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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,409 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,409
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,715
Gots: 1,202 | 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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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night. 2011 vintage

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger light tan head. Small bubbles form along the edge of the glass and reside quickly.

S- Big chocolate, bourbon, hint of vanilla, and some leather.

T- Very sweet chocolate, licorice, lots of bourbon, and some heat at the finish.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Huge beer, definitely a sipper from the heat this beer brings.

O- What can I say? Huge beer with a ton of sweet chocolate and big bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 13:26:36 | More by kawilliams81
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9/18/13 bottling date. into a tulip

pours a pitch black with a mild beige head. smell is big on ABV and malts..slight dark chocolate. the taste is very big on ABV and malty....big on the bourbon....huge body...sipper...mild carbonation.

overall very good..lovely

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:20:52 | More by Axnjxn
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chefjack428

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle.
Pours a deep dark black and starts to look slightly brown as it reaches the top of the glass. Little to no head. Not quite as thick and viscous as I imagined.
Aroma is nice - strong bourbon, bakers chocolate, vanilla beans, deep roasted malts and a big alcohol note.
This beer is so sweet, brunt sugar, rich chocolate and booze. The beer is incredibly boozy and hot, you can taste the bourbon and a bit of oak on the finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty nice. Overall it was good but not amazing. Way to sweet for me. Got down about 8 oz, which was just enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 11:46:58 | More by chefjack428
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to merc for sharing this

The beer pours jet black with no head except for a thin halo around the edges. The smell is slightly bready with tons of booziness. The cloying sweetness is absolutely absurd at first considering it's far sweeter than most barleywines I've had. However, the magic that this sweetness works is a beer with an 18%abv is now suddenly very drinkable and the alcohol that made this beer smell nearly toxic at first has literally vanished from the beer's profile. The taste leaves a lingering caramelized sugar/maple syrup sweetness followed by a slight burn from the alcohol letting you know it's still there. It has a potent, warming mouthfeel and I can see why this beer made such an excellent addition to the melange 3. This beer did me in for the night...couch time.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 18:56:19 | More by ThePorterSorter
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billab914

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Irishcolonial for sharing this the other night. 2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured dark brown in color, and pretty close to black. A very thin tan lacing formed along the edges of the glass.

The first thing that is immediately noticeable in the aroma is the boozy and hot alcohol presence. I do get a lot of nice, rich, dark chocolate and roasted malts to it coming through that I really like. The bourbon seems to add to the hot alcohol presence to it and the notes of vanilla, oak and brown sugar are a little overshadowed by that. It has some very nice, rich flavors to it, but the alcohol showed too much for me.

The taste is rich with dark chocolate up front and bitter roasted malts in the finish. I get some really nice notes of vanilla and booze soaked fruits to it. The bourbon comes through as mostly alcohol heat with some brown sugar and oak notes trying to come out.

The mouthfeel Is oily and a little thick with carbonation being low. Overall, it was pretty good but not as great as I anticipated. The hot, boozy alcohol overshadowed some of the really great flavors to me. I can easily imagine this moving from very good to great with a few years of age on it. Hopefully I'll get a chance to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:24:43 | More by billab914
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass one finger off white head.

S-Bourbon, lots of it. Some roasted malt, chocolate and slight coffee.

T-Lots of bourbon. Some roasted malt, slight chocolate. The high level of bourbon when fresh dominates any other flavors.

M-Medium to heavy in body, not much carbonation.

O-Just too much bourbon, to alcoholic when fresh. It needs to sit and balance out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 18:56:38 | More by rlee1390
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage... taking this bottle down by myself...

A: Pours black, with brown hues on the edges. There is a think bubbly khaki colored head that fades quickly, leaving a small frothy ring along the edges of the beer. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is really sweet. I get prunes, raisins, dates, some caramel, and maybe a bit of vanilla extract.

T: It starts out with a big burst of sugary sweetness. I get prunes, caramel, and vanilla extract, and white chocolate. The beer get's hugely boozy in the back end, but you kind of expect that with a 19.2% beer.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet and smooth to start, but once the liquid moves off the palate, it gets sticky and almost syrupy.

O: This is a good beer. I don't know if I'd call it great, but I'm enjoying it. It's very sweet, and that is usually a turn off for me, but the alcohol is so high that it cuts the sweetness a bit. It's going to be a chore to finish this bottle by myself. Challenge accepted!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:57:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

10-21-2013 13:48:40 | More by Jason
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MNMike

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-08-2013 01:56:56 | More by MNMike
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JitsuBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-26-2013 09:23:52 | More by JitsuBrew
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-13-2013 20:28:59 | More by doremite
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-28-2014 01:28:20 | More by striker2160
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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-30-2014 06:36:34 | More by johnyb
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Reappropriated

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-24-2014 20:36:35 | More by Reappropriated
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-27-2014 13:30:10 | More by DerekQXQX
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-05-2013 03:48:03 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Andreias21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-15-2014 16:40:55 | More by Andreias21
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-03-2014 06:43:38 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-08-2011 19:13:13 | More by Stigs
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blabaer

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-31-2013 09:18:01 | More by blabaer
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-23-2013 17:25:00 | More by arniepnminne
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Sisky

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-12-2013 04:13:36 | More by Sisky
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-22-2013 20:45:52 | More by Keith_R
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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