Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 3,282
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3,083
Gots: 1,598 | FT: 180
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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
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Photo of markchristenson
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.76/5  rDev +7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of seand
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Recommended. (1,075 characters)

Photo of steeb
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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... (563 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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... (1,589 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
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... (1,014 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2010) into a snifter. Pours a semi-transparent brownish black w/ a 1-finger mocha head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Reddish light breaks through the sides of the glass. Nice boozy legs on this one.

Aroma is huge bourbon, molasses, chocolate, toffee, oak, char, caramel... the list of adjectives goes on and on.

Taste follows nose. Tons of bourbon and dark roasty malt, sticky-sweet chocolate-covered black cherries, caramel, and loads of vanilla. A rich dessert sipper of a beer.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, coating, heavy, decadent.

Overall a big crazy barrel-aged bourbon stout that managed somehow to exceed my expectations. (651 characters)

Photo of Randyfultz
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received from a trade for some Heady Toppers. Well worth the trade!!!

A: beautiful dark rich color, nice head

S: smells abundantly of bourbon

T: nice boozy taste, great favors of bourbon

M: smooth and lacey, wonderful

O: a fantastic imperial stout. Would love to have side by side with a Bells Black Note. Definitely one of the best stouts I've had and my favorite from The Bruery thus far. (395 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition. Poured into a snifter at Jesse's Bruery tasting

A: as black as the Tuesday it was sold on. Very little head, minimal lacing.

S: espresso, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Bourbon dominates.

T: holy crap! this is the one we came here for and it's delivers. A cascade of dark fruits' featuring dates, raisins and plums. Chocolate and cinnamon do a tarantella with vanilla beans. Is that the 19.2% that's putting me in a trance? I swoon as it warms; the flavors enhance greatly. Let me take a seat. That bourbon-y finish leaves us all in awe of this liquid death.

M: Medium to heavy with chewy carbonation.

O: What can I say, I love a great stout and this one kicked my ass. So honored to have part of your wonderful offering, Gus. Salute! (755 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. 75 cl. bottle sampled. Exited about trying this one finally, this has been a long time want of mine.

Huge gusher, seriously why? Almost 20 % ABV, really weird and really irritating.

A: Black, basically no head.

S: Huge sticky molasses nose, sweet sugar, alcohol, vanilla, very sweet, very sweet, nice,…

T: Lots of caramel, vanilla oak, sweet molasses, brown sugar, creamy, very sweet and very simple, no complexity and terribly exiting honestly. Finish is almost pure alcohol in the finish, light bitter herbs, sticky bitter stuff, quite sticky stuff, bit burn, near pure alcohol,… Seriously it is like they made a very simple RIS and poured some vodka in here, really drags this one down for me personally.

B: Flat, oily and sticky whole

It wasn’t a bad beer per se but it fell tremendously short of its reputation. It is very expensive, hard to get & it is nowhere near even my top 100 RIS’s. Simple, ridiculously, boozy, I really, really do not get the appeal of this beer.

Apparently as it turned out this works really well when blended with fruit lambic. (1,090 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (553 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If Stouts could inspire liqueur, then this beer is the epitome of that discussion. Again, The Bruery outdoes themselves with another transcendent ale. Beers simply don't get bigger, bolder, more confident or... more ideal!

Its highly viscous pour is the blackest of blacks- its onyx-like sheen makes the beer look every bit as much like an oil slick as it would anything meant to be placed in the mouth. Ominously dark, mysterious and undoubtedly masculine- there's simply something menacing about the beer's appearance. With really no foam, froth, or streaming to mention- the beer's espresso-like character takes hold.

As espresso is where the aromas take off. Deep sweet and smoky roast character is charged with the strongest roasted coffee that's woven together with molasses and maple syrups. Dark chocolate and dried fruit gives the beer a complex wine-like nose. Cherries, grapes, dates, figs and oak peak through the enormity of malt along with hints of coconut, vanilla and caramel as the beer warms.

