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Black Eye - Avery Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 68 | FT: 16
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:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-27-2014

Aged in Rum barrels.
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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westyn
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcc449
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DreTheProphet
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Golferallen54
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great! But would like it better if it was wine or bourbon barrels...

Photo of KJ2013
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty insane they avery can keep pulling off enormous beers like this one. impressive stuff, i think a second try at the widely infected black tot from a few years back. this one has no infection issues at all, and is one of the strongest beers out there right now. the rum barrel character is intense, as much of that as you can pack into a beer, and the base stout is a freak of nature as well, with so much body and dense dark grain character. not sure what yeasts they use to get it to this level of abv, but its astonishing that there is no yeast flavor or residuals to the beer hardly at all. burly black malt base with notes of burnt wood, licorice, and dark dried fruit, maybe some plums too. there is a mild spice from the rum and a lot of that raw cane sweetness still, there is enough sugar in here to get it up over 20% abv with some hectic yeast. the flavor experience is one of the longest in beer too, ashy rich chocolate malty base moving into the richness of the rum and the softness of the oak, before a slightly harsh alcohol sting comes in with a vanilla brown sugar finish. the alcohol is as intense as expected, but the flavor of the beer is so deep and complex it keeps me drinking it on the quick. glad i scored an extra bottle to lay down for awhile, i bet this one will evolve pretty nicely. one of a kind, thats for sure.

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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.40 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2015
Misc.: Batch No. 21; Bottled June 27, 2014; Gold foiling

Thanks Nick!

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky, tan head, which thinned out rather quickly. Very sporadic wet lacing spots on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled chocolate, bourbon, crayon, toffee, caramel, chocolate syrup, wet cocoa, dark rich fudge and rum. Smells pretty smooth from the get-go and nowhere near 18.82 pct. ABV. (Smell - 4.38)

Taste was initially all over the place, but then settled down. Got chocolate malty syrup, followed by an immediate boozy wallop. That led to a warming finish all the way down my stomach. Other sips lead to caramel, toffee, crayon, faint coffee malts, chocolate milk, rum, slight bourbon and some smoky dark chocolate. (Taste - 4.38)

Full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. (Feel - 4.75)

Just a really good Imperial Stout. So damn smooth. All from Nick, but I’ve got it Uncle Jacob’s Stout, Black Eye and Tweak in that order. (Overall - 4.50)

4.40 | 98 | A

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2.17/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like how this smells, and I like how it lingers, but in between is way too harsh and boozy.

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerIsntBad
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kingston213
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.67/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lynn
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeezie
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.62/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at Churchkey into a snifter glass. 4 oz. pours only allowed.

Deep dark walnut brown, perhaps a hint of red towards the edges, and served with a very minimal tan collar.

Bouquet is quite noticeable but hints with lots of spirit warmth. Interesting amount of dark nuts on this, mild creamy vanilla as well. It's a controlled heat but doesn't let much of the other characters show out.

Palate though just explodes nicely. This litteraly tastes like cherry brandy, mixed with lots of piping warm roast coffee. Classic black forest like cake body, silky and dense. Brandy like warmth and a hint of molasses, but not much rum character. Big sharp amounts of black licorice as well, and some tiny prickly like carbonation just to make things playful.

This is a real complex and full bodied brew, and one to take your time on. It also doesn't come off as a big boozy mess either, but definitely has that stomach big warmth. Great tasting big stout for sure.

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a large 22oz snifter at refrigerator temperature. 12/16/14.

Pours dark brown and looks a bit thinner than I expected. Looking through the glass you can see through the thin edges of the beer, more brown than black to me, but still very dark. Small particles clumping together, nothing you can feel, but slightly visible. More carbonation than most beers of this high an ABV.

Smells boozy with hints of sweetness.

Taste is great. Boozy and big, which cuts through the sweetness that I find in most stouts over 13% or so. Slight chocolate flavors.

Feels like a nice strong ale in mouth feel. Thick, but not sticky or coating in anyway. I think thanks to the high ABV. May do good with some age, but it will be hard not to drink the second bottle I have before that time.

Photo of grover37
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good but too hot. Needs about 2 years.

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Black Eye from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.