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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 3,408
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 3,171
Gots: 1,714 | FT: 198
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-18-2009

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
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
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Photo of mjpolzin
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split a bomber with my brother in law after we had already had another barrel aged stout. Wow, did this beer kick my ass! This was the highest ABV beer I had ever had and I felt it. It was well worth it though as this beer was great.

Pour appears somewhat thin but the mouthfeel was super thick and chewy. Maybe the barrel aging thinned out the beer but fortunately it did not affect the mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet and malty with a huge bourbon backbone. The sweetness I expected with the high alcohol content but what was nice was there wasn't any kind of alcohol burn despite the potency of the beer.

Overall, this beer was probably one of the best 10-15 beers I have ever had. I know I won't get many chances to try this with Black Tuesday not hitting general distribution. Quite the treat.

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Photo of retry4z
3.69/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle into a whiskey glass. Pours amaretto-amber color and not black. I thought the bottle came from the top section of the barrel where the watery part of the beer Flores up. The aroma is unequivocally boozy, with some almond, bourbon, and caramel malt characteristics. The taste is also thoroughly boozy--I had to double check the bottle that I'm not drinking port or amaretto. The taste is of peaches, huge vanilla, biscuity, almondy. Interestingly, no chocolate or roasted coffee whatsoever. The mouthfeel: it burns! From the alcohol, like sipping on soju.

I was surprised how transparent it is for a self-described "black" stout. I could clearly see the lights through the glass. I felt like I was cheated because of the tenuous stout characteristics. This, and the lack of supporting hops makes me think that this is better classified as a barley wine. Giving the beer a "stout" designation misrepresents its quality and unfairly bolsters its appeal. The only redeeming quality of this potion is the malt sweetness, which makes the alcohol somewhat tolerable. Do not attempt this bottle on your own, as it contains 8.9 drinks--more than enough to send someone to neverland. I would have W00tstout 2.0 or BASS any day over this.

$30 at the Bruery.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, settles into the glass with a deep cola colored body and a surprisingly thick mocha head. Aromas a charred, roasted malts, sugary bourbon and caramel. Flavor is very roasty with a noticeable, lingering sweetness. Feel is syrupy, but thick enough with a surprising carbonation level. Overall a huge, delicious, memorable beer.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All I can really say is.... wow. This was a magical elixir for me... I cracked a 2014 bottle at a bible study; was amazed by the smell and struck by the incredible bourbon booziness. Looked at the bottle more closely and realized it was 19.7%. Simply a wonderful sipping beer. The bourbon smell and flavor is just incredible with a heavy chewy mouthfeel. There is a sweet syrupy chocolate undertone to this beer and the aftertaste just keeps going. This may be called Black Tuesday but I will fondly remember this as Blackout Sunday. I personally appreciate strong flavors and this one is no joke. Shockingly good. Get your hands on this one, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried 2014 vintage at the brewery, by donating canned foood which gave me access to this beer. Dark, pitch black, minimal head. Smell is chocolate, malt, and some dried fruit. Taste is much dark cocoa, oak, chocolate dipped apricot flavor here, finishing like a port, but more robust and nutty. Pair with dessert.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, poured in a teku glass at approximately 55 degrees.

A: Pours dark brown sugar color, able to see through the pour. In the glass it's black with light around the edges. Dark mocha head initially that fades extremely fast. Swirling revitalizes the head a bit but the carbonation is limited. Very apparent alcohol legs.
S: Dark chocolate, oak barrels, faint whiskey, plums, trace amounts of cherry, some vanilla, licorice, dark fruits, cinnamon, nutty aromas of walnuts and almonds. Reminds you somewhat of cinnamon oatmeal packets, a rich bouquet of fruit and spices. Caramelized sugars. It really opens up as it warms. The alcohol is more apparent the warmer it gets, but no astringency or booziness.
T: Warm on the tongue right away, it provides a massive payload of sweet caramel, chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Just awesome. It really opens up as it gets warmer, providing a really rich experience on the tongue with notes of the various aromas mentioned above. Drinks like a chocolate cake in many ways. Some heat is there, but for such a big ABV beer it is not overly boozy.
M: Big mouthfeel. Sits heavy on the tongue but still very drinkable when you consider the alcohol content. Coats the mouth. This is the definition of a sipper beer. Light carbonation is there, but doesn't play a lot into the overall experience.
O: just an awesome beer. It's got the full chocolate bourbon barrel experience you expected. Absolutely one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 - Served @ 55deg F in Bruery snifter

