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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday

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2,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,405
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,709
Gots: 1,197 | FT: 122
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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Photo of iadler


2.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

'11 bottle. Thanks for bringing this exitmusic00. I've been curious in trying this after having Chocolate Rain Batch 1.

A- Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- Harsh alcohol, dark fruit including prunes and raisins and some sugary sweetness. The 18% is making itself known.

T- Bourbon hits the palate followed by loads of candied sugar, roasted malt, prune juice, raisins and black cherry. Damn, this is incredibly sweet and is pretty much diabetes in a bottle. Really no balance or complexity for that matter. Maybe some chocolate and caramel, but the alcohol and sugar overpower pretty much any flavor.

M- Medium carbonation and a syrupy body with the heat lingering on.

O- It's amazing how undrinkable this beer was. Way too much sugary sweetness paired with the harsh booziness. It was a chore to drink 3 ounces. The hype behind this and Chocolate Rain confuse me as both are just hot boozy messes.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:28:06 | More by iadler
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2.75/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

[Bottle] shared by tytoanderso. Pours a not very viscous looking black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is very sweet, and I actually get some cabernet sauvignon, touch of smokiness, oddly a touch of tartness, strong alcohol, chocolate, light soy sauce, and, of course, alcohol. Ungodly sweet, but the alcohol manages to dilute it a little bit, kind of tastes like syrup without the thick gooey texture, amazing alcohol presence, roasted malt, not too much else. Really lacks the complexity that something like the Hunapu's has and the subtlety that the Narke has.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 02:28:29 | More by MatSciGuy
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2.9/5  rDev -36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

2011 vintage from the bottle into a wine glass

I was really disappointed by how sweet and cloying this stout was. I've had the 2010 before (which I thought was a soy sauce bomb) so I wasn't expecting much from the '11 but, it didn't even meet my lowered expectations. Really, how does this beer have an A on BA? It's like the Bruery chaptalized the hell out of what may have been a very good base stout. I realize the residual sugar has to be high for a stout with 18% abv but, this was really over done. I think I need to go to the dentist...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:06:27 | More by WkndatBernardus
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2.93/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at The Bruery barrel room for the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks to Patrick Rue and the gang. A pleasure meeting you all. Pours a deep brune, thick tan head erupts. Nose is thick, sweet tomato paste; bourbon, maple, whoppers candies, vanilla extract. Taste is very sweet, whooo, that is a sweet one. Maple, booze, vanilla try to save something that is overloaded with sweetness from the alcohol level as the brewers are telling me this one actually attenuates very low. So the perceived sugar is really just the abv. I thought the Chocolate Rain felt a little less sweet than this one. The finish on this is also pretty hot unlike the CR. 7/24/2012 7/4/5/3/12=3.1

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 19:57:57 | More by tarheels86
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2.95/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Fiver29. Thanks John.

Pours pitch black with a decent brown head. Has the look of Motor oil, or a very thick milkshake. Aroma of sherry, chocolate, coffee and some booze. I don't get any barrel. Flavor is pretty much the same - chocolate, sherry and coffee - but it has an odd, twangy sour finish that wasn't appealing. The best thing about the beer was the body, nice and thick. Not very drinkable, but ok in small doses.

This is a very average beer, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 16:46:58 | More by miketd
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

06-20-2014 15:02:15 | More by huskermike12
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

11-14-2011 07:56:22 | More by Bobbydigi
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

12-08-2013 06:47:38 | More by BeerMothaLova
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

12-29-2013 10:48:30 | More by DocDownUnder
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

04-09-2013 17:06:54 | More by EliSpitzner
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

05-14-2014 07:57:27 | More by jwswigs
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -33.8%

05-22-2013 01:05:36 | More by mikeincharleston
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -33.8%

04-14-2014 02:53:42 | More by wonothesane42
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

01-22-2014 13:50:31 | More by GordonShumway
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

01-12-2012 20:24:31 | More by thebouch01
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

11-15-2011 04:26:40 | More by HopStoopid120
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

12-07-2011 04:47:07 | More by StoutFest
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

11-14-2011 12:08:16 | More by ChaseT
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3/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to adjust my rating here. The fact that this is a really good beer is completely overshadowed by a pretentious, conceited brewery with rude employees. Unfortunate, but that kind of pretentious nonsense is repulsive to me. Lots of great beers out there, enjoy it if you want, then move on...it is not all it is made to be. Overpriced...

Enjoyed a bottle of this with my brother on 19 April 12. We chilled the beer for a while, but probably cooled it down a little more than we should have. I prefer some of these bigger stouts with a slight chill, and sometimes close to or right at room temperature. This beer started out really strong on alcohol...the alcohol almost overpowered the flavor and taste of the beer. We probably took about 25-30 minutes to go through the bottle, and by the time it warmed up closer to room temp it was getting really, really good. The last sips were the best. I have another bottle of BT and will be drinking it a lot closer to room temp (60 degrees or so).

A: pitch black
S: Licorice, alcohol, figs, molasses
T: See above, at cooler temps alcohol smothers underlying flavors, takes away from the beer
M: silky smooth, very thick
O: really nice...can't wait to enjoy another!!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 20:10:05 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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New York

3/5  rDev -33.8%

03-22-2014 03:13:08 | More by beefsquatch
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

07-22-2014 13:24:18 | More by Ace99890
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

01-22-2014 02:44:22 | More by Jpepe08
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3.03/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 Bottle

A - A fair amount of carbonation bubbles for the ABV. Certainly worthy of it's black title.

S - Mildly diluted rubbing alcohol.

T - Sugary black licorice. Alcohol vaporizes in your nose as you sip. Lip lingeringly sweet. Boozey but not overwhelming.

M - Thick. Smooth. Very little carbonation.

D - Sip sip sip. Quickly becomes fatiguing.

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 22:21:31 | More by bnieman
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3.03/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 bottle shared generously by punkrkr27 at FL invades MI May Super Tasting, thanks Steve!
Served at room temp, it poured a super jet black with a one finger, light brown head. Smell is dark, boozy chocolate and what seems to be dry wood. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate as well as some vanilla and honey dipped marshmallow. Mouthfeel on this beer was the highlight to me--a very full, viscous body that’s complimented by a supporting chewy malty-ness. Definitely a hot finish in the throat.
The noticeable abv makes it a dry finish after swallowing, but this beer was super sweet with lots of rich malt and there’s no way I could enjoy more than 3oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:36:02 | More by sarro
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3.08/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one goes to Grant. Thanks a lot homey! Poured into a wine glass. This one pours a thick looking black with a finger of dark tan head.

The aroma gives off lots of rich molasses and cinnamon spice with hints of spicy cinnamon. Lots of richness and heavy bourbon in the background. This one is super sweet on the pallet with spicy sweet cinnamon and molasses. It's good at first but after a couple sips the bourbon comes through quite a bit but it wrecks the pallet after a few.

The body on this is heavy and thick. Syrupy even with soft carbonation.

Overall this one has tons of flavors that work together alright. After a few sips I think this just destroys the pallet. That's really what kill it for me; you can only taste it for the first few sips, afterwards your pallet is just hot ruined.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:54:07 | More by Bendurgin
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,405 ratings.