The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,080 Ratings
The CzarThe Czar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wildman on 01-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,080
Reviews:
944
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
356
For Trade:
15
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Photo of Dewsby
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ronniebruner
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGibbons
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of PaulElk
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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

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Photo of Shmizzen
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of V_Vega
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbulling
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chard_wells
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and black licorice.

T - The taste follws the aroma with dark chocolate, black licorice, coffee and roasted malts.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with sticky dry finish.

O - Nice Russian Imperial Stout. The flavors are big and balanced. Very enjoyable especially for the price.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, I'm sad they are retiring this beer. I finally got my hands on one and that may have been the only one I'll get. This was a very good Russian Imperial Stout, though surprisingly a little lower ABV than you'd expect from an Avery small-batch bomber beer. Really dark, full-bodied, and great on a cold night...just as you'd want it if you lived in Russia.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/10/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, raisin, fig, date, licorice, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, raisin, fig, date, licorice, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, lightly slick/silky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol. Overall this is an outstanding Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV. This is not nearly as roasty or dense as others in the style; but still has awesome malt complexity, in combination with fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of erk0607
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ntanner83
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,080 ratings.
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