hefty, burny, filling, roasty, molasses-feeling stout as much as the next guy, but in smaller doses. There is something to be said for taking a step back. This is a great beer for people wanting to find a nice, easy drinking Imperial Stout that won't weigh them down or fatigue them or for anyone who hasn't ever had a RIS that they liked.
Would have again; worth finding. (4)

Photo of exl_90
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnBender
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -32.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wrigfen
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acubflem
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveD082791
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sneth019
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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