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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,688
Gots: 1,183 | FT: 123
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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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-18-2014 13:52:52 | More by mklisz
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-04-2014 12:20:12 | More by Dactrius
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-24-2014 19:36:27 | More by Resuin
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-19-2013 00:12:29 | More by bcm75
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-29-2013 01:19:47 | More by Arsenal0328
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of RoyMunson.

Pours a very dark brown, damn near black in color. A nice mocha colored head on the pour. Looks very inviting.
Smell is dark molasses, some tobacco, and a little bit of alcohol in the nose. Smell is good.
Taste is incredibly smooth and creamy. Did I say creamy, this beer is absolutely ridonculous.
Plenty of roasted molasses, with a very nice dark chocolate flavor, milk shake material.
Plenty of hotness and alcohol coming through in the flavor. This is a good beer, but I doubt it's worth what people are giving up. I would take Vanilla Bean Dark Lord over this beer easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:44:59 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Danny1217

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-22-2014 14:44:57 | More by Danny1217
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Waxed 750 ml bottle. Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours an opaque black color. Pretty still with no head. Like motor oil.

S: Boozy chocolate liquor with some bourbon notes and some chocolate covered raisins. Fusel alcohol notes on the finish with some heat.

T: Boozy milk chocolate. Pretty hot. Bourbon with some caramel sweetness. Alcohol notes.

M: Heavy bodied with an oily and slick mouthfeel. Heat on the finsih. Medium low carbonation.

O: Big and boozy as expected. Not as sweet as Chocolate Rain so I liked this a tad more.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 17:21:59 | More by Treebs
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-27-2012 04:03:11 | More by sliverX
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Beejay

Virginia

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

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Reviewed from tasting notes. Bottle was 09

A: Syrupy and Dark mahogany as it pours. Black in the glass. Not a lot of head from the pour, but a gentle swirl gets a nice caramel head.

S: Very rich and sweet. Vanilla, oak, and a hint of bourbon. It actually smells thick. Tons of caramel in this, as well as notes of brown sugar and molasses.

T: A vanilla and caramel Explosion of sweetness. Dark and malty. The bourbon comes in the finish, with oak and a little more caramel sweetness. The booze is pretty well hidden in this monster.

M: This explodes in your mouth with sweetness. Thick and syrupy. You can feel the booze more than you can taste it. Carbonation is good for the style.

D: Sweet as hell, but man is this tasty. A sipper for sure, but complex and amazing. Damn, I see why Overlord drinks this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 21:33:00 | More by Beejay
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-19-2013 04:07:28 | More by Auror
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2013 22:15:13 | More by Paccamacca
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monitorpop

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-23-2011 02:33:41 | More by monitorpop
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-12-2012 21:24:41 | More by CEDAMA
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robwestcott

Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-05-2013 23:18:37 | More by robwestcott
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Drucifer

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-26-2013 03:01:29 | More by Drucifer
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

06-16-2013 18:00:22 | More by nrs207
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pkalix

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first taste of the legendary Black Tuesday. had to fight the Bruery's server for it, but I finally got me a few bottles to try. very thick and heavy so I have a liter growler of Noble's Big Whig IPA as a chaser!
vigorous pour results in a 1/2 finger of tan foam which subsides quickly. very dark, dark brown color.... all barrel smell after the pour. minimal soapy lace on the sides. very rich aroma of barrel, whiskey, roasted malts.... very nice aroma, though, want to continue wafting it in....
some chocolate here, but mostly the bourbon is what makes its mark. I wonder if it aged a bit if it would mellow any? definitely some strong flavors here with the near 19% abv but these are very nice flavors. vanilla, some dark fruit. very sweet. licorice? it says anise, but I don't get any of that. maybe some brown sugar?
very thick flavor, almost syrup. for the abv, I suppose that is required....
well, I tasted the legendary Black Tuesday. finally. it is what I had expected after tasting some other Bruery labels. sweet, stout, strong. syrup-y. I planned ahead for this, even, by having the chaser ready to go.... it really goes well with all the left over Butterfingers and (especially) Almond Joys left over from Halloween. actually, I stole them from my kids' bags... and as a matter of contention, try a little Tootsie Roll with your Black Tuesday... really brings out the alcohol... and sugar.
all in all, my first sip of this legend, a nice chaser, leftover Halloween candy, and football. what a great sunday! as jimmy buffett says (sings), I wish lunch could last forever...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:02:40 | More by pkalix
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve_0 for the hookup. 2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a tiny collar the color of espresso crema. Some deep dark brown and reds when held to direct light, but it's pretty minimal. More carbonation than expected, but that's not a bad thing. Syrupy and full on the pour.

