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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.08%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle thanks to Doodler. Thanks buddy

A: nice and non see through dark like a stout should be. had to pour it slightly aggressive to get a good head out of it

S: Smell is wonderful. Im kind of comparing this to a bourbon aged beer so I was impressed on how the rum didn't over power the base beer. smell of roasted almost burnt but in a good way oatmeal raisin cookie. there is a warm rum alcohol in there as well

T: lots of toasty oats. still gives me the oatmeal cookie like the smell. i love oatmeal cookies by the way. chocolate covered raisins... yum. Theres a lot going on here i keep having to take more and more sips. Once again Im really impressed how the rum blends in with this beer. its pretty much the perfect amount of rum. the only reason its not a 5 is because i just feel like there could be a little more "mmph" in there

M: great for an aged stout. perfect carbonation on the tounge and a slight mouth coating as well

D: This beer is actually really really smooth for a 10%. the tart burnt characteristics mingle well with the dark rum sweetness along with the creamy oatmeal stout. Avery has another winner in my book. Im glad I have two!

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Photo of kkrez
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pre-soured black tot, from notes:

For the 3rd release they created a thick and chewy oatmeal stout and threw it into Gosling’s Rum barrels to age.

This beer pours an inky black with a tan head.

Aroma is of roasted malt, anise, vanilla, rum and alcohol.

Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon/rum flavors, black licorice, and dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is the epitome of “chewiness.”

Shame this one soured. It was heavenly. Soured version still nice, just not intentional

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Photo of Hepneck
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that is made to be savored slowly as it rewards the drinker with new dimensions as it warms and opens up. Aroma- Equal parts toasted malt and coffee, with a hint of rum sweetness. Appearance-This beer pours as dark as the pitch that would have been used on the label's ship! Pours slightly thick with a small amount of dark tan head, and very fine-sized carbonation bubbles. Pours a dark mahogany color. The beer has a very similar taste to rom cremat (a great Spanish rum drink), though the coffee flavor is much more subdued and there is no lemon in the flavor). There is the slight sweetness that you would expect from an imperial stout. Hints of raisin turn to plum as the beer warms. There is no hint of vanilla other than that that is carried in the rum. There is also a very pleasant, slight alcohol burn at the end. Palate-Full-bodied does not even begin to explain this beer. It is thick, but not sticky, with a slight oiliness. The carbonation is slightly flat, so the carbonation does not interfere with being able to taste the depths of this beer. The beer has a long finish with a slight alcohol burn that is very pleasant. Black Tot exceeded my expectations (which were very high) and is a standout experimental imperial stout. I have recommend this beer to anyone that can get their hands on it. Indeed, my only complaint is that this is a one-off from Avery. This is a mistake that should be rectified as this would make a great seasonal release.

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Photo of THORN
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 50-55 F.
A: Pitch black. Light brown bubbly frothy head. Head is two fingers thick. Cascade and gas exchange is very noticeable.
S: Brown sugar, toasted malts, and chocolate.
T: Dark toasted malts. Very sweet sugary body. Molasses sweeps in and finishes with bitter hops. Alcohol is noticeable and is faintly rum-like.
M: Heavy on tongue, thick, and syrupy.
D: Big beer. Well balanced all the way through.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The beer pours dark black with a very da rk tan head. The head rises a couple fingers, is very creamy and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is super sweet some vanilla that is mixed with roasted coffee.

The taste is also really matly but in a good way, its not to sweet but just a very sweet ris. The middle and end brings about some light coffee and a great vanilla finish.

This beer is very creamy and warm with a great lasting taste.

Overall, this is a very good well balanced stout.

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Photo of uturn
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz foiled capped bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.

A: This one poured a very dark brown with a dark tan 1 finger head.

B: The nose was a mix of chocolate, raisins, rum and roasted malts.

T: The taste matched the nose, with rum the primary flavor, followed by chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, raisins and some vanilla.

M: The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. I have heard rumors that some of the bottles have been infected and had a "sour" taste. This bottle was not infected and no such sourness was noted.

D: Very drinkable, but sip it.

I hope I had more than one bottle in my beer stocked fridge. If not, I hope Avery will consider making this brew again in the future. This was one great after dinner beer.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Doodler for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 1/13/2010 into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with a golden-hued, thin head that "cups" around the beer as you swirl the glass around.

