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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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625 Reviews
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Reviews: 625
Hads: 3,395
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 10.04%
Wants: 3,165
Gots: 1,701 | FT: 196
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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: 625 | Hads: 3,395
Photo of PicoPapa
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of trojanshawn
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black Tuesday has to be one of my favorite beers. This is the beer I use to judge other bourbon aged stouts against, and I haven't found many that stack up to this one. If you're a fan of strong, bourbon aged stouts, then Black Tuesday has to be on your bucket list.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery - Black Tuesday, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown and settles black with minimal head. Not much lacing.

Smell - Chocolate malts and bourbon. Smells delish.

Taste - Rich chocolate followed by a nice bourbon warmth. Sweet oak vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Boozy and warm but yummy. Definitely a sipper.

Overall - Great brew, pretty much the epitome of the style.

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Photo of Mattyc88
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened a 2012 - 19.2% Black Tuesday on 1/4/2014 shared among 3 people.

Aroma: Amazingly complex aroma. Initially it smells a bit boozy but also has a good amount of chocolate and oak with a bit of vanilla at the end.

Appearance: Motor-oil black, pours thick with just a touch of head if you pour correctly. If you pour carefully anticipating head, you won't get any. Alcohol legs on the glass.

Flavor: A bit of alcohol heat, but that is to be expected. Oaky, chocolatey, coffee, vanilla, molasses, a confusingly slight hint of something almost fruity that I couldn't quite pinpoint. If I tried it again, i'm sure I would pick up on something new that I overlooked, there's so many different things going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-Moderate carbonation with a full body. Sweet, warm, and slick.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer tremendously, the variety of complex flavors make this a unique and delicious beer. It's got about as much flavor as I would think you could possibly get from a beer with an ABV this high. I've drank 10% stouts (almost half as strong) that have tasted boozier than this beer, and that to me is an amazingly well done job.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was nothing short of intense. Intensity in a bottle, in fact.

Pours… what do you think with a name like Black Tuesday? Doesn’t disappoint, either.

The aroma is just as big, bold, and overpowering. Monster stout plus dark Belgian ale plus barrel aging means there’s a lot to unpack: dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, floral esters, vanilla, leather, and some booze all come to mind. Each sip unravels another element of the same. Lots of heat. Too much, in fact, to bring it together as it warms. At least for this reviewer I found the heat distracting when it should be inviting. Another year or five, however…

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours far from what I was expecting. Instead of a pitch black, viscous beer, it pours lighter than I expected. The body looks almost oily. Dark brown and somewhat thin looking but somehow very oily looking as well. Didn't get much head.

S-A giant whiff of boozy bourbon and all sorts of dark, concentrated maltiness. Loads of fudge and brownie. Some dark fruit and more spicy bourbon and even some vanilla.

T-I really have to applaud this beer for its exceptional integration of alcohol. I was expecting a tongue-sizzling wave of booze but it's surprisingly not nearly as aggressive. The bourbon notes are as powerful as in the nose. The fudge and brownie and other chocolate descriptors all flow across the tongue. Light soy sauce. Vanilla attributed to the bourbon. A big dose of dark fruit as well.

M-Oily, like it looks. Obviously hot. Should be far less drinkable. It's intoxicating in more ways than one. It really wraps you in and begs for more sipping. Super sweet and sticky.

O/D-Lucky to try this one. I enjoyed it but was far less enamored than most. I appreciate Black Tuesday's epic delivery but would not consider it to be anyway near one of the best beers I have had.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time wants, at last. I'm glad this year's batch wasn't difficult to get as I thought it would be. 2013 vintage. Poured into a snifter from a 750ml bottle on NYE, and for obvious f***ing reasons, split with as many people as possible. Then again, I might have had 6oz of this, when all was said and done.

Pours a viciously opaque beer, with no light going through this thing at all. No much carbonation or head retention, it seems - about a half film of a fizzy tanned head coated the top of the glass. I believe this is bottle conditioned, but it seems to have made little difference in the carbonation (although I have heard of these gushing before), and overall, well, it's extremely syrup like (think more fortified wines and low ABV chocolate liqueurs) and it's definitely quite intense overall. Not pretty, but not the point here.

