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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,118 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2118
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%


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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Psyko

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday
On Tap at the Bruery Tasting Room
2012 vintage

1st Review

Had this beer Tuesday October 30th at the Bruery Black Tuesday release party

A: Pours a dark brownish red, with almost no head. streams of small bubbles stream up from the sides of the Black Tuesday release taster glass. Some alcohol legs are visible from this 19.2% beast.

S: Like previous vintages, the nose on this beer smacks you in the face with bourbon and vanilla. Some oak and alcohol also. 

T: Dark chocolate and coffee are the dominate flavors of this big sugar bomb. There is a faint anise aftertaste. The alcohol burn is a little more pronounced than from previous years. From the first taste this beer shows it’s young age. Even though this beer is blended from many barrels to taste like past years, it needs to lay down for a few months to better blend together. This is my favorite beer; fitting for my first BA review.

M: Great mouthfeel. Not overly thick or syrupy for how sweet this beer is. A little more carbonation would have benefited this beer.

O: This is a fantastic beer! This is the reason I drink craft beer. I have had many BA stouts (Stone BA IRS, Parabola, Eclipse, Marshal Z, Hunahpu, Silva Stout, World Wide Stout, Abyss and the list goes on and on) and Black Tuesday is the best. It is a prime example of balance in a big boozy, sweet barrel aged stout. This is a must have beer, it lives up to the hype. My overall score will improve as this beer rests for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 23:35:02 | More by Psyko
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MrVonzipper

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky dark cola brown. Pitch black in the glass with 1cm bubbly head that fades quickly. A bit of bubbly tan ring left around the glass. Not oily like I thought it'd be. 

Nose is fantastic, huge, deep and dark richness. Bourbon, vanilla, molasses and bitter chocolate. 

Flavor explosion. So big and bold. Balanced because all aspects are big. Big heat, sweetness and robustness. Sweetness is not overpowering at all. Big bourbon character up front. Notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, alcohol (which I like here) and bittersweet chocolate. 

Mouth is full bodied, stIcky with low carb. 

Overall it's all I hoped for. Very pleased and happy to FINALLY try this. Glad I have many more of these. The only place I could knock it is the look, but how do you have head on a 19.2% beer?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 21:30:12 | More by MrVonzipper
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

BT2012...poured in to a Bruery snifter.

A - Black Tuesday pours that heady black sexy you anticipated, with a decent deep mocha head that makes you drool ever-so-slightly.

S - Smell-wise, I get booze-soaked chocolate coconut cookie...wait, someone make that in food form, I need to get my Wilfred Brimley on. But yeah, booze, sugars, a pinch of coffee, bourbon deliciousness.

T - So, there's actually a healthy amount of diversity going on here. Beyond that bourbon carry-over from the shnozz, the myriad of heady sweetness is outstanding: chocolate, vanilla, coconut, toffee, chocolate-cherry, butter, and vanilla-cocoa...I dunno...it's the tits.

M - I honestly think this tastes no where near 19.2...I mean, I dig the heat components, and it's certainly sweet, but it's also incredibly drinkable for all that's going on here; it's a bit 'coating' and most definitely a sipper. It's also delicious and way too easy to drink.

O - I can't say I was let down here in any capacity. In fact, this beer exceeded my expectations. It betters as it warms a bit, with sweet, potent complexity assuming the best of everything within this bottle with a coat of beer-sexy on your tongue. Giddy-up.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:52:52 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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BeerEngineer

California

4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

General: So I got this at a white elephant gift exchange with our company. Everyone passed it up because they are all liquor drinkers so I was thrilled to pick it up! Poured this into a small tulip for tasting purposes. I live near The Bruery, about 15 minutes away or so and I have a big problem with their beers. They are going bigger and stronger only. There is no intricate 5% ABV beer in the tasting room, only beers above 10% ABV. That's not my style but I'm going review this fairly and not allow my prejudice to get into it.

Appearance: Black as it gets, this is really dark and has a slightly tan head that diminishes quickly.

Aroma: A slight chocolate hint with a bourbon aroma. there is also a big alcoholic aroma to this. It's intricate though at least, there are undertones of caramel and maybe some sort of rock fruit like a prune or something.

Mouthfeel: This is thick, it is almost like it's got cream in it. It's kind of crazy how much booze in this, I can feel a burn the entire way down to the stomach.

