Black Tot | Avery Brewing Company

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Black TotBlack Tot

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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 claytong
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - black rum in color. pretty much no head. not much retention or lacing.

smell - booze that i might be able to get some rum off of, oak, vanilla, dark malts

taste - follows the nose, with less booze and more dark malts and oak. also getting a bit of spice and grainyness.

mouthfeel - medium body (was hoping for more), light carbonation but not bad compared to what the appearance. no cloying, minor burn (rather nice).

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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 brew3crew
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-black in color with a tan head that retains for a few seconds
S-a little off. Funky smelling with a little bit of liqur
T-very smooth with a little sour aftertast. Can't really taste the barrel aging at all
M-medium body and a smooth aftertaste.
O-decent but may be infected

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Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very little tan head. Head doesn't have much retention and not to much lacing.

A- Smell is rum barrels, oak, vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of booze.

T- Pretty much follows the nose. Very roasted oats, boozy and a touch of chocolate.

M- Medium in body and on the lower side of medium in carbonation.

D- I found this ok to drink. I didn't pick up any of the sour notes that others have stated.

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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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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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3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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