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Black Tot - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 johnnieoz:
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johnnieoz

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled on 1/15/10, but consumed rather than cellared. I mean, it's already been barrel-aged...

A: As dark as can be. Minimal espresso-like head that can be replenished with a vigorous swirl.

S: Ships ahoy! Rum aromas galore wafting from the glass deep into my nostrils. They are proceeded by more traditional RIS/ADS scents such as licorice and coffee.

T: Initially, Black Tot is quite sweet and refreshing. As she warms up, it becomes a tad harsher - or to my mind, a tad more Avery-ish. Or perhaps, this is just how a rum-barrel aged strong stout tastes. Regardless...tasty.

M: As soon as I saw that this was an Oatmeal Stout I expected some smooth groovin'. And I was not disappointed. Tot feels full on the palate, coats the mouth with flavors and it goes down like velvet.

D: Given the mouthfeel and the unique, delicious flavors, I am obliged to rank this high in drinkability. The 10.08% ABV is certainly present as I near the bottom of the glass, but not in the taste or smell. Unless you count the rum, and that would be just silly.

Much preferred this to Brabant, the first in the barrel-aged series - I have not had access to Sui Generis, the second. For me, this is one of those beers that I like to savor due to its brilliant mouthfeel. Aging won't hurt this beer, but it is ripe for consumption right now. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:42:11 | More by johnnieoz
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Black Tot from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.