The Czar
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Nov 02, 2021
Jan 05, 2003
Very Good
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Rated: 4.36 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABV was 11.03%. Black colour. Sweetish and sickly aroma of molasses, malt syrup, ?, spices and tar. Intensely sweet and tarry flavour with a substantial bitterness. Overkill.
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Serving: 2011 release, on tap at The Hay Merchant, served in a 10 oz snifter.

Appearance: Inky black-brown with a creamy head of fine tan bubbles; spotty lace.

Smell: Aromas of dark, dried fruit (prunes, figs, dates) along with roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes emerge more strongly. Dark, dried fruit remains along with livelier esters and oxidized hints. Gentle boozy warmth and sherry notes, finishing with clean, earthy bitterness and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full, creamy and smooth with very fine, soft carbonation.

Overall: Complex but smooth, definitely benefited from its aging.
Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2010 vintage out of the cellar
Pours a tan foamy smaller head with lower retention, little lacing, basically pitch black

Nose is good, aged well, no alcohol, lots of cookie dough and baking spices, a bit of chocolate and cocoa, touch of winey aged character, little paper oxidation, fudgey

Taste rich malt, a bit fruity with fruity esters and more winey oxidation notes, little powdered cocoa and fudgey, touch of paper oxidation, more baking spices, hint of roast and coffee, no alcohol, soft nougat and cookie dough notes, med light bitterness into med bitterness on the finish, touch of spicy hop and cocoa coffee lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, rich but creamy soft thanks to age, pretty much no alcohol, med foamy carb

Overall great ris, the base is nice and the aged version is very nice as well
May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From notes 9/3/13: This was from Supremely Limited Batch Number 11. Pours a deep brown bordering on black with swirling particulates. The pour produces 3 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, mocha head that leaves a wash of speckled, webby lacing. Aroma is chocolate fudge, dark roast, nuts, spice and floral with a faint hint of oaky vanilla (even though it says nothing of being barrel aged). Taste is extra rich dark chocolate fudge and vanilla ice cream cake, hints of caramel, toffee, molasses, a little dark fruit and and anise. A little peppery in the finish with bitterness, anise, light smoke, burnt coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low carbonation, creamy, silky and smooth. My goodness what a dessert beer!
Nov 14, 2019
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2014 batch 13.... nice pour with thin fluffies...held up well for the years....
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Beergirl93 from Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle dated oct 2014, batch 13.
Love this stuff, came out for a special event. Excellent flavor, slightly mellowed, still sweet, tons of flavor. Lots of malt and sweetness. Glad to have waited on this one.
Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pretty sweet for a Russian style stout - some chocolate, candi sugar, black licorice along with some charred oak and tobacco, nice balance between smokey and sweet
Apr 23, 2018
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Rated by robotnewyork from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by deonreds from New York

Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by elec from Minnesota

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Isarnan from Michigan

Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Nov 15, 2017
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Avery – one of my first gateway breweries waaaaay back in the day. Sad to see this one go. 22 oz. bottle, my last, split with my wife, batch #14 dated November 2015.

The pour is black, though not as dark as the current batch of crazy ass, liver-banging, tasty-as-breast-milk-in-May batch of Avery stouts. Smells like dark chocolate, dark malts, dark roast.

The Czar – somebody ought to send a case of this to the Donald. Except he’d probably flip it. To the Philippine President. Opens up with a deep sweetness that gets into my gums. The mid-section brings molasses infused with dark fruits, tarred leather, licorice. Supremely smooth & rich: I feel like I should run upstairs & grab my silk bathrobe, fake pipe, & furred slippers. No alcohol; goes down like Megan Rain. Or so I see.

Once a very good beer, always a very good beer. Avery knows how to use the malts to build a big stout, & this is no exception.
Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by lochef81 from Michigan

Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by Jlabs from New York

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by DoctorEvil65 from Washington

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by sjw496u from Illinois

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Jul 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Mindsculptor from Texas

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best RIS I've ever had. Avery, why do you have to be poor and discontinue your excellent but expensive to make beers?