Taste: Booze booze booze. What little flavor of bourbon and chocolate is there is really overpowered by booze but that's what this was intended to be so OK. I'm not a big fan of this beer but for someone who wants a big strong beer, this is it.

Overall: Again it's a Bruery beer. I'm not impressed with the flavors that they developed, I'm more impressed that they created a beer that was 18.9% ABV. This isn't my style but I'm not going to give it poor marks because of that. It is what it is, it's a super strong beer that has a slight chocolate flavor with a hint of bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 05:02:23 | More by BeerEngineer
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antilogic

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bruery both at Allocation sale time, and at release on 10/27. First review deleted due to site problems.

Jet black, opaque, dark tan head, that really sticks to a glass as you roll it around. Smell is bourbon, some coffee, some chocolate, roasted malts, and sugars.

Taste is not overpowering in borubon, which is great; it just adds to the complexity. Definitely some chocolate and a very high amount of sugar considering the ABV. Not much hotness/alcohol. Don't find much oak there.

Carbonation is well done (on tap at least), and is truly necessary to make this a drinkable beer. I'm not one for syrupy beers that are not highly carbonated (not overly fond of 120min or flat angel's share).

If I didn't start to feel it after a few pours, I would not believe the 19.5% ABV. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 01:01:27 | More by antilogic
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OlieIPA

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decided to share a bottle of this with my good buddy Brian in celebration of a new job. Poured and served in a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Probably the thickest and darkest looking brew I've every had! Damn it's viscous! Before opening this bottle, I was a little worried about the amount of carbonation and head this beer was going exhibit (due to the overabundance of alcohol)...but I wasn't let down this time. I discovered that BT was able to produce a beautiful light brown colored head. The only knock would be the lack of head retention and lacing, but overall...a nice looking stout.

S: Took a fresh whiff when I first poured this beast and found the alcohol extremely over the top, but after letting it breathe for 5 or 10 minutes...it seemed to cool off quite a bit. Once this was done, I was able to pick up an assortment of aromas that included: brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, anise, and more brown sugar. Just from the nose, you can tell this is one sticky beer.

T: The alcohol presence szx more subdued than the smell indicated. Again, tons of brown sugar molasses and dark chocolate backed up by vanilla bean, caramel, dark fruit, and anise. I was amazed by the incredible smoothness and cohesion of all the flavors. It's basically the Albert Pujols of beers. Has immense amounts of power and punch...but has a sophistication to hit for a high average.

M: Mildly carbonated, creamy, full-body; perfect!

D: Thought the bottle version and the higher serving temp would affect the overall drinkability, but I surprised to find this even more drinkable than the tap version. Yeah...you can taste the alcohol presence...but for 19.5%....no other beer within the area code of ABV can compete with BT.

Overall: The only major difference between the tap and bottle version...at least in my opinion...is the nose. At warmer temps, the alcohol is easily detectable...and at times, felt like I was getting buzzed even before I took a sip. Yet, I was able to extract more flavors and nuances than with the tap version. With that said, BT is among the top Impy stouts in the world. A must try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 06:10:56 | More by OlieIPA
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Tdizzle

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured about ten ounces into a Bruery tulip glass. Black Tuesday appears motor oil-black with a brief showing of light-brown foam that dissipates to a thin, swirly film over the beer and a thick ring along the inside of the glass. No lacing at all.

S- Bourbon whiskey, oak wood, and vanilla backed by hugely sweet notes of dark chocolate, molasses, anise, and dark fruits caramelized in brown sugar. There's little indication that this beer is almost 20% alcohol.

T- The initial taste is of suagry dark fruits -- maybe choclate covered raisins and dates -- and loads of syrupy sweetness. Bourbon whiskey and oak barrel accent every flavor from start to finish. The 19.5% ABV is remarkeably well-hidden and the finish leaves deeply sweet flavors of chocolate syrup along with a mild espresso bitterness clinging to the palate and the sides of the mouth. There's just a touch of alcohol heat in the chest after each sip. The final taste is of woody bourbon barrel and molasses.

M- A rich, creamy mouthfeel with fine, delicate carbonation bubbles that provide just the right amount of balancing effervescnece to the viscous and slightly syrupy texture.

D- This is incredibly drinkable stuff given the immense ABV and the massively sweet flavors. I was able to finish my entire glass and was left wanting more.

