The Czar Avery

The Czar Avery Brewing
Tasting: January 29, 2013
Style: Stout (RIS – Russian imperial stout)

Avery The Czar
(c)2013 popsonhops

The Czar Avery Brewing. This is one of three installments from Avery Brewing’s “Dictator Series”. Although the phrase “dictator” traditionally described an autonomous ruler, the modern connotation is the more familiar negative image of oppression and abuse. It’s a lot like the word tyrant, it was never meant to pass any character judgments but we’ve seen enough leaders drunk with power that we stereotype dictators and tyrants as being nasty people.

Even though he isn’t mentioned on the label, the image on the label bears a striking resemblance to the last Russian Czar Nicholas II. Now, he was considered by many to be a nasty dictator earning the nickname Bloody Nicholas by executing political rivals, killing peaceful protestors and dragging his empire to near annihilation in multiple wars.

The other two in the Dictator series are The Maharaja and that is appropriately an India pale ale and The Kaiser is an Oktoberfest so, it makes sense that The Czar is a Russian imperial stout. I’ll float the idea for future offerings, how about “Rex” for either an English/Scottish style imperial or even an American imperial IPA called “Chief”? If they go on to introduce either I’d accept enumeration for my intellectual property in the form of a few freebies. I’m easy.

Quick vitals on this one…11.1% ABV with an original gravity of 24.5 degrees plato (over 17 is considered dense). IBU is a moderate 55. Doesn’t pour as dark as you might think for a RIS. A bit fizzy and loaded with raisin and prunes. Very hot in the booziness. As it warms it opens up to reveal some burnt wood/roasted flavors and some moderate bitterness like the after taste of a cup of black coffee. Overall – it’s a bit demure. That fizziness and hot booze certainly do impede on the body and certainly does impede on my opinion — 85 points.

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