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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 3,401
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 3,168
Gots: 1,709 | FT: 199
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 627 | Hads: 3,401
Photo of alysmith4
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

What a classy beer from a classy brewery. Just as the bottle suggests, this is one elegant beer. Appearance and mouthfeel are both good, but the smell and taste are darn right awesome. Lots of flavors come through as it warms.. chocolate, molasses, fig, burnt sugar, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Delicious! Worth seeking out if you can.

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Photo of IKR
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first re-review of a beer but I wanted to make a record for the 2011 batch and see what having a multitude of good beers between tasting the 2 batches did for my perception. In addition I wanted to review it based on a full pint (18.3% ABV, yeah I'm taking one for the team)

Appearance: Very dark brown with 3/4" inch of dark brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Considerable legs on this one.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, mild tobacco, and a faint coffee/roasted malt aroma. BT continues to set the bar for me as far as aroma goes.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar with the coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish taste. I had one of my 2010 BTs about a month ago and I agree with BAs who feel the 2011 is not as hot. There is a price, the 2011 version is even sweeter than the 2010, which may turn some people off. The good thing is the roast/ coffee notes come in at the end and help keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied, definitely more body than the 2010 version with a fairly low-level of carbonation appropriate for the style. No beer with an ABV of 18.3% should have the alcohol as well-hidden as this beer. Just like the car mirrors with the warning, "objects are closer than they appear", this one should have a warning, "this beer is stronger than it appears". Well done Bruery.

Overall: BT continues to set the standard for nose as far as I'm concerned, continues to present a very complex tasty palate, and continues to be sweet with a roasted malt finish that keeps it from being too sweet. The sweetness will be too much for some, but any brewery who can brew a high gravity monster with a great nose,a tasty, unique palate, and make it absurdly drinkable for the ABV is alright with me. I'd like to compare the 2010 and the 2011 in a year or so to see how the heat from the 2010 fares and how the sweetness in the 2011 comes through.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL wax-topped bottle to tasting glass
at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

Vintage 2010

-- A BIG thanks to baycat for hookin' me up with this one. Cheers, Ryan! --

A: It's not called "Black Tuesday" for nothing. This monster is as dark as the pits of hell. A good, generous pour yields a 1.25 finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Just fantastic. It's boozy, yet there's a focused concentration of dark chocolate malt and toasted tannin. One of the better bouquets I've had the pleasure of encountering.

T: Now I get it. The density of flavor here is unmatched. It packs such an immense amount of wow per ounce - I'm astounded. I found it to be like liquid brownie batter, which is a really, really good thing. Is the 18% ABV detectable? Absolutely, yet it's so well integrated that I have a hard time complaining about it. This is a delicious beer.

M: Not as viscous as I'd expected, yet it doesn't hold the brew back in any way. It's soft and silky, yet the carbonation adds a wonderful layer of texture that enhances the flavor profile of the beer.

O: I didn't want to like The Bruery's Black Tuesday. Really, I went into this assuming I'd be drinking the most overrated ADIS on the planet. Yet from the moment the bouquet hit my nose and the heavenly liquid entered my mouth, it was over. I must concede that yes, this is a top notch Imperial Stout, and worthy of it's many accolades. There isn't a single facet of the beer that I can harshly critique. It's God damn delicious.

