1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. 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.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,627 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,627
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2,828
Gots: 1,231 | FT: 124
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:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Tuesday Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,627 | Reviews: 561 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sind310
5/5  rDev +10.1%

sind310, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Kshock
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Kshock, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of drpdaddy
5/5  rDev +10.1%

drpdaddy, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

cosmonick, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of AApparel
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of warbird07
5/5  rDev +10.1%

warbird07, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of eatabag
5/5  rDev +10.1%

eatabag, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #4 of the drink down the cellar tasting. thank you to tpd975 for swapping this one my way a while ago. 2010 vintage.

a - opened the bottle and had my pour in a bruery snifter. poured a sludgy black and the head could be built on command. the color was interesting...kind of white, almost grey.

s - smell is phenomenal. vanilla, chocolate...really rich.

t - Whoa. Blew my mind right out of my head. Rich and thick. Licorice. Chocolate. Intensity. Sweet, but not darklord sweet.

m - amazingly thin (for what it is) and really really drinkable. pretty light for how heavy it is.

o - overall the treats keep on coming and this was certainly not a let down. that being said, i am a bit surprised with all the hubbub about this beer when there are MANY as good or better beers out there that are not nearly as hard to get ahold of. not a disappointment by any means (as i loved it), but i guess i had a bit higher expectations.

cosmicevan, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of huadog
5/5  rDev +10.1%

huadog, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Joecaddie
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Joecaddie, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a .750 into a snifter. Part of the fellow BA CosmicEvan Tasting session.

Appears like night fudge. Little to know head.

Smells like gasoline, lightning, and blackouts. Holy moly
that's a high abv!

Tastes like deep anise and prunes and fig.

Mouthfeel is very heavy duty. It almost has a port like exit.

Overall an amazing beer. I really enjoyed this and would love to have it again.

Yagman3000, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
5/5  rDev +10.1%

zestar, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of philippegee
5/5  rDev +10.1%

philippegee, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of strangefate
5/5  rDev +10.1%

strangefate, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ridglens
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured cold and waited until warm (ok ok, i sneaked some sips!). I have had several '10 and one '11 before, so i will try and review it with a fresh mindset

A- Pours a thick dark brown, not black motor oil ish as much as a dark brown thick bourbon. thin head reduces to a thin ring that sticks around for a long time, looks murky and menacing. Thin bubbles rise to the top like swamp water.

S- holy rich bourbon. Loads of booze and vanilla, with definite spiciness as well. Loads of oak, a bourbon blanket over rich notes of maltiness and chocolate. a little coffee as it warms up, definitely a great smelling stout under barrel.

T- Bourbon fills the mouth and the nostrils, so much sweet vanilla and chocolate. the stout really comes out as it warms, too. the bourbon is forward and warming, but smooth and not too hot. dark fruits drenched in bourbon (like those bourbon filled chocolate candies, maybe osme kind of chocolate bourbon date?). This definitely has the potential to be better with age, but is phenomenal now, some complex cinnamon and dessert favor. so good.

M- Not going to lie, this thing is warm. not a biting hot, though, a once-you-swallw-your-throat-warms-up heat that is actually quite awesome. this beer is also much thicker than it poured, ans surprisingly smooth for the alcohol.

O- incredible. The crazy thing is, I think it will actually get BETTER with age, this really is a masterpiece. Probably my favorite beer.

ridglens, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -11.9%

bstyle, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of basilcrow
5/5  rDev +10.1%

basilcrow, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Goldstar81
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Goldstar81, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

WeisGuy, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip. Split with russwbeck and tasted side-by-side with Chocolate Rain. Epic.

A - Living up to its name, Black Tuesday is black. Shiny, glossy, foreboding black. A surprising amount of carbonation and bubbles can be seen slowly rising up the sides of the glass, continuously feeding and resupplying the tan head, which peaks at around a finger in height but slowly receding to about a half-finger cap that lasts forever. It is surprisingly noticeably darker than Chocolate Rain, which takes on a ruddy brown color in comparison.

S - In comparison to Chocolate Rain and going back and forth, Black Tuesday actually comes across as significantly less bold and in your face. The chocolate and roast are still key components here, though the chocolate is less sweet, but with the less ostentatious aroma comes a little bit more mellow aroma in terms of anise and alcohol. It's hard to say which one is actually 'better' as they are two different beasts.

T - The minute this liquid hits my lips, it's memorable. This instantly rockets to the top of my list of sweetest stouts, fighting neck and neck with Three Floyds' Dark Lord. I don't really get as much bourbon as I thought I would in the front, but there is some in the finish and underneath everything. A little bit of char and liquid smoke, and exceptionally malty. Slight bits of anise, and a surprising amount of dark fruits to add to it. Like sugar-coated, alcohol-soaked fruit. To wrap everything up is a warming alcohol that is always on the mind, but not constantly nagging with its astringency.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. Thick and offensively bold, Black Tuesday invades the palate and infests it with a syrupy feel that weighs heavily on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The sweetness and alcohol heat keeps it from being on par with Chocolate Rain, but it is still very much up there in terms of imperial stouts. Probably doesn't come across as much as the ABV would suggest, but it is noticeable. Although I am drinking half a bottle of this and half a bottle of Chocolate Rain side-by-side, I couldn't imagine drinking a whole bottle of this alone, but Chocolate Rain would probably be feasible.

nhindian, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared side by side with Chocolate Rain with nhindian

A: Thick black pour with a small light brown head. Hardly any retention and spotty lacing, but a nice amount of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Significantly darker in color than Chocolate Rain, and a better head. BT gets the nod in terms of appearance.

S: The smell is a bit more subdued, but seemingly more balanced than Chocolate Rain. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and booze much like CR are the focus of the beer, but when comparing the smell of this is much smaller.The booze isn't as offensive, and it is not quite as sweet, but the other smells are also not as big. I can't quite tell which I prefer. Going to call this one a push.

T: The first taste certainly merits the WOW factor. A ton of booze, molasses, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, smokey charred malts, and other flavors I'm not quite sure my palate was ready for. As the booze fades on the backend, I'm getting some very dark fruits developing as well. I completely understand why this beer is so highly regarded, but I must say I was expecting a bit more balance and less booze and licorice. Not nearly as much bourbon as I was expecting, but the other flavors certainly make up for it. However, I cannot honestly say this is the best stout I've ever had. The flavors do develop very well on the palate. Chocolate, molasses, and licorice up front. Bourbon, vanilla, and booze in the middle. Booze, roasted malts, and a dry finish combine with that typical warming alcohol feeling.

MF: Not quite as thick as I was expecting. I mean don't get me wrong, this beer has a heavy body and is carbonated well. However, it is not syrupy or creamy like other big stouts. A pretty good body considering the size of the beer.

O: The drinkability is a bit tough on this one. In the end, it is very sweet and very boozy. Half a bottle was honestly a bit much to put down. With that said, it was phenomenally tasty and I was very happy to have tried it. I just was expecting a bit higher drinkability. Very good overall.

russwbeck, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of lcmir23
5/5  rDev +10.1%

lcmir23, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of placlair
5/5  rDev +10.1%

placlair, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of dave8910
4/5  rDev -11.9%

dave8910, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,627 ratings.