Heading into taste, the stout's low-lying carbonation allows its massive malt sweetness to latch onto the taste buds and saturate them fully with high espresso roast, black-strap molasses, bittersweet chocolates, walnuts and a savory, smoky sweetness. Port wine and aged sherry release savory and almost salty flavors with a certain "meatiness" that reminds me playfully of teriyaki and soy sauce. Its that sweet and salty interplay that creates such a savory combination that the stout easily replaces dessert as after dinner reward. Its molasses-infused bourbon flavor is well equipped with oak, vanilla, coconut and char as the beer warms.

Incredibly rich and chewy, the beer's viscosity wraps around the tongue like a ribbon of silk- it might as well make love to the mouth. Its heavy coat easily penetrates to soft tissues of the mouth and is slow to release- allowing for a forever linger of sweetness, booze and brownie.

With all the Imperial Stouts on the market, few reach this kind of apex- its every much a digestive liqueur that's as well balanced, complete and robust as any. If stout is the questions, then Black Tuesday wins! (2,156 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black, viscous, thick and creamy this oozed into the glass with a thin brown head and no lacing.

All the aromas of a barrel aged stout I caught creamy coconut, vanilla and creamy milky tones.

Absolutely first class in taste this has all the complexity you want but yet seems so simple. Some candied fruits and sweet honey are enclosed by milk chocolate, caramel and toffee. The taste has an ideal sweetness level as it doesn't overwhelm but satisfies completely.

This is 19.2 pct ABV, and apparently that's not a typo. Holy Crap! I would never have guessed as there's no alcohol bite or boozy flavor. All I feel is a rich, smooth and full flavored beer. (656 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage 19.2

A: Is not an incredibly dark beer - murky brown/ruby red tinges along the sides of the glass. Sits pitch black in the glass. No head to speak of at all.

S: Amazing! Incredibly balanced and not very boozy at all, really. Sweet vanilla, coconut, and bourbon caramel. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some booze soaked fruits - plums and cherries. Some oak is present as well. There is a distinctive spiciness - cinnamon and gingerbread. Just a very inviting, strongly aromatic, brilliantly balanced.
-note: I'd give this a 5 but I want to see what CR brings to the table

T: Very sweet but balanced. The sweetness counters the alcohol so well. Rich chocolate, tons of sweet vanilla/coconut/oak, some booze soaked dark fruits, cherry juice, and some coffee at the finish. The spiciness from the aroma comes in at the finish as well.

P: Full, but not very viscous. Very smooth. There is a pop of carbonation that subsides with some swirling.

O: An astounding malt beverage. The impeccable balance and complexity makes for an exceedingly enjoyable drinking experience. (1,085 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a very nice dark black hue with a quarter inch tan head that left light lacing, solid.

S - Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, sweet malts heaven, so so good.

T - Taste is chocolatey, bourbon, super hot bourbon, vanilla, barrel, sweet malts, support delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is rather hot but the carbonation is spot on, very drinkable, got but not oppressive.

O - Overall I loved this beer, really awesome but super hot still. Love it but very hot. (515 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tommy for nailing this long time want of mine - it has eluded me for too long! Black Tuesday pours, well... black. Deep black with dark, dark brown only rounding out the corners. No head, no foamy collar, nothing in terms of life except for a few bleak bubbles that rise to the surface and immediately pop; its got legs like a supermodel when you swirl the glass, though.

What a massive aroma; as soon as your nose heads towards the glass, Black Tuesday's aroma reaches out and runs a train on your nostrils. Warm bourbon, smooth caramel, cocoa dust, chocolate malts, mild vanilla, thick brown sugar, molasses, and some heavy back-end black licorice and anise. Pretty sweet and boozy, and at 19.2% ABV, I don't think that's a surprise to anyone.

The taste is every bit as huge as the aroma, and every bit of that 19.2% ABV is felt, as well as matched with enormous malty sweetness. Sugary and sweet up front, rivers of warm caramel, bourbon soaked oak chips, roasty chocolate malts, minimal roast, and sticky molasses. It's just such a gigantic beer; every single sip lingers on your palate long after it has been swallowed. Black Tuesday, straight annihilating your taste buds.

