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Black Tot - Avery Brewing Company

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours black with a great soapy white foamy head. Some roast aroma. A blend of the sour and the sweet, through Rum flavours. Rum is not overally sweet, therefore you are getting mostly the sourish. I appreciate that I am gettting, it is more than average mouthfeel, oatmeal.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%

Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this one!

Bottled 1/13/10.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, vanilla, rum, and wood. Taste is super sour at first with dark roasted malt, sour dark fruits, vanilla, rum, and wood on the aftertaste. The sourness is quite puckering and I think there is some sort of infection. The beer is not completely undrinkable, as more normal flavors come about after the sourness but it's definitely a drainpour. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation but paired with the taste it's pretty bad. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer only because of the infection issue that ruins the taste. The rest of the aspects on this one are pretty good. Oh well.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Reviewed from notes taken after a noninfected bottle right around release--so maybe there hadn't been time.

Pours black with a thin, lastig mocha head. Nose brigs dark rum, spice, toasted malt, chocate, and a bit of coffee. Taste brings a bit of booze with those characteristics and isn't as complex as I would have hoped from the nose. Feel is nice and he rum flavors work a bit better to hide the alcohol. Drinks quite well and i am glad that I cracked my bottle early.

Thorpe429, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

I really had some high hopes for this one as I have had for the entire series. Was really looking for something good to come out of here. Served chilled and dumped into a large goblet. This one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Very nice pour, one of the best of the night if I am being honest with a deep, black as night look to it and a nice three finger head of dark chocolate that hung around long enough to make its presence felt.

Aroma starts of very dark, rich espresso, dark oak notes, hints of rum or bourbon. Very nice. Warming though brings about trouble as I start to pick up notes of a bittering agent. A touch of vinegar and I knew the stories were true. Still I trudged on, hoping for the best. Each sip was sadly soured of what should have been a superbly done barrel aged beer. The dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malts were all still clearly discernable but the problem was that a sour, acidic, vingear flavor has now tainted it all. It pained me to drink it not because it was horrible, but it really had the backbone to be excellent, you could taste it, it was almost there.

Overall really a could of, would of, should of, situation. This could have been excellent but sadly is barely average.

mikesgroove, May 18, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

A: The pour is nearly black with a solid mocha colored head on top. A few spots of lacing on the glass.

S: A nice combination of oak, rum, and vanilla. Plenty of roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of oatmeal as well.

T: Plenty of roasted malt, perhaps too much of it. A hint of booze and dark fruits. The talk of infection has made me a bit worried about this one, and perhaps this one is beginning. A bit of acidity and olives.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Something is a bit off with the finish.

D: It's too bad this one has gone down hill. I would imagine this would be a really nice beer.

womencantsail, May 27, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, May 25, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Pours out an opaque, dark brown body with a very thin, khaki-colored head.

Smell: A malty nose with notes of nutty, crunchy oats, semi-sweet chocolate, light coffee-scented roasted malts, and a flutter of booze, though not particularly rum based, and a touch of dark fruits.

Taste: A stronger, more pronounced chocolate taste than implied by the aroma, like a cupcake frosting. Sound sweetness. A spoon of oatmeal with a little bitty splash of rum stirred in. Moist prunes. Some earthy touches, with a hint of bitterness. Hint of whole black peppercorn. Dry, warming, choco-roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Some smooth slickness on the tongue.

Overall: Good, not great. Bare in mind these were from some old, old notes. So, either this bottle dodged the sour bullet or I caught it before the "Tot Taint", as I hear it's called, took hold. Either way, it was good enough, though I didn't get much rum-character out of it at the time.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -44.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -26%

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...

TMoney2591, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +21%

Thanks, Nick. Black in the snifter with a slim tan head. The aroma has a big fresh rum barrel character, exhibiting scents of toasted coconut and turbinado sugar. The beer holds up nicely to the barrel, lending notes of oatmeal cookie, toasted cereal, chocolate and caramel. The taste closely resembles the aroma; it opens with a rich chocolate flavor, coffee-like roastiness and plenty of rum barrel sweetness. Moderately hot but not harshly so, this is very enjoyable. The mid-palate brings out a big oatmeal cookie flavor and more roasty bitterness, which leads into a sweet, rum-like finish. A medium-bodied stout, this is thankfully not too heavy or cloying; the base beer has enough roasty bitterness to balance the sweetness of the rum barrel. Good stuff.

largadeer, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

A - Poured out a dark black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and some light rum notes.

