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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,746 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2,852
Gots: 1,301 | FT: 136
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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Photo of Randyfultz
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Randyfultz, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

wolf_switzer, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

MatthewPlus, Sep 20, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

brewskifan55, Sep 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

kevrice88, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

lsummers, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of 77black_ships
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

77black_ships, Sep 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

thampel09, Sep 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

SoManyFelix, Sep 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

CorneliusBunker, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

MattSweatshirt, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

eric5bellies, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

rxeight, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

hsaye, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

dubinsky, Sep 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

CTJman, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

vrbulldog22, Sep 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Howlader, Sep 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

wesside89, Sep 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

xdtfx, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

pawpaw, Sep 07, 2013
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

JDJTEXAS, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

JRod1969, Sep 06, 2013
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,746 ratings.