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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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177
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
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44
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28
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Photo of brdc
1.7/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks cosmohophead for this one. From notes.

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
I read a lot about infection, and sure some bottles might be, but this one was not. I actually think some infections might have had a different cause for the taste.
Dark brown beer, dark tan head, average to slightly above average retention.
The aroma shows an excessive amount of rum. There are notes of roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, but the rum is overwhelming. I actually got myself a small pour of rum (which I do not like) to compare, as initially I could not identify the things I did not like.
Nearly full bodied, on the palate, the rum is rampant again. Too hot, too boozy, and all other stout like notes are just buried under the rum unpleasantness, which did not blend well at all.
I tried, as I usually like Avery, but this one was a drainpour. Really bad.

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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 coldmeat23
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
BOTTLED: JAN 13 2010 (315 Cases)

It appears to be black. It does give up a surface ring of very dark brown with a bit of light, though. The small head of brown foam recedes to a spotty surface covering rather quickly. The lacing is moderate, but very sticky.

As expected, this smells like a very nice oatmeal stout, with some notes of oak and rum. Nice notes of dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild dark fruit sweetness. Nice hint of sweet oats. Very nice (light) level of rum presence with a healthy dose of oak. Light hint of vanilla.

The oak presence is very large. Along with some nice notes of vanilla. Good roastiness. Hints of sweet, dark, fruits. Mild touches of espresso grounds. Nice and mild touch of rum on the back side of it.

This has an almost full body and a medium level of carbonation. It is nicely smooth with a mild touch of creaminess.
Just slightly weak for a stout, especially an Imperial stout.

Is it an everyday drinker? No, not at all. But it's a wonderful 'occasion' bottle. It's quite tasty, just not for all of the time.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottle 1/15/10. Pours a dark black with a smallish creamy brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bitter chocolate malts, grains and some rum. As it warms more dark fruits and sweet chocolate and rum cake come out.

The flavor is sweet milky chocolate with some decent bitterness in the finish to balance. The alcohol is well hidden. I do get the odd rum notes in the aftertaste. As it warms, the sweetness starts to dominate. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a solid imperial stout. It's well balanced and the rum is definitely interesting (and not at all overwhelming coming from a non rum lover). I was very relieved to notice no sourness in my bottle. It's been kept in a cold refrigerator since purchase.

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Photo of portia99
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from jlindros (with a warning of probable infection - but I have to give it a shot regardless). Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an inky and oily near black color with deep caramelly brown highlights around the edges. No head to speak of, just a few small islands on the surface and a cappuccino colored ring around the edge of the glass.

S - I'm getting coffee, some rich milk chocolate, some dark fruits and a nice rum character. Some hints of vanilla in the background. Get a small hit of alcohol, some caramel and some sugary sweetness. On a bright note, no sign of infection in the nose...so far so good.

T - Well, sadly the infection shows up in the flavor. An acetic vinegar twang sits square in the middle of everything. It's not entirely unenjoyable, but it seems to coverup and mask the flavors that are supposed to be there. I do still pick up a good amount of coffee, a nice smokiness, rum and some oak and chocolate. Really too bad about the infection...I think this one had some real potential.

M - Has the obvious vinegary twang. Also gives a lip numbing effect, no doubt from the high alcohol level. Body is quite full with a light and creamy carbonation. A fair amount of alcoholic heat in the background.

D - If it weren't for the infection, this would be a pretty nice imperial stout with a lot of character. Even with the infection this isn't a drain pour for me, but it is definitely slow going. I won't be looking for more of this in the future though.

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Photo of phishisphunk
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First and foremost, the concept behind this beer really appeals to me and I was very excited to acquire a bottle. However, as some previous reviewers stated, due to recent discussion related to possible infection, I pulled this one out to try.

Served at cellar temp into a snifter.

A: A vigorous pour reveals a dark ale with a tan bubbly head with some nice sticky lacing around the glass. A closer inspection shows a lot of little bubbles receding towards the top.

S: Initially I got a small vibe of rum in the nose, no sour notes initially detected...smells of a lightly roasted and malty stout.

T: Oh boy....this thing is a hot mess. As the beer approaches the back of the palate a big sour flavor bursts through that completely destroys any stout flavoring. Lot of vinegar sourness dominates the taste. And this is certainly not a pleasant sour taste, it's by no means horrible, it's just out of place. The beer at this point really lacks any balance.

