Avery – The Czar is an imperial stout with an 11.69% ABV and 60 IBU. This one pours black with a small head that recedes quickly. This is a sipping beer because of the higher alcohol rate and you taste the alcohol on the finish. One tastes toffee / molasses, chocolate and a hint of licorice (anise). Avery recommends cellaring this beer and this one should last quite a while. If Avery hosts a vertical tasting of the Czar, I will plan to attend.
The Czar is seasonal (Nov. – Feb.) and is one of Avery’s Dictator Series. Maharaja is an Imperial IPA (10.24% - ABV and 102 - IBU) that I think tastes best when warmed up a bit. When I first had the Maharaja, the aroma took we back to my grandmother’s herb garden in Virginia. The Kaiser is an Imperial Oktoberfest Lager (9.3% - ABV and 24 – IBU) that my wife (not-a-beer-drinker) likes.
I was happy to try the Czar as I have previously tried the others in Avery’s Dictator Series. I would love to enjoy the Czar with my friend George with ancestry from Czarist Russian. I am sure he would appreciate this one and have fond recollections of his relatives. I can see why Russian Imperial Stout was a favorite of Catherine the Great. This is a nice beer to put in a snifter and enjoy by a fireplace. I recommend Avery’s Dictator Series and these beers are a real treat.