Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,251 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,251
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3,082
Gots: 1,582 | FT: 177
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,251 | Reviews: 632
Photo of Jjski
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outta freekin site this is good. Has replaced Berserker as " best ever".

Viscous, strong, sugary, fresh bourbon, aged bourbon, and bourbony hints of bourbon. mouthfeel still has active carbonation.

Vintage 2012.

In the category of thick, heavy, no holds barred RIS: this is fantastic. It is like BCBS x 1.5, eclipse x2. Wow.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2014 bottle. Lots of sweetness and heat and a bit thinner than I had hoped. Some nice flavors in there, but a bit overwhelmed by the heat. A sipper for sure.

Photo of James_Cody
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Super boozy (obviously at 19%) but not moonshine status surprisingly. Oak and bourbon notes at first, followed by vanilla and sugar. Very sweet; a desert beer in my opinion. Not the best barrel aged beer, but a good one. Hardly worth $40 a bottle though.

Photo of fegelFatso
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah... It's that good! And Chocolate Rain and Mocha Wednesday are even better! Now send me some Grey Monday!

Photo of SanFranJake
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much perfect.
Peel the wax, find a comfy chair and enjoy.
Dark as oil, nose of sex, tasty as the day is long and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Buy it, trade for it, sell you first born.

Photo of kylelenk
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday...what a name. Enjoyed as part of a tasting of BT, GM, MW, and CR.

A-Few beers will ever look as deadly. A brief glance at the label and you'll know (at 19.7%) this isn't something to take lightly. This beer doesn't have a color, it's strictly the absence of all light.

S-Huge alcohol up front, almost as if smelling a spirit. Bourbon is slightly there, but is overpowered by the alcohol content of the beer itself.

T-Husky up front. Lost of malt in here. Hard to pick out a dominant flavor. The bourbon/malt/alcohol is very complex.

F-Lots of alcohol means this one is a sipper.

O-Share with friends.

Photo of DT_Home
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black as night. Smells of bourbon, caramel, chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a beer this viscous. 2013 bottle is still pretty boozy and a bit of a palate shock as it's very sweet. Looking forward to trying another vintage.

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ebony brew, small tan head with poor retention; not unexpected.

Super hot aroma laden with bourbon, mocha, oak, coconut...so much going on.

Flavor is even deeper and more complex. Tons of chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut...just absolutely delicious.

Incredibly smooth and thick mouthfeel. It's a hot beer, but incredibly smooth given nearly a 20% ABV.

Truly exceptional, delicious beer.

Photo of Shinck14
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a bourbon bomb. Taste is obviously very very sweet due to the high ABV but still a fantastic barrel aged stout. Only knocks i have on it are the beer is a little thin in the mouthfeel and a touch too sweet.

Photo of ParadoxGuitarist
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had. Each year is slighty different, but I've never been disappointed. I have a few bottles I'm going to sit on for several years.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a bottle with a few friends... certainly lived up to the hype.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would have liked a little more head to this one, but I cannot really complain for something 19+ to tasty this amazing. so rich, smooth, and easy to drink. Just WOW

Photo of Shogun250
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know what, after having more stouts this one is a little bit more abrasive then I was hoping. Still damn good.

Photo of uvachief
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. You can't drink the bottle alone. Extremely smooth and hides the incredible high abv unbelievably well. Brandy and bourbon and refined oh my. Burns but not badly. Refined drinking that will annihilate you.

Photo of floridadrift
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Warning: Extremely delicious if you like bourbon-barrel aged beers

A: Black with caramel head, recedes fast
S: Bourbon, toffee, sugar, vanilla
T: Vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits
F: Very nice mouthfeel
O: Something really special if you get can get your hands on it, a great base beer for all their variants.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I thought this was very tasty, I'm glad i have another one on the shelf. I need to try the Run barrel aged one

Photo of SteveB24
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

color of the beer is black as night, pours a few big bubbles on top but not really any head to speak of.
Smell-tons of malt goodness, rich coffee, some chocolate, dark fruit, boozy warmth.
Taste-Upfront is sweet malt flavors such as molasses and dark fruit, complimented by rich, toasty flavors like chocolate and coffee. the booze provides warmth but is very, very subtle for a beer this big.
Feel-very heavy, oily on the finish. very subtle carbonation.
Overall-this is an extremely impressive beer, drink carefully, you can't really taste the 18.9 percent abv but it's there!

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Simply an amazing beer.aroma is strong of booze and bourbon. Looks dark as night and black as death. Tastes like sweetness mixed with goodness and love. Heavy on the notes of barrel and vanilla but really couldn't discern much bourbon. Amazing and really unique. This is what world wide stout wishes it was like. Much thanks to steveb24 for sharing

Photo of chefbigjon
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version, opened for the birth of my son Nathan.

Photo of Dr_King_Schultz
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage. Simply incredible. Strong bourbon aroma, but easily drinkable.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours engine oil black with a thin, but dense creamy toffee colored head and no carbonation.

S - Light bourbon, light chocolate, dark fruit, and light oak tannin aroma.

T - Lots of bourbon flavor, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted molasses, and black anise. Very nice complexity.

M - Medium body and silky smooth.

O - Starts out hot from the alcohol, mellows as it breathes, and lets more flavor emerge.

Photo of NickyDee21
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time having it. 2012 vintage. I don't know what to think... The color really threw me off as it was almost a deep brown opposed to the usually opaqueness of stouts. Second was the taste. Only other stout with a similar taste profile I can think of is DFH WWS. It's a helluva tasty beer, but not what I expected.

Photo of sankykid
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured December 2014 into a snifter.

Photo of yoshicjn
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

It was awesome I loved it it was gross I hated it I rate it 3.6

Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured from fridge into Bruery tulip. More carbonation than I was expecting. Pours black.

Smell - Strong bourbon, caramel, licorice, vanilla, sweet alcohol. It smells strong.

Taste - Immediate sweetness, and then the alcohol comes through, although it doesn't seem like almost 20% alcohol. Much of the smell comes through on the taste - lots of caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Quite an experience! This is truly an amazing beer.

Overall, this is one of the best beers out there. Not what I would call a typical BA imperial stout - it's clearly in a class of its own.

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 3,251 ratings.