Quite a monstrous aroma, too - once you get past the slightly stinging boozy sensation from the beer at hand, lots of flavors reveal themselves in a firm, stoic manner. Dark chocolate, roasted, charred wood and grains. Raisins, prunes, and dates. White pepper and lavender, alongside a cornucopia of barrel spices - vanilla, burnt toffee, caramel, cinnamon, cloves, tobacco, and leather. The bourbon these guys are using is of extremely good quality, and it softens up a lot of of what would make this too harsh to drink. At the same time, a lot of the notes from the bourbon - which would normally be overly sweet - add an elegant vibe to the madness by feeling rich and bright, and not over the top or unbalanced. Really good - could strive for more balance, but I suppose that's not the point here.

Holy hell! The flavor and finish kicks most barrel aged stouts out of the park, however. I was simply stunned on how flavorful and complex this is. At first, you are immediately battered with all kinds of sweet and rich notes from the base beer, consisting of roasted chocolate, fudge, and molasses, as well as some rich dried dark fruit notes, ranging from raisins to cherries. Then, when all is said and done, the bourbon starts to work its magic - tons of vanilla, burnt toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and maple syrup, as well as an aftertaste where all of these flavors are fully enhanced and continue to rise in part of the excellent, creamy oaky notes. More nuances make themselves noticeable as this warms - licorice, tobacco, leather, baking soda.

Unbelievably complex, and a scarily easy beer to drink. While the alcohol was present in the aroma, it's barely noticeable here. You barely feel it, to be honest, and I regretfully drank this much faster than I should have. A little too syrupy overall, and some extra carbonation would really help this thing. Regardless, this is certainly my favorite flavored bourbon stout to date!

Imagine crossing a highly quality RIS, Tawny port, and Kentucky bourbon, and you have Black Tuesday. So many flavors and profiles to pick from, and I'm happy I have two more bottles that I plan on cellaring for a good long while. I'd imagine this would soften up further, and cut the sweetness down in a more elegant manner. Definitely not one that I'd want to have too much at a time, unless it's all I'm drinking that night. While it's not perfect, it tastes pretty amazing. Cheers to the Bruery for this successful experiment!

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Photo of john0721
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

color: black, light brown head which quickly diminishes.

nose: caramel, wood, bourbon

taste: sweet caramel, brown sugar, wood (with some charring), vanilla, light dark fruit (prune), very complex

finish: starts sweet, turns acidic ( diminishes with oxidation ), ends with a mild bitterness and some remaining caramel.

overall: I poured this at 50F degrees which was clearly to cold. 55F or 60F is a better starting point. This beer also benefits from oxidation (about 15-30 minutes). Once at the right temperature and oxidized the flavors fully come through.

My impression: This is a "best in class" imperial stout.

Disclaimer: 5 ratings from me do not mean "no room for improvement". I simply do not believe in the concept. 5 rating from me means "best in class" at the time of the tasting.

updated: 12/31/14

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Photo of VernonBaxter
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- not as black as I would have expected. Dark brown/ almost red around the edges but not quite motor oil black. Thin slightly off white collar of a head.

Nose- absurdly good. Big bourbon, milk chocolate, sugary sweet molasses, slight oak, slight booze. I could smell this all day long, I wish they made candles with this smell. Really, it's that good.

Taste- holy shit. Absolutely lives up to the hype. That bruery barrel aged flavor you find in brews like melange 3 and bois is here, big time. Huge bourbon and sweet molasses, slight milky chocolate, a little boozy. Really follows suit with the nose. Perfect mouthfeel. Tastes like 10 or 11%, nowhere near 18.9. Booze is well hidden

Overall- I'm glad this lived up to the hype for me. Really a great balanced beer, glad I have more

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Photo of boybrew
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as fuck!!

Bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, beautiful!!

Smooth as can be! I can't comprehend this is 18%. The finish is so perfectly balanced. It's unreal!

Velvety smooth and chewy.

One outstandingly crafted brew. Hats off to The Bruery. Salud!

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Photo of alaimoa
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured into snifters at a cold temp and allowed to warm. Very good, bit of burn and side by side with Chocolate Rain left us wanting more of both but Rain especially
A: not quite jet black, slight tinge of ruby
S: big bourbon hit, little roasted cocoa,
T: slight bourbon burn, chocolate upfront
M: not too thick but decent consistency and a nice lingering bourbon aftertaste

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Photo of MCain04
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popped open this '13 vintage at a share, about an 8 oz pour around cellar temp.

Pours a near-black body with a thin mocha head, minimal lacing and retention, unsurprising given the abv.

