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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,961 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,961
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,906
Gots: 1,434 | FT: 161
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick black with a huge brown head. This one was a gusher since I served it at just under room temperature. The head dissipated after some time and left a bit of lacing.

S: huge amount of bourbon, sweet caramel, some slight roasted notes, but mostly the bourbon, caramel, and vanilla.

T: yes, it comes with a lot of heat on it. As it should be. The taste is dominated by bourbon flavors, which is beautiful with the huge stout flavors that lie below the surface.

M: I can't believe it was this carbonated for a stout this big, even if they force carbonated it. Thick body, medium-high carbonation.

O: fantastic brew overall, but I wish it hadn't gushed on me. Lost a couple dollars of beer in a few seconds. Anyhow, this is a beauty, but it's not worth having if you don't like big bourbon flavors or if you're turned off by alcohol. If you like those things, it's a fantastic stout.

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Review from notes. 2011 Vintage.

A: Pours black with a small khaki colored head on top with decent retention. No lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits, mostly rasins and a little bit of plum. There is a slight boozy note to it, which didn't really surprise me at 18%.

T: Up front there is a lot of brown sugar, molasses and chocolate. The oak comes through a little, and then there is nice rush of bourbon and vanilla.

M: Full bodied, very smooth with the abv surprisingly well hidden.

O: A fantastic beer, not something I could drink everyday from the abv, but a great beer to share.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have you ever had half a BT solo? I'm doing it. And it's awesome. sweet, vanilla h, bourbon, roast, malt, chocolate, heat. beautiful. it executes what it wants to be. its big and hot, and awesome. there's a reason that people like stirs, and this beer game shouldn't be ask about dots when beats like this exist.


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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, 19.5% abv split three ways.

Pours black and viscous with a mocha colored foam that doesn't last long.

Smells as you might expect from such a big beer, tons of bourbon, chocolate covered dark fruits, roasted malt, vanilla, and a moderate alcohol burn, but to be expected for the high abv.

Taste is incredible. Lots of chocolate integrated with bourbon barrel, vanilla, licorice, tiramisu. As it warms, the dark fruits and sweet brown sugar makes it more complex. A mild alcohol burn is there as a reminder to take your time sipping it.

Low carbonation, but enough to keep it from being too heavy. The full body and complexity of flavors go well together, makes for a great night cap.

I had the 2011 when it first came out and remember it being way too sweet and too hot at the time. On the other hand, the 2009 is fantastic, the sweetness and alcohol burn has mellowed and the flavors are complex. I think age has helped this beer a lot, although some say the recipe was supposedly different. Delicious beer overall, just have to remember to pace myself with it next time around - waking up the next morning was rough.

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,961 ratings.