One of the best beers I've ever had. I'll be interested to see what a few years of age will do, if anything.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 08:29:57 | More by Tdizzle
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open my bottle with a few fellow BAs.

A: Pitch black body with absolutely no light shining through the edges when held to the light. Moderate dark khaki head. Holds on for a short while before forming a slight skim which pools around the edges. Very spotty lacing. You can see legs after a swirl in the snifter due to the high abv.

S: Bourbon dominates the initial nose. You get quite a bit of oak and vanilla as well before sweet caramel, chocolate and coffee take over. A lot is going on here but it is neither muddled nor overwhelming. The nose is in perfect harmony and is a nice prelude to each sip.

T: While the nose is quite impressive... it betrays the depth and complexity of the flavors that treat the tongue. Layers and layers of malty goodness are present here. Lots of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, molasses, brown sugar, and some roasted nuts. The nice thing is the subtlety of the bourbon which is present throughout, but is not overpowering with its vanilla and oak contributions.

M: I found this to have the ideal weight. Moderate to heavy body with a nice even creamy silkiness. A nice lingering finish really lets the flavors sit on the palate to be explored.

D: With this much flavor and alcohol, this beer should not be this enjoyable. The bottle was split three-ways and it was divine. A truly amazing accomplishment from the Bruery. The hype was more than met here which is a really nice bonus.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:26:51 | More by callmemickey
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kels

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love my brother...thanks again, pwoods, for sharing this one with me.

Pours deepest chocolate brown, pretty much black. It is completely opaque - absolutely zero visibility in this beer. Not much head to speak of, just a few cocoa-colored spots suspended atop the liquid and a soft ring of foam that hugs the sides of the glass and leaves behind little watery spots of lace.

Amazingly delicious aroma from this beer. The creamy bitterness of dark chocolate mingles with sweet cream. The bourbon is perfectly balanced in this beer - not masking the rest of the aromas of the beer while not assuming a background role. All the aspects of the aging are there in the nose, too - oak, vanilla, char - it smells incredible.

Wow. If the aroma didn't convince me, the taste of this beer has guaranteed that it lives up to the hype. What a delicious and complex beer. The chocolate is intensely sweet - almost too sweet - and slightly bitter. There is a huge vanilla presence in this beer to a degree I haven't experienced with barrel-aged imperial stouts before. The creaminess is thick and full, and it compliments the bourbon nicely. It is sweet and nutty, somewhat like toffee. While the bourbon is present throughout the whole drink, it is especially pleasing in the aftertaste where the heat from the alcohol really presents itself and the bourbon lingers with a fruity, dark-cherry-like sweetness. Feel is creamy, well-carbonated and mouthfilling. It is impressively smooth with a nice bubbly finish. It leaves behind a slight stickiness on the palate and hot, drying alcohols of vapor in the mouth. The beer immediately warms the chest, and it continues to do so throughout the drink. A very pleasing experience in my opinion.

Drinkability isn't exactly huge for any beer of this style, but this one especially hides its high (crazy high) ABV well. The alcohol feel and taste is definitely present, but it is so well-balanced by the full flavors and full feel of the beer that it goes down much too easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:37:06 | More by kels
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Crittervision

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a lot of this will probably overlap with beavers below. we enjoyed this one yesterday. a lot.

deep deep black all the way to the edges with a quarter inch head that is darker than tan, nearing brown. incredible (did not end up being the darkest though). the head regenerates wonderfully with just a swirl. and! this is the first time i can say ive appreciated the legs of a beer. that was a fun discovery. not as excessive/impressive as other high alcohol beverages, but there, and pretty, and from a beer.

smell is full of sweetness. milky caramel, bourbon and chocolate. there is a hint of soy sauce for me. i believe beavers said salty in that respect. the heat is more perceptible in the smell than the taste.

sweet everything. man. chocolate, bourbon, cake, cherry tootsie pop when the cherry is mostly gone and its all tootsie roll, molasses minus the tanginess. but then all this sweetness is balanced with a nearly hidden roastiness, moderate (incredible for 19.5%) alcohol, and a bit of a vinous characteristic. at the end of the glass, the last few drops (not even last sip, but last drops) are huge on the molasses (tanginess evident), and booze. that the alcohol waited that long to wake up is phenomenal.