A - Dark dark brown with minimal lacing

S - Bourbon, Oak, & chocolate dominate - slight leather, tobacco, and burn sugar / molasses

T/F - Bourbon start and finish - chocolate coats the mouth and lasts for a few seconds before the raisin, molasses, oak, and licorice flavors come out. Slight alcohol burn starts 10-15 seconds after sipping.

O - I can see why this beer is setting the standard for a high ABV Imperial Stout. Can't wait to see what BT is like with a little more time in the cellar. Prost!

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 all to myself. Not as ominous looking as I was expecting. Fantastic big nose though. Fanastic big taste. Not as refined as bourbon county heat wise, but much bigger as well. Enjoyed Monday better, still have Wed and Rain to go.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 version, and still tasting quite hot from the booze. Have had this fresh, and expected some more of the nuanced flavors to come through more, and get less alcohol, but no dice. I still get bourbon over anything else, but coffee and chocolate are certainly there as well. A wonderful beer to share with friends.

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Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Boozy as all hell. Couldn't find the cinnamon notes I've heard described but incredible none the less. Bourbon barrel aging makes up the for the majority of this taste but notes of vanilla and bakers chocolate persist throughout. As has been stated before, this is surprisingly drinkable for a 19% beer and I enjoyed every bit of it!

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Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily, not completely black color with brown-red hints in it, with a small bubbly mohagony head, collapsing to a small lacing. The beer reveals thick alcohol legs after swirling, coating up the edges of the glass.

Offers an intense nose, consisting of scorched cocoa nibs, molasses and an intense warmth, resulting from the Bourbon barrel. Bourbon blends perfectly into sweeter, dark and full bodied aromas, revealing dried earth and walnut shell, topped off by a note of cinnamon and wooden vanilla. Very intriguing and well balanced, promising a huge, warming beer.

Drinks surprisingly easy, don't get me wrong, you can tell this is a big beer, but its Bourbon characteristic is amazingly well integrated into the beers overall taste. Drinks expectedly smooth, with a silk, full-bodied mouthfeel, featuring a long lasting warmth, while the taste evolves throughout, challenging the tastebuds in a pleasant way.

Tastes almost instantly of Bourbon, while its presence in the beer is that fundamental, that it only lends wooden oak initially to a foundation of burned rock sugar, wrapped up in a huge amount of earth and bakers chocolate. Develops a spicy, burning but pleasant bite, being far away fom numbing the palate, together with a present oakiness. Cocoa nibs develop more presence, as do vanilla beans, accompanied by a dry, warming Bourbon burn. Bourbon doesn't want to leave the palate at all, while milk chocolate and a note of creamy caramel join in, countering the wooden dryness perfectly. Ends with a long lasting glow, wandering down the throat, accompanied by chocolate, oak and a note of cinnamon.

A unique experience without a doubt. We zipped on this all night, and it took me more than a glass to adjust to the huge body of the beer. After that, it has been a real pleasure to drink it, while I can not confirm that this beer has a relatively thin mouthfeel, which is what I read before more than often. It exhibits a strinking depth and complexity, centered all around well entangled Bourbon, which always saves enough room on the palate for other flavors to unfold.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottle poured into snifter (19.7% ABV). Pours jet black with small amount of head with strong bourbon, chocolate, and coffee aromas. These flavors definitely come through upon first taste with a little vanilla included. The carbonation level isn't too high. With the high ABV, one would think this would feel syrupy but it actually wasn't. Overall, this is a delicious beer and definitely lived up to the hype that surrounds it. I recommend this beer to anyone! Cheers!

