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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 619
Hads: 3,349
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 3,148
Gots: 1,628 | FT: 185
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
2015: 19.9% ABV
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Reviews: 619 | Hads: 3,349
Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for the perfect snow day. Hence one arrives unexpected yet very welcome.

Complex aroma with strong notes of aged chocolate and alcohol followed by a soft vanilla presence and faint caramel.

Has been quite a while since I've had a beer of this heft, and must say I was unprepared for the frontal fusel alcohol assault. After regrouping and digging in, waves of sweet and dark chocolate were felt, followed by an array of maraschino cherry, black grape, vanilla, spice cake, grain and molasses flavors all slow down the throat.

Syrupy and heavy of course, but quit yer whinin'.

An intricate and challenging brew that takes a few dives to reach its depths. I recommend enjoying every moment, but don't forget to take your time while ascending for air.

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Photo of Jjski
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outta freekin site this is good. Has replaced Berserker as " best ever".

Viscous, strong, sugary, fresh bourbon, aged bourbon, and bourbony hints of bourbon. mouthfeel still has active carbonation.

Vintage 2012.

In the category of thick, heavy, no holds barred RIS: this is fantastic. It is like BCBS x 1.5, eclipse x2. Wow.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2014 bottle. Lots of sweetness and heat and a bit thinner than I had hoped. Some nice flavors in there, but a bit overwhelmed by the heat. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of James_Cody
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Super boozy (obviously at 19%) but not moonshine status surprisingly. Oak and bourbon notes at first, followed by vanilla and sugar. Very sweet; a desert beer in my opinion. Not the best barrel aged beer, but a good one. Hardly worth $40 a bottle though.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much perfect.
Peel the wax, find a comfy chair and enjoy.
Dark as oil, nose of sex, tasty as the day is long and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Buy it, trade for it, sell you first born.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday...what a name. Enjoyed as part of a tasting of BT, GM, MW, and CR.

A-Few beers will ever look as deadly. A brief glance at the label and you'll know (at 19.7%) this isn't something to take lightly. This beer doesn't have a color, it's strictly the absence of all light.

S-Huge alcohol up front, almost as if smelling a spirit. Bourbon is slightly there, but is overpowered by the alcohol content of the beer itself.

T-Husky up front. Lost of malt in here. Hard to pick out a dominant flavor. The bourbon/malt/alcohol is very complex.

F-Lots of alcohol means this one is a sipper.

O-Share with friends.

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Photo of DT_Home
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black as night. Smells of bourbon, caramel, chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a beer this viscous. 2013 bottle is still pretty boozy and a bit of a palate shock as it's very sweet. Looking forward to trying another vintage.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ebony brew, small tan head with poor retention; not unexpected.

Super hot aroma laden with bourbon, mocha, oak, coconut...so much going on.

Flavor is even deeper and more complex. Tons of chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut...just absolutely delicious.

Incredibly smooth and thick mouthfeel. It's a hot beer, but incredibly smooth given nearly a 20% ABV.

Truly exceptional, delicious beer.

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Photo of Shinck14
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a bourbon bomb. Taste is obviously very very sweet due to the high ABV but still a fantastic barrel aged stout. Only knocks i have on it are the beer is a little thin in the mouthfeel and a touch too sweet.

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Photo of ParadoxGuitarist
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had. Each year is slighty different, but I've never been disappointed. I have a few bottles I'm going to sit on for several years.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would have liked a little more head to this one, but I cannot really complain for something 19+ to tasty this amazing. so rich, smooth, and easy to drink. Just WOW

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Photo of uvachief
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. You can't drink the bottle alone. Extremely smooth and hides the incredible high abv unbelievably well. Brandy and bourbon and refined oh my. Burns but not badly. Refined drinking that will annihilate you.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Warning: Extremely delicious if you like bourbon-barrel aged beers

A: Black with caramel head, recedes fast
S: Bourbon, toffee, sugar, vanilla
T: Vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits
F: Very nice mouthfeel
O: Something really special if you get can get your hands on it, a great base beer for all their variants.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

color of the beer is black as night, pours a few big bubbles on top but not really any head to speak of.
Smell-tons of malt goodness, rich coffee, some chocolate, dark fruit, boozy warmth.
Taste-Upfront is sweet malt flavors such as molasses and dark fruit, complimented by rich, toasty flavors like chocolate and coffee. the booze provides warmth but is very, very subtle for a beer this big.
Feel-very heavy, oily on the finish. very subtle carbonation.
Overall-this is an extremely impressive beer, drink carefully, you can't really taste the 18.9 percent abv but it's there!

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Simply an amazing beer.aroma is strong of booze and bourbon. Looks dark as night and black as death. Tastes like sweetness mixed with goodness and love. Heavy on the notes of barrel and vanilla but really couldn't discern much bourbon. Amazing and really unique. This is what world wide stout wishes it was like. Much thanks to steveb24 for sharing

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours engine oil black with a thin, but dense creamy toffee colored head and no carbonation.

S - Light bourbon, light chocolate, dark fruit, and light oak tannin aroma.

T - Lots of bourbon flavor, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted molasses, and black anise. Very nice complexity.

M - Medium body and silky smooth.

