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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,500 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-09-2013 21:48:58 | More by POTABLE83
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-09-2013 14:43:08 | More by paulys55
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chase2634

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-09-2013 14:08:35 | More by chase2634
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Nearly pitch black but still displays some ruby highlights; the head is rather modest but that is not surprising for a 19.2% ABV; minimal lacing

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate, with undertones of vanilla and marshmallow; boozy heat

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with the Bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and coconut building in the middle; quite boozy, after the swallow, with dark fruit, coffee and maple flavors that linger in the finish; the aftertaste has some sweet cherry tones, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; tons of heat

Overall: I had this once before and remember it as being way to big and boozy so I was surprised to find that the 2012 bottling (with the lack of cellaring) was really quite flavorful and complex without overwhelming the palate

Thanks, BigTomZ, for the opportunity

06-09-2013 03:51:21 | More by brentk56
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Matagal

Brazil

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-07-2013 02:05:31 | More by Matagal
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smitty5245

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-06-2013 21:31:44 | More by smitty5245
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-06-2013 18:19:25 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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Chisfinest84

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2013 17:15:58 | More by Chisfinest84
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michaellcoates

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-06-2013 03:07:32 | More by michaellcoates
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zhanson88

California

2.66/5  rDev -41.3%

Apperance: Pours out a sludgy dark brown. Just a wisp of dark brown head forms, which has basically no head retention or lacing. To be expected. Some carbonation is apparent on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Initial smell is of booze and intense sweetness. Some barrel is in there too. Not getting much else.

Taste: Intense milk chocolate sweetness up front, very cloying. A bit of barrel shows. Rest of the back end is mostly pure rubbing alcohol. Finish is cloying and messy.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Very thick on the palate initially with appropriate carbonation. Again, finish is super hot and messy which retracts. Overall, I did not like this beer and won't seek it out. All hype. Super boozy and sweet with no balance.

06-06-2013 01:56:53 | More by zhanson88
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-06-2013 01:23:53 | More by savagepm
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-05-2013 03:48:03 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-04-2013 17:27:10 | More by ThirdEyePA
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-04-2013 06:36:54 | More by phishphorce
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kewire

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-04-2013 05:10:35 | More by kewire
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Beerdy

Heard & McDonald Islands

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-03-2013 20:34:52 | More by Beerdy
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hey5hitgoose

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-03-2013 15:53:24 | More by hey5hitgoose
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GimmeGumballHead

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-03-2013 15:53:02 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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henskejk

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-03-2013 15:04:30 | More by henskejk
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%

This poured out as a deep rich black color with a light brown head top. The bottle was a active and started foaming over. The retention hangs around the edge of the glass with a very thin lacing and a little syrupy. The taste is loaded with flavor, it's sweet, roasted, malty, bourbon, vanilla some molasses and a subtle licorice in there. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, lightly carbonated and boozy. Overall this beer is impressive, very good on just about every level. It's a huge beer... Almost over the top but very good nonetheless.

06-02-2013 20:53:02 | More by Knapp85
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UT-Alex

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-02-2013 17:34:57 | More by UT-Alex
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JayAre46

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2013 06:24:06 | More by JayAre46
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-01-2013 03:08:23 | More by Geuzedad
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2013 23:39:03 | More by DenverBigRed
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%

alright. this is it. everyone else out there might as well stop making massive barrel treated imperial stouts, because black Tuesday is the best one there is, and there isn't much room to improve this one of a kind offering from the bruery. major thanks to drlovemd87 for hooking this up! it pours a surprisingly thin looking dark chocolate brown with just a light fizzy tan head. not to say its thin, but I expected this to be syrup, like the older viscosity or the mikkeller brunch, but it isn't, it still looks like beer, which is good. the head isn't epic, but it looks damn good all up. the smell is intense, not nearly as alcoholic as it seems like it should be for nearly 20% abv. I get a ton of nice roasted chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, light vanilla and bourbon. some char and some sweeter milk chocolate too. its complex and huge, but it isn't overpowering or out of balance. now the taste? that is overpowering! wow! what an explosion of flavors here, everything I could smell just cascades over my whole palate. chocolate is large, vanilla is bigger too than it smells, its almost like the best ice cream ever, and its got me thinking about a float... is that sacrilege or is it encouraged? the weight of this beer and its alcoholic strength are not immediately apparent. im lost in a chocolate covered oak orgasm here, its maxed out. the feel again impresses me, that its still beer like at this size. decent carbonation and a full body, but again, it isn't syrupy or overly sticky thick as to be undrinkable. obviously a bottle to share, but wow, this is incredible. id say this is a special occasion beer, but its somehow even too good for Christmas, if that makes sense. its more like just pop it on a random Wednesday and see what happens. again, drlovemd87 is a legend for making this possible. I wont soon forget black Tuesday, and I am really curious for its other incarnations.

edit: drank a fresh one last night as a midnight toast for the new year. i have to say, i was surprised that this wasnt alcoholically hot. the year on the one reviewed here i thought had done much of the mellowing, but its mellow as its made. i have even more admiration for this beer now, really really special stuff.

05-31-2013 17:15:43 | More by StonedTrippin
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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