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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,914
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 162
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of islandboi8204
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -50.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of claaark13
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was either speedwayjim or beerthursdays. Regardless, thanks to both. After three straight extremely long and rough days, this was needed. Poured into a HF snifter at 54 degrees, although I let it warm up a little before diving in. 2009 bottle, 19.5%. And another one bites the dust.

A - Pours a blackish-brown with a tan head that quickly gets down to some mild lacing. Sticks well, lacing returns upon each sift.

S - Slight tingle to the nose hair....deep raisin, fudge, bourbon barrel is more on the vanilla side. There is a decent amount of the fudge coming through.

T - Again, there is a slight amount of burn that underlies the entire flavor. Raisin, fudge, dark malts, sweet vanilla, lightest oak in the finish. After the first sip coats the tongue, any amount of heat is gone. The barrel flavor is balanced well against the sweetness, and the finish shows no dryness.

M - Thicker mouthfeel that is heavy on the tongue. The light carbonation is a little bit prickly on the tongue, but that could be the 19.5% coming through instead.

O - This is among the best BA RIS I've ever had. This year in particular, not at all the '10/'11. Maybe it is the different recipe, maybe the time in the barrel, maybe the bottles just need time. There are a lot of wonderful similarities between this and an '07 BCBS. Barrel forward, fudge is evident.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poured into a pint glass this brew pours black but not as dark as I was hoping. With a name like black Tuesday I expected midnight black, nonetheless this brew is impressive.

S the aroma is rich with Bourbon. You can smell the massive amount of grain I. This brew. Sweet malt. Big and in your face.

T the flavor is pure ris with a mautly sweetness. The Bourbon is well blended. Maybe a little to sweet, but this brew is huge. Mollasses and a little anise round off the brew.

Mf mouthfeel is good considering the barrel aging. Can use more carbonation

Overall an amazing brew. Pure ris with an American twist

Photo of DARIVA
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a nice beautifull black beer with minimal head.

S: Beer with a wonderful smell but I can not name it.

T: Very very sweet.

M: Magnificent and glorious controlled carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious very sweet aftertaste.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my KTG Snifter. 2011 vintage.

Appeared black as night with a quickly dissipating small khaki colored head. Slightly oily in appearance.

Smelled of roasted/burnt malts, licorice, chocolate, booze-soaked plums and raisins, woods, and a bit of vanilla.

Begins with flavors of dark fruits, licorice and chocolate. Then comes in some of the barrel notes – vanilla, wood, bourbon. Finishes with some alcohol and more roasted malt flavors. Very intense, yet enjoyable.

Mouth feel is nice an coating, oily, slight carbonation. Alcohol is a bit warm but fits the intensity of this beer perfectly. Not one to be pounded.

I must say, this is fantastic. So complex, so much going on. At first the alcohol was a bit overpowering, but after drinking a glass of this you see that it fits in perfectly. I would like to try one of these with 3-4 years on it to see how it tastes a bit more blended. Wow…

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by northyorksammy. Thank you kindly! 2010

Jet black, no light coming through this at all, ring of dark tan head, decent retention with very light lace. Smell is full of bourbon and oak, sweet scents come off in the way of bakers and milk chocolate, roasted and charred notes, coffee grinds, getting some coconut as well at points, but possibly the finest integration of bourbon and oak to a stout I have ever smelled. Taste like the nose is full of bourbon, definite sweetness but not cloying and about halfway through the glass it was basically unnoticeable, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee show up in generous amounts, incredibly complex, alcohol adds some heat but not as present as I expected. Lightly carbonated, full body and creamy, full feel but a times a little syrupy and thick, needed some sips of water every so often during this. Incredible stuff here, wish I had a bottle of my own to open up 5 years down the road but I was more than happy with a tulip of this beauty that I thought I would never get to try.

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2.5/5  rDev -44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.