Brew Review – Czarface by MIA Brewing

Imperial anything tends to scare me just a bit. Not only do they tend to be really, really strong, but they also tend to be really, really strong.

Scary strong. Wake up and you’re being mauled by a grizzly bear with chainsaws for paws that’s riding a cybernetically-enhanced great white shark scary.

MIA Brewing doesn’t seem fazed by scary. Heck, they thrive on scary, pushing out their first major solo bomber release as a big, big, scary Imperial Stout with a big, scary, Russian pirate Scarface sort of character on the front.

Russian. Scarface. Hence, Czarface (Imperial Stout, 10% ABV)


Yes, it’s dark and very heavy. Big malts bring a chewy, heavy flavor of molasses, roasted coffee, and a touch of plum. But if that wasn’t enough, Czarface was also aged in rum barrels.

This gives the beer a heady, almost intoxicating effect, as if the strongest parts of the rum were hand picked to be in the bottle.

It’s very flavorful, but only the strongest will make it. The rest of us will be content to cower in the corner and quake in fear.

Or you’ll just enjoy the beer. There’s that, too.

Drink Florida Craft,



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