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Avery Black Tot


This was the newest in their Barrel Aged Series, although the first non-sour beer.  The beer is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout that is aged in Gossling Old Rum barrels, weighing in at 10.08%.

You can smell the rum right off the bat, i'm used to this with Bourbon aged stouts, but this was the first time that I have experienced it with rum.  There really was a lot going on, expresso/coffee, dark chocholate, and molasses.

The flavor was much of the same, complex and chewy.  Again, the rum jumps out at the first sip, then there is a wash of the flavors mentioned above.

At the release, they also had the Un-Oaked version, a version aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels, and a version aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.  All of them were really good.  The un-oaked version made me appreciate what an amazing beer this was all on it's own.  Being a bourbon lover, I think that at this point that was my favorite.  However, I am curious to see how this beer ages and how the rum flavors meld in with the stout.  I think that a year or so will really mellow out the rum and bring this beer into complete harmony.  Thank god I bought a 6-pack to lay down in the cellar.  Now I just have to make it last!

I haven't been able to allocate a bottle yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying it.  :P 

Mikey, You are so lucky you can just stop by for a sample there....I gotta drive 5-6 hours...

I got a bottle at the sourfest, but have yet to try it....
No hurry either, it will cellar a while I am sure

Goslings is delicious stuff, probably my favorite rum, although I haven't had their top-notch pricy stuff.  I may have to think about doing a rum stout recipe some time.


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