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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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3,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,039
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,967
Gots: 1,501 | FT: 171
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
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of the hightlights (if not THE highlight) at Doopiedoopiedoo's tasting a few weeks ago.

It was at the end of the tasting we tried this one against the Black Damnation V from the Struise. I am a very big fan of the BD V but this beer stole my heart...sorry Urbain!

I only wrote down the points for the beer and then my light almost went out. This is a beer from outerspace.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very lucky to obtain my overall #1 want in BA Secret Santa, courtesy of awalk. 2011 vintage, split with my cousin. The pour is tar black, viscous, thin tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, some cocoa. The taste has lots of bourbon, cocoa notes, strong malt back bone. Finishes hot. The beer is full bodied, light carbonation, obvious high abv. Lives up to hype, thrilled to have had the opportunity to try it.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for mlaroche for this bottle.

Review #1000!

Vintage 2010

Pours a wicked dark black color, no light getting through this, not even at the edges, smallish head that fades very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Huge notes of dark fruit, especially fig and raisin, even has almost a chocolate sherry aroma, subtle hints of wood, bourbon is quite prevalent on the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a bourbon burn, even after almost 4 years of aging this still packs a punch although it's not nearly as bad as when I first tried it a few years ago, quite sticky and sweet although the sugary aspects have also mellowed out and allowed the dark fruit to have a large presence, carbonation is low but more than adequate for this style and is very soft on the mouth, finishes with a very sticky feeling.

To be honest, I didn't care for it the first time. It was way too sugary sweet and burned too much as well. It's still very strong in both of those arenas but have considerably mellowed out and allowed other flavors to come through. Overall, a good choice for my 1000th review as it demonstrates a good usage of cellaring. I think I'll sit on my 2011 bottle until I hit 1100 reviews (at my current pace, it might be awhile).

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Reviewed on 11/23/2012. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Despite the name the beer pours a deep brown color. It looks closer to black once it settles in the glass but it's still not quite there. Surprisingly, given the ABV, a slight head develops leaves a bit of lacing. Nothing remarkable in general but decent for an 18.2% ABV beer.

The nose is huge here. At first the bourbon comes across and makes it seem extremely boozy, which it is, but once you get past that some nice aromas really open up. There is a great vanilla note that seems to be present throughout. There is some nice dark fruit that peeks its head out. Very raisin-like. There is a bit of some wood as well. Really nice oak character that opens up as the beer warms.

The taste actually seems less boozy than the nose but there is a lot more that comes through. There is still a huge bourbon note but it blends extremely nicely with some vanilla, toffee and oak, some dark fruit, think raisin again, and bit of some chocolate. Aside from the bit of chocolate the rest of the flavors seem to be here in equal parts. Really impressive.

The mouthfeel is huge, as expected. Each sip coats the mouth and sends a slight burn down the throat. That being said, it is also incredibly smooth. The carbonation is low and it is somewhat sticky.

This beer definitely lived up to the hype. It's pretty amazing that a beer this big can feel as smooth and drinkable as it does.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, shared 4 ways.

Black body, mild tan head, average lace. Mildly carbonated. Complex aroma: roasty malts, caramel, toffee, plenty of booze, vanilla, and chocolate.

Roasty with lots of malty sweetness. Torrents of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate amidst the boozy background. Turns sweeter and more boozy as it warms. Still plenty of fermentable sugars present; this beer will be awesome in a year or two.

The 2010 BT we had a few weeks back alongside Chocolate Rain was a significantly better beer. I won't be opening my other 2011s for at least 1.5 years. Great potential, needs time!

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 3,039 ratings.