Black Tuesday - The Bruery
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4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks to brew33 for sending this one my way!
Not as 'black' as the name might suggest... edges of cola brown clarity, a full finger of khaki tan head fades quickly to a stubborn ring and spotty islands of carb across the center of the glass, thick oily booze legs dominate the lacing.
Loads of rum raisin and tasteful sweet bourbon, dense caramel qualities, smooth charred oak notes play against the different booze notes, vanilla and toffee, faint milk chocolate with figs or dates... it's all over the place. Smells fantastic.
Wow. Sweet syrupy booze that doesn't burn, chocolate sauce, brown sugar, tons of molasses, bold but well integrated barrel notes, figs, quite sweet... one big ass beer, that's for sure. The bourbon character blossoms a bit more as the beer warms. Surprisingly approachable for such a massive beer. A bit cloying but with the lack of boozy burn I expected, I'm fine with that. Definitely a beer that you have to be in the mood for... it's big, it's sweet, it's strong as hell. Thumbs up.
Great, great beer. I wish I had another to play with in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 23:03:56 | More by yamar68
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2012 vintage. 750ml bottle split between myself, legend8706, and a couple other buddies. Divided equally into wine glasses. Special night, to say the least!
A- Poured a deep murky brown, but not quite black. Very little foam head, but what is there sticks around for a while. Nice light lacing.
S- There is an almost overwhelming aroma of bourbon immediately. Huge on the oak and lots of vanilla. There is also some chocolate here, and perhaps a bit of smokiness as well, although I think that is the wood coming through. It does burn the nostrils a bit, like an actual bourbon or some such high proof liquor.
T- This beer will obviously benefit from some aging, but it is incredible now. Very complex, but easily the best bourbon barrel aged stout I have come across. It is very much like drinking a bourbon. It is pretty sweet, but not just sugary - I am thinking caramel. The oak/woody flavor cuts through well. It is extremely boozy right now, but I suspect that will mellow out in a few years. Ultimately, it has lots of wood, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, some bitterness, and plenty of booze (which no one should be surprised at). Mouth is rather thick and syrupy. Carbonation is light. It is creamy and pretty much damn awesome!
O- Black Tuesday was not cheap and was frankly very difficult for me to get my hands on, however, it was worth every penny. I am so glad I was able to enjoy such a truly unique, special beer. This one is not for the faint of heart, but if you are going after it I would guess that you know what you are getting into. I'll see my second bottle in a few years...if I can wait that long.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 00:09:24 | More by brother_kenneth
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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