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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 614
Hads: 3,307
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3,119
Gots: 1,625 | FT: 183
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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
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Reviews: 614 | Hads: 3,307
Photo of PHBoiler
3.06/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The alcohol smell when poured into a reserve society snifter is so potent that it made me cough. It's difficult to pull anything beyond bourbon/alcohol from the nose. The color is jet black and viscous. The body is not thick enough to carry this much booze. More of an after dinner drink than a beer. No carb to speak of. There's a hint of roasted malt trying to poke through the bourbon character. This "beer" is a hot mess when compared to other high end bourbon aged stouts. (484 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is just a special beer. So much chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and other great stuff on the nose with lots of balance on the flavor despite it being just shy of 20% ABV. (177 characters)

Photo of deadsincebirth
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened on 08/07/15. 2012 Vintage.

Look: Black like the namesake. Thinner than expected.

Smell: Bourbon, dark fruits, wood, anise.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell with added slight vanilla and bitter chocolate. Dominated by the bourbon quality and lingering anise. Smooth as ever. Alcohol very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin. Gave me a lot to think about and taste changes over time from dark fruited bourbon to anise aftertaste.

Overall: Incredible offering from The Bruery! Would pickup and drink time and time again. (539 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of 4lo
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle

Pour - Looks like cola coming out of the bottle and builds as a dark brown / black body with a one finger carbonated tan head. Appears a bit thin from the pour and voids on the head

Smell - Bourbon hits you up front. Baking chocolate follows and I get some dark fruits as well which turns way to almost a licorice scent.

Taste - Lot of fruit and licorice up front on this one. Chocolate isn't as pronounced as it was on the nose, instead I pick up a lot of caramel with a hint of vanilla.

Feel - Mouthfeel is nice. I was expecting it to be a bit thin base on the pour and color as it came out of the bottle. Smooth on the mouthfeel and just enough there to allow you to mull it over a bit. Would love it to be thicker, but nice where it's at.

Overall: Nice BA stout. Can tell the booze is there compared to some other high abv stouts, but it is well done. Good flavor profile and gets better as it warms. Reminds me a bit of Boris Bairille Aois (971 characters)

Photo of pmangold
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed at a share - this is a big beer. pours black and has everything you want in a high ABV BA stout. Not overpowering in any specific way but a knock out for sure. (168 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Black Tuesday is an absolute beast of a beer in ABV and flavor. The bourbon barrels add delicious character to this fantastic brew. (182 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy cow. Amazing. Loved every drop of this. Like sipping a fine whisky with burnt caramel undertones. Not too hot despite the high ABV. Almost no carbonation leading to a slick yet chewy mouthfeel (202 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of MattVerbin
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best out there at masking big booze. Such an amazing pairing of heat and sweet. This beer has led to so many amazing varieties. Love its versatility. (162 characters)

Photo of witschen
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted alongside 2012 and 2014 dark lord, 2011 abyss, BCBVR, BCBCS, Kelso Bierkraft Anniversary imperial stout, FW velvet mirken and 2013-14 BCBS. This was the best beer of the night. (183 characters)

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Original. Pours black at night. Smells strong, but the flavors on this are spot on. Bourbon soaked raisin sweetness is the best I can do for a simple description. In my opinion, the best part about this beer is the velvety feel! It coats your entire mouth and stays there for a while. If you are looking to try any of the "days" from The Bruery, I would suggest going with this one first. (398 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Reviewing a 2014 bottle)

Pretty much a perfect example of the style. Ink black, smooth, not to sweet. The bourbon notes resonate with each and every sip, while not coming off as overwhelming boozy in any way. Sure, this one stood to be even better with age, but six months old still provided a fantastic result. (313 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an ink black gem. Head is almost non existent, just a rim on the glass. Bourbon is the star in the nose, with hot but appropriate alcohol. Mind blowing flavors paint the mouth and dominate the palate. Dark fruits are all over the place but well played. Port and plum wrap around bourbon and barrel so seamlessly. A jewel worth the fight. (345 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was gifted a 2013 bottle by @Evilash to celebrate the birth of my son. Ended up opening it on the day my son came home from the hospital, which also happened to be my birthday. Drank over the course of 3 hours at cellar temp. This is the new gold standard for BA stouts for me personally. It is very strong, as the abv suggests, but there is a sweetness behind it that brings it into balance. If I'm lucky enough to grab another bottle at some point, I will split it with someone- I was dragging the next day! (523 characters)

Photo of pjvie
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 vintage:
Good lord this is a beast of a beer.

