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

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Added by Wildman on 01-05-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with nice brown hues around the edges of the snifter. The nose has a nice combination of coffee and chocolates with a little bit of apple. Taste falls in line the aromatic qualities. Starts off with some darker chocolate malt that holds strong through most of the palate. This is really chocolaty as it moves down the tongue. A little bit of bitter coffe and piney hops show up on the backend. Pretty nice flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with more carbonation than expected. Overall, this is a pretty decent RIS. It won't blow you away but it won't disappoint at the same time. Recommended, but I don't think this would be my first choice.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage bomber poured into an 11oz snifter. Reviewed live.

S - I have barely opened the bottle and then I am hit with a freight train of roasted barley, dark malt, brown sugar, molasses and the faintest bit of hops. It was so intense that I had to mention it first.

A - Pours like any other good stout with some age on it, but clearly from the nose this isn't just any 'imperial stout'

T - A very good fusion of barleywine and imperial stout characteristics, leaning a bit towards barleywine.

M - Good amount of carbonation left even with all that age on it. Coats the tongue with deliciousness.

O - By all means this is not your run-of-the-mill imperial stout, but if you love barleywine then you will really enjoy this. Imperial stout, barleywine, and imperial IPA are my favorite beers, so this brew gets accordingly high marks. Very smooth and enjoyable for what it is.

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown, almost black with a thin layer of head that has no retention. The nose is distinctly anise. The flavor certainty has the classic stout bitterness present. But, it also includes some dark fruits and a mild alcohol warmth on the finish.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery’s big, bad Dictator brews have left Indiana as of now. This bottle I found at a hole-in-the-wall shop in Lafayette, IN – a testament to the proverbial “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Hope this one ages well, since it’s probably been on the shelves for a while now.

Bottled over three years ago (“Bottled in 2008” on the label).

A: From the slick blackness of the first pour comes a clamor of dark bubbles, transforming into a two-fingered tan pillow. Light and low it falls, to a patchy, uneven film; lace strings delicately around the side. Overall impression is bold and frothy, with a body that’s greasy and dark.

S: Chocolate and marshmallow cream swell up from the nose like I just opened a fresh box of sugary cocoa cereal. Adorning that central taste is a little chili pepper, a little rye, tart pine hops and some cinnamon roll yeast. Slender, smooth, and memorable.

T: All bread and chocolate at first – this isn’t an in-your-face stout, and I enjoy that. Reminds me of Nutella and toast. Bit of fruit comes through on the secondary, along with pepper, toasted malts, Band-Aid & alcohol, cinnamon/sugar, and strong anise. Finishes with spicy hop pines and a bit of garlic, even. I like this beer – though it’s an odd profile for an RIS.

M: It has an effect similar to spicy food: instant sizzle on the tongue. Goes down bubbly, possibly from the age more than anything. It greatly augments the spices in the palate; a memorable sting.

O: Beers like this show that the RIS style is quite pliable – chocolate aromas and caramel malts aren’t the only things that make this dark brew what it is. Still, this beer is bold and impressive; I’d be very happy to finish out the rest of Avery’s Dictator series.

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter, from the 2009 batch. This pours a pitch black color with a very small head which quickly dissipated to a thin film. The smells are of molasses, very sweet, and dark roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is a little different, very sweet at first, loads of molasses and then I get a nice bitterness from the roasted malts, but with all the sweetness this almost reminds me of a barleywine / irs hybrid.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottled 2010

I poured czar into a pint glass and observed a one finger pillow of tan head atop a black beer. I dug my nose in there and smelled a wave of dark fruits and molasses, reminiscent of a dubbel. The taste is more of the same with an addition of dark chocolate and hot hot booze. These fruit and chocolate flavors pop out more as the beer warms, along with notes of vanilla and licorice. It's pretty heavy on the tongue and moderately carbonated, which I think is works great for Czar. A fantastic brew overall and a real pleasure to drink.

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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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