S: Smells of the rum barrel upfront with dark chocolate, cedar wood, and malts as it warms up.

T: You can taste the wood from the barrel right away, followed by roasted oats, cocoa nibs, and a caramel/nutty aftertaste.

M: Chewy (just the way I like it). Peppery carbonation gives the beer a "light" connotation - it does not feel like an Imperial beer at all.

D: Wow. I have not had something 10%+ ABV this easy to quaff, ever. The best feature of this beer.

Overall, a very nice, big oatmeal stout from King Avery. This is the first of the 3 in his Barrel-Aged Series that I've tasted and now I'll seek out the other two!

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Photo of Doodler
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release party. Also available in 12 oz bottles (limit 6)

A- Dark brown body with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

S - Definite rum and malty / raisin aroma. Aroma builds as it warms. Yum....

T - A tasty Avery Stout. Texture is chewable and rich. Not as heavy as many other Oatmeals I've had, with a bit of sweetness. ABVs sneak up on you. Full-flavored notes of rum and aged wood with hints of malty vanilla.

M - Potently flavorful & complex. Woody / Rum overtones start a bit strong then evolve with a cocoa finish.

D - Enjoyed it enough to stand in line again for more. I really enjoyed the bourbon barrel and rye barrel versions just as much as this one. Love to see them pick up and run with bottling these as well. The rum barrel aging was a definite departure from many of the barrel aged stouts I've had before.

Adam Avery and his team deserve a bump for this one. The Gossling's Rum flavor really add a new twist, and while a limited release, if you have the patience - cellared for a bit to see how it evolves from here. I got a sixer to store and will be looking forward to trying this again in a few months to enjoy again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn nice looking beer. Close to black in color with some bricking at the edges. A large fizzy mocha head, great colored looks great, fades quickly into a ring around the glass and a thin topper.

Fantastic chocolate aromas both dark and milk. Blueberry, hints of currant, sweet cream, rum aromas add a good twist with hints of wood. A bit of roasted barley with burnt caramel and hints of coffee.

Very nice. Sweet chocolate malty flavors with thick creamy mouthfeel from the oats that thins out quickly from the rum. Hints of wood and rum flavors with raisin and mollasses. Nice bit of carbonation. Roasted malts and hints of spent coffee grains. Some dark fruits lye on the finish.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter courtesy of my buddy Mike

A: Pours deep black with a medium tan head that fades quickly to a small layering leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is at first all chocolate malts but as you leave your nose in you can smell some molasses and milk chocolate.

T: The taste is where the rum barrel shines through unmistakeably. Theres a ton of molasses and sour oak on top of the chocolate malt backbone.

M: The feel is creamy and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: While I would love to drink this all night I bet I could only put down about two. I would love to find more of these but they didn't make it to Dallas for some reason.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, you can see through the pour. The darkness is topped with a deep stiff foamy tan head that fades slowly leaving thin sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is really nice; aggressive and complex. It's slightly different from the neck than from the pour. Like a roasted grain, you can smell the oats, tobacco under the boozy esters. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with a tang from the booze and it has that 'coating' nature that i really appreciate in my favorite Double Stouts. Full flavored the grainy oat, roasted dark chocolate malt nature come through from the nose and that tobacco note lingers nicely and adds a unique complexity that i think warrants higher scoring. The drinkability is huge. I seriously could sip on these all night but it has a noticeable boozy heat to it that detracts from it slightly. Overall, one outstanding effort. Will not disappoint. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark black with about two fingers of brownish head and some lacing.

The smell is a bit roasty with a smoky dark chocolate flavor. This is a slight tobacco hint as well.

The taste is roasted malts and some dark chocolate right up front with some coffee flavor in the back that does come out briefly. A nice rich flavor that is coating on the tongue as it goes down.

The feel of this beer is a bit heavy but not more than any other imperial stout. goes down well and has a slight still as it slides down your throat.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich brown. Not a ton of head, but with some aggressive pouring, a decent half finger head is there that releases to a thin layer and nice lacing.

Aroma is definitely rum barrel, dark malts, dark sugars and subtle sweetness.