To put it simply: this is a masterpiece.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Shaunt and Lev for bringing this down and sharing with us. They cracked the bottle and pour a syrupy, pitch black brew. The only suggestion of a head is in light rings of medium brown bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass. These do, however, remain for the entire tasting. There is such thickness to the beer as it slowly sloshes around the glasses. Carbonation appears average, with bubbles only creeping to the top, and no sediment is noted. The nose is perfection. It is the closest thing to Bourbon County that we’ve ever sniffed. There are huge fiery alcohols from the softest, most beautiful bourbon aging. The aroma is so hot!! It really stings the nostrils, almost making you cough as it enters your lungs. The malts are deep, showing insane roast of melted, burnt milk chocolate. This adds an incredible sweetness to it, cutting the booze. Alongside the bourbon is a soft woodiness, that actually moves to soften the alcohol as well. Our first impression is that the flavoring is surprisingly sweet, but phenomenal. As we sip, char and chocolate malts, and the sting of fusel 19% booze hits your palate. Raw honey and milk chocolate sugariness effectively cut any boozy bitterness that might have been, and actually go one step further to even box out the booze a bit, right here in the front. The peak showcases this sweetness, but a more charred, caramel malt comes in, adding even more sweetness. The bourbon is warming and wrapped throughout everything, with its buttery, biting goodness. Helping to pull us to the end is a nice, authentic black cherry flavoring, again, adding more sweetness. The end is all about the bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, with a little bit of bourbon, and some more bourbon. There is certainly the accompanying soft woodiness and musk, but these only add to the exquisite flavoring of that spirit. The aftertaste is fumes, with wood, char, fire, white sugar, and sweet chocolates. The body is syrupy and thick, while the carbonation is low. There is huge fusel dryness, and each sip stings the tongue like fire. There is nice smack and great slurp to each sip, but little inherent frothiness. The beer is extremely warming, as the abv is atmospheric, but it drinks easily. You drink slowly though, because you hate to see it go.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma and the flavoring. These are both near perfection. The abv is a bit scary, but they mask it expertly. They somehow were able to eliminate most of the burning, fusel qualities of the ethanol that make taking shots so bad, while keeping the juicy, warming, spiciness of the bourbon. The chocolate and sugary inclusions helped to keep this in check, no doubt, and we were surprised to find such an ultimately sweet tasting beer. This is a superb beer, and we are so thankful that we got to enjoy it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If Stouts could inspire liqueur, then this beer is the epitome of that discussion. Again, The Bruery outdoes themselves with another transcendent ale. Beers simply don't get bigger, bolder, more confident or... more ideal!

Its highly viscous pour is the blackest of blacks- its onyx-like sheen makes the beer look every bit as much like an oil slick as it would anything meant to be placed in the mouth. Ominously dark, mysterious and undoubtedly masculine- there's simply something menacing about the beer's appearance. With really no foam, froth, or streaming to mention- the beer's espresso-like character takes hold.

As espresso is where the aromas take off. Deep sweet and smoky roast character is charged with the strongest roasted coffee that's woven together with molasses and maple syrups. Dark chocolate and dried fruit gives the beer a complex wine-like nose. Cherries, grapes, dates, figs and oak peak through the enormity of malt along with hints of coconut, vanilla and caramel as the beer warms.

Heading into taste, the stout's low-lying carbonation allows its massive malt sweetness to latch onto the taste buds and saturate them fully with high espresso roast, black-strap molasses, bittersweet chocolates, walnuts and a savory, smoky sweetness. Port wine and aged sherry release savory and almost salty flavors with a certain "meatiness" that reminds me playfully of teriyaki and soy sauce. Its that sweet and salty interplay that creates such a savory combination that the stout easily replaces dessert as after dinner reward. Its molasses-infused bourbon flavor is well equipped with oak, vanilla, coconut and char as the beer warms.

Incredibly rich and chewy, the beer's viscosity wraps around the tongue like a ribbon of silk- it might as well make love to the mouth. Its heavy coat easily penetrates to soft tissues of the mouth and is slow to release- allowing for a forever linger of sweetness, booze and brownie.

With all the Imperial Stouts on the market, few reach this kind of apex- its every much a digestive liqueur that's as well balanced, complete and robust as any. If stout is the questions, then Black Tuesday wins!

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Photo of harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011, 18.3%ABV

Thanks to pixieskid for sharing this one. It was a helluva night for beer.

