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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,851
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,861
Gots: 1,363 | 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)
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4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours thick and rich and is pitch black in the glass with only faint red edges revealed by a strong back light. A rough pour yields a small, dark tan head that did not dissipate that quickly.

S:Rich chocolate, plenty of sweet dark caramel and rich bourbon with notes of light vanilla, thick molasses and oak.

T:Decadently sweet, chocolate, caramel and bourbon explosion that is ultra smooth and no lingering taste of alcohol.The alcohol is only noted through warming in the esophagus and stomach.

A must taste - yet as a side note - many of the bourbon barrel aged beers at the Bruery are very similar.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to merc for sharing this

The beer pours jet black with no head except for a thin halo around the edges. The smell is slightly bready with tons of booziness. The cloying sweetness is absolutely absurd at first considering it's far sweeter than most barleywines I've had. However, the magic that this sweetness works is a beer with an 18%abv is now suddenly very drinkable and the alcohol that made this beer smell nearly toxic at first has literally vanished from the beer's profile. The taste leaves a lingering caramelized sugar/maple syrup sweetness followed by a slight burn from the alcohol letting you know it's still there. It has a potent, warming mouthfeel and I can see why this beer made such an excellent addition to the melange 3. This beer did me in for the night...couch time.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours pitch black with a smallish and fizzy chocolate-milk colored head. Fades pretty quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S: I can smell this one across the room. Overload of bourbon with tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, figs and oak. Roasted malt isn't overpowered, there is plenty of char and chocolate in there too. Just a hint of brown sugar. Boozy (duh).

T: Very similar to the smell. Loaded with stinging bourbon up front. Caramel, molasses, toffee primarily. Then the fruit kicks in with raisin, fig and oaky vanilla. Brown sugar is stronger here in the middle. Bourbon fades leaving the massive roasted malt. Chocolate mainly, lots of it. Just a hint of coffee and char mixed in with the lingering bourbon flavors. Super sweet molasses and brown sugar in the aftertaste, not unlike a big english barleywine (ie: JW Lees). Decent alcohol burn but not as bad as you'd expect (something like WWS is much harsher). The extreme sweetness helps balance it out.

M: Heavy, thick, smooth other than the alcohol burn.

O: Huge and delicious beer. Honestly, it tastes like someone mixed a big stout with a big english barleywine and barrel aged it. There is a SUPER sweet molasses and caramel element to go along with the bourbon and roasted malt that really reminds of of a barleywine. It cannot be emphasized enough how sweet this beer is, it is pure craziness. I actually wish there were more roasted malt to help balance out the sweetness, but given the huge ABV it would probably make the beer very harsh. Regardless, an intense beer that isn't just intense for the sake of a laugh. It's actually very tasty, reasonably well balanced and pretty drinkable given the ABV. I enjoyed it a lot. All 1200+ calories. Whew.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An awesome birthday present from my lovely wife. Split two ways with my brother...


750ml bottle

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. lacing is minimal...

S - Chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, and a good dose of Bourbon. Bourbon does not overwhelm as I was expecting. Very enticing...

T - Chocolate, molasses, oak/vanilla, and sweet caramel. Notes of roasted barley come through, but they are faint. This one is deliciously sweet. Bourbon and lingering vanilla on the finish. Bourbon is extremely smooth considering the abv. Amazing...

M - Smooth and creamy. Very impressed with how incredibly smooth this is. Drinks like a much smaller brew. Sits somewhere on the lighter side of full bodied scale with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Believe the hype. This one is fantastic. The Bruery definitely hit one out of the park here. Very excited to revisit this in the future...


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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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1/5  rDev -78%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,851 ratings.