Note: This review is transcribed from Untappd. I got to try Darkstar November after this, and well... This is now my 2nd favorite Imperial Stout.
Jul 07, 2017
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Reviewed by BladesOfBarley from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Im back again, ye boozers and beer nerds! It has been a while (work is a demanding whore, so check me out on Untapped; BladesOfBarley) so Im cracking a beer I've been saving for a long time now, Avery's The Czar, a Russian Imperial Stout, Batch No.14 Nov 2015. I love nothing more than a good vintage beer, and this one really takes the cake.

The moment you crack this bad boy, aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar fill the air, matching the almost pitch black depth of color. Lacing is thick, but fades with time. What this beer has though, is one thing that many stouts of this strength seem to lack; balance. This beer not only coats the tongue, but it lingers beautifully. Dark fruits, chocolates, vanilla, and the slightest hint of wood (I know, this is not BA).

Beers of this style and this strength definitely benefit from some time in your basement, cellar, or patch of woods (DFH fans know the reference), and this is an excellent cellar dweller. While this batch/year is drinking well now, I can see it improving with a few more years on it. You see this vintage or have the chance to try it, go for it. A true stout lovers dream.
Jul 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Dewsby from Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I snagged a bottle when I heard it was going to be discontinued. This batch was from Oct 2014, so it has rested for a good three years before I cracked it open.

L: Little light penetration. A lovely, oily black that rolls in slow waves when jostled around. The head was an inviting tan color, but the retention was not nearly as long as I would have hoped. Decent lacing.

S: The smell is outstanding. Intense roastiness, dark fruit, caramels, chocolates, and Belgian candies can be detected on the nose. Hardly any booze can be detected on a whiff. The only gripe I have with the nose is I would like it to be even stronger, the combination and balance is intoxicating, but I wish it was also overwhelming.

T: Everything present in the aroma is also well represented on the palate. The addition of a distinct coffee note was a pleasant surprise since I did not detect too much on the nose. The taste lingers for quite some time, and there are no off-putting grass like or acrid bittering flavors to taint this lovely profile.

F: The mouthfeel is your standard RIS expectation. It is quite oily as one's eyes can easily detect, with a low medium carbonation. It is a pleasure to sip on.

O: This is a fantastic representation of the style. I would have snagged another a while back if I knew it was going to be this pleasant, especially at its typical price point. What a shame it is no longer being produced. Maybe 3 years aging did it some drastic good, and fresh it was a bit green, but either way, I am glad I was able to experience it.
Jun 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Ltdsaint from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Didn't think too much of this beer when I first bought a bottle, but then I later saw one on the shelf that was already aged three years. Big change of scenery.
Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 3.14 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.63 by WilliamBrasky from North Carolina

May 21, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 08, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by sisterofba from Maryland

May 01, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Apr 11, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by MGibbons from Maryland

Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by BeerBeast from Florida

Mar 25, 2017
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
*Bottle dated Nov. 2015

Pours seal brown with only the barest skim of khaki frogspawn. Dark, earthy aroma smells of molasses, peanut brittle, and peat, with a hint of spicy hops and even some char.

The taste features molasses and toffee up front, well-balanced by the same zesty noble hops suggested by the nose. The back end takes on a fruitier character, with dates and currants moving to the fore. Warming reveals notes of anise and char. Alcohol delivers a pleasant, sophisticated warmth in the finish. Surprisingly heavy body and negligible carbonation deliver a hefty, slightly oily, sticky mouthfeel that's noticeable from the first sip.

Overall, this is a full, complex, and drinkable RIS that delivers on multiple flavor facets of the style at once. Whether you like your stout sweet, roasty, or even fruity, there's something here for everyone.
Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by PaulElk from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tons of flavors from roasty to sweet. Heckuva head from a forceful pour. Delicious in every way. Batch No. 14 from Nov. 2015. Glad I have another one to age
Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by Shmizzen from Nevada

Feb 24, 2017
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Reviewed by BWood from California

4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow! First off, I'm a huge Avery fan. But this beer is great. Might be my favorite non ba stout. I'll put this up with 1050 all day. Nice head. Extremely soft and creamy mouth feel. And a superbly balanced taste. Malt and rich chocolate.
Feb 09, 2017
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