Edit 1: forgot to mention that we found these flavors to lie on a gradient. every flavor blended into the next, there wasnt huge bourbon here, huge chocolate there. it was all just a subtle gradation from one flavor to the next. super duper.

creamy and poofy with carbonation playing its part to keep it fluffy. ive used creamy to describe beers before, but this one makes me think of heavy cream with just the right amount of carbonation to remove most of it from my tongue. wow.

drinkability is insane. it is so easy to forget this is a near-20% abv beer. 20% alcohol, 100% delicious. it is incredibly balanced, generously full of flavor, and delightful in every aspect.

Edit 2: again, forgot to mention that after we had finished our glasses, we were ready to drink anything. this beer wasnt overwhelming in any negative way. we moved on to other beers with no problem, and wouldnt have hesitated to drink more of this one if there was another open bottle in front of us. mmm!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 00:37:29 | More by Crittervision
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antioch

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes:

Appearance: Thick and black as motor oil. Small tan head.

Smell: Beautiful vanilla, cocoa, bourbon aroma and oak.

Taste: Sweet, very sweet. Bourbon is very aparent, but it's mouthfeel makes it very approachable, like a shake.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, thick, nicely carbonated. Just enough carbonation to make the flavors open up on the tongue.

Drinkability: Well, 19.5%. Do I need to say much more? It's a great brew to share for a very nice event, but I'd never have a large glass of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:55:26 | More by antioch
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to rating this one; shared with a group at a recent tasting.

A--Very black; no reading the newspaper through this one! A little bit of a head with minimal lacing.

S--Chocolate and bourbon.

T--Bourbon, chocolate, and oak. WONDERFUL taste.

M--Thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

D--I say it's great, though most would disagree due to the high alcohol content. I counter that by saying just share it with someone or sip on this one for an hour or more while watching a good movie, game, etc. GREAT beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:59:32 | More by Schmittymack
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like glorious motor oil. Very dark, with a very thin head. Smells great, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Starts with a very strong flavor including vanilla, coffee, and chocolate, followed up by a stronger bourbon, oak, and alcohol taste. Simply amazing. Very hard to drink fast though. It's pretty hot, but way to hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:57:39 | More by Anthony1
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JWD

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Captured in a recent trade, big thank you here.

A-Death black as it poured out with a very heavy body to it, very thick looking. I gave it a good hard pour to see if a head would develop at all, minimal head did develop and it disappeared quickly leaveing a ring around the edge of the glass.

S-Very different than any other BB aged stout i have had before, the bourbon was very mild with a heavy chocolate cake sweetness. Overall i am very impressed how this does not smell like alcohol at all at 18.2%

T-Should be a 6 for just how much flavor this has!! I have NEVER had a beer stick to my tongue and mouth like this did, i could taste it for what seemed like 15 minutes in my mouth (this grossed out the wife when she tried) after a small sip. The best part here is it still was very balanced with a TON of different flavors destroying my tastebuds.

M-THICK and RICH, coates your mouth like no other beer can or could!!!

D-For 18.2% i would say pretty damn good.

Overall this beer has always had a ton of hype and i can tell you that it has exceeded all of my expectations, this probably was one of the most epic beer moments for me. I can say one thing for sure and that is "I will be at the next release of this beer".

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:33:20 | More by JWD
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mcgwire756

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass and shared with a friend.

This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and is worth seeking out by any means necessary. I have never had a beer at this high ABV (19.5%) and been able to detect very little of the booze. You do have to drink it slowly, because of how heavy it goes down and just for the purpose of enjoying every last sip. My friend and I both agree that this is like a fudge cake/brownie wrapped into one of the most unique and exceptional beers you can have of this style. It is without a doubt a special occasion beer and one worthy of that occasion. I think the year of age on it as well had some to do with the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 14:59:13 | More by mcgwire756
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joshuacavett

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truly amazing! Shared from a bottle with brandoneast. The nose on this beer is so impressive it is indescribable. Huge chocolate, roast, bourbon oak up front. Taste is right on as well. If (and there is not)there was a downside to this beer it would be drinkability due to the high level of alcohol. The smell really boozed up after about an hour and I thought everything was cool. Then as I was laying in bed next to my wife she asks me to go close the blinds and I knew then that that beer was stronger than I expected.

Almost over the top sweet and boozey but the mouthfeel and nose balance it out.

Great beer overall and Patrick impresses me yet another time.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 17:52:26 | More by joshuacavett
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with the smallest amount of brown bubble head when poured. Bit of brown around the edges where the light hits.