M: The beer feels kind of flat and I get a sensation similar to that of mouth puckering, not a lively tart feeling that sour ales tend to leave.

D: I'm definitely not going to finish this. My stomach is starting to turn a little. But such is life. You win some, you lose some. Obviously not all the reviews reflect this experience, and I certainly hope if you have a bottle, yours fares more favorably.

On the bright side, The Czar is drinking incredibly well right now...I think I will have that instead. Keep up the adventurous spirit Avery!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark black color with a dark tan colored head that is tight and creamy. there is little retention and virtually no lace left behind.

S-the nose is quite big, a cream based musk with lots of toffee up front, almost like creme brulee. a good bit of wood and rum come in next with hints of vanilla.

T-the taste brings an earthy musk right up front. dark chocolate and burnt coffee next. notes of dry oak and a touch of vanilla come in at the middle. the finish adds some sweet dark fruits of plum and raisin that seem to bring notes of being soaked in rum.

M-this is very full bodied, it is thick and chewy. it is extremely smooth with a good bit of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-this is a different beer all together. there is this musk in the nose that translates slightly in the taste that I can't describe. Very strange and I've seen a lot of reports of infection so potentially it was the start of mine.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 13, 2010. 10.08%. 315 cases. rum barrel-aged Imperial oatmeal stout.

A: Pitch black. Super dark brown head. Maybe the darkest I have ever seen. Reduces to a thin film that disappears as I drink.

S: Very malty. Lots of oak and rum. Coffee and dark chocolate notes are prevalent.

T: Lots of great flavors here. Very good oatmeal stout. Lots of roasted malts up front with vanilla and chocolate. The rum in the finish is my favorite part. Some heat is present as well. Coffee/ roastiness is in the finish.

M: Nice and oily. Very viscous. Carbonation present but not overpowering.

D: Delicious beer, but not sure how much I could drink. Also, this beer was way too pricey.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 15, 2010. Pours pitch black with a sizeable, creamed coffee colored head. Aroma is of chocolate, slightly boozey rum, roasted malt, and oak.

Taste is full of roasted malt. Lots of sweet chocolate and some great rum flavors are present. The booze is only slightly noticeable. Mouthfeel is full bodied. A very good stout from Avery.

I know there have been problems with infected bottles turning sour, but it seems I have dodged the bullet. Perhaps the constant refridgeration since purchase have kept the infection away or slowed. No matter what the reason, I am happy the infection has kept away, as I dont care for the sours.

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Photo of wchesak
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

all this infected talk has me bring out one to taste
bottle Jan 15 2010
poured into a Spiegelau tulip glass

A - very black, decent tan head, leave nice thick ring around glass, short strands of lace already

S - stale coffee, dry oatmeal, sour cherries, bit of booze and oak (may be on brink of shitting the bed)

T - chocolate malt backbone, with some sour cherry undertones, bit of caramelly rumness to it, stale coffee in the very back that lingers with the sour cherry (think i caught this early)

M - thick, not syrupy, medium carbonated, bit prickly but rather smooth

D - this on the border of infection, even so its a good beer, wish i had at its peak level, still have one more bottle in cellar, hate the fact I might have 9 dollars of wasted beer there

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Photo of woosterbill
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle courtesy of Phoenix2443, bottled 1/13/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Jet black body with an inch of dense brown foam. Average retention and some decent lace. Good looking stout.

S: Big barrel character (sweet booze and dry oak), as well as some roasted malt (mainly coffee), followed by some creamy chocolate. There may be a hint of acidity on the tail end, but I don't think this one has succumbed to infection - at least not completely. Pretty nice.

T: Quite sweet at first, with molasses from the rum meshing well with some big roasted malt character. It's delicious right up until the finish, where things definitely take a turn for the acetic side. Acidic funk and astringent oak combine to produce a rather unpleasant aftertaste. It's too bad, as I was really finding the rum component to be a fascinating change from the more usual bourbon.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Solid.

D: The further I get into it, and the more it warms up, the more prominent the infected aspects become. This one's going to be a struggle to finish the whole bottle.

Notes: It's too bad this beer has issues, as it has amazing potential. I'd really like to see more rum barrel aged offerings in the future, as I think it could bring a welcome change of pace. I think I got lucky with this one by keeping it the fridge from the day I received it as an extra (thanks Phoenix2443!). I can definitely see how this one could go far downhill in a hurry.