Tastes excellent. Slightly sweet and malty with great characters of the barrel... touch of smoke, rum, molasses.

Finishes without any real aftertaste, just a bit of sweetness.

Overall, excellent beer and no issues.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, vigorous pour produces a finger mocha head which leaves minimal lacing.

S - This is probably the only negative part about the beer. As I was pouring it I could smell the sweet spice of the rum barrel, but as I neared the glass it's dominated by alcohol. Behind that you have your typical bakers chocolate and roasted malts.

T - There is definitely less alcohol in the taste. It's all replaced by the wonderful rum barrel character; vanilla, sugar, and little spice. This is a complex beer that sheds layers as it warms up. On par with BCS, but way less alcohol presence, which leads to an overall balance that's great.

M/D - I love a good spiced rum and RIS, so this is a no brainer. The mouthfeel is decently thick, but not chewy. The alcohol is non-existent in the taste.

I'd easily pick this over a BCS if it wasn't almost twice the price. Since we don't get any real BA beer in Texas, this will do just fine for now.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich thick black with a moderate sized foamy dark tan head into my Deschutes snifter at 55º.

S - Smell that rum! Haven't had too many rum aged beers yet, but you for sure can smell it. But it's not overpowering. I can still get a few typical stout qualities off coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, and black licorice oh my! Also get some interesting nuttiness, like a Hazelnut/chestnut.

T - Similar to nose. The rum is there, but it's not overpowering alcohol barrel flavor I'm use to with some barrel aged beers (cough, bourbon county). It's a lingering light rum flavor with the dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuttiness, molasses and black licorice. Lightly sweet and even more bitter.

M - moderate carbonation, creamy overall mouthfeel with a bitter finish.

D - Really a great tasting stout, with just the right amount of rum that doesn't kill the beer. Also very balanced not only in the barrel and the beer, but also the bitter sweetness of it. If I had to describe this one, I'd say BALANCE. Way to go.

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to tjmodica for the extra.

A: Pours a pitch black color. A two finger tan head gently rises with decent retention. The foam finally recedes to a ring, and leaves some sticky lace behind.
S: This is a very muted nose. Light roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. A bit of wood, and some rum like alcohol. Good stuff, but not as big as I would have liked.
T: There it is. Lots of rich bark chocolate that is the most dominate flavor. Subtle coffee, and a light roasted malt character. Dry oak that is the perfect compliment to a light rum flavor. Sweet fruits as well, I get a lot of apples. Excellent.
M/D: A full body that is incredibly smooth and creamy. Velvety soft. There is some rum flavor, but it is not hot at all. Really easy to drink, and so smooth. Did I say this was smooth?

Another hit from Avery's Barrel Aged Series. I feel very fortunate to have had all three so far. This one is much more subtle than the others in the series. Still excellent, and way to easy to drink. Highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of Popkas
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a very thin head.

S: Wow, just a little bit of malt, but mostly rum. Not overwhelming at all, but still dominant.

T: Ah yeah. Starts of with a nice straightforward roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and finishes with a rush of rum. Again not overwhelming - just right.

M: Full body that coats the mouth. Smooth finish.

D: Really digging this one and it is very drinkable at the 10%+

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/13/2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that went away quickly. There's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, coconut, chocolate, rum, oats, and a bit of oak and brown sugar. The aroma is nice, but seems a bit light. The taste is very sweet. The brew tastes like rum, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, raisins and oats. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick, but also seems a little bit thin, too. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. I thought it was pretty easy to drink, it's smooth and enjoyable. I think this is a good overall brew, I'll have to save my other bottle for a while and see how it ages.

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Photo of digr
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black liquid, thick. Smallish 1cm brown head that dies quickly.

S - Dark almost fruit smell, then subtle, almost a mild burnt sugar smell. Reminiscent to some Trappist beers... Slight alcohol note in the vapors. No real hop aroma.

T - Slight sweetness, but amazing balance with dark flavors, slightly fruity. Alcohol tones in the finish - but finishes dry in stead of sweet. I am drinking this warmish on purpose to alcohol will be more prominent. No real hops flavor, but a int of bitterness. However the bitterness blends with the existing stout flavors and so well they can't be separated. The stout flavors are smoothly integrated. Warm, rummy flavors mix very well and end with a slight sweetness, but not cloying. Maybe a slight raisin effect. It is really a great flavor. Flavors are also like Imperial Porters... But yay for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout!

