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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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The CzarThe Czar

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very good

1,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 271 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009. Poured into Stone IRS glass.

Nose is dark chocolate, heavy roasted coffee notes, anise, kind of sweet, kind of smells like cream and there's definitely still some booze in there. I feel like there's something else buried in there too but I can't quite identify it. Maybe some toffee? The taste is great. There's notes of anise, chocolate and coffee all at once but they push each other back and forth and weave in and out. I wanna say chocolate into coffee then it dives into anise and kicks back to the coffee (almost a mocha flavor) before it fades into anise and a bit of alcohol heat. The after taste is mostly roasted malts and coffee. The mouthfeel is substantial but not overwhelming. The heat sticks around in the pit of the stomach, it would definitely be nice on a cold night. I don't remember what I thought of this when I tried it years ago but right now its pretty fantastic. Thanks Whole Foods for doing my aging for me ;-)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome brew in the Leffe goblet, with the mahogany brown color. Nice beige head with every pour. A little bit viscous but virtually no lacing along the glass. Quite creamy carbonation, pleasing tiny bubbles to go with the thick mouthfeel and rich flavors.

Dark and fruity with a bitter undertone. Toffee is the big malty taste to me. Flavors of dried figs, molasses, dried cranberries. Quite sweet and borders on a candy taste. A sharp taste takes over as the hops come forward. Label says 55 IBUs. Then you get some dark roast malt and a little charred flavor.

Quite sippable. It's a different sort of RIS, with warmer notes and a restrained sweetness. Label says this is Batch no. 10, Nov. 2011.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open a 2011 vintage bomber and poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black with a tan head that has all but disappeared. When swirled, the head regenerates nicely but fizzles away again in minutes.

Aroma: Molasses and black licorice. Definitely a hint of alcohol in there.

Taste: Almost abrasive on your tongue at first. Then roasted caramel comes next, along with a brighter flavor(the hops I think) that goes to the top of your palate. The molasses is thankfully not as apparent in the flavor. There is a nice black coffee aftertaste along with some dates/figs or other dried fruit taste. Leaves a bit of lingering hop bitterness on your tongue that is surprising given the age of the bottle. After each sip different flavors come out seemingly one by one, each fading before the next surfaces. The flavor continues to develop nicely as it warms. Really don't taste that 10.75% abv at all but can feel it in my throat a bit, giving a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium to heavy body and below average drinkability. It's surprisingly effervescent given that there was almost no head(gave it an aggressive pour but to no avail). Tiny bubbles attack your tongue adding to the bitterness from the hops. After a few swirls in the snifter, the carbonation has died down a bit, revealing that the hops can do the same amount of damage without the bubbles to aid them. The bitterness that's left on your tongue is great.

Final Thoughts: This is my first experience with The Czar(or any Russian Imperial Stout for that matter) and it was a pretty good one. I knew what to expect going into this and it basically met my expectations. While I won't be seeking this one out again, it's easy to see why this style is so revered.

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
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