When the crown was pried on this one, it was a gusher despite being fridge cold. The beer gushed maybe two ounces of beer, then immediately died out. It's like the beer was force carbonated, but the carbonation never actually made it into the beer. Pours black and obviously viscous with complete opacity. I could smell this beast as soon as I tapped it - it was like a chocolate tawny port. The nose on the beer was amazing with stone chocolate, dates, malt, malt, malt. The alcohol on the nose is strong, if not intimidating, but oddly inviting - like a bully in school you really admire. The flavor of this beer is fucking awesome. I am not particularly articulate in this form of verse, but I can say this - that bitch is fine! Thick and flat, just like in the Rare BCS, the lack of carb was fitting to this beer and I believe allowed for higher appreciation of the notes. A sincerely delicious beer, it made me smile when I drank it. The beer won the night for me.

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Photo of Randyfultz
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received from a trade for some Heady Toppers. Well worth the trade!!!

A: beautiful dark rich color, nice head

S: smells abundantly of bourbon

T: nice boozy taste, great favors of bourbon

M: smooth and lacey, wonderful

O: a fantastic imperial stout. Would love to have side by side with a Bells Black Note. Definitely one of the best stouts I've had and my favorite from The Bruery thus far.

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Photo of mrtripod
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours thick and rich 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 did not dissipate that quickly.

S:Rich chocolate, plenty of sweet dark caramel and rich bourbon with notes of light vanilla, thick molasses and oak.

T:Decadently sweet, chocolate, caramel and bourbon explosion that is ultra smooth and no lingering taste of alcohol.The alcohol is only noted through warming in the esophagus and stomach.

A must taste - yet as a side note - many of the bourbon barrel aged beers at the Bruery are very similar.

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Photo of henway
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to attend a tasting put together by ShadesOfGray and this gem was definitely the highlight of the night. Serving was a 2009 vintage. Appearance was very dark with an almost maroon-ish head which disappears quickly. Smell is of coarse a very strong bourbon highlight, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Plumb maybe? As far a taste goes I'm blown away. considering we just had Kate previous to this, BT is a big step up. Strong bourbon taste, good amount of vanilla thrown in there. Chocolate is big in this, and a variety of darker fruits. Its very thick, motor oil thick. Nice hearty burn on the way down. This is by far the best stout i have ever encountered.

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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 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 paco1029384756
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small dark tan head with good retention, and it is ridiculously cloying.

Scent of sweet dark fruit, maple syrup, chocolate, a hint of oak, some alcohol, and bourbon. Very sweet, and though the alcohol is noticeable, it is hardly overpowering.

Taste of strong chocolate, sweet maple syrup, bourbon, molasses, candi sugar, oak, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with dry oak, vanilla and some alcohol. Incredible stuff, not at all suggestive of it's 19.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and oily with a small bite of carbonation. As expected, the mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and heavy, but not quite flat.

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Photo of gford217
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many many thanks to JohnC for hooking me up with this bottle. Poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black, oily, with a big mocha head that shows excellent retention and leaves bits of lacing and lots of sticky legs along the sides.

Massively sweet aroma with tons of molasses, chocolate, sugar-coated raisins and plums. Espresso and plenty of bourbon burn in the nose with the accompanying vanilla and oak.

The taste is spectacular starting with the thick, sugary sweet malts, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. There is a lot of dark fruits lurking in the background and the finish burns with bourbon and slight spicy oak.

The mouthfeel is super, super smooth, and uber-sticky from the sweet malts. The bourbon burn is definitely hefty, but I never would have pegged it at this ABV.

This is a stunning beer in that it is overflowing with flavor, clocks in at over 19% ABV and still drinks way, way too easily. Compared to the few other beers I've had in this ABV range, this is the only one I would categorize as world class. Well done Patrick.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

2013 vintage. Pours pitch black with no head and little to no lacing. Lots of bourbon, dark fruit, and tobacco. Caramel, chocolate, fig, anise, bourbon, and dark roast coffee on the palate. Some alcohol burn. Full bodied with little carbonation. Overall this beer is a monster best sipped. Quite delicious.

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

Such a unique beer. Almost like a stout liquor. Amazingly smooth for the alcohol content. Rich thick molasses flavor that never let's up. A truly great beer! Compared 2014 edition with 2014 BCS and this won out, though both are great.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

First off, huge thanks to Derek (@2beerdogs) for the chance to sample this gem. His beer karma is much appreciated.