Everything you thought you knew about hot, sweet beer just got wrecked thanks to this malt dragon. The finish is full of more cocoa, caramel, bourbon, oak, as well as some vanilla and licorice sweetness. Warmth, of course, brings out more sweetness, more robustness, and more booze. The mouth feel is monstrous as well; sticky and thick, chewy, oily, large and in charge.

Black Tuesday is a beast of a beer - a true night cap and a sipper if there ever was one. It'll take even the manliest of men a while to pounce through their pours of this one. That said, it's quite tasty and really an enjoyable experience, but you better leave the Motrin on the night stand if you plan on tackling this one alone. Huge, sweet, and boozy; unabashedly so. Thanks again, Tommy. (1,961 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml of the 2012 bottling, poured at a tasting (shared by sstork; thanks man!) with my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Dark brown edges with a black body; no head.

S: Oaky vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and toasted caramel dominate, as expected; everyone who has had this beer and its variants must know what I'm talking about. Huge sugary-sweet stout with overwhelming caramel, vanilla and brown sugar notes, and just enough roast and dark chocolate to keep it interesting. Lots of hot, boozy bourbon here as well, though for near 20% this is a pretty manageable nose.

T: Bourbon and brown sugar, plenty of caramel as well as vanilla & bourbon...milk chocolate, burnt sugar, boozy & oaky vanilla.

MF: Fuller bodied & hot, low carbonation; very oily and mouth-coating.

O: Awesome beer, very extreme but well-executed. A sipper for sure. (842 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #5 from Phelps, into our Devil's Backbone and Savor tulips.

A-Pours a deep dark black with a frothy tan head that has some nice legs.

S-Bourbon and lots of it. Hot, boozy and sweet. This must be a big barrel aged stout.

T-Really tasty, boozy, toasted marshmallow, brown sugar. Very, very hot on the tongue but nicely flavorful.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O-I like this one. Really big ABV. Got to be 12%+. Definitely bourbon barrel aged. Cap says Bruery so I want to guess Black Tuesday, though the unopened one I have is waxed, first bottling.

HV (580 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this long-time want. Been sitting in the "cellar" for a few months and decided it's the 4th of July weekend and no reason to keep cellaring a beer I have not had. Thanks to beerinNV for the chance to try this!

Pouring out of the bottle not nearly as black as I expected. Nearly zero head. Big alcohol legs. Almost more of a deep chestnut brown that black.

Smells like caramel and bourbon most predominantly. Then appealing burnt sugars. Finally a slight alcohol burn in the nostrils.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. Big, nearly diabetic sweetness -- and I don't mean that negatively. It really works with the beer. Bourbon and barrel notes. Also caramelized malts. Slight alcohol sting on the finish.

As would be expected, low carb but actually a almost surprisingly light mouth feel. It does finish sticky and sweet.

No doubt this beer is an accomplishment. The booze is extremely well integrated. It's there for sure but less hot than beers that are 5 or 6 percent less booze. An experience worth having. (1,045 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened and split on 6.29.13

2012 Vintage

A - Pours a deep brown/black with a few dark tan bubbles that form, move to the edges and then fade away quickly.

S - Bourbon, alcohol heat, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts.

T - Bourbon and lots of heat, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Very good.

D - Heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - This is a great beer that I have just never gotten around to opening. It was a nice bbq with friends over, so we opened some good beers. This was one of the hilights for me. Lots of boozy bourbon, heat, and layers of chocolate and vanilla. Wonderful beer. (604 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at an impromptu bottleshare at Max's during Rare & Obscure

A: Dark, dark brown.

S: Same smell as BA Narwhal but much more muted.

T: Very sweet, like meds. Can't place but I've had this taste before. A bit or a burn at the end. Ugh. Weird malt aftertaste. Nice warm.

M: Light, weird carbonation.

O: Not too good. Needs age, but ok. (339 characters)

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.