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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 213 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

MisterGrizz, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

danoeltico, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kew, Jan 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

beerdhabelly, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a cellared version, 2010 vintage, bottle says 11.69% abv. pours an espresso black with a pretty good head for an aged beer. smells really really strong, like smelling salts intense, with notes of black licorice, dark chocolate, and toffee. taste is huge as well, about as imperial as a stout can get. really strong alcohol punch, especially as it warms, like taking a shot. really nice bouquet of flavors happening here, even a noticable spice hint. mouthfeel is thick and sludgy, even for the genre. really syrupy and sweet, leaves a layer on the tongue and teeth. usually that would repulse me, but this is a nearly 2 year old imperial stout, its supposed to be gnawed on. overall a wicked brew, the biggest ive had from avery, although now i want to try the mephistopheles! also would be keen to try a fresh one, and see how much the aging process changed the beverage. not an everyday drink for sure, but a heck of a nice treat

StonedTrippin, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 10- Nov. 2011

Pours black in color with a thin cocoa head. Head quickly disappears. Great lacing on my snifter considering the 10.57% ABV for this vintage. The nose is very, very weak to me. I get chocolate, malt, molasses, coffee, and slight hops. It's pleasant smelling.. but I almost get nothing out of the nose. Multiply it by 5 and the score would be in the 4- 4.5 range. Maybe the weakest smelling RIS I've come across. Thankfully, the taste is another story. Big chocolate, coffee, malt, molasses, and hops flavors that come across smooth and creamy. Really floored that I don't get any of the 10.57% alcohol in the taste- not even a little bit. The feel is sublime- almost like a liquid chocolate brownie sundae. Super smooth.... Overall, this is a solid beer that severely lacks in one category. I would drink this again though, but not smell it again. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mjr2377, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of chilly460
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Liked the look of this one, pours a clear black with full finger of dark mocha head. Rich looking brew.

S - Interesting, get typical roasty malts and coffee tones, but then I got some aromatic citrus hoppiness.

T - Very enjoyable, good clean tasting roasty malts, coffee, some dark fruits but not overly so. Sweetens with some molasses in the middle. Nice surprise is the sweet citrus at the end, very well done.

M - Medium to heavy body, a bit prickly for a big RIS but nice overall.

O - I'm impressed, nice balance and surprising flavor profile with the citrus.

chilly460, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with just a skim of light tan head.

Smell. Dark chocolate, booze, a little cherry and black licorice.

Taste. Sweet chocolate and roasty malt, some bitter grassy hops and a little dark fruits and licorice. Alcohol is there.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation. A bit warm.

Overall. A good ris. A bit sweet and boozy, but tastes good.

Rutager, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

BierBliss, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
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MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

dlello2, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheBeerologist, Jan 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.