Black Tuesday - The Bruery
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.93/5 rDev +8.8%
Sampled this courtesy of RJ (Grabbin2nd) and Richie (rhertan) at the central coast BA gathering last night. Thanks a ton guys! Following review written by Wiseman Nick, but includes thoughts from Wiseman Justin.
Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Deep, dark brown, creamy head emerges from a pitch black body. Head descends to a bubbly crescent, and remains like that for the rest of the session. Looks super thick. A swirl coats the walls of the glass in oily residue, occasionally leaving a dab of lacing. N: 4.25; J: 4.5
Smell: Chocolate fudge, black licorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate, rose petals, rum, barbecue sauce, and a touch of bourbon to finish things off. There's much more in there too. All of the BAs sat around smelling this beer for a good ten minutes before even tasting it. Incredibly complex, rich, and harmonious. Alcohol is hidden very well. In Justin's mind, the nose on Black Tuesday is right up there with Firestone Eleven (our favorite smelling beer). I agree wholeheartedly. Sublime. N: 5.0; J: 5.0
Taste: Brownies, molasses, candy, chocolate frosting; tons of residual sugars. Not cloying though, not at all. Alcohol comes through in a sharp finish, but it doesn't taste anywhere near 19.5%. Vanilla and bourbon make their presence known as well, but in a more subtle manner. Chocolate and sweets are the lead players in this stout. Justin was stunned, and related this experience to the epiphanies felt by the children in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." N: 5.0; J: 5.0
Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, rich, and warm. Finishes sticky and dry. Kind of gritty, but amazingly smooth given the ABV and body. Not at all harsh. Very well done. N: 4.5; J: 5.0
Drinkability: We both agreed that we could drink this all day long. Unbelievably drinkable for such a big beer. Delicious, complex, I can't say enough. This is the best beer both of us have ever had. N: 5.0; J: 5.0
Wiseman Nick: A+ (4.80)
Wiseman Justin: A+ (4.90)
01-25-2010 00:35:38 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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