M - I love the mouth feel. Not too thick as might be expected with a 10% ABV beer. Fills the mouth with a medium body, warm and full but not over the top.

D - Strong, but well hidden. Despite the 10% ABV, I had trouble finishing the review before the beer was gone (12 oz).
If you like Imperial stouts and porters, you will like this. Much more drinkable than a KBS.

Recommend if you like Imperials.
Yummy, very!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle allowed to warm to 45F before being poured into a Great Divide tulip. (Bottled on Jan 13, 2010; 10.08% ABV)

Pours jet-black with the slightest touch of cola creeping in at the margins. A dusty, dark custard head makes up for what it lacks in size with incredible retention. Five minutes after the pour the creamy foam has hardly budged (good lacing, too). Interesting aroma. Not sure if Avery is the first to use rum barrels to age a big stout, but this is the first commercial version of which I'm aware. I can see this catching on, as the fruitiness from the rum is readily apparent, and pleasing. Notes of pineapple, banana, vanilla, wood, and cane sugar all blend nicely, while the Imperial Stout portion adds a hefty malt sweetness of dark chocolate, black coffee, and caramel. Lots of booze here, too--not enough to singe the nose, but close.

Black Tot is arguably one of the most complex & tasty high-ABV beers Avery has produced. Bitter baker's chocolate and vanilla beans coat the palate with a Godiva-esque decadence. Vinous wood and port-like boozy notes add a hefty does of ethanol that warms the sides of the tongue, but at the same time doesn't overwhelm the palate. An impressive creaminess to the thick body pairs with the light carbonation level, making for an satisfying mouthfeel that doesn't wear down the tastebuds. Dry finish with a lingering chocolate/hop bitterness. Black Tot is a great sipper, and goes down dangerously easy for the 10% ABV. Excellent beer, and I look forward to Avery's next Barrel-Aged Series release.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque, borderline black/deep brown with one finger of creamy, tan head. Retains a nice cap and leaves some good lacing behind.

S - Dark, roasted malts with coffee and dark fruitiness coming through. The rum is pretty pronounced in the aroma which lends a somewhat boozy quality, unsurprisingly...

T - Rich, roasty dark malts up front with noticeable coffee, chocolate and dried, dark fruit(prune/raisin) flavors. Some caramel and molasses flavors are also present as well as a touch of woodiness from the barrels. The finish brings a touch of heat and a bit of the sweet rum flavor. The rum flavors really go well with the roasted malts and add a nice touch without overpowering.

M - Full bodied, rich, and smooth with mellow carbonation.

D - Another well-done barrel-aged offering from Avery. Delicious combination of flavors with a nicely hidden ABV. The rum character is pronounced without dominating and ends up being a great match for the imperial stout. I will definitely have to get my hands on a few more of these.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for another share.

A: Pours dark black with a nice tall tan head. Okay retention with some chunky lace.

S: Aromas of rich chocolate malt, with nice roasty notes. Mild oak with hints of booze.

T: Tastes even better than it smells. Lots of roasted and raw cocoa. Mild coffee and oak. The rum is there with mild tart dark fruit notes.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, goodly, mildly tart.

D: Good, I love what Avery has done with this series. No doubt it is the best beers they are putting out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was glad to see this one at Downtown Wine and Spirits, as I thought this was only going to be released at the brewery. Color is motor oil black, with about an inch worth of tan heading. Really nice blend of oak and dark chocolate comes through in the nose. It definitely has a cookie like quality that might be a result of the oatmeal. The rum comes through strong in the taste, along with some dark fruit and more chocolate. I was expecting it to come off a bit hot, which some of Avery's beers tend to be, but not in this case, as the beer is really well balanced taste wise. As far as thickness goes, I was expecting this beer to be a bit more viscous. I could put back a few of these, and be very happy, if it weren't for the somewhat hefty price tag. This brew definitely ranks as one of Avery's very best if you ask me. Drink one now, and age another.

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Black Tot from Avery Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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