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The Czar - Avery Brewing Company

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1,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 68
Gots: 208 | 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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Photo of Whadawookie


4/5  rDev +1.8%

I remembered thinking this beer was too sweet the first time I tried it. Now that I have the malt-itch, I thought I should give it another go. I am definitely a bigger fan of it this time around.

Very dark, but with an amber or brownish tint to it. The tan head settles down to a thin film. I get malts and yeast along with some raisin in the nose. Very strong smelling, no surprise with the abv nearing 12%.

The taste has a dominant maltiness that is well balanced by a strong hop presence. Some sort of hearty winter breadiness is hiding somewhere in the sludge.

This is a very thick beer. Not my favorite imperial stout, I would be more inclined towards a less malty one that had a bit more hops, but still it's a fine brew all the same. I used to be able to buy a bomber for less than 5 dollars. I wish I would have bought a case to experiment with aging this sucker.

12-19-2011 03:26:02 | More by Whadawookie
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black with Traces of brown and tan. Not much head or lacing.

Smell - Malts, Hops, fruity, herbal aroma. Cough medicine? Some nut, brown sugar, maybe chocolate. Odd smell.

Taste - Much like the flavor this is different. Hops and malts mixed with a herbal flavor. Taste is sweet, plum, cocoa and anise is more then just a touch. Molasses and some coffee comes in at the end with a steady alcohol warmth in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Its rather smooth and easy to drink for being such a big beer. Tounge gets the malts and sweet fruits. Palette Gets alot of cocoa, coffee and remaining hops. Aftertaste is sweet, lemonish and malty.

Overall - Different, The sweetness realy makes it feel like a strong ale or even a barley wine, not so much a ris. ITs very easy to drink, the alcohol gets masked from all the sweetnessand anise. Pretty good, a twist on ris. If your looking for the standard coffee/roasted malt taste, then this isnt for you.

12-19-2011 02:58:28 | More by wvsabbath
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2011 00:33:38 | More by savagepm
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-18-2011 04:20:36 | More by Sinewave
Photo of Atlas1


3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

I've been on a big stout kick lately and The Czar is one that I'd not tried before. I like the new label more than the old one, for what it's worth.

Poured into a snifter, there was much less head then expected. Dark brownish in color with a thin head, but unimpressive in overall appearance. The nose is fruitier than most imperial stouts. I detect odd notes of dark fruit, but the aroma is also very boozy and the smell of alcohol is very noticeable here. This beer doesn't quite taste like most imperial stouts I've had. Slightly fruitier than most stouts, but also lacking in the levels of complexity I've become accustomed to with the style. Very thin mouthfeel as well.

Sadly, I come away very unimpressed by this beer. It's big, but in thin boozy sort of way. It lacks the thickness I prefer in a stout, but it also misses out on the subtle layers of flavor and complexity that make the style so unique to me. I probably won't be revisiting the Czar anytime soon.

12-18-2011 01:28:18 | More by Atlas1
Photo of arcticstout


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

22oz bottle - batch 10 - nov. 2011

A: Very dark, midnight black. Decent dark tan head which foams up nicely. Good amount of lacing left behind on glass.

S: Interesting herbal, fruity smell with definite malt and hop notes.

T: Molasses, malt, dark fruits, and pepper, with interesting licorice-like undertones. Very intriguing beer, not your normal stout.

M: Nice mouthfeel, great carbonation, followed by a strong alcoholic punch. Really warmed me up!

O: A very good beer. Not your normal stout, but I don't think that's what they intended. Very unique, like most of Avery's brews. But overall a very delicious brew indeed. If you like strong, powerful stouts with a lot of character you will love this beer.

12-17-2011 10:27:42 | More by arcticstout
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Batch 10 ABV 10.57%

A - Pours a respected pitch black in color beer with a minimal layer of head which is dark mocha in color. A quick swirl does bring some foam so it is definitely carbonated.

S - Very strange from the nose of the bottle I get a typical sweet RIS but in the glass it in fact does smell herbal and bittering with hops. Nothing else really stands out.

T - Wow what a strange RIS. Sweet at first but quickly to bitter but not very cloying. The herbal smell I guess is molasses which I am not too fond of but it kind of works in this. Mild notes of chocolate and coffee that become more balanced as it warms but damn is the molasses dominant in this Imperial Stout!

M - Medium to heavy it's really not the thickest stout but it really is OK by me. Any thicker and it would be hard to drink (syrup like) If anything it does mask the ABV very well!

Overall I guess I like it in the same sense as the other Imperials of the series (Oktoberfest and DIPA) that they are good and DIFFERENT but not work seeking out again (maybe the Maharaja or Dugana)

12-17-2011 03:35:34 | More by DrDemento456
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-16-2011 14:40:14 | More by dougrb75
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-15-2011 06:55:53 | More by Anthony1
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3.05/5  rDev -22.4%

Batch 10. November 2011.

A- Black with brown highlights around the edges. Tan head with lots of lacing left behind. 3/5

S- Grassy and medicinal. Not in a bad way just different 3/5

T- Still with the grassy and medicinal properties. This is accompanied with lots of chocolate. Alcohol is there at the end, but really comes out as it warms. 3/5

M- Full mouthfeel. Not as dark as I would have thought so that led me to think it was going to be more on the thin side for the style. Sticky in the end. 3.5/5

O- Decent beer. A bit odd but interesting also. 3/5

12-15-2011 04:06:48 | More by MADhombrewer
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-14-2011 15:17:30 | More by Tabni
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-14-2011 05:37:29 | More by alamode
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-13-2011 21:28:59 | More by jak
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-13-2011 14:24:09 | More by TXhomebrewer
Photo of 2378GCGTG


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Bomber poured into a tulip at 46 degrees

Appearance: Noticeable carbonation in the pour, 1 inch head with a nice eggshell color

Smell: Fantastic smell of grapes and prunes, peanuts, dark chocolate, and malt

Taste: Chocolate, molasses, roasted marshmallow, nutmeg, smoked grain, and an alcohol finish (which brings it down a bit)

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and silky on the tongue, but the carbonation seems to be a bit too much.

Overall: This is a good brew, with a bit less carbonation and less alcohol in the taste it would be much better, also I don't necessarily like the smoked grain

12-13-2011 14:06:57 | More by 2378GCGTG
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-13-2011 02:05:31 | More by bkny27
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-13-2011 01:50:47 | More by AlaskanYoung
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-12-2011 22:02:05 | More by SquidVicious
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-12-2011 20:34:13 | More by tbeq00
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

pours black into my Hopcat belgium snifter.
thin cocoa brown head off a vigorous pour, to test type of head produced. smell not real pleasant until it warms up, taste is better also. Cocoa, plum, alcohol scents dominate.mouthfeel is silky, smooth, not to thick. Taste dominance is cocoa.
Overall thisis a good value for the 6 bucks.

12-11-2011 22:41:23 | More by stouts4me
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-11-2011 16:43:05 | More by bezakjon
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-11-2011 07:45:00 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-11-2011 02:57:19 | More by Viciousknishs
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

It pours a dark black with a medium head and moderate lacing.

The smell is roasted with dark fruit and plenty of sweet malt.

The taste is sweet malt and light raisin, with molasses and plenty of black pepper.

Mouthfeel has a steady alcohol burn. The carbonation is medium-mild. Otherwise, the beer is smooth.

Overall, it is true to style. Between the black pepper and alcohol, there is plenty of burn; making it a unique among other Imperial Stouts.

12-10-2011 23:01:20 | More by dorianmarley
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-09-2011 23:48:58 | More by nmann08
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
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