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The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Atlas1
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a big stout kick lately and The Czar is one that I'd not tried before. I like the new label more than the old one, for what it's worth.

Poured into a snifter, there was much less head then expected. Dark brownish in color with a thin head, but unimpressive in overall appearance. The nose is fruitier than most imperial stouts. I detect odd notes of dark fruit, but the aroma is also very boozy and the smell of alcohol is very noticeable here. This beer doesn't quite taste like most imperial stouts I've had. Slightly fruitier than most stouts, but also lacking in the levels of complexity I've become accustomed to with the style. Very thin mouthfeel as well.

Sadly, I come away very unimpressed by this beer. It's big, but in thin boozy sort of way. It lacks the thickness I prefer in a stout, but it also misses out on the subtle layers of flavor and complexity that make the style so unique to me. I probably won't be revisiting the Czar anytime soon.

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Photo of arcticstout
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - batch 10 - nov. 2011

A: Very dark, midnight black. Decent dark tan head which foams up nicely. Good amount of lacing left behind on glass.

S: Interesting herbal, fruity smell with definite malt and hop notes.

T: Molasses, malt, dark fruits, and pepper, with interesting licorice-like undertones. Very intriguing beer, not your normal stout.

M: Nice mouthfeel, great carbonation, followed by a strong alcoholic punch. Really warmed me up!

O: A very good beer. Not your normal stout, but I don't think that's what they intended. Very unique, like most of Avery's brews. But overall a very delicious brew indeed. If you like strong, powerful stouts with a lot of character you will love this beer.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 10 ABV 10.57%

A - Pours a respected pitch black in color beer with a minimal layer of head which is dark mocha in color. A quick swirl does bring some foam so it is definitely carbonated.

S - Very strange from the nose of the bottle I get a typical sweet RIS but in the glass it in fact does smell herbal and bittering with hops. Nothing else really stands out.

T - Wow what a strange RIS. Sweet at first but quickly to bitter but not very cloying. The herbal smell I guess is molasses which I am not too fond of but it kind of works in this. Mild notes of chocolate and coffee that become more balanced as it warms but damn is the molasses dominant in this Imperial Stout!

M - Medium to heavy it's really not the thickest stout but it really is OK by me. Any thicker and it would be hard to drink (syrup like) If anything it does mask the ABV very well!

Overall I guess I like it in the same sense as the other Imperials of the series (Oktoberfest and DIPA) that they are good and DIFFERENT but not work seeking out again (maybe the Maharaja or Dugana)

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 10. November 2011.

A- Black with brown highlights around the edges. Tan head with lots of lacing left behind. 3/5

S- Grassy and medicinal. Not in a bad way just different 3/5

T- Still with the grassy and medicinal properties. This is accompanied with lots of chocolate. Alcohol is there at the end, but really comes out as it warms. 3/5

M- Full mouthfeel. Not as dark as I would have thought so that led me to think it was going to be more on the thin side for the style. Sticky in the end. 3.5/5

O- Decent beer. A bit odd but interesting also. 3/5

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Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip at 46 degrees

Appearance: Noticeable carbonation in the pour, 1 inch head with a nice eggshell color

Smell: Fantastic smell of grapes and prunes, peanuts, dark chocolate, and malt

Taste: Chocolate, molasses, roasted marshmallow, nutmeg, smoked grain, and an alcohol finish (which brings it down a bit)

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and silky on the tongue, but the carbonation seems to be a bit too much.

Overall: This is a good brew, with a bit less carbonation and less alcohol in the taste it would be much better, also I don't necessarily like the smoked grain

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Photo of bkny27
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of stouts4me
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours black into my Hopcat belgium snifter.
thin cocoa brown head off a vigorous pour, to test type of head produced. smell not real pleasant until it warms up, taste is better also. Cocoa, plum, alcohol scents dominate.mouthfeel is silky, smooth, not to thick. Taste dominance is cocoa.
Overall thisis a good value for the 6 bucks.

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Photo of bezakjon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark black with a medium head and moderate lacing.

The smell is roasted with dark fruit and plenty of sweet malt.

The taste is sweet malt and light raisin, with molasses and plenty of black pepper.

Mouthfeel has a steady alcohol burn. The carbonation is medium-mild. Otherwise, the beer is smooth.

Overall, it is true to style. Between the black pepper and alcohol, there is plenty of burn; making it a unique among other Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Batch No. 10, Nov 2011.

Pours with a lighter coffee color rather than the near black that I'm used to seeing in imperial stouts. Presents with a nice 2-3mm head of cappuccino color, very foamy looking. The head quickly laces as the head falls. Good looking beer.

The nose has some candied apple smell, really pleasant sweetness that reminds me of apples. There's a mild breadiness to it with a darker side of roasted coffee that slowly comes through.

The taste has some punch! There's a wonderful marriage of roasted maltiness up front with a delicate buttering on the sides. The anise becomes more apparent after the taste than it did solely on the nose. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation makes me a great drinking experience. It sits well in the belly and warms rather well. Just a touch of booze on the finish.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2,091 ratings
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