Smell: Alcohol. Pure high alcohol coupled with a large amount of bourbon. Sweet, super sweet malts. Char, leather, dark fruit (cherry, fig, plum), it's all there. Vanilla, big hits of oak. Raisins. Boourbon soaked chocolate covered fruit. Molasses and brown sugar. Some hints of sherry and deeper vinous characteristics. Super sweet and boozy.

Taste: Crazy sweet. Sugar and bourbon. I took a shot of bourbon with a cane sugar rim. Some burnt, deeply roasted malts form a big backbone. Loads of brown sugar, vanilla (as in pure vanilla extract - concentrated). Warm leather. Soy sauce. Caramel. Touches of dark chocolate bitterness layered through the back. Bourbon drops a nice oak note. So much sweetness. It's almost cloying as the beer warms. Bourbon soaked raisins, like legit. Sherry, oxidized in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full, pushing closer to full. Negligible carbonation. A bit dry overall. Feels hot and drinks like port.

Overall: This couldn't cause The Great Depression, but it's a reasonable recreation of the Boston Molasses Disaster...if you made molasses out of bourbon.

This beer is big, sweet, and massive. This would be an amazing beer to split with 10 people. It's a solid take on a dessert beer/beer for people that don't like beer. It's a liqueur made of bourbon soaked dark fruit. It loses some points in the long run because anything outside of a 3oz pour is difficult to finish. So heavy and sweet and heavy on the bourbon it's hard to really find the depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:04:07 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

12-30-2012 02:08:24 | More by TonyTalon
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-22-2014 01:07:13 | More by DustinSWB
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Served at approx. 45 degrees or so and allowed to warm
Thanks goes to infestaxion for this one. He told me the night before DLD '10 that he'd share this with me the next day, then sought me out to make sure that I got a pour of it. I wound up getting three more pours of it throughout the day from other good souls, but Dave gets the credit, since he was first. Thanks goes also to the others who shared with me though, of course!

This appears to be black at first glance, but with a little backlighting it reveals itself to be a very dark brown color with red highlights. A small head of dark tan colored foam forms on top and then quickly dissipates, leaving a small surface ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal, but a few spotty pieces are here. The 'legs' on this thing are most impressive, though. A light swirl leaves an ample oily residue clinging to the side of the glass and slowly sliding back down to the surface of the liquid.

The smell is amazing! Lots of things are happening inside this glass. Big notes of oak and vanilla. Lots of chocolates are here, both of the milk and dark varieties. Good presence of dark fruits, especially dates and raisins. Nice hints of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee, with a big shot of molasses thrown in. Light hint of smoke. Nice espresso bean notes. Very good bourbon presence. Good shot of lightly roasted maltiness.
Maybe the most complex and intriguing nose that I've experienced to date. The booze is a touch to forward to give it a 'perfect', but it's nowhere near as prominent as I expected with a 19.50%abv. Still, I could just sit here and smell it for a long time, without drinking it, and I'd be happy.

The taste is so good! Almost everything that was spotted in the nose makes another appearance in the flavor profile. You also get a little tiny hint of licorice and some faint coconut notes. A touch of figs comes through with the other dark fruits. A little bit of yeasty biscuit quality is here. Some very mild spice notes are way down deep.
The overall taste is that of a sweet stout. If you like your stouts more on the roasty side this is probably not for you. While it is very complex, it is also suprisingly smooth and nicely balanced.
Worth the wait, as far as I'm concerned.

This one is quite thick and somewhat oily. It has a mild level of carbonation, which works very well for it. It's so silky smooth and easy to swallow. I'd give it a 'perfect' if it had some creaminess going on.

Okay, at 19.50%abv this is too easy to drink. Nothing this 'high-octane' should go down this easily. I'm sure that I'd regret drinking an entire bottle by myself, the next day or something, but I'd have a great time doing it, and don't think that it would be a problem to do so. It's so smooth and easy and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:36:16 | More by coldmeat23
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jeff1973

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-04-2011 05:07:23 | More by jeff1973
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

03-06-2012 13:01:44 | More by zekeman17
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this bottle.

A: Pours (shockingly) black with much more of a head than I was expecting for a beer so big. Appears to have some nice carbonation.

S: Aroma is great! Bourbon, chocolate and oak really all come together nearly perfectly here.

T: Taste follows the smell, with bourbon, chocolate and oak as the dominant flavors. It's quite sweet, but not cloying. Impressively balanced flavor for a beer so big and doesn't taste overly boozy.

M: Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side for a beer so big, but not necessarily in a bad way. Definitely a little sticky-sweetness left in your mouth as well.

O: I was definitely a fan of this one, but it's a beer you really only need a small amount of. We split the bottle 4 ways and that was just fine with me, I didn't really need to have more than that. We all kinda came to the conclusion that it's a great dessert beer, but I'm not sure it's more than that. I'd love to try it with some age, and I'm glad I got to try it, but I can't think of a time where I would really ever be craving to drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:43:15 | More by starrdogg
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.