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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 65
Gots: 202 | FT: 8
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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Donsmitty

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-06-2011 20:10:51 | More by Donsmitty
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-06-2011 05:21:44 | More by pperez38
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-06-2011 02:45:17 | More by jjheinrichs
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StoneTSR

Colorado

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

APPEARANCE: Some light does escape through the bottom of this glass creating a ruby red glow at the bottom and near the surface when held to the light. A nice head with good retention sits on top.

SMELL: Coffee dominates the nose, with a bit of roasted malt and a subtle note of hoppiness.

TASTE: The Czar is a complex beer. The coffee is the most noticeable flavor, but chocolate and a touch of citrus lurk in the background. Everything comes together in the end though with a nice, solidly bitter and hoppy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The Czar is smooth and dry, making it a nice beer to pair with food. It leaves no residue as many of RIS do.

OVERALL: This is a complex beer now, but I am looking forward to cracking a few bottles of these after I've aged them for a few years. I have heard good things about the aged Czar and I am excited to find out for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 21:41:26 | More by StoneTSR
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-05-2011 17:04:00 | More by asparkoflife
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-05-2011 03:00:14 | More by freduardo
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zoso1967

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-05-2011 01:42:34 | More by zoso1967
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-04-2011 22:15:25 | More by iemailjack
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-04-2011 17:44:29 | More by mhaugo
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tylerprince

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. Snifter on draught. The alcohol from this beer hits like a ton of bricks.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, practically black, with mahogany hues sneaking through around the edges. One-finger head is fairly persistent, and gives off a good amount of lacing.

S: I feel somewhat unsophisticated for saying it, but there's just too much going on here. Dark fruits dominate: figs, dates, licorice. The coffee and chocolate scents I expect from a stout are but an afterthought - the chocolate pokes through at the end but the coffee not so much. Finishes with a port-like alcohol odor.

T: Again, a bit overwhelming, almost more barley wine than stout, although I suppose that's the whole Russian thing. Hits the palate with less dark fruit and more molasses, syrup, pine and anise. Completely misses the whole "chocolate/coffee" stout archetype, but is still pretty tasty if you're in the mood. Finishes with a peppery rum taste.

M: Somewhat heavy on the carbonation, and not as creamy as other stouts. Extremely warming; nothing hides that 11% ABV.

O: As a stout, I feel this beer somewhat misses the mark - it's big, it's bold, it's brash - but it lacks the classic coffee/chocolate essence and creaminess that a stout should have. While certainly weak for a barley wine, to me it's complexity and brazen character put it more in that category, even for a Russian Imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 05:01:45 | More by tylerprince
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-03-2011 16:07:39 | More by bigred89
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tbizzle0

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-03-2011 04:23:43 | More by tbizzle0
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-03-2011 02:22:01 | More by mhenson42
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-02-2011 17:40:34 | More by jriggins6
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tbern007

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.
Pours a very dark brown/black with some ruby around the edges; at least 2 finger thick head, very frothy, excellent lacing that lasts throughout.
Scent is a mix- dark fruits right off the bat especially figs, dates, raisins; boozy/alcohol; roasted malt; mild chocolate; mild hops; coffee.
Taste changes as it warms, is complex. There is the roasted malt backbone, some sweet toffee/candy, dark fruits, earthy malt, coffee, mild chocolate, a little yeast, some pine hops. The dark fruits and coffee/toffee/chocolate become more evident with time.
Warming alcohol presence. A bit spicey, a bit sweet, but well rounded all around. Very drinkable, good and tight carbonation. Smooth. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:21:18 | More by tbern007
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2011 16:56:22 | More by kjkinsey
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2011 06:10:41 | More by tripledbrew
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Kevlee722

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-01-2011 19:23:04 | More by Kevlee722
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-30-2011 23:51:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-30-2011 03:04:18 | More by Joshgonzales79
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whatthehull

California

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

Tulip

A - Deep dark brown, half finger deep tan head and some decent lacing

S - Earth, Dark coca, nuts, wood, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, licorice, flowers, butter?, HERBS, spices, funk, booze, candy sugar, MALTS (toasted and bitter sweet), some fruit and more nuts

T - Dark chocolate, some silk booze, nuts, vanilla, herbs, earth, wet wood, whiskey, molasses, anise, bitter hop, coffee, caramel or toffee, dried flowers (potpourri), very sweet yeast, toasted and sweet malt, sugar and late harvest or dried dark fruits

M - Full bodied, tons of complexity, nice balance, low acidity and long finish

D - This is a huge Stout. If Guinness is your thing, beware! So many dark, toasted and very bold flavors. This is a fall/winter wonderland. Huge, yet balanced and still very enjoyable and refreshing

Final thought - Buy at least two, drink one now and one years later, I promise you won't be disappointed. $8 and 11% abv, yes!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 09:13:53 | More by whatthehull
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-28-2011 01:25:07 | More by TheSquire23
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akinsja

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-27-2011 21:51:12 | More by akinsja
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jamesgaither

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-27-2011 13:34:49 | More by jamesgaither
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diamondc

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresher than fresh. Batch No. 10, Nov 2011.

Not completely black like a Ten Fidy, there is a brown tint to the beer. Moderate amount of lacing and head. Nothing spectacular. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, anise on the nose, hardly any chocolate, coffee or hop notes.

Booze makes itself well known on the palate, along with some juicy dark fruits namely cherries. The roasted flavors pan out while warming up to room temp. Caramel, toffee, an almond-like nuttiness, and Whoppers candy sweetness. A black tea like bitterness rounds out the aftertaste.

A bomber is enough drinking for one night. May buy another to stash away.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 08:33:49 | More by diamondc
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.