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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,118 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2118
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-18-2009)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours pitch black with a smallish and fizzy chocolate-milk colored head. Fades pretty quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S: I can smell this one across the room. Overload of bourbon with tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, figs and oak. Roasted malt isn't overpowered, there is plenty of char and chocolate in there too. Just a hint of brown sugar. Boozy (duh).

T: Very similar to the smell. Loaded with stinging bourbon up front. Caramel, molasses, toffee primarily. Then the fruit kicks in with raisin, fig and oaky vanilla. Brown sugar is stronger here in the middle. Bourbon fades leaving the massive roasted malt. Chocolate mainly, lots of it. Just a hint of coffee and char mixed in with the lingering bourbon flavors. Super sweet molasses and brown sugar in the aftertaste, not unlike a big english barleywine (ie: JW Lees). Decent alcohol burn but not as bad as you'd expect (something like WWS is much harsher). The extreme sweetness helps balance it out.

M: Heavy, thick, smooth other than the alcohol burn.

O: Huge and delicious beer. Honestly, it tastes like someone mixed a big stout with a big english barleywine and barrel aged it. There is a SUPER sweet molasses and caramel element to go along with the bourbon and roasted malt that really reminds of of a barleywine. It cannot be emphasized enough how sweet this beer is, it is pure craziness. I actually wish there were more roasted malt to help balance out the sweetness, but given the huge ABV it would probably make the beer very harsh. Regardless, an intense beer that isn't just intense for the sake of a laugh. It's actually very tasty, reasonably well balanced and pretty drinkable given the ABV. I enjoyed it a lot. All 1200+ calories. Whew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:28:37 | More by Dope
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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.