Big alcohol in the nose. Chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate, oak tannin, toffee, and anise.

Wow first sip the alcohol screams at you. Shocks the nose and burns the chest, but damn is it in a good way. After the first couple sips everything starts to settle in though. Sweetness and touch of roast to start. Overall a sweet sticky flavor. Sweetness really coats the palate. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, leather, dark chocolate, bit of oak/caramel, and dark cherries. Low carbonation and the heat sits right in the chest. I often find that big stouts drink like sweet dessert wines. BT has that aspect to it. The port wine like sweetness is there and the overall way BT drinks is with sweetness.

Black Tuesday is a very interesting and amazing stout. It drinks much like a bourbon/brown liquor blend within a beer. Big alcohol presence that doesn't hide itself or cower away. The alcohol is not masked here, but it doesn't need to be. It's such a good aspect of this beer. Lots of sweet booziness. Of course this beer falls into the hype beer category, but delivers for a reason...it backs itself up in every way.

[99/100]

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:20:15 | More by mindspin315
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 18,3% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage

Futura123, I cannot thank you enough for hooking me up with this one. I have wanted to try Black Tuesday since I first saw rave reviews popping up in 2009. It was a beer that I really thought I would never get to try. Thanks again man!

Appearance: Black Tuesday pours thick and viscous and is pitch black in the glass with only faint red edges revealed by a strong back light. A rough pour yields a small, dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves very little lace; however a quick swirl causes the head to reform and leaves a sticky yellow-brown residue on the glass.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells insanely delicious! Rich chocolate, sweet dark caramel and bourbon are noted right off of the bat, with notes of vanilla, molasses, dark fruits(figs, dates and raisons), sweet chocolate brownie batter, toasted nuts (pecan) and oak all coming into the picture only moments later. Warming yields light soya sauce, liquorice, toasted coconut and some nose tingling alcohol (the only flaw I could find in the nose!).

Taste: Holy shit; I knew this was going to be one delicious beer, but nothing could have prepared me for the sweet, decadent, chocolate, caramel and bourbon explosion of the first sip! I cannot believe that an 18%, bourbon barrel aged beer can hide its alcohol so incredibly well - I would have guessed 10-12% at the most!
Flavour notes include: Sweet chocolate, burned brown sugar, dark caramel, bourbon, very light vanilla, molasses, a hint of liquorice, port, sweet stewed dark fruits (figs, and raisins), cigar tobacco, very light roast, and a touch of oak.
The alcohol is only noted through warming in the esophagus and stomach.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Full, thick, sticky body with a low level of smooth, velvety carbonation.

Overall: Black Tuesday is certainly on of the best beers I have had to date! My mind is made up, I need to move to Cali!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:57:01 | More by Thehuntmaster
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An awesome birthday present from my lovely wife. Split two ways with my brother...

2011

750ml bottle

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. lacing is minimal...

S - Chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, and a good dose of Bourbon. Bourbon does not overwhelm as I was expecting. Very enticing...

T - Chocolate, molasses, oak/vanilla, and sweet caramel. Notes of roasted barley come through, but they are faint. This one is deliciously sweet. Bourbon and lingering vanilla on the finish. Bourbon is extremely smooth considering the abv. Amazing...

M - Smooth and creamy. Very impressed with how incredibly smooth this is. Drinks like a much smaller brew. Sits somewhere on the lighter side of full bodied scale with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Believe the hype. This one is fantastic. The Bruery definitely hit one out of the park here. Very excited to revisit this in the future...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:30:35 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 18.3%

A- Pours squid ink black with just a thin whisp of a tan head that fades immediately into the dark abyss that is this beer. No lacing at all but it is an 18.3% RIS so that wasn't really expected anyway. Really ridiculous oily legs when swirled around the glass! Drips like syrup on a cold day.

S- Vanilla beans, bourbon, charred oak, dried mission figs, black raisins, dried cherries, dark belgian cocoa, and alcohol!!! Little hints of extra bitter espresso on the back end finish.

T- Tastes just like the smell. Vanilla, figs, dried cherries, dark chocolate and bourbon. The alcohol although present, blends in seemlessly with the dark fruit, caramel, marshmallow and fudge.

