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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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3,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,029
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,964
Gots: 1,498 | FT: 171
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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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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a cigar city snifter. When the bottle opened, it stated foaming.

A: I'm a little surprised on the carbonation on this, pretty bubbly. Pours pitch black, with a half inch mocha colored head. Turned into a small ring of bubbles with a bunch of alcohol sticking to the glass.

S: A bold and powerful smelling brew. Bourbon with chocolate, sweet roasted malts and booze.

T: Rich chocolate and bourbon blends with oak, vanilla, roasty malts, a bit of dark fruits and caramel sugar. Rum like alcohol flavor is very present, not drinking like almost 20% but hot, none the less.

M; This is an out there American style beer, not surprised about the hype on this stuff. Strong and incredibly sweet and flavorful. At 19% alcohol this is a dessert brew thats for sipping only.

O: It reminds me of an all malt mixed drink, and I can't really drink more than 6oz. Really awesome though, just something I'd keep in the cellar for 5 years to a decade and drink occasionally with a crew of homies.
It's not my favorite ba imperial stout, I prefer Hunahpu, bcbs and bcbcs and a couple of others just mainly because of mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a great beer though that pushes the limits of brewing. glad I finally got to try this.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 2012 Vintage

A: Poured into a oversized wine glass boasting a jet black body with a light brown head that quickly settles down.

S: Strong bourbon alcohol vapors intertwined with licorice, chocolate, espresso, marshmallows, brown sugar, fig and dark fruit.

T: The bourbon is the backbone of this brew which has components of woodiness building through the palate ending in a warm alcohol finish. Built on the bourbon are notes of smoke, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and marshmallow which bring to mind scenes of sitting by a fire with a cup of mocha making s'mores. Running parallel with the bourbon are dark bread and brown sugar maltiness. On top of this there are some dark fruit characteristics: prunes, figs, and raisins.

M: Full bodied, smooth, with some chewiness and carbonation which keeps the feel interesting.

O: The new online allocation system allowed me to grab two bottles of this difficult to obtain brew. An Imperial Stout with an amazing 19.2 ABV. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming dressed with a melange of flavors which makes this an amazing beer to experience. A holiday beer that I am thankful to experience this holiday season.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this and sharing this

Note: 2011 vintage

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - not exactly black, but very dark, approaching black - light tan head, impressive amount of carbonation given the barrel aging

Smell: Ow, my brains - tons and tons of bourbon aroma - vanilla and some wood - loads of booze, but not as bursting with ethanol as it could be, I suppose - sweet chocolate, loads of caramel, molasses, and a sack of sugar - some dark fruits - absurdly sweet, flirting with the "do not want" line

Taste: A sweet, sugary, bizarre potion - all kinds of sweet, including caramel, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar, white sugar, malt extract - sweet chocolate, like a chocolate hard candy - sweet vanilla - intense bourbon flavor - thankfully, light on the wood and dry alcohol - mild burnt bitterness - dark, cooked fruits - very sweet - absolutely disgusting if consumed with a gulp, but tasty if sipped, hard to give an actual score

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, syrupy, oily, with a legitimate alcohol burn, not a huge fan

Overall: Black Tuesday? More than one of these, and it's more like Blackout Tuesday (omg lol)

This is a syrupy, absurd creation. The level of crazy here is hard to assess. It's somewhere between genuinely disgusting and uniquely charming. I'm very happy that I had a chance to sit down with a full glass of this. It's really not suitable for a small pour at a beer fest. I'll be skipping it at future Extreme Beer Fests.

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3.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve_0 for the hookup. 2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a tiny collar the color of espresso crema. Some deep dark brown and reds when held to direct light, but it's pretty minimal. More carbonation than expected, but that's not a bad thing. Syrupy and full on the pour.

Smell: Alcohol. Pure high alcohol coupled with a large amount of bourbon. Sweet, super sweet malts. Char, leather, dark fruit (cherry, fig, plum), it's all there. Vanilla, big hits of oak. Raisins. Boourbon soaked chocolate covered fruit. Molasses and brown sugar. Some hints of sherry and deeper vinous characteristics. Super sweet and boozy.

Taste: Crazy sweet. Sugar and bourbon. I took a shot of bourbon with a cane sugar rim. Some burnt, deeply roasted malts form a big backbone. Loads of brown sugar, vanilla (as in pure vanilla extract - concentrated). Warm leather. Soy sauce. Caramel. Touches of dark chocolate bitterness layered through the back. Bourbon drops a nice oak note. So much sweetness. It's almost cloying as the beer warms. Bourbon soaked raisins, like legit. Sherry, oxidized in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full, pushing closer to full. Negligible carbonation. A bit dry overall. Feels hot and drinks like port.

Overall: This couldn't cause The Great Depression, but it's a reasonable recreation of the Boston Molasses Disaster...if you made molasses out of bourbon.

This beer is big, sweet, and massive. This would be an amazing beer to split with 10 people. It's a solid take on a dessert beer/beer for people that don't like beer. It's a liqueur made of bourbon soaked dark fruit. It loses some points in the long run because anything outside of a 3oz pour is difficult to finish. So heavy and sweet and heavy on the bourbon it's hard to really find the depth.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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