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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,500
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,766
Gots: 1,208 | FT: 127
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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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.7%

04-10-2014 05:17:42 | More by smutty33
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LakerLeith

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-17-2014 06:47:20 | More by LakerLeith
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

750mL bottle, shared at a recent beer tasting to cap off the evening. Cheers to Jeff for sharing this one with us!

Poured into a snifter glass. Deepest darkest black, with a thin light brown head that dissolves quite quickly under its own weight. A think little smattering of foam is all that survives. You can see the weight on this as it pours.

Nose is sweet and sugary, with notes of roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel and a slight peat or leather quality. Rich and inviting.

Well this is all kinds of wonderful. Definitely a sharing bottle, even if the ABV wasn't as high as it is. Rich stout flavours, very sweet, with assertive notes of bourbon, chocolate, sugar and vanilla. The booze is certainly there, but despite being 18%, it tastes more like around a 10%er, which makes for some dangerous drinking indeed. A headache-inducing brew, but oh-so-worth it.

Medium-high thickness, mild carbonation, creamy on the palate. Drinks like a liqueur.

Terrific double stout, very sweet, full of flavour. When drinking this brew I had that calm euphoria folks must have felt in the late 1920s with stocks at what Irving Fisher described as a "permanently high plateau". The high ABV hit me a short while later, with the high sugar content causing an irreversible crash. With a brew this good, however, it won't take a war to get me on my feet again. Terrific stuff, well worth a pickup. Share this brew, or don't come crying to me later.

08-20-2012 01:04:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-24-2013 14:09:00 | More by plumcrazyfx
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-28-2014 04:12:49 | More by derkfromwi
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -47.5%

Had this at a tasting on friday night, a huge thanks to John for bring this beer

The beer pours like motor oil with a thin barely there dark head. the smell is sweet boozy with a noticeable bourbon smell. the taste is hot boozy and cloyingly sweet. this beer reminds me of dark lord, ( which i thought was highly overrated). the mouthfeel is thick and its hard to get the coating feel out of your mouth. between everyone at the tasting it was probably a 50/50 split of love hate. i gave the rest of my pour to my brother who enjoyed it. in my opinion this beer is one to avoid

06-05-2011 12:51:48 | More by rowingbrewer
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-09-2013 14:47:06 | More by ldhughes3
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -23.8%

Appearance: Rich, dark, pour, incredibly thick. Completely coats the glass, and nice head as well.

Smell: Boozy notes of prunes, plums, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. Not as much bourbon as I had hoped for although the alcohol is very hot. Definitely thick, but not particularly appitizing. Too sweet.

Taste: The 09 did a good job of hiding the alcohol but in the 2010 the booze smacks you in the face like a freight train. Big booze, plums, prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, oak, coffee, chocolate, lots and lots of malt. Biggest negative is that it is way too sweet, which, combined with the over-present vanilla, booze heat, and alcohol thinness, detracts greatly.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not silk/satin smooth. The 09 was decent but the alcohol in the 10 made it feel too hot and runny.

Drinkability: Hard call here, not drinkable in the sense that you normally think, as in it goes down easy, but it is "drinkable" for a 19.5% beer. However, I am going to go with general drinkability, as "highly drinkable for a 19.5%" beer sounds similar to "particularly tasty meal as far as rusty nails go."

Overall a good brew, but not a stand-out for the style. Certainly the "biggest" but that does not mean "best" as well, at least in my book. A good exercise in over-loading each part of the brewing process with malt and then tossing it in a barrel, but nothing I would need to try again - similar to seeing the bearded lady, etc. I've had the 09 and 2010, the 10 was much hotter and the alcohol made it feel thin.

