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The Czar
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Oct 09, 2023
Jan 05, 2003
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Nearing the end, palate overload on the style. Black pour with small beige head. Roasty and boozy, same as the rest. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon.... you know the style
Oct 09, 2023
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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Mar 14, 2018
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
The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2107 ratings