T - Good chocolate flavor with some burnt molasses flavors. Rum flavor is very muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good and really interesting Imperial Stout. Certainly worth a try.

zeff80, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -26%

I've had this beer twice and I can say without question that this beer is garbage, undrinkable garbage. Beer is black with a brown head, no retention, moderate carbonation.

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.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.5%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick tan, almost brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has your typical OS aroma; earthy, black malt bitterness, a bit of chocolate/crystal malt sweetness, and creamy oatmeal aroma. The rum barrels provide a bit of depth, but are mild at best. The taste is good as well. It has an easy drinking black malt flavor with a super smooth oatmeal feel. The rum barrels really seem to calm the warmth and overall alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a good oatmeal stout. I don't find it to be head and shoulders above the rest, but it's complex and interesting.

WesWes, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

Pours dark brown to black with a cream-colored head. The aroma is bourbon and chocolate. The flavor is bourbon, alcohol and chocolate. The alcohol is pretty hot but not overpowering. Low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. A very good barrel-aged beer.

Mora2000, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottled January 2010; Sampled February 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a rich black hue that has touches dark chocolate brown. When held up to the light the beer is still quite opaque, but does show a rich, red / amber glow. Rich aromas of toasted whole grain, bitter dark cocao, lightly burnt whole grain bread, coffee with cream, some burnt grain acidity and on the sweeter side notes of coffee liquor, maybe a touch of molasses and mocha coffee. After a bit I am realizing that the toastiness and much of a light spiciness as well as the sharpness are actually being contributed by oak. As the beer warms soft floral notes of vanilla become noticeable. The aroma is interesting and complex, but somehow doesn't seem as interesting and integrated as I would like.

Somewhat viscous feeling as it hits the palate, but it actually seems a bit on the light side for a beer of this strength. The beer has a light, mocha like sweetness to it up front, but finishes with a tartness that seems contributed by the Rum barrel and also a bit from the roasted grain contribution. The tartness brings out an almost grappa like fruitiness to the finish, though without an overly harsh alcoholic bite that this would usually imply. The most dominant flavor here is definitely the roasted grain; espresso, and only a hint of burnt grain husks. A flavor of toasted coconut lightly scents the flavor as does a light oaky spiciness that mixes in with a touch of warming alcohol. A touch of astringent, burnt vegetal notes mars the finish just a bit, but is fairly restrained overall. And it can also be a bit acrid and burntly acidic in the finish at times. A bright, plum like fruitiness can be found here after digging around for a while.

An interesting beer, but I can't really say that this is as enjoyable as I would like it to be. This is certainly drinkable and is even enjoyable enough to finish, but I think that the body is a bit thinner than it should be as it needs a bit of a richer malt base to stand up to the alcohol, the rum barrel and the roasted malt. I will say that this beer definitely needs to be allowed to warm up in order for it to seem a bit more integrated and balanced.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MarkyMOD, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +10.5%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/eggplant color that is almost pitch black and completely opaque. Even when held to a light source there is no semblance of lighter color. Thin coffee colored head that very quickly fades into a minimal ring.

Complex aroma with lots of roasty malt notes balanced by the earthy oak tones and sweet rum/liquor presence. Hints of chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, licorice and toast. I'm really surprised how the stout element of the base beer have held up in the nose. Slightly vinous with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Hopefully the flavor holds up t the aroma and is not a complete rum bomb.

I have heard that this beer might be infected but I guess got lucky because I'm not picking that up at all. Maybe some slight oxidation but nothing too noticeable. Much to my pleasant surprise the balance noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. Complex and well balanced with the rum barrel aging complimenting the oatmeal stout flavor rather than completely overpowering it. Plenty of roasty malt notes with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, nut and licorice. Only slight tannis but still vinous with hints of grape and other dark berries. Also, there is a nice sweet rum presence as well as some slight vanilla. Slightly dry finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

I was very excited about this beer because it was complex, well balanced and most of all not infected.

corby112, Dec 19, 2010
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Black Tot from Avery Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.