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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,121 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2121
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Shaunt and Lev for bringing this down and sharing with us. They cracked the bottle and pour a syrupy, pitch black brew. The only suggestion of a head is in light rings of medium brown bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass. These do, however, remain for the entire tasting. There is such thickness to the beer as it slowly sloshes around the glasses. Carbonation appears average, with bubbles only creeping to the top, and no sediment is noted. The nose is perfection. It is the closest thing to Bourbon County that we’ve ever sniffed. There are huge fiery alcohols from the softest, most beautiful bourbon aging. The aroma is so hot!! It really stings the nostrils, almost making you cough as it enters your lungs. The malts are deep, showing insane roast of melted, burnt milk chocolate. This adds an incredible sweetness to it, cutting the booze. Alongside the bourbon is a soft woodiness, that actually moves to soften the alcohol as well. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly sweet, but phenomenal. As we sip, char and chocolate malts, and the sting of fusel 19% booze hits your palate. Raw honey and milk chocolate sugariness effectively cut any boozy bitterness that might have been, and actually go one step further to even box out the booze a bit, right here in the front. The peak showcases this sweetness, but a more charred, caramel malt comes in, adding even more sweetness. The bourbon is warming and wrapped throughout everything, with its buttery, biting goodness. Helping to pull us to the end is a nice, authentic black cherry flavoring, again, adding more sweetness. The end is all about the bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, with a little bit of bourbon, and some more bourbon. There is certainly the accompanying soft woodiness and musk, but these only add to the exquisite flavoring of that spirit. The aftertaste is fumes, with wood, char, fire, white sugar, and sweet chocolates. The body is syrupy and thick, while the carbonation is low. There is huge fusel dryness, and each sip stings the tongue like fire. There is nice smack and great slurp to each sip, but little inherent frothiness. The beer is extremely warming, as the abv is atmospheric, but it drinks easily. You drink slowly though, because you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma and the flavoring. These are both near perfection. The abv is a bit scary, but they mask it expertly. They somehow were able to eliminate most of the burning, fusel qualities of the ethanol that make taking shots so bad, while keeping the juicy, warming, spiciness of the bourbon. The chocolate and sugary inclusions helped to keep this in check, no doubt, and we were surprised to find such an ultimately sweet tasting beer. This is a superb beer, and we are so thankful that we got to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:23:19 | More by TheBrewo
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A: Black. Very little head or apparent carbonation. Almost no lacing. Flows oily.

S: Some roasty-ness, bitter fruits and booze. Sweet too.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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