Black Tot | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.08%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
28
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mistofminn for sharing this one.

Poured into KBS chalice.

Pours very little tan head. Color is a dark brown, pretty black.

Aroma: Has some sour notes to it which is odd. The rum barrels are present with some oak flavors and vanilla. Sweet caramel. Very malty. Gets better as it warms.

Taste: Sour notes again. This beer seems to have gone bad in such a short amount of time. Then the ba stout flavors kick in with rum, oat, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet caramel, and vanilla. Light oatmeal as well. Decent if a guy can get past the sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, but still sour. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with rum flavors.

Overall, it would be much more drinkable if there wasn't so much sour notes here. Let down by this since it is so young. It is decent, but the sourness really adds a negative layer to what could have been a great brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark fluffy fizzy head, pitch black beer.

Nose fluffy marshmallow, earthy cardboard notes, funky aged malt, mild fudgey cocoa, etc.

Taste sweet fluffy candy malt, nougat and fudgey cocoa, little earthy, candy chewy fudgey cocoa. Little acrid roast notes, etc.

Mouth is med bod, some warming booze, lighter carb.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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