The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

very good
2,080 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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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stouts4me
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Some light does escape through the bottom of this glass creating a ruby red glow at the bottom and near the surface when held to the light. A nice head with good retention sits on top.

SMELL: Coffee dominates the nose, with a bit of roasted malt and a subtle note of hoppiness.

TASTE: The Czar is a complex beer. The coffee is the most noticeable flavor, but chocolate and a touch of citrus lurk in the background. Everything comes together in the end though with a nice, solidly bitter and hoppy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The Czar is smooth and dry, making it a nice beer to pair with food. It leaves no residue as many of RIS do.

OVERALL: This is a complex beer now, but I am looking forward to cracking a few bottles of these after I've aged them for a few years. I have heard good things about the aged Czar and I am excited to find out for myself.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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