Aroma: Big raisin and plum notes abound. Low woody notes and strong bourbon character up front. No hop aroma. Big dark fruit and licorice notes abound. I love the well knit character of the dark fruit aromas, licorice, and woody notes. The smell hugs my nose like a warm blanket.

Appearance: Inky black pour with a moderate-low tan head. The head retention is good.

Flavor: More dark fruit with a big sugary molasses character. Low woody notes as in the nose with a background bitterness and slight roast character to provide a counterpoint. Hints of vanilla emerge as it warms. The finish is clean and dry. The balance is definitely malty with wonderfully knit flavors and amazing depth. The aftertaste is lingering and slightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Silky on the tongue with a tinge of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: While still exhibiting the character of a wood-aged Imperial Stout it also reminds me of a well-aged English Barleywine. There is depth to this beer that shows different layers each time you sample it. Truly an amazing feat. This is the best barrel-aged beer I've had. A treat worthy of all the hype.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out dark as night with a two finger, beige head with decent retension and little lacing.

Smell is dark malts, lots of chocolate, and a little tiny bit of booze that hard to notice.

Taste is tons of dark malts, tons of chocolate like no other beer I have tasted, definitely a little heat but nothing that I don't like as I love to drink bourbon clean so this is nothing.

Mouthfeel is huge. Really thick. Maybe the thickest beer I have ever had.

Overall this is a great beer that I have never had and definitely would love to drink again.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Sep 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Black with a cola halo highlight. Bone-white head settles quickly into a thin rim around the edge of the class. Poor retention and low lace.

S - Booze forward nose; Bourbon soaked brownies, dark chocolate, malted milk balls.

T - Whoa. Thick, melted dark chocolate. Brown breads, caramel, almonds, vanilla, oak. Umami; soy sauce and sweet caramelized carrots. Molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon finish.

M - Incredible finish - possibly the best staying power I've ever had in a beer. Full, smooth, creamy frame.

O - An outstanding stout, absolutely worth the hype.

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been graced with this brew 4 times, 3 on tap and once with a bottle split 6 ways. Black as night with the everlasting legs. The only flaw of BT is the smell of strong booze. The flavors are thick molasses, burnt malts, dark chocolate, and smooth bourbon. Mouthfeel is bar none the thickest beer I've drunk. WWS, BCS, and Rasputin XII aren't even close. Light carbonation. Even my alcohol aversion is forgotten making me want to come back for more.

The two aspects that really make this beer shine are perfect mouthfeel and powerful flavor, which some will claim is cloying. Non beer drinkers who sampled this also really enjoyed it.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking it right now at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Had 2 small couple oz pours in small wine taster glasses.

Pours a completely black with a light tan head. Head dissapated fas. No lacing.

Smells of dark fruits (figs and dates) and some roasty malt aromas mixed in. Slight alcohol aroma but I was surprized there was not more considering the ABV

taste is amazing. It's sort of Belgian mixed with stout. Alot of dark fruits and slight roastyness. Alot less than most other RIS's I have had. Pretty sweet but not super malty sweet. Almost like they used lactose sugar to sweeten instead of malt sweetness. The alcohol burn only comes in about a second or two after the swallow. Amazing for such a high ABV.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Not too thick. Perfect carb. Light but it it's perfect for the style.

Wouldn't drink a Ton because It is very rich tasting but one of the best beer I have ever had. Glad to try this.

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Photo of beerad666
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a rare treat it was to open this up.

It pours out a thin motor oil, it doesn't have the thickness you see in Dark Lord. A thin brown head tops off the top but fades away quickly. No lacing but it does leave a slight brown film on the glass. The bourbon aroma smacks you hard in the face even from a distance. There is also a dark fruit coming out with the chocolate. Almost no roast aroma. At first sip this beer tastes just like it smells. So well balanced. Bourbon, chocolate and a slight apple tart. Once your mouth is coated with that alcohol you can really get into this beer and see that it's just amazing. The year in the barrel has made this incredibly smooth. Which makes it one of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts I've had. The 19.5% ABV if correct, is hidden very well. One thing that I'm missing in this is the coffee or the roasted malts.

