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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,039 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,039
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,969
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a small sample of this long ago at the BA Stout Trooper release, but this has been a long time want. 2011 vintage generously shared by cbutova.

Pours black, black, black, with a small brown head that doesn't stick around, dat ABV man. Some legs left on the glass. Ominous.

Smell is big but really not as intense as I was expecting. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol madness.

Taste is better, probably the definition of a dessert beer. Huge chocolate syrup drenched cake, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, alcohol, table sugar. Really insane flavor but very, very sweet, booze isn't bad but you feel the 18%. A sipper for sure.

Pretty good mouthfeel, hot, low carbonation.

Tasty but the sweetness and alcohol really prohibit this one from true greatness. A few ounces is good for me.

Photo of ralerwen
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2010 version. Oh, the fabled and mythical BT!
Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown with slight reddish brown highlight on the rim. The head is very slight and forms a tan head around the collar of the glass. The aroma is very boozy with notes of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and toffee. The alcohol burns the nose as you inhale a deep breath. The taste is sweet with hints of bourbon, dark roast, chocolate, and booze. The booze somewhat overpowers this and I kind of wish it was dialed down a tad but that being said, for the abv this is pretty smooth drinking. Warms as you drink this beer. No lace but it has legs for gods sake! Medium/heavy mouthfeel. This beer is pretty sweet flavor wise. For being such a high abv beer it really is decent but given the choice on an everyday basis, I would rather have a lower abv imperial stout.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of memphischas
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml black waxed bottle, 2010 Vintage.

Pours a super dark inky black with a small but super dark brown head. Nose is crazy boozy, malty, sweet, raisin and molasses.

Taste is very hot, boozy, sweet and honestly just a bit too much. The mouthfeel is syrupy but almost too thin, sticky and quite low carbonation. There is a good dark, sweet melty chocolate.

This is pretty much the concent of my group - not sure about the high ratings on here

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ElGordo
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights, with almost no head or carbonation. Heavy aroma of Raisinets (and I love Raisinets), along with notes of port wine and a good dose of booze.
Palate is big, rich, and luxurious. Up front, huge notes of dark fruit (fig and prune), maple, and honey. Chocolate, port wine, and a bit of roasted malt follow, with a long, sweet, maple finish.
Body is thick and rich, and just a touch sticky. Holds the flavors really well, the perfect vessel for the ridiculous complexity of this beer. Just phenomenal.

Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Poupae
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of leitmotif
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of shehateme
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle split between myself, legend8706, and a couple other buddies. Divided equally into wine glasses. Special night, to say the least!

A- Poured a deep murky brown, but not quite black. Very little foam head, but what is there sticks around for a while. Nice light lacing.

S- There is an almost overwhelming aroma of bourbon immediately. Huge on the oak and lots of vanilla. There is also some chocolate here, and perhaps a bit of smokiness as well, although I think that is the wood coming through. It does burn the nostrils a bit, like an actual bourbon or some such high proof liquor.

T- This beer will obviously benefit from some aging, but it is incredible now. Very complex, but easily the best bourbon barrel aged stout I have come across. It is very much like drinking a bourbon. It is pretty sweet, but not just sugary - I am thinking caramel. The oak/woody flavor cuts through well. It is extremely boozy right now, but I suspect that will mellow out in a few years. Ultimately, it has lots of wood, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, some bitterness, and plenty of booze (which no one should be surprised at). Mouth is rather thick and syrupy. Carbonation is light. It is creamy and pretty much damn awesome!

O- Black Tuesday was not cheap and was frankly very difficult for me to get my hands on, however, it was worth every penny. I am so glad I was able to enjoy such a truly unique, special beer. This one is not for the faint of heart, but if you are going after it I would guess that you know what you are getting into. I'll see my second bottle in a few years...if I can wait that long.

Photo of sharpski
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of nrs207
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of neckbracesub
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Damian
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz./750 ml bottle
2009 vintage
Served in a tulip
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Review #650

Absolute pitch black in appearance. The liquid poured super oily and was topped by a thin wisp of caramel colored froth. Within seconds, the head dissolved to a clingy ring.

The nose was outrageously rich and fragrant. Super sweet with strong brown sugar and molasses notes. Raisins, prunes and dates were definitely noticeable as well. Lots of deep, dark roasted malts. The bourbon character was definitely present but the booziness must have mellowed with time. What remained were intense notes of vanilla and toasted coconut. There was a definite port wine-like aspect as well.

The flavor profile was even more impressive than the aroma. Massive amounts of roasted and caramel malts appeared on the front end. Tons of brown sugar and sweet cream. As in the nose, bourbon was definitely noticeable but the booziness was amazingly well contained. This beer seriously drank like something in the 12-13% ABV range. Strong molasses and port notes. Some French roast coffee and bakers chocolate. Vanilla and toasted coconut notes played a major role in the taste as well. The finish was sweet and mellow, yet not cloying in the least bit.

Black Tuesday was undoubtedly the most thick and viscous monster of a beer I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The motor oil-like liquid contained a fine, mild effervesce which lent the beer a surprisingly supple creaminess. Simply amazing.

This 2009 vintage bottle of Black Tuesday was hands down the best stout of any type I have ever tried, and perhaps my favorite beer overall. Despite the ridiculously high ABV (19.5%), the alcohol was so well melded into the flavor profile. I wound up splitting my bottle four ways but felt like I could have put down at least half of it myself (although I might not be standing afterward).

Bottles of these beasts sell for over $300 on eBay and now I understand why.

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