M- Thick as an oil slick! Completely coats your tongue. Love the bourbon, vanilla, chocolate covered marshmallow and toffee. Probably the thickest RIS I've ever had.

O- Thick, chewy, sweet, and full of flavor. This is exactally what I knew it would be, and what I was hoping for. Alcohol/Bourbon is everpresent, but it highlights all the other flavors, bringing them together in perfect harmony. Damn close to a perfect RIS!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 03:59:14 | More by Thickfreakness
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Therisse

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2010 Black Tuesday so it had been aged about 2 1/2 years.

The strongest taste I got was primarily caramel, but I was also able to taste chocolate, cherries, plum, rye, smoke, cream, and a very VERY subtle hint of copper.

The look wasn't all too appealing, mostly because of the lack of head, which I know should be expected anyways, but just didn't help the look at all. The lacing also wasn't as thick as I would've preferred.

Smell was excellent.

In total, nearly a perfect score for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 08:04:49 | More by Therisse
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Raugupatis

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My real-world alter ego joined Overlord's real-world alter-ego for the opening day of this fine brew. I am exceptionally grateful that he invited me along.

My initial thought was that a 19.5% brew was going to feel like the bourbon barrel in which it was aged.

I could not have been more wrong. This lives up to the hype.

I caught a bunch of cocunut on the intial taste that mellowed out to the beautiful nut and cocoa flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 22:36:24 | More by Raugupatis
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Floydster

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had a few four ounce glasses at the Bruery in the past few weekends, served in their tulip glass, color is pitch black with not a glimmer of light anywhere, thick sludgy looking stuff, big 1 1/4 inch tan to medium brown foamy and creamy head, good lacing at first, head did not budge for close to five minutes, aroma consists of molasses, oak, rich dark chocolate, some mild coffee, roasted malts, mild port, tobacco, vanilla, sweet cocoa, prunes, burned caramel, and bourbon, flavor starts off with a big oak, taste, some sweet chocolate and vanilla in the middle, finish has a nice syrup taste mixed with tons of oak, bourbon comes through later on more pronounced but nothing major being a hair under twenty percent, easily the top three best tasting beers I have had of this alcohol content, some brown sugar and complex malt flavors come out as it continues to warm, almost like a marshmallow flavor by the end, very creamy with minimal booze in the flavor somehow, dry, roasted, bittersweet, oaky, and chewy mouthfeel, full bodied, very soft carbonation, taste lingers incredibly well, best mouthfeel for a stout that I have come across, drank this with no problem at all, cannjot explain how the alcohol is hidden well but it drinks like a beer maybe have of its ABV, not heavy at all, could down a 750 ml bottle and probably will at a later date, amazing drinkability, one of their best brews yet and that is sure saying a lot, the story about this beer is almost impressive as the beverage itself, this thing is going to age wonderfully too, good thing I was able to get a bunch of bottles to experiment with that, will be drinking again sooner than later, highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 00:32:44 | More by Floydster
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kbm

Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery. The beer is black as night with a decent amount of carbonation. Decent tan lacing. I really hope this level of carbonation shows up in the bottled version.

Surprisingly drinkable for 19.5% abv. I certainly could split a 750 bottle with a friend. The finish comes off slightly sticky sweet bourbon with heavy maple and vanilla (very similar to many the after taste of the Bruery other barrel aged beers). The sweetness leaves me anticipating the next sip.

I think this one is destined for greatness.

(Update: After opening the bottle version of BT, I hereby renew my enthusiasm for Black Tuesday. It's by far my favorite imperial stout. I actually think the bottle version was a little better than the tap.)

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 19:18:29 | More by kbm
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mikedashg

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bruery 08/02/09 before the official release.

A - pitch black, fairly thin tan head with some light lacing.

S - dark fruits, figs, dates, prunes, bourbon, apricot

T - Very complex. Coffee, chocolate, roasted maltyness, smokiness, dark fruits: like figs, prunes, dates, vanilla, sweet, brown sugar, oak and of course, the ever prominent bourbon backing.

M - Pretty slippery on the tongue, but also coats your tongue. Low to moderate carbonation.

D - ABV is EXTREMELY well hidden. And not to sweet like most high ABV beers. Although this is IS a little bit sweet for a stout, it's very balanced. A little hot, but not what you'd think, it's scary drinkable. I would compare this to GI BCS, but a ton more complex, higher ABV, and more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 08:06:29 | More by mikedashg
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.