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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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3,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,026
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,962
Gots: 1,496 | FT: 171
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
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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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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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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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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 3,026 ratings.