O - Starts out hot from the alcohol, mellows as it breathes, and lets more flavor emerge.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time having it. 2012 vintage. I don't know what to think... The color really threw me off as it was almost a deep brown opposed to the usually opaqueness of stouts. Second was the taste. Only other stout with a similar taste profile I can think of is DFH WWS. It's a helluva tasty beer, but not what I expected.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured from fridge into Bruery tulip. More carbonation than I was expecting. Pours black.

Smell - Strong bourbon, caramel, licorice, vanilla, sweet alcohol. It smells strong.

Taste - Immediate sweetness, and then the alcohol comes through, although it doesn't seem like almost 20% alcohol. Much of the smell comes through on the taste - lots of caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Quite an experience! This is truly an amazing beer.

Overall, this is one of the best beers out there. Not what I would call a typical BA imperial stout - it's clearly in a class of its own.

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Photo of peacemakers48
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic stout. One of the most surprising aspects of this beer is that despite the high alcohol content, it is not overly boozy. It has a nice smell and is really smooth. One of the best stouts I have had.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pour at a tasting. Dark thick black body. Big Sweet aroma. Wow, huge big sweet chocolate taste. Tastes like a chocolate covered caramel. So good. After warming up a bit though, that big 19.2% alcohol burn starts to be noticeable.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such a unique beer. Almost like a stout liquor. Amazingly smooth for the alcohol content. Rich thick molasses flavor that never let's up. A truly great beer! Compared 2014 edition with 2014 BCS and this won out, though both are great.

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Photo of Rothobinide
5/5  rDev +11.9%

2014 release, 19.7% of DANG.

Smells like a rich, dark chocolate candy bar, dropped into a pan of hot chocolate pudding, quietly burning on the range. Complexity of this beer is off the charts. I have had several of The Bruery's blended beers that incorporate Black Tuesday, and I've had Grey Monday, but I will freely admit I was not expecting the zany flavors this monstrous brew delivered to me on the first sip. Abundant fig, oak, hazelnut, almond, vanilla, sweet cream, molasses, molten caramel, pudding, semisweet chocolate... I don't know, man. Blown away. Was all ready to be objective about it and then the first drop hit my tongue. BT is entirely worthy of the reputation it has garnered.

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Photo of BeerME_562
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Considering the Hype on this beer, I had to get a hold of ONE. Scored on the raffle this year, and comp 3 bottles.
Bottle poured in a snifter glass

A. Poured deep rich black with a hue of amber/brown, little to no head cream in color

S. Toasted charred wood with a hint of bourbon note, light vanilla and caramel in addition bold malt, chocolate, and molasses, which i think hides the most 18% alcohol well yet tingle the nostril.

T. Had a nice well balance base of chocolate, molasses, and slight licorice. In front was an underwhelming taste of bourbon, but a prominent deep yet not overpowering hint of oak and vanilla that I thought was lovely. On the back, there was a nice touch of charred wood similar to Smoking Wood which didn't pack a strong punch, but linger with a hint of alcohol sweetness and dissipated slowly.

Mouth feel was fairly balance, but to my taste was a little on the heavy side which can be overwhelming if you're drinking 12-16oz. lovely velvet texture that coats the mouth and smooth

O. Great overall beer, well balance smooth deep roasted chocolate and rich malt. I can see the hype of the beer because for 18% ABV I mention little alcohol presence, but I felt it lacks something, and personally I don't know what that is. To me everything seem like it was blended amazingly well that it was almost near perfection, yet fell a little short and incomplete. It needed that curve ball that tells you DAMN this is one hell of a beer. NO SHOCK VALUE

Will see if my opinion changes after a year in my cellar

Personal side note
Will I buy it again? Of COURSE; Will I buy 3 bottles? NO (wish they served a 2-4oz taster on tap, smh); Will I join the reserve society to get a hold of this bottle? No

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black Tuesday pours, well, black, with a thin and wispy beige head that recedes to a faint ring around the edge of the glass. Thick, vinous legs on this one, too. The aromas are intense: heavy, heavy alcohol presence that's a lot like straight bourbon (though the alcohol aroma settled substantially as the beer warmed up); dark red fruit like raisins and cherries; chocolate; and a very nice oaky vanilla. Flavors are a dream: sweet, booze-drenched chocolate; spicy alcohol heat; caramelized brown sugar; vanilla marshmallows; more vanilla and molasses; more of those dark red fruits; and a faint char or roastiness on the finish. There's almost a sherry- or port-like flavor to Black Tuesday, which transforms this beer into one fit not only for mortals, but also for the gods. Mouthfeel is not thin, but not as viscous as I was expecting. It's just smooth, substantial, and exactly right for what's going on with the flavors. There's definitely a bit of alcohol burn, but this seemed to dissipate as the beer warmed up.

Overall, Black Tuesday is one of the best straight BA stouts I've ever had, maybe slightly ahead of BCBS and slightly behind the king of the roost, Parabola. The flavors are rich, complex, and hard to capture adequately with words. If you're a BA stout fan, you'll love this one.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A must-try, just make sure you have someone/s to share it with! Had the 2012 on 11/14/14

After having had the 2014 recently, I'll add that the aging really cut through the heat for me and made this a really enjoyable beer. Love it fresh too, it's just a lot.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.