Black Eye - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 160
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 2.49%
Wants: 99
Gots: 79 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Rum barrels.
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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 160
Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Opened my bottle almost exactly a year after bottling. Still way too boozy. Cloyingly sweet. It does get better as it warms up. If only I had waited another 8-10 months. (169 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's Sunday night... Why not take one of these to the dome?

Pours black into the glass with a light peeking through the edges. Little head, and what remains is a tan film on top. No lacing, but legs for days. Like my girlfriend. Aroma is banging with a wealth of rum and vanilla tobacco with some cocoa and candied dark fruits in the mix. Flavor is more complex than I would have anticipated... Very sweet up front with vanilla, marshmallow, oak, then a wash of baker's chocolate, cocoa, and earthy oak on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a lingering bitterness on the palate. Shocked at how well the booze is hidden at almost 19%... Well done, Avery. Well done. Wish I had a case of this so I could age it to infinity, and beyond. (742 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

edit: seems sweeter the second time around. more time is needed! (1,415 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (1,444 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (1,415 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%

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. (619 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (740 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Take some BCBS, age it rum barrels after bourbon and increase it malty sweetness & strength 25%.

It's fantastic, expensive at@16$ per twelve ounce, and very worth trying once.
The freshy today was great -and I'm cellaring the other. I liked it a lot more than Uncle Jacob's and a little more than BCBS. It's not overtly sticky sweet and has a gorgeous bitter rum finish. Carbonation holds strong in this viscous gravy of a beer. Pass the gravy, please.

If you are a flavor intensity junkie, like me: a must try with the rum elements. (541 characters)

Photo of tchipharveyslake
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Black as night, with deep red tone on the edges. Smells of dark rum covered fruits. Cherry and vanilla. Alcohol on the nose. Slight roast coffe notes, and rum takes over, bitter at the end. A very nice ride from begining to end. Some warmness down the throat and a very nice finish. Very long and the warmness continue down the chest. Very good. I dont rate this over jacob, or the 2 pumpkin avery beers but very good (418 characters)

Photo of ChristWill
5/5  rDev +13.1%

This is a real dark beer. You could watch a solar eclipse using this beer but you wouldn't see anything in the process.
There seem to be flavors of high quality coffee beans and maybe a touch of chocolate.
All I know is it is rich thick and delicious.
Can't wait to bust the other one I have a year from now and do it all over again. Until then black Eye I will miss you X-) lol (381 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Booze bomb.

Friend said it burned when he swallowed but I am a man and this beer was just right. For 12.99, its your best buck for ABV. Any of the Avery series.


A: Black, a head that vanishes
S: Boozey
T: Alcoholic, sweet, raisin liquer, warming
M: perfectly smooth, not thin or thick
O: A champion beer (306 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 6/22/14. Production: 424 cases.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, spice, rum, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, spice, rum, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice rum barrel aged characteristics all around, but this one is super hot and boozy at this time.

Serving type: bottle. (710 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

A: pours dark brown almost black with almost no head

S: toffee and dark fruit. Raisin maybe plum

T: great malty, dark fruit, Toffee, marshmallow, and then alcohol! Great rum characteristics here. So good.

M: full body, has alcoholic heat and bite. Good carbonation

Overall: this might be the best rum BA I have had (319 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.

A- Dark khaki lacing and head. Pitch black liquid looking like coffee. 4.5

S- Big on tobacco and oak. Bready, toasty and some solvent aroma. 4.25

T- Huge oaken flavors, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and tobacco. There's a lot of excellent flavor here. 4.5

M- Smoother than the ABV indicates. Incredibly sippable. Viscous and thick-bodied. I'm a fan. 4.5

Yup, I'm a fan. Damn good. (396 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as night with a khaki colored head that is fingernail thin and is primarily only around the rim. Intense aroma of bourbon dominates. There's roasted barley,black licorice,and raisin present. The sweet bourbon defines the flavor and the roasted barley is the backdrop. There's plenty of plum within. This has to be the first imperial stout where roasted barley is not detectable in the flavor. The bourbon gives an intense warming sensation and a moderate burning sensation. This bottle did seep out an inch of liquid under pressure in an airplane. It does still seem appropriately carbonated for this beastly ABV. (627 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into a snifter at around 48 degrees. Warmed over about an hour.

A: Pours black with moderate head (about 1cm). Looks creamy, and the head is a nice dark brown.

S: Molasses, licorice, vanilla, chocolate. Deep and intense

T: Unbelievable. I can definitely taste hints from the rum barrel. Roasted malts, licorice, some heat, sweet,

M: Creamy and wonderful.

Overall: Incredible. This is truly an amazing barrel-aged stout. A little sharp around the edges, which means a bit of age will do wonders for this one. I can't wait to have another one in 6 months. (577 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Excellent beer. A bit of heat on the back end, but for its ABV, pretty well-hidden. Toasted marshmallow, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, and not too cloying or thick. Very nicely done. (182 characters)

Black Eye from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.