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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,490 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,761
Gots: 1,209 | FT: 126
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 coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Served at approx. 45 degrees or so and allowed to warm
Thanks goes to infestaxion for this one. He told me the night before DLD '10 that he'd share this with me the next day, then sought me out to make sure that I got a pour of it. I wound up getting three more pours of it throughout the day from other good souls, but Dave gets the credit, since he was first. Thanks goes also to the others who shared with me though, of course!

This appears to be black at first glance, but with a little backlighting it reveals itself to be a very dark brown color with red highlights. A small head of dark tan colored foam forms on top and then quickly dissipates, leaving a small surface ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal, but a few spotty pieces are here. The 'legs' on this thing are most impressive, though. A light swirl leaves an ample oily residue clinging to the side of the glass and slowly sliding back down to the surface of the liquid.

The smell is amazing! Lots of things are happening inside this glass. Big notes of oak and vanilla. Lots of chocolates are here, both of the milk and dark varieties. Good presence of dark fruits, especially dates and raisins. Nice hints of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee, with a big shot of molasses thrown in. Light hint of smoke. Nice espresso bean notes. Very good bourbon presence. Good shot of lightly roasted maltiness.
Maybe the most complex and intriguing nose that I've experienced to date. The booze is a touch to forward to give it a 'perfect', but it's nowhere near as prominent as I expected with a 19.50%abv. Still, I could just sit here and smell it for a long time, without drinking it, and I'd be happy.

The taste is so good! Almost everything that was spotted in the nose makes another appearance in the flavor profile. You also get a little tiny hint of licorice and some faint coconut notes. A touch of figs comes through with the other dark fruits. A little bit of yeasty biscuit quality is here. Some very mild spice notes are way down deep.
The overall taste is that of a sweet stout. If you like your stouts more on the roasty side this is probably not for you. While it is very complex, it is also suprisingly smooth and nicely balanced.
Worth the wait, as far as I'm concerned.

This one is quite thick and somewhat oily. It has a mild level of carbonation, which works very well for it. It's so silky smooth and easy to swallow. I'd give it a 'perfect' if it had some creaminess going on.

Okay, at 19.50%abv this is too easy to drink. Nothing this 'high-octane' should go down this easily. I'm sure that I'd regret drinking an entire bottle by myself, the next day or something, but I'd have a great time doing it, and don't think that it would be a problem to do so. It's so smooth and easy and delicious.

05-11-2010 22:36:16 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

2011 Vintage

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
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-28-2013 23:12:20 | More by DanGeo
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steenkampa

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

08-08-2013 21:41:46 | More by steenkampa
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tectactoe

Michigan

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
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ricke

Sweden

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
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jono0101

Missouri

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-05-2014 04:12:01 | More by jono0101
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abeerdude

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-11-2012 03:24:45 | More by abeerdude
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-02-2014 05:30:22 | More by Schlais
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-14-2014 06:06:31 | More by Spaten454
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delaced21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2014 14:56:43 | More by delaced21
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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-29-2011 02:19:38 | More by readicculus
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.4%

08-25-2014 06:56:28 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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farundrpar

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-13-2011 23:05:24 | More by farundrpar
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bdkucharski

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

02-18-2012 16:57:28 | More by bdkucharski
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Ben7773

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-06-2014 07:17:46 | More by Ben7773
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-04-2012 20:53:58 | More by newk340
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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-24-2013 03:39:28 | More by supa0525
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-03-2013 16:05:04 | More by bulldogg915
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ROBORB

North Carolina

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
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-28-2014 20:26:09 | More by DaftPatrick
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-27-2014 22:36:15 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2014 01:31:14 | More by warnerry
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-22-2012 12:16:33 | More by DWolf
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Jared14

Missouri

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
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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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