Sunday, November 7, 2010

Avery Brewing Company The Czar Imperial Stout

Avery Brewing Company, brewing beers since 1993 (especially big ones), has stole my heart when it comes to what they brew.  Their eccentric brewing style is what has steered me into trying their beers again and again.  Located in Boulder Colorado, they brew beer that they like, with utter disregard to market demands.

Use of Hallertau  and Magnum hops and dark malts that give "flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise."

Specs of the beer:  Two-row barley, black, chocolate, carafa 111, cara 8, cara 45, honey malt, Magnum and Hallertau hops, OG: 1.100, ABV: 11.03%, IBUs: 60

The Czar comes in a 22 oz. bottle

Appearance: Pour an inky black, a bit more thicker than most beers.  It starts with a 1-2 cm dark creamy head that settles down slowly to leave a very thin milky layer that is very well retained.  The head sticks to the glass while drinking.

Aroma:  Rich, syrupy, toasted malts, a little bit of vanilla and molasses. I smell floral hops, with a bit of spicyness.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue there is a spicyness that I like along with the toasted malts.  As it moves back across the tongue, the sweetness comes out.  Caramels and molasses coats the mouth that lingers to a coffee finish.

Mouthfeel:  Medium body that does coat the mouth, a medium carbonation, alcoholic warmth and dry finish.

Overall:  This is a heavy beer, both on gravity and coating of the mouth.  The aromas and flavors are quite enjoyable making a a good beer.

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