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Black Eye - Avery Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 54
Gots: 51 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.82% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Rum barrels.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-27-2014)
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Insanity rears its beautiful and deviant head in beer form as the the Avery brewers take the lead in such caldering, manifestation and resurrection. Like mad science and witchery at hand, a taste emerges to topple that of stout and becomes its own black barley liqueur.

Its lavish and ominous onyx-like pour seems to crawl into the snifter on its own, no help required. Its opaque abyss casts a creamy espresso-like tarnish creme. With the nose hovering above, the senses are mesmerized with potent rum, devilish dark chocolate, espresso, dark dried fruit, soy and sherry wine for savory measure. With its inky sweetness overwhelming the palate, its booze laced sweetness is of black-strap molasses, burnt sugar and buckwheat honey.

As its sultry sweetness clings to every surface, crevice and tastebud inside the mouth, the most supple of sips paralyze the mouth as its outrageous booze spice saturates the palate in unapologetic fashion. The rum barrel, its caramels, its tannins and its vanillans become the catalyst to deliver the tawny port, sherry, and savory soy flavors past the fudgy sweetness.

An indefinite linger upon the palate and gullet ensures dessert-like delicacy, easily replacing any death-by-chocolate cake paired with espresso. Its hot, prickly and numbing spice finds favor with fans of fine cognac even though the ale drinks exceptionally smooth for something that's pushing forty-proof.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Man, if the alcohol was a little lower and I didn't get the whiskey throat burn, this would be a near perfect beer.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours thick and pitch black with a one finger mocha brown head. Beautiful chocolatey malt aroma, sweet dark fruits, some boozy rum, a little roast, some vanilla and caramel. Mmmmm. Flavor is big sweet chocolatey malty goodness, sweet caramel, lots of big dark fruits, vanilla. There's a strange cardboard or metallic flavor on the finish that goes away quickly into a lingering marshmallow on the palate. Incredibly smooth for such a big beer, big and rich, low carbonation. The only thing really taking away from this is the strange twinge I get on the finish of this one. Overall very nice.

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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.32/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottled June 27, 2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with 1 finger of a dark tan head that settles to a medium ring. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, spicy rum, booze and a bit of oak.

Taste: Big malt sweetness followed by roasted malt, rum, booze, toasted oak, bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and super thick with medium carbonation. Sweet and super boozy finish with a bit of harsh alcohol burn as it goes down.

Overall: Lots of big flavors and barrel character, but quite a bit harsh as it stands right now. You definitely feel all of the 18.82%. A good beer now, but definitely could benefit from some age.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 27, 2014. Poured in a snifter, the beer is jet black, oily, and pours very thick. Trace halo of tan head. Aromas of rich bittersweet chocolate, heavy molasses, bitter roasted coffee, a heavy blast of boozy heat, earthy highlights, subtle wood char, and hints of vanilla. Flavors are heavy and rich molasses and bittersweet chocolate forward, with a solid cream highlight, and a blasting booze warmth in the backbone. Some earthy highlights, with a steady dose of char throughout to bring some edge to all of the richness. Slick, robust, full bodied, with a building warmth supporting a richly sweet and slightly charred aftertaste. The finish is slick, with a lingering, full bitter roast and boozy blend. Truly fantastic beer!

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Black Eye from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.