01-02-2010 04:12:28 | More by craytonic
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tfsimpkins

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-26-2013 17:31:30 | More by tfsimpkins
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jjayjaye

New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours opaque, dark with a full finger loose foamy tan head that fades fairly quickly with little lacing. The smell is aggressive, intense and complex. It starts off with a full on cherry vanilla assault over caramel and chocolate character. As it warms up the bourbon aroma becomes more intense, eventually maturing into an intense black licorice. Full flavored, the taste matches up to the nose really well, step for step. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy; a small sip coats the entire mouth thoroughly. The after taste lingers on and on with and the bourbon licorice and dark fruit notes. The 19.5% ABV is ever present but not distracting. Shared this one with my sons the day of the last snow, after-Easter christening the beginning of the 2010 BBQ season. This one is phenomenally complex. Very similar to my favorite Double Stouts but with a tad extra edge.

04-11-2010 02:03:57 | More by jjayjaye
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pwoods

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +9.3%

Huge thanks to Roymunson for sharing this during Munsonfest.

A: Pitch black, very thick but not quite motor oil or Dark Lord. Moderate head on the pour with just a bit of retention. Some wispy lacing.

S: Deep, rich fucking malts. Not burnt but very roasty with loads of deep sugary molasses. You can definitely tell that it's a huge beer bu the alcohol only comes out a bit and is already melding well.

T/M: I want to hate this beer but I can't. This is very good. Deep, rich malts, but again, not burnt. Deeply sweet molasses and caramel. Some muted hops but not huge like Expo. Damn fine alcohol line, not much heat but plenty of flavor that melds nicely. Light, flavorful wood with some vanilla but not tons of bourbon. Body is full but not heavy and very very creamy.

D: 19.5? I would never guess this past 12 or so but still incredibly drinkable. Like I said.... I want to hate this beer because of the hype but damn.... This is an incredible beer.

EDIT: Just split a bottle with my Kels and the bourbon is much more pronounced in this bottle. Still not massive on the bourbon but definitely a step up and a nice improvement. Gonna bump the aroma up to a 5. Fantastic.

11-15-2009 00:47:04 | More by pwoods
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

Drank with my beer buddies Anthony, Andrew and Joel

2010 Vintage poured into mini Chimay chalices.

A - Thick oily black colour with no head.

S - Verty sweet soft aroma with hints of milk chocolate, very pronounced.

T - Red wine flavours up front followed by some hot sweetness. The bourbon flavours are soft but present, the finish is boozy and sweet.

M - Thick full body. with minimal carbonation.

O - A massive Imperial Stout. everything about this says overload. Not balanced at all, but rather a bomb of a stout. Won't forget this in a hurry.

09-12-2013 12:03:40 | More by eric5bellies
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

01-11-2013 18:09:03 | More by Beertracker
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vande

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-22-2014 23:30:33 | More by vande
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

11-30-2013 17:46:56 | More by calcnerd
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

02-11-2013 21:56:08 | More by CityofBals
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VonZipper

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

02-08-2014 19:47:23 | More by VonZipper
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-05-2014 20:04:58 | More by AdamP
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.4%

01-28-2012 16:15:33 | More by kevgod
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-01-2011 14:29:11 | More by sideshowe
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-20-2011 10:48:36 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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freduardo

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2013 16:06:05 | More by freduardo
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Got this in a trade from a very generous BA. Thanks! My contribution to the Rush Hour Tasting v1.

A- Brown, not black, a deep dark brown, and there's a head! It's about half a finger, the bubbles themselves are brown, and they are thin-walled and stick like sea foam.

S- Mild coffee astringency, sweet brown sugar, caramelized/molasses, a bit of bourbon as well.

T- BOURBON! Semi-sweet chocolate. Like a Hershey bar or hot cocoa mix. Molasses, coffee, almond paste. Tastes like a rich chocolate truffle, boozy, of course..

M- This is great... until it warms up. Then the alcohol comes through even stronger. Oppressive, almost.

D- Moderate. A little goes a LONG way. I enjoyed my first glass, and my second glass sat for about 3 hours before I mustered up the strength to finish it.

12-22-2009 01:54:45 | More by ShogoKawada
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

11-16-2011 15:41:18 | More by BeerThursdays
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

11-18-2012 00:09:24 | More by brother_kenneth
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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