Cheers!

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Photo of prototypic
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black Tot pours a dark, onyx color. Black, indeed. No light's getting through as far as I can tell. A soft, modest head sits on top. It's mocha colored, and rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention was very short, and lacing was thin.

The nose is not good. I've heard the rumors of bottles being infected recently. The nose is consistent with that. It smells acidic, tart, and a little vinegar like. Not a good thing for a barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout. Not good at all. There are some decent chocolate and roasted malt notes. Coffee certainly cuts through, as well. I suspect this stuff smelled nice right out of the gate. It just smells a little tainted, if you will.

The flavor is not very good. It's far from horrendous, but it's not good. It does have an acidic, tart flavor that strongly suggests infection. Frankly, it's kind of interesting. Not great, but definitely interesting. There are some chocolate and roasted malt undertones. I am getting a little roasted coffee, as well. I can't say that all the flavors work very well together, but it's not disgusting by any stretch. Ultimately, the tart/sour flavor carries the day, and is a little too much. But, for a beer that's likely infected, it somehow manages to be a little better than I expected.

Black Tot has a medium body. Carbonation is light, and it does have a smooth feel. This is easily the strongest feature at this point. Drinkability is not very good. Eh, it's interesting for a bit. But it gets old relatively quick. I'm debating on whether or not I'll finish the bottle.

The present state of Black Tot is a shame. For what it's worth, I believe this bottle is infected. It has all the bells and whistles. It's too bad. I bet this was pretty good stuff before it started degrading. I feel pretty confident suggesting that you skip any bottles you see out there. Yeah, some may not be infected, but at $9.00 per 12 oz. bottle, that's a big risk to take. Too big, if you ask me.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

There have been a few discussions lately on how this beer is holding up, so I'm giving it a shot tonight. Chilled from cellar temp for 20 minutes.

A - Black, but not over the top syrupy or completely opaque. One pinky finger head for a brief moment on a medium speed pour. Just a bit of lacing.

S - Booze at first. I was about to say bourbon - but of course that would be the rum barrel influence. On second smell, I guess I can see that. It's nice, and melds well with a bit of a vanilla, and maybe a bit of that oatmeal maltiness you'd expect.

T&M - Nothing like the nose. There is a definite young red wine tartness and acidity that doesn't seem to belong. I taste bits of all those nice smells in the nose, but they are hidden under the sourness. It isn't off the charts sour, but it is enough. I was hoping for a creamy, rum-influenced beer, but instead it is a watery semi-sour confusion.

D - At the price, I don't know if I have the heart to not finish this. So sad...

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Photo of hooliganlife
2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

pours dark black with a light cocoa head. disappears quickly leaving light lacing

very subtle on the nose. light hints of molasses, dark fruits, rum, candied cherries, coffee, and chocolate. a bit complex but again, very subtle all around

lots of charcoal, lots of sour lactic vinegar flavor, no rum. this is sucks. is this a wild ale stout? AWFUL!

very thick, chewy and a bit grainy. amazing body. gums burn a bit from the booze.

i have another and i am bummed at $8 a pop, i expect more. i am NOT looking forward to my next. i wish i had cracked this open sooner. i had to pour it.

this was an amazing idea for a stout, and i heard tons of praise when fresh. oh well...

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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 Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged in rum barrels...that's a nice change than the regular oak or bourbon. Let's see what the rum adds.
Pours a deep brown/black with a brownish head. Seems a bit soapy, but overall it has a nice density. Slight lacing, slick.
Caramel, chocolate, molasses...vanilla (?) aroma. Not a strong aroma, but pretty darn good. Licorice maybe.
A bit of coffee in the taste. Chocolate and caramel with some spice and leather. Interesting. A bit of vanilla if I think about it.
Alcohol is present which seems to thin out the feel a touch.

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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 waltonc
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer used to be good. Now it's infected, sour, and therefore undrinkable, even though it's only been a few months since its release. No point in describing any other characteristics of it, as it's a drainpour. A shame, as it was quite good when first released.

5/20/10 Update: had a chance to try a sample from someone else's bottle last weekend and it was still quite tasty. Had another of my own bottles last night and it was again sour. So seems like not all the bottles are infected.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Bottled JAN 13 2010

A: Pours a pretty dark black with just the slightest hint of dark cola brown at the edges. Perched on top is four fingers of creamy dark brown head that left a lacey mess coating on the inside of the glass.