A- Not super impressive. Typical high ABV stout; little to no head. Basically pitch black, but not the darkest I've seen.
S- GOOD GOD. The aroma on this thing is incredible. This was done side-by-side with BCBS, which smelled simple and boring compared to this thing (and I'm a BCBS fanboy). Sweet vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, licorice. Unbelievable.
T- I was worried that the taste wouldn't live up to the aroma, but there is no worries here. Wave after wave of dark fruits, chocolate, sweet vanilla, and bourbon. This is not a beer that will "sneak up on you." This beer lets you know its going to dominate you from the beginning.
M- Typical high ABV stout. Pours thick, though nothing like TenFIDY. Low carbonation. Sticky as hell, but smooth. Foams well when swished in the mouth.

O- Need I say more? Best BBA Stout I've ever had hands down. This thing is a monster, so it may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for something to blow you away, this'll do it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version. Poured into a brandy style snifter.

Pours fairly black with brownish edges when held to the light, fat tan head that sticks around for a few sips with no lacing, but amazing legs like you would find with a fine wine. Aroma is vinous - cabernet, barrel, dark fruit, bakers chocolate, vanilla, coconut - almost like a German chocolate cake soaked in bourbon - phenomenal! Aroma carries over into flavor - very wine-like, a lot going on but all in perfect harmony.......tons of bourbon, but not over the top. This beer is hot, make no doubt about it, but at nearly 20% it's to be expected - the sweetness of the stout works so well with the booziness in this one - again, such a great balance, medium bodied with a dry finish. (739 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Very dark brown, some hues at the edges. Thinner than expected and not jet-ass black. A little head develops but retreats to a fine bubble, amber film.

S. I let this warm and at first the booze comes out - similar to wafting a bourbon - so I suggest wafting this. Lets be honest, this piece is almost 20% so it's in a different category. The dominate notes are dark malts and bourbon-soaked charred oak, then you get coco, coffee, and oats. A little vanilla.

T. Here we go. Chocolaty dark malts, bourbon, bourbon-soaked oak, dried fruits (raisins, figs, plums), and coco. This is not hot - for some reason, but the booze is at the end of the palette, not harsh or unpleasant. Kind of straight forward.

M. Low to moderate carbonation. A littler harsh as one gets to the end of the glass. Full body.

O. I was very excited to trey this and I'm a fan. I have high regards of the Bruery and I think their HIGH-gravity stouts are truly world class. This is a staple of their collection and I'm all about popping the others. Based on how big this beer is, I c=recommend sharing it with some friends. Well crafted. When the time is right, I will crack open my other. (1,166 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

’11 vintage shared by Chris at the District. Black pour. Licorice nose. Sweet caramel, dark malt, toffee flavors, kind port like with a boozy finish. Good stuff.... (166 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Final beer of the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. 750 ml bottle poured into red solo cups. Jet black body with tan head that slowly fades to a film. Legs but no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roast malt, coconut, marshmallow, and dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet with cocoa, brown sugar, and plum notes, but also decently bitter with barrel, booze, and unsweetened chocolate highlights. Full body, oily, thick texture that coats the tongue, minimal carbonation, sweet, boozy hot finish. (521 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Waited to try this for a long time and finally enjoyed the 2014 vintage when my neighbor shared with me. Lived up to my expectations - loads of sweet and savory flavors and quite drinkable. Everything about it was extremely well balanced, a very nice mouthfeel and an inviting smell. Can't wait to try again someday. (316 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for the perfect snow day. Hence one arrives unexpected yet very welcome.

Complex aroma with strong notes of aged chocolate and alcohol followed by a soft vanilla presence and faint caramel.

Has been quite a while since I've had a beer of this heft, and must say I was unprepared for the frontal fusel alcohol assault. After regrouping and digging in, waves of sweet and dark chocolate were felt, followed by an array of maraschino cherry, black grape, vanilla, spice cake, grain and molasses flavors all slow down the throat.

Syrupy and heavy of course, but quit yer whinin'.

An intricate and challenging brew that takes a few dives to reach its depths. I recommend enjoying every moment, but don't forget to take your time while ascending for air. (782 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (167 characters)

Photo of James_Cody
4.27/5  rDev -4%
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. (258 characters)

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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