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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,878 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,878
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,864
Gots: 1,385 | FT: 155
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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Photo of Ootppizza
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoy this beer every year at the black tuesday party held at the bruery and its an event i look forward to time and time again. The apearance is black as night
smells of rich chocolate and dark malts
taste like heaven
mouthfeel is thick and silky and hot all at the same time and stays on your tongue for what seams like an enterity.
only thing better is chocolate rain...which is the same beer with a crap load of coco nibs added.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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2/5  rDev -55.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes.

Wow. Let me just put that out there to start. Poured a super deep black, with a nice subtle tan head. Everything you'd expect in the aroma was right there. Big bourbon notes, with that burnt sugar/toffee/caramel scents. One of the best tasting beers I've had in a long time. Utterly complex, full of bourbon, toffee, and hints of vanilla that completely hid the ABV. Nice smooth finish, something truly amazing.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011, 18.3%ABV

Thanks to pixieskid for sharing this one. It was a helluva night for beer.

When the crown was pried on this one, it was a gusher despite being fridge cold. The beer gushed maybe two ounces of beer, then immediately died out. It's like the beer was force carbonated, but the carbonation never actually made it into the beer. Pours black and obviously viscous with complete opacity. I could smell this beast as soon as I tapped it - it was like a chocolate tawny port. The nose on the beer was amazing with stone chocolate, dates, malt, malt, malt. The alcohol on the nose is strong, if not intimidating, but oddly inviting - like a bully in school you really admire. The flavor of this beer is fucking awesome. I am not particularly articulate in this form of verse, but I can say this - that bitch is fine! Thick and flat, just like in the Rare BCS, the lack of carb was fitting to this beer and I believe allowed for higher appreciation of the notes. A sincerely delicious beer, it made me smile when I drank it. The beer won the night for me.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bonkers
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very lucky to obtain my overall #1 want in BA Secret Santa, courtesy of awalk. 2011 vintage, split with my cousin. The pour is tar black, viscous, thin tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, some cocoa. The taste has lots of bourbon, cocoa notes, strong malt back bone. Finishes hot. The beer is full bodied, light carbonation, obvious high abv. Lives up to hype, thrilled to have had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml of the 2011 vintage poured into my Bruery snifter (RIP, as it was broken later in the night). Bottle shared between 3 people. Review #300.

A: This one pours a deep dark black color. Not as thick as I was expecting for this big a beer. I actually got some reddish hues around the corners of the glass. Surprised to see about a half finger of tan head with all that alcohol. Tons of alcohol feet on this one, which is to be expected. Sheets of lacing are present on the swirl.

S: This has an amazing nose to it. I got the bourbon first, obviously. Then you get toffee and some burnt brown sugar and some caramel malty notes. Also the normal culprits, vanilla and oak (mild) are there.

T: Mind officially blown with this one! You don't taste the alcohol! On a 18% beer!?!?! I got tons of those caramel and toffee flavors. Also some dark fruit: rum soaked raisin, prunes, plums, etc. The bourbon is there with subtle hints of vanilla, but it isn't as pronounced as what you took from the nose. You do get a little warming in the back of the throat, but like another reviewer mentioned this drinks like a much lesser ABV beer. As it warms I get some of those coconut notes as well. It's pretty sweet actually, but not overdone

M: Full bodied for sure. Not a ton of carbonation, but some that helps clear the palate (a little).

O: This is most certainly an A+ beer for me. Probably in my Top 3 for sure. It's just so well balanced and delicious. And with the ABV hidden the way it is, I was just blown away. Bravo to the Bruery. Solid work!

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark black with a small dark mocha head that faded quickly into a thin ring.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and bourbon.

Taste followed the nose with a nice roastiness, dark bitter coffee and chocolate, light vanilla and a big time boozy bourbon.

Mouth Feel was creamy, thick, full body, light carbonation and a big alcohol warming. The 18% is not masked in this big boy.

Overall this is a great imperial stout, a great sipping beer to be enjoyed with caution. Enjoy in front of a nice fire on a snowy night, just be careful not to end in the snow after a few glasses.

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,878 ratings.