1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Tuesday - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,858 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,858
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,864
Gots: 1,370 | FT: 149
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Tuesday Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,858 | Reviews: 581 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of drebrew
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of deniserat
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of scotv
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of timc13
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of FeelinSurley
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Photo of jpaulsen
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JDM44
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ACY73
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BradleyR
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of FrankHammer
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Greigh
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Cee-Poe
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of IanSpindler
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of coffygrinder
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of draheim
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Mattys21
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BeerSnobDougie
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,858 ratings.