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Photo of kungpao
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage split between myself and 2 others.

A- Pretty damn black, the head quickly dissipates to zilch.

S- Fucking Amazing. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate, malt, vanilla, sugar, oak, alcohol. Simply decadent.

T- Blown away. Mirrors the nose but somehow even more complex. The sweetness is balanced, massive amounts of chocolate, pretty roasty, oak and vanilla and nice amount of heat. COMPLEX.

M- Much thinner than I envisioned but somehow it works.

O- Simply a must try beer. Not for the meek.

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Photo of Steamhead
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, I first heard about Black Tuesday back in early summer. Naurally, being a lover of great stout like myself, I have been dying to try this one. Endless thanks to davod23, the best trading partner in the world. Bottle shared with dear friend and fellow BA Hopfu on a rainy Tuesday afternoon alongside 09 Goose Island BCS and 09 KBS for comparison in the ever-faithful Duvel glass at cellar temperature. So onto the 19.5%, 20 malt, 15 month bourbon barrel-aged beast!
Wow, stunning packaging from choice of inks, paper and wax on this bottle. Admirable attention to detail in every respect. A gentle pour into the glass renders a one inch dark khaki head that soon recedes to the liquid surface. Rich, viscuous retention on the glass suggests some serious liquid extract. The body is black and dense as any world-class Imperial Stout. The aromatics are fantastic! One of the most lush dessert scents like Vahlrona lava cake and pure vanilla extract. No trace of booziness anywhere. My senses are fully engaged in anticipation at this point. Anchors aweigh, my boys! The attack is phenomenal. All sorts of extravagant analogies such as young vintage port, chocolate cream liquer, and black barleywine coming to mind. Neither the bourbon nor barrel component is overdone. The sweetness however is a slight challenge for me...moreso than I expected, but at these extremes is very well-managed. The finish becomes slightly one-dimensional due to the sweetness, but does reveal traces of alcohol. Ultimately delicious in every way, I truly believe that another year in the barrel would have made this even more integrated. It certainly deserves its place in the pantheon of all-time greatest stouts. While in the bar of my dreams, this would certainly be on tap, but I can't say that it is my all-time favorite. I will be checking in regularly to see how it ages though. So does it set a new benchmark for it's category? Absolutely. I, however, believe that The Bruery has the potential to produce even better beers than this one. It just reminds me how grateful I am to be alive during this unprecedented golden age of craft beer.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing this for my 100th review. This beer is definitely something special

A: Pours a dark coffee-black, lets barely any light through the edges; barely any head, slight oily lacing

S: Strong bourbon/woody notes up front, with hints of leather, vanilla, coconut, and sweet sticky malt. Super complex with a nice woody muskiness that pervades throughout

T: WOW. Starts out with some sweet sticky malts up front; transitions into a roasty/woody sweetness with a strong bourbon backbone along the middle, hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate-covered malts; finishes boozy with a nice hint of bitter roasty malt and coconut

M: Ridiculously smooth, with low carbonation and a buttery/oily texture that mellows out the abv. There's a slight amount of heat, but overall the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

O: This beer is beyond good, and well worth all the praise it's getting. I'm glad I got two bottles, because I can't wait to see what it tastes like in a couple years. Definitely gonna try and snag more of these.

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Photo of litheum94
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottling. Reviewed 1/15/12.

Pours a tar black body with nothing but a ring on the side of the glass. Like staring into an abyss.

Sweet aromas of dark chocolate nibs. Vanilla and a good amount of roasted nuts. Lots of boozy bourbon barrel aromas as well.

Starts of with a rich dark chocolate flavor with a good dose of bitterness. Vanilla and wood tones. Bourbon booze, but it goes down smooth. Some licorice. Very viscous in the mouth.

This lives up to the hype. A top class stout. One to seek out.

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