Smell is of a sweet and roasty malt base with bourbon present and not overpowering. Nice notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and figs.

Taste is akin to the nose, with a roasty sweet base, medium bitterness, good bourbon flavor, and barrel characters shining through. Alcohol is noticeable but incredibly palatable given the insane abv.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, syrupy, sticky, low carbonation, very nice.

Overall, a phenomenal BBA stout worthy of the accolades it receives.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

Appearance: Pours dark and thick, as an Imperial Stout should, with a small khaki head that collars quickly. Lots of alcohol legs, as expected.

Smell: Vanilla, Caramel, Coconut, maple syrup, Bourbon, tannins from the barrel, dark fruit, fairly strong scent of alcohol(shocker).

Taste: Amazing blend of caramel, vanilla and dark fruit up front with a bit of a Bourbon bite in the middle. The end is sweet malt with some roasty character. Though there is a bit of heat at the end as expected, I wouldn't have guessed the high abv; this definitely drinks smoother than how much booze it contains. It sure does warm you up going down, however, which is where you can tell how strong it is.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, silky and smooth. Can't see how this could improve.

Overall: Drinks very smooth for the abv and has an amazing combo of flavors, blended extremely well. I'd love to try some older vintages, but I don't see anything wrong with drinking this right now. Not a let down at all, must age amazingly.

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Photo of Florida9
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours quit thin for the style. Black, but still translucent. No head. No lacing. A few bubbles. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Chocolate. Malty. Chocolate frosting. Taste is similar. Damn sweet. Chocolaty. Malty. saccharin. Sweetness. And some alcoholic heat. Thinner mouthfeel. Mild to moderate bitterness.
Wow, this beer is not what I expected. Too thin, too sweet, not a whole lot of flavor. Not offensive, just not so great either. At least it was better than chocolate rain.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cola brown, quite a bit lighter than I expected. Thin head, no lacing, some clarity. Nose is bourbon, fudge, char, and oak. Tons of sugar on the nose. Taste is super sweet with chocolate and vanilla, bourbon. Very hot towards the end, cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is hot with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a very sweet beer but the astronomical abv is well hidden.

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Photo of markchristenson
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 version, opened too soon, but was jonesing to try it. Incredibly rich and full-bodied, with a ton of malt-y sweetness, laced through with coffee and caramel. A bit one-dimensional at this point, but I would imagine this will be great in a couple of years.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle (quick notes)

Appearance - Black, with a ruby hue around edges. Little to no head. There is no lacing, rather legs, like wine. It looks intimidating almost.

Aroma - Raisin, bourbon (vanilla and burnt oak), prunes, and a touch of chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate, anise, raisin, prune, vanilla, oak, bourbon. The flavors all are there separately, and distinguishable.

Mouthfeel - Burn! Sweet, smooth burn!

Overall - This guy's HUGE! It's complex as hell, but intriguing all the way through. This was fresh as of a month or so. I think it needs at least a full year or two to mellow and mature.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Sep 2013, opened Nov 2013.

A - Black with a cola halo highlight. Bone-white head settles quickly into a thin rim around the edge of the class. Poor retention and low lace.

S - Booze forward nose; Bourbon soaked brownies, dark chocolate, malted milk balls.

T - Whoa. Thick, melted dark chocolate. Brown breads, caramel, almonds, vanilla, oak. Umami; soy sauce and sweet caramelized carrots. Molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon finish.

M - Incredible finish - possibly the best staying power I've ever had in a beer. Full, smooth, creamy frame.

O - An outstanding stout, absolutely worth the hype.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a footed glass. Vintage 2013. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2013.

A: Less black than I'd expected. Coca-cola glints in direct light. No head.

S: Boozy as hell. Bourbon -- sure, sharp, and almost harsh.

T/M: Holy god, this is as good as any beer I've ever tried. Molasses, fudge, caramel, winter berries, bourbon, brown sugar, hint of booze. The mouthfeel is almost a letdown, with prickly alcohol and loads of sugar. Is it too sweet? Maybe. Maybe. But that's poking holes in perfection. Rich, luxuriant, and infinitely rewarding.

O: This is an absolutely incredible beer. Highest recommendation. Is it the absolute best beer ever? Not quite. Maybe close. But not quite. Slightly too sweet and too boozy.

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Photo of seand
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release.

