The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,077 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:
2,077
Reviews:
942
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
356
For Trade:
15
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Photo of tbern007
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.
Pours a very dark brown/black with some ruby around the edges; at least 2 finger thick head, very frothy, excellent lacing that lasts throughout.
Scent is a mix- dark fruits right off the bat especially figs, dates, raisins; boozy/alcohol; roasted malt; mild chocolate; mild hops; coffee.
Taste changes as it warms, is complex. There is the roasted malt backbone, some sweet toffee/candy, dark fruits, earthy malt, coffee, mild chocolate, a little yeast, some pine hops. The dark fruits and coffee/toffee/chocolate become more evident with time.
Warming alcohol presence. A bit spicey, a bit sweet, but well rounded all around. Very drinkable, good and tight carbonation. Smooth. Very nice.

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

Tulip

A - Deep dark brown, half finger deep tan head and some decent lacing

S - Earth, Dark coca, nuts, wood, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, licorice, flowers, butter?, HERBS, spices, funk, booze, candy sugar, MALTS (toasted and bitter sweet), some fruit and more nuts

T - Dark chocolate, some silk booze, nuts, vanilla, herbs, earth, wet wood, whiskey, molasses, anise, bitter hop, coffee, caramel or toffee, dried flowers (potpourri), very sweet yeast, toasted and sweet malt, sugar and late harvest or dried dark fruits

M - Full bodied, tons of complexity, nice balance, low acidity and long finish

D - This is a huge Stout. If Guinness is your thing, beware! So many dark, toasted and very bold flavors. This is a fall/winter wonderland. Huge, yet balanced and still very enjoyable and refreshing

Final thought - Buy at least two, drink one now and one years later, I promise you won't be disappointed. $8 and 11% abv, yes!

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresher than fresh. Batch No. 10, Nov 2011.

Not completely black like a Ten Fidy, there is a brown tint to the beer. Moderate amount of lacing and head. Nothing spectacular. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, anise on the nose, hardly any chocolate, coffee or hop notes.

Booze makes itself well known on the palate, along with some juicy dark fruits namely cherries. The roasted flavors pan out while warming up to room temp. Caramel, toffee, an almond-like nuttiness, and Whoppers candy sweetness. A black tea like bitterness rounds out the aftertaste.

A bomber is enough drinking for one night. May buy another to stash away.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2009 bottle for this for $6 a bit ago and figured it's time to drink. Kept at 55 degrees in cellar. Poured into Duvel Tulip. 10.82% ABV for this vintage.

A- Pours a rich semi-transparent brown hue. A good light mocha head forms, and is reduced to some capping and ring of foam after a minute or so. Beer sits a very dark brown in glass.

S- Rich dark sweet fruits, candied figs. Light spice and a touch of toffee resin.

T- Similar to smell would indicate. Heavy on the sweet dark fruit. Still a touch of boozy alcohol in the mix. Some light mildly sharp tartness. A chocolate covered cherry that had been dipped in darker bourbon quality, but only half as rich and good as that description actually sounds.

M- Medium bodied in general making it on the lighter side for the style of RIS. The sweet warming booze lingers well as does some fruity tartness. Wet and bold on palate. Hits quick.

O- A good fruity RIS, but really missing traditional stout qualities. Reminded me more of other styles, like an old ale and BSDA mixed.

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3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled the 298th day of 2013; October 25th. The day what my dad was born on. I miss you.

Black as black, small tannish head of foam, doesn't do much with the lacing.

The nose gives me a big hop profile with I *think* some notes of licorice. Some underlining notes of roasted malt.

Roasted malt in the taste along with some toffee and licorice. And don't forget the hoppy bitterness. As it warms up, I find the flavours overpowering in a not so good way and the alcohol is starting to kick my butt. Either my palate has changed over the the years re this beer or the recipe has changed. I'm inclined to believe the former. As I typed that, I'm now getting a burnt malt/tobacco like flavour. That doesn't help.

Good enough mouthfeel but darn it, a fav of years past has decidedly gone south according to my palate. No more. How can I say that? I have another bottle!

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The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,077 ratings.
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