The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

The CzarThe Czar
2,089 Ratings
The CzarThe Czar

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried the Czar after an evening of shoveling snow. The bottle was from batch #10 from 2011. The beer pours black with some red hue. The head was white and fairly thick. The scent was a turn off for smelled more like lactose or buttermilk with hints of pine and fruit. Taste changes as it warms, is complex. There is the roast, some sweet chocolate, dark fruits, pine, and black licorice. The mouthfeel is a full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent stout, but a bit too much going on for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.12/5  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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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.

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2,089 ratings
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