A: The bottle releases some smoke as it opens. Pours a dark black, not quite opaque, with dark red highlights if held up to a light. There's a little bit of tan head, which mostly disappears except for a very thin rim around the edge of the glass.

S: Extremely dense and sweet, noticeable as soon as the bottle is cracked. Deep notes of anise, cherry, and booze. Kind of like a cocktail, maybe something with good blanco tequila, but with a denser sweetness. So rich, and so good.

T: Dense mid-high sweetness from the start through the finish, with slightly bitter hop notes through the finish and throughout the aftertaste. Very sweet, strong, dense, and enjoyable.

M: Extremely full body, medium to low carbonation.

Overall, wow. Exceptional. Also, dangerously, extremely, and unabashedly strong. I have had maybe a fifth of the bottle and I can feel it, and that is very unusual. You should probably taste this with many people, to keep you from drinking as much of it as you want. Because you will want all of it, and that is not healthy.


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Photo of steeb
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black and quite viscous. Slight head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful legs from the high alcohol content.

S: Huge Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and slight booze.

T: Chocolate, caramel, slight roast, with an appropriate level of sweetness.

M: Very faint carbonation and heavy bodied.

O: Very impressed, with this year's Black Tuesday. High alcohol, huge flavors, and no alcohol burn. Simply put an amazing beer, i have no idea if this will get any better than it is now. Seeing how i have 6 ill be drinking this quite regularly over the next year...

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Photo of pkalix
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first taste of the legendary Black Tuesday. had to fight the Bruery's server for it, but I finally got me a few bottles to try. very thick and heavy so I have a liter growler of Noble's Big Whig IPA as a chaser!
vigorous pour results in a 1/2 finger of tan foam which subsides quickly. very dark, dark brown color.... all barrel smell after the pour. minimal soapy lace on the sides. very rich aroma of barrel, whiskey, roasted malts.... very nice aroma, though, want to continue wafting it in....
some chocolate here, but mostly the bourbon is what makes its mark. I wonder if it aged a bit if it would mellow any? definitely some strong flavors here with the near 19% abv but these are very nice flavors. vanilla, some dark fruit. very sweet. licorice? it says anise, but I don't get any of that. maybe some brown sugar?
very thick flavor, almost syrup. for the abv, I suppose that is required....
well, I tasted the legendary Black Tuesday. finally. it is what I had expected after tasting some other Bruery labels. sweet, stout, strong. syrup-y. I planned ahead for this, even, by having the chaser ready to go.... it really goes well with all the left over Butterfingers and (especially) Almond Joys left over from Halloween. actually, I stole them from my kids' bags... and as a matter of contention, try a little Tootsie Roll with your Black Tuesday... really brings out the alcohol... and sugar.
all in all, my first sip of this legend, a nice chaser, leftover Halloween candy, and football. what a great sunday! as jimmy buffett says (sings), I wish lunch could last forever...

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! (2012 vintage) An aggressive pour yielded no head or lacing with a rather flat looking pitch black body. The nose was huge and amazing. Tons of bourbon, oak, and roasty chocolate along with hints of vanilla, booze, espresso, and a touch of black licorice and soy sauce. The taste follows suit with huge notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, and vanilla along with hints of booze soaked black cherries, espresso, molasses, port wine, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and boozey and hot. There really was very little tangible carbonation. Overall, I've had this at tastings several times, but this was my first actual bottle of it. And although it's bold and full of flavor, it's so hot and boozey that it really detracts from the experience of drinking such a big beer. I drank this over the period of several hours and the booze was just relentless the entire time. I think I'll keep my other two bottles in the cellar for a while and see what happens...

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this particular bottle. 2012 vintage. Poured from wax-sealed 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

A: Pours a nicely opaque black, with no visible carbonation and a thin tan head.

S: Big bourbon, oak, cacao, dark fruits, sweet with roasted malts, tannins, and mild acetone.

T: Boozy bourbon, oak, cacao, some dark fruits, sticky sweet, and big alcohol burn with some acetone. Boozy sticky chocolate in the hang.

M: Thin body for a big Imperial Stout, low carbonation, and whatever superlative you'd care to apply to the alcohol presence.

O: First of all, this was good. There's an awful lot of barrel character and booze, to the point that even if the ABV wasn't so high, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time. My biggest complaint was the body. Perhaps I'm spoiled by the amazing mouthfeel of Cigar City's stouts, but this really fell short in that department. Very good, but not quite great.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.