S: Interesting. Aromas of dark chocolate, sweet dark rum, roasty malt, and cherry.

T: Everything above is present with the addition of a slightly tart and tangy "barrel" flavor. Slight booze flavor mixed with toasty oats. "Rumminess" comes out more and more as it warms. Nice.

M: Relatively smooth and creamy with a touch of boozy bite, dry roasty malt, fruity tang, and semi-sweet chocolate.

D: Enjoyable to say the least. I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but I was presently surprised.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee scents there's a touch of alcohol I'm not really getting any typical BA scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt upfront with the chocolate and coffee flavors then I do get some vanilla from the barrel and some alcohol

M - This beer has a full bodie with light carbonation to it

D - For a 10% abv beer this is pretty easy to drink with it's good taste and drink a little too quickly this is worth picking up if you can still find it around

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Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. OTR with bottled date of 1/13/10 on the label. Was pitch black in color with lots of carb streams breaking the surface. It had a small tan head that quickly settled into a collar and wisps fed by the etching. Good sheeting that slides back with none sticking.

The aroma was very booze. Didn't get the classical rum characteristics just booze. Also had vanilla from the barrels plus dark malt, dark fruits and some chocolate. The taste followed the aroma and was very boozy with vanilla and dark fruits. I get that it's barrel aged and is going to taste like alcohol so not knocking the score for that. I'm not rating higher as the alcohol was too dominant and it needed more balance from the other flavors. Really couldn't tell this was an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel was light with good carbonation. After-taste was like a shot of alcohol.

Overall, it lacked balance to the booziness for me. Got another one for aging so hoping the base flavors perk up. One-time release so won't make the rotation. Even if offered again, I'd pass and grab a Maharaja. [N;N;OTR]

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - As soon as the bottle was opened aromas were hitting my nose. A rummy booze quality with a background roasted malt aroma.

Appearance - Dark brown head with not much carbonation. The head dissipated really quickly.

Taste - Smokey boozy sweet and just a little roastiness. Smooth roast with a sweet bite at the end. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are good just not overly complex either.

Notes - A medium to thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared by fellow BA infestaxion. Thanks Daive! Served in my sweet Ithaca Tulip.

A: Pours with very little if any head. What's left is mocha, and makes a ring around the glass. Appears a dense black in the glass, but upon closer inspection there's a slight reddish brown on the fringe. Lacing is average and a little oily.

S: Roasted coffee and malts, with a tinge of run and oak from the barrels. There's also some chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some earthy notes.

T: The rum comes across right at the first sip, a little too much in fact. There's also some wood and tart cherries in the mix. The base oatmeal stout seems to be very almost gone, with only a small amount of chocolate and roastiness leftover. Slightly sour and a little off tasting.

M: Medium/light bodied. Comes across very thin, most likely due to the barrel aging as an Imperial Oatmeal Stout should have some good thickness.

D: The 10% ABV is not overly in your face, but it's definitely there. Mostly due to the rum. The half-bottle I had of this was more than plenty.

Mark this one up as another disappointment in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series. I would really love to try the base beer that they used, as it was probably far superior than this version.

***Update*** Apparently quite a few people are reporting Black Tots being infected. The bottle I tasted very well could have been in the early stages of infection. I have one left and will revisit soon.

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Photo of maximum12
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wyoming for sending me a bottle of this in a trade for a couple highly anticipated brews. Thank you sir!

Pours black, as light scurries away from the clean glass. Very interesting smell, cherries left in a glass of rum for several hours & sprinkled with sweet malt dust. There's also clearly more than minimal alcohol in this brew. Very nice.

Black Tot mixes genres with the abandon of a DJ just discovering the turntable in his parent's basement. Rum, vanilla, & cherries come front & center. None is dominant over the others, but the rum lends the beer a boozy, woozy-feeling air that makes it lean in the direction of the barrel. Charred malts, then a healthy dose of bitter hops, jar the senses away from the slippery sweetness, creating a wave of checkered misunderstanding. The rum, malts, & hops aren't terribly well integrated, but the taste is still....pretty good.

Very interesting, & good, beer. This one could do with further aging to allow the various ingredients to meld a bit more, but as is, it's a cool new twist from a good brewery.

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