The Czar | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,086 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:
2,086
Reviews:
946
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
357
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 2,086 |  Reviews: 946
Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinp444
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip OCT 2014 batch drank on 6/11/16, it has a black body and a inch and a quarter thick beige head of fine foam. Smell of roasted malt, chocolate, lots of a bread-y yeast, vanilla, caramel. and some slight toffee. Taste is Burnt sugar, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bread-y malt, caramel, and some slight cinnamon. Mouth feel is full, body is moderate, and a light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled June 2016 from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that quickly disappeared. I would have liked the head to last longer.

Smell: Sweet with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hops, more hops than most stouts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by roasted coffee, but with a nice bitterness and kick from the hops. There is also a sweet flavor like molasses. The strong alcohol adds to the flavors as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination and a great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth.

Overall: Nice imperial stout. Best if you enjoy a combination strong malts and bitterness from the hops. Great aftertaste of hops, more than I get from other stouts. I love the hoppy aftertaste that I typically only get from an IPA. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Mgcarney
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of omahawk
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark almost black with a hint of red tint. Little carbonation and small head that diminished quickly. Taste is slightly boozy, balanced to the sweet side with some caramel and dark malt notes. My preference would be for more hop buttering and roast character. This is a solid, albeit not my favorite big stout,

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Oct 2014 bottle date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a light khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Plum and dark cherry fruitiness is quite strong, with dark chocolate and a light roast. Taste: A sharp dark roasty malt, with a touch of wood and cherry. Bitterness is on the lower end of the style. Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and accentuates the astringency of the roast Finish: Leaves a touch of roast and a slight oxidized malt. Overall: A decent but not spectacular imperial stout. Aroma has a nice cherry character to counter the roast. Taste comes off as a bit harsh, especially for a beer with 18 mths on it at 8.5 ABV, as the alcohol and roast come off a little astringent.

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Photo of corywalston
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bear1964
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sharp/acrid nose, a little black marker-y, clearly lots of acidic roasted malt in there. Palate was smoother, more chocolate-forward. It's fine. It's a RIS. It'll do the job, if that's what you're going for. But I wouldn't bother with this when stuff like Expo, Stone IRS, etc. are readily available.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golfer3Aces
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of acashk
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz magnum.
Updated to include the last of the Czar that remains in the keg. 5/20/2017 at Ron's Corner Tavern. Another excellent brew from Avery now gone into retirement.

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Photo of epyon396
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 7.19/bomber (discounted from $ 7.99) ($ 0.328/oz) at Oppermann’s in Saginaw, MI
Batch No. 13 Oct 2014 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma weak, roasted malt and licorice, barely noticeable at the end
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to irregular two to eight frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – irregular torn curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very strong licorice, sweet and sticky, faint roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

EDIT: This is 8.5%, not the 10.1% listed above.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov. 2015, Batch No. 14: pours pitch black color with a foamy 1-2 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, caramel, bakers chocolate, piney hops, spruce tips, peat moss, roasted malts, cocoa powder, faint vanilla and toasted oats. Some booze cuts through the sweetness, but this is a deep, rich chocolate malt bomb here in this glass. Basic and complex with a lot of chocolate and malts hitting from all directions. Not much fruit in the nose, but the hops integrate well with all the chocolate and roasty elements.

Tastes spicy up front with pepper and what seems like booze starting things off before settling down and allowing the rich sweet chocolate varieties wash over the palate. It's a mix of dark chocolate, vanilla, peat moss, burnt coffee grinds, molasses, toffee, cocoa powder, charred wood, anise or black licorice, piney hops, orange peel, peppery spices, roasted malts, dry floral hops, hot fudge and earthy notes. Some brown sugar and other chocolate candy mixes in, like a Twix, then slides down with oats, more chocolate sweetness and a lot of malty complexities. This definitely gets better as it warms, allowing the strong malt base to mingle with the hops and cover the ABV quite well and seeming more mellow as time passes.

It comes off a little hot at first, but calms down and gets smoother with each sip. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick for such a dense, chewy brew; mild carbonation, a sturdy thick feel and a nice sweet aftertaste that has a slight bitterness which calms the malty sweetness. Overall a solid beer that's a really nice RIS.

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

The Czar from Avery Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,086 ratings.
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