Black Tuesday - The Bruery
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Reviews by Dope:
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
05-25-2012 03:28:37 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Pours pitch black with a small and fizzy chocolate-milk colored head. Fades pretty quickly, leaving almost no lacing.
S - Chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, and a good dose of Bourbon. Bourbon does not overwhelm as I was expecting.
T - Lots of chocolate with bourbon , vanilla and licorice.. As it warms, the dark fruits and sweet brown sugar makes it more complex. A mild alcohol burn is there as a reminder to take your time sipping it.
M - Mouthfeel is nice an coating, oily, slight carbonation. Alcohol is a bit warm but fits the intensity of this beer perfectly.
O - Amazing beer and the best I've had that's over 15% ABV. Can't wait to try Chocolate Rain next.
10-07-2012 14:42:04 | More by SkiBum22
4.21/5 rDev -7.1%
Big thanks to Tommy for nailing this long time want of mine - it has eluded me for too long! Black Tuesday pours, well... black. Deep black with dark, dark brown only rounding out the corners. No head, no foamy collar, nothing in terms of life except for a few bleak bubbles that rise to the surface and immediately pop; its got legs like a supermodel when you swirl the glass, though.
What a massive aroma; as soon as your nose heads towards the glass, Black Tuesday's aroma reaches out and runs a train on your nostrils. Warm bourbon, smooth caramel, cocoa dust, chocolate malts, mild vanilla, thick brown sugar, molasses, and some heavy back-end black licorice and anise. Pretty sweet and boozy, and at 19.2% ABV, I don't think that's a surprise to anyone.
The taste is every bit as huge as the aroma, and every bit of that 19.2% ABV is felt, as well as matched with enormous malty sweetness. Sugary and sweet up front, rivers of warm caramel, bourbon soaked oak chips, roasty chocolate malts, minimal roast, and sticky molasses. It's just such a gigantic beer; every single sip lingers on your palate long after it has been swallowed. Black Tuesday, straight annihilating your taste buds.
Everything you thought you knew about hot, sweet beer just got wrecked thanks to this malt dragon. The finish is full of more cocoa, caramel, bourbon, oak, as well as some vanilla and licorice sweetness. Warmth, of course, brings out more sweetness, more robustness, and more booze. The mouth feel is monstrous as well; sticky and thick, chewy, oily, large and in charge.
Black Tuesday is a beast of a beer - a true night cap and a sipper if there ever was one. It'll take even the manliest of men a while to pounce through their pours of this one. That said, it's quite tasty and really an enjoyable experience, but you better leave the Motrin on the night stand if you plan on tackling this one alone. Huge, sweet, and boozy; unabashedly so. Thanks again, Tommy.
07-29-2013 00:03:50 | More by tectactoe
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
Dark brown color, but with apparent brown hues, and viscous with a small beige head that leaves a fine ring of lacings.
The aroma is intense with strong bourbon notes and with bold components of vanilla and almonds, wood and molasses. A nice roasted malt profile complements the bourbon character.
The flavor is really sweet with lots of sweet components - molasses, sweet prunes and chocolate syrup. Lots of warming bourbon in the mouth coupled with well balanced roasted malt aromas. The intense flavors lead the way to a long and warming finish with notes of licorice, wood, alcohol and bourbon. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but very integrated and here is a lot of flavors counterweighting it. Some bitterness in the finish as well, which is highly welcome.
Very full body with a thick and viscous texture. The flavors in this one are really impressive, but the fat and creamy mouthfeel is actually the best part of the beer.
Well, what to say about this one, probably the most hyped beer of 2009? In short, it's a really good beer and it is impressive how balanced it comes out despite the intensity and range of the flavors it showcases. Don't think it's in a league of its own though, there are some fine imperial stouts out there that surly could match it.
01-14-2010 15:08:29 | More by ricke
3.83/5 rDev -15.5%
2009 bottle split with 3 friends.
A: This poured dark black with a very thin mocha head. I was surprised that it has this much carbonation.
S: It smelled like a very hot bourbon. I could get some dark malts, soy and some dark fruits as well.
T: The taste was pretty similar to the smell. At first I thought that the alcohol was fairly well hidden. But then, after about 10 seconds or so, the alcohol made its presence known. This went away as my senses got overwhelmed. I was also able to detect some great dark fruits and soy in the taste. It was better than I was anticipating.
M: The mouthfeel was OK. It was a little too heavy for my tastes.
O: I found this to be slightly better than average. The alcohol makes it near impossible to finish by yourself. I figured after 2 years that it would have tamed down some but it was still pretty hot. This might be better in another couple of years. I will re-visit in 2 years and re-rate.
05-22-2011 19:09:45 | More by ROBORB
4.59/5 rDev +1.3%
Opened a 2013 bottle. Shared with friends.
A- pours pitch black with little head that fades, no lacing.
S- At first open and pour there were faint chocolate notes giving way to dark fruits and booze as it warmed.
T- Served slightly chilled, dark fruits and slight chocolate notes. As warms dark fruit and booze start to come out becoming very prevalent.
M- very thick, fills the pallet and goes down smooth.
O- this was well worth the KBS I traded for it. This easily goes up with the best barrel aged stouts easily available each year.
05-17-2014 03:35:10 | More by Jared14
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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