HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
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. The beer is black, black, black (as in #000000).
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 was was pleasantly surprised at its similarities to rom cremat. I have recommended 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.
cornfed (16) - Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2010
I have never had a beer like this before. Very experimental and it worked out great. The rum barrels really offset the ABV as you would never guess it is 10%. I am not a huge fan of oatmeal stout but this is a great one. Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 30, 2010
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.
MegaSmegma (1) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2010 does not count
Wow! If you didn’t get your tickets for this release party, you are going to miss out. With limited amounts being released to distributors, this is an oatmeal stout you have got to get your swill-guzzling hands on. I’m definitely setting a few aside for aging. An explosion of flavor in my mouth, and that’s coming from a Pilsener sipper. clingman71 (300) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Holy Shit this is a good beer. Almost black, reddish around the edges in the light, tan head. Aroma of deep dark roasted grains, burnt sugar, molasses, and alcohol. Flavor has all the components of the aroma along with coffee, licorice, and oak. Mouthfeel is huge, thick and syrupy, mild sweetness countered by the dryness of the alcohol, but there is a certain creamy smoothness that balances everything out nicely. I really like this beer.
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Nice beer. Aroma huge smokey rum spice charred wood, sweet burnt brown sugar or molasses and alcohol. Taste is like the aroma but with a creamy smoothness. Good tingle on the tongue. Lots of flavors dancing on the tongue. Spice from the rum is good mixes with the sweetness and the creamy smoothness balances everything out nicely obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Fascinating aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and lots of fudge, with coconut accents. Black viscous pour, thin brown head, some lacing. Flavor is prunes, whiskey, charred oak, hints of fudge. Great proportions, great beer, and I’m not an Avery fan. Wonderful crafting! bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Purs black with a thin tan head. Mild woody and dark malt aromas. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very smooth sweet burnt malt with some rummish heat. Clean and woody. Just a great ale.