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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,614 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2,828
Gots: 1,226 | 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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Ratings: 2,614 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

sinstaineddemon, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of shehateme
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

shehateme, Feb 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle shared by Jason, into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

A: Pours still-looking, with a mahogany-black body and a tiny bit of brown lacing around the edges.

S: Lots of marshmallow and caramel character from the barrel in the nose. Thick hot chocolate. Pleasant booziness builds as it warms.

T: Boozy chocolate, roasted grain, light figgy sweetness, caramel and tannic vanilla. Big alcohol burn in the finish. The maltiness matches it, though.

M: Thick-bodied, tingly carbonation with some pleasant alcohol warmth.

O: Really tasty beer. The alcohol, despite being palpable, is less disruptive than I expected.

Etan, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Moyman for this beer.

750mL bottle. Pours a pitch black viscous color with a 1/2 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is a whole lot of booze with some nice vanilla, oak, raisins, dark chocolate, black coffee and earth. The taste is boozey with a great chocolate presence that somehow isn't overpowered by the bourbon. Vanilla hints with some caramel as well. Chocolate and alcohol burn towards the end. More warming alcohol at the finish with dark chocolate. Almost tastes like boozey Hershey's Syrup. Heavy, chewy mouthfeel. I'm surprised that the taste is so complex given the very high Abv. Its not just a boozey mess. Probably one of, if not the best, Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts I have had. Amazing beer.

PicoPapa, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +10.1%

jwat, Feb 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

monitorpop, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Soneast, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of starrdogg
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

starrdogg, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
3/5  rDev -33.9%

thebouch01, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of vinny21bal
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a monster. Black tar stout. Big booze on this. But it really blends nicely with everything else going on. Great mouth feel to it. Really one of the better stouts out there. It's kind of on its own as far as uniqueness. This is a big intense beer. Don't recommend opening it by yourself. The Bruery just kills it time and time again.

vinny21bal, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +10.1%

CEDAMA, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 09, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Beejay, Jan 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Lucnifter, Jun 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Drucifer, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

derkfromwi, Jan 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

robwestcott, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

MastaShonuf, Apr 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 15, 2009
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

FrankHammer, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Treebs, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

sliverX, May 27, 2012
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,614 ratings.