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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,752
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2,851
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 137
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I felt lucky when I was with invited by Jeff and Erik to their tasting session, and what a tasting it was. In the final they came up with a comparison between Black Damnation IV - Double Black and the Black Tuesday. What a fantastic show down!

A - A pitch black tar with a thin beige foam that goes for a head.

S - A strong booze smell enters your noose along with the chocolate treat.

T - A very sweet and boozy bourbon delight mixed with some nice chocolate.

M - A medium carbonation that is a bit to much for this kind of beer.

O - A very boozy and sweet beer, all a bit over the top if you ask me. Therefore the Double Black is the overall winner to me, but nevertheless it is an excellent brew. If one would drink this in any other tasting it could easily be an evening winner. It is just that we had some awesome beer that night. If I recollect (I wrote it all down otherwise it would be impossible, haha) it were the following beers:

- Warmer: Chimay Dorée
- A blind test of five beers (chronically ordered): Sint Bernardus 12 (with a lot of yeast), Rochefort 10, Sint Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12 and again the Sint Bernardus 12. I had the last two correct, which I still think is pretty amazing in a totally blind 'sock' test!- (luckily Erik washed his socks!)
- A vertical Surly test - Darkness 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008!
- Boon - old Gueze - this was a side beer brought by me, to test a statement made by Peter Paul from de Molen. He said that a sour gulp in between two strong similar beers rinsinses your tongue. Thats worth a test!
- Brewery de Fontijn - Vlaamse Reus Blond
- Birrificio Italiano - Cassissona
- Microbrasserie Saint-Hélene - Jean Chris Numero 2
- Deschutes Brewery - Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
- A comparison between Heady Topper (the Alchemist) and Dreadnaught (Three Floyds brewery)
- Boulevard Brewing - Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ) {with thanks to Arkansastroy}
- Bierbrouwerij de Boei - Windkracht 10
- And now a horizontal Goose Island comparison - Bourbon County Brand Stout, Rare Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout and Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout.
- Avery Brewing Company - Rumpkin
- Avery Brewing Company - New World Porter
- Trinity Brewing Company - Brain of the Turtle: Petite Cerise
- Cantillon - Fou' Foune
- The Brewery - Black Tuesday
- De Struise Brouwers - Black Damnation V - Double Black
- And after all this violence Thijs still thought that it was necessary to open a bottle of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Parabola - alway a treat though!

Luckily we had a designated driver! Thanks Marylou for bringing your father, Michael and me home safely.

Mar02x, Dec 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

emaciated, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Rckmo10, Dec 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was able to try all three versions at during the tasting this past weekend. My rating will be based off of the 2009 bottle, which I enjoyed the most. Poured from the bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a very mild amount of tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Some hot alcohol with dark fruit, roasted barley, and a ton of sweet and dark chocolate. Quite nice.

Taste: Sweet and very smooth, chalked full of warming alcohol that made mellowed from time. Sweet chocolate with dark fruit and some honey as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was just wonderful. I love how much it has mellowed since I was first able to try it. I found the 2010 version to be way too hot, and I preferred the 2011 version to the 2010. 2009 is simply sublime.

oline73, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

baybassboy, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

davidbowers13, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

emdawg, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

rpaul2012, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

kegmasterxlarge, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

sjstraub, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into 2 oz stemware at the Bruery Provisions shoppe. Expectations were wildly high given its reputation, but I've been disappointed with Bruery beers in the past. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and bad retention - obviously due to the high ABV. Solid black colour.

Sm: Raisins, caramel, molasses, restrained dark fruit, grapes, and heavy oak. A moderately strong aroma.

T: The notes of the nose are all present - oak presiding, with a slightly tart unexpected finish. Rich, well balanced, and brilliantly built. The raisin comes through as well. The tart fruit is quite special in this style.

Mf: Velvety smooth and wet. A touch too thick, but it complements the flavours perfectly. This is the strong point of the beer.

Dr: A wonderful sipper, but difficult to drink on account of its high ABV. It's affordable for a small amount at the brewery, but rather unfairly expensive out of the bottle. I'd have it again at a fair price. Really quite nice.

kojevergas, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ottodyer, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Romulux, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

StayWhatYouAre2, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

stupac2, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Release

Black Tuesday definitely lives up to its name. It’s pitch black in color. No light cuts through at all. It’s topped with a darker, mocha colored head. It rises just above the surface, but falls quickly. Perhaps the high abv got to it. Lacing was definitely on the lighter side. Good looking stuff.

The nose is fantastic. It’s full of chocolate and roasted m alt scents. It smells sweet and sugary. There’s definitely a mix of sweet milk chocolate and bittersweet dark notes. Bourbon is definitely notable, but seems only moderately strong. That’s my ideal approach. It complements the malty notes extremely well. Secondary scents of oak, vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar. Alcohol is surprisingly mild given that it’s 19.5%. Wow.

The flavor is just as impressive. It’s all kinds of malty and sweet. The chocolate flavors are sweet and bittersweet. Roasted malts buttress the chocolate flavors and add nice depth. Bourbon definitely has a moderate presence and plays that role perfectly. Barrel-aging imparted really nice vanilla and oak flavors. Brown sugar and molasses emerge late. It seems to grow sweeter with each passing sip. There is a slight dark fruit tanginess on the tail. Alcohol is definitely there in flavor. It’s also quite warm. No big shock given the size. Finishes sweet and chocolaty with a kiss of bourbon. Excellent.

Black Tuesday has a medium to full body. It is nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It’s good, but it could use just a little more body. I really was anticipating a thick, viscous beast. It’s not quite there. Having said all that, it goes down relatively easy for a beer of its size. It is big and the alcohol is definitely there though.

Black Tuesday is the best beer I’ve tried from the Bruery. I expected that. It is excellent beer. It’s packed with tons of flavor. The bourbon flavor is excellent and works its magic extremely well. My only two small complaints are that it’s a bit too sweet and the alcohol is a bit much. I suspect it’s integrated some over two years, but perhaps not that much. I didn’t try it fresh. It’s definitely excellent beer nonetheless. Well worth seeking out.

prototypic, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Gonzoillini, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

chenguo4, Dec 17, 2011
4/5  rDev -11.9%

GOGRANDE, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

FunkyMacGroovin, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

gwguest, Dec 14, 2011
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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