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Black Tot - Avery Brewing Company

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82
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 21.61%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.08% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 09-10-2009)
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bardwashrind for sending me a few of these bottles. I opened one with some friends and am cellaring the others!

Pours dark pitch black with a thin brown head. Lacing isn't the greatest, but it does manage to leave some strings behind.

The nose is strange. The rum barrels make it sweet, and almost overpower the base oatmeal stout. It's smooth and sweet and woody. So far so good. Maybe a little overboard on the rum barrels, as it's difficult for me to pick up the base beer.

The taste starts out normal, with dark roasted oats, smooth oakyness, sweet rum barrel notes, chocolate and molasses. This is where it gets odd. I get some strange sour notes, like the barrel was sour or something went wrong. I'm not entirely sure it's intended, and I'm also not really sure if it was an accident. Maybe the other bottles I have will answer this question.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a smooth feel and creamy texture. Drinkability is pretty good in this one.

Overall, not too bad for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Rum barrels. I think this could benefit from some age, as it's a little boozy on the nose. I want to find out what the sour character comes from, as I wasn't the only one to notice it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 05:07:22 | More by Mistofminn
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Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to JMBSH for this bottle!

I've heard rumblings about infection, but I decided to pull the trigger anyway. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises tart black cherry and galvanized steel surrounded by a sea of roasted malts, chocolate syrup, and boozy molasses. The taste leads with the black cherry and a hint of the metal and sticks with this formula for the duration. It's a true shame, especially since I can taste the real desired result beneath: there's roast, chocolate, molasses, and a boozy caramel-ness, the makings of a truly delicious rum-barreled stout. Unfortunately that glimpse I get is rather fleeting, as the infection races toward my tastebuds like rage zombies. The body is a light hefty, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, what could have been exceptional was marred by the infection. Worse, the infection didn't make a tasty sour stout. Just a mess. Oh well, worth a shot...

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Aroma is metallic and sour with a mild roast.

Beer is metallic, very metallic...strong sour almost soy sauce. I've given it more of a chance that it deserved...never again.

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Thin bodied for the style with relatively low carbonation.

I didn't/couldn't drink much of this. This was quite terrible.

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Black Tot from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.