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.06/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The alcohol smell when poured into a reserve society snifter is so potent that it made me cough. It's difficult to pull anything beyond bourbon/alcohol from the nose. The color is jet black and viscous. The body is not thick enough to carry this much booze. More of an after dinner drink than a beer. No carb to speak of. There's a hint of roasted malt trying to poke through the bourbon character. This "beer" is a hot mess when compared to other high end bourbon aged stouts.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is just a special beer. So much chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and other great stuff on the nose with lots of balance on the flavor despite it being just shy of 20% ABV.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened on 08/07/15. 2012 Vintage.

Look: Black like the namesake. Thinner than expected.

Smell: Bourbon, dark fruits, wood, anise.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell with added slight vanilla and bitter chocolate. Dominated by the bourbon quality and lingering anise. Smooth as ever. Alcohol very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. Gave me a lot to think about and taste changes over time from dark fruited bourbon to anise aftertaste.

Overall: Incredible offering from The Bruery! Would pickup and drink time and time again.

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 edition, served at just slightly below cellar temperature, dark brown looking in the glass (snifter), tons of dark dried fruits on the nose, lots of bourbon w slight vanilla, you can smell the alcohol as well (not unpleasant but not pleasant either). Taste is pretty much bourbon and dark dried fruits. Not overly sweet as some have mentioned, but nice chewy feel with hints of caramel and chocolate to boot.

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Photo of 4lo
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle

Pour - Looks like cola coming out of the bottle and builds as a dark brown / black body with a one finger carbonated tan head. Appears a bit thin from the pour and voids on the head

Smell - Bourbon hits you up front. Baking chocolate follows and I get some dark fruits as well which turns way to almost a licorice scent.

Taste - Lot of fruit and licorice up front on this one. Chocolate isn't as pronounced as it was on the nose, instead I pick up a lot of caramel with a hint of vanilla.

Feel - Mouthfeel is nice. I was expecting it to be a bit thin base on the pour and color as it came out of the bottle. Smooth on the mouthfeel and just enough there to allow you to mull it over a bit. Would love it to be thicker, but nice where it's at.

Overall: Nice BA stout. Can tell the booze is there compared to some other high abv stouts, but it is well done. Good flavor profile and gets better as it warms. Reminds me a bit of Boris Bairille Aois

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Photo of pmangold
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at a share - this is a big beer. pours black and has everything you want in a high ABV BA stout. Not overpowering in any specific way but a knock out for sure.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Black Tuesday is an absolute beast of a beer in ABV and flavor. The bourbon barrels add delicious character to this fantastic brew.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy cow. Amazing. Loved every drop of this. Like sipping a fine whisky with burnt caramel undertones. Not too hot despite the high ABV. Almost no carbonation leading to a slick yet chewy mouthfeel

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a dark brown color, black in the glass with some brown, reddish hues coming through the edges in the light.

The aroma hits of huge sweetness. Marshmallow, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, milk chocolate. Lots of alcohol heat. Almost like a bourbon and sweet chocolate/coffee liqueur.

The flavor follows with that rich sweetness up front. Bourbon, sweet brown sugar, caramel, some bitter chocolate and coffee. This is followed with lots of vanilla, toasted coconut, oak. Alcohol burns as it goes down, but the beer is not very alcohol forward on the palate as sweetness dominates.

Great barrel complexities, but the beer is generally very sweet. A still complex and incredible beer.

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Photo of MattVerbin
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best out there at masking big booze. Such an amazing pairing of heat and sweet. This beer has led to so many amazing varieties. Love its versatility.

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Photo of witschen
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted alongside 2012 and 2014 dark lord, 2011 abyss, BCBVR, BCBCS, Kelso Bierkraft Anniversary imperial stout, FW velvet mirken and 2013-14 BCBS. This was the best beer of the night.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Original. Pours black at night. Smells strong, but the flavors on this are spot on. Bourbon soaked raisin sweetness is the best I can do for a simple description. In my opinion, the best part about this beer is the velvety feel! It coats your entire mouth and stays there for a while. If you are looking to try any of the "days" from The Bruery, I would suggest going with this one first.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Reviewing a 2014 bottle)

Pretty much a perfect example of the style. Ink black, smooth, not to sweet. The bourbon notes resonate with each and every sip, while not coming off as overwhelming boozy in any way. Sure, this one stood to be even better with age, but six months old still provided a fantastic result.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.