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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,856
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 148
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 Adamostella
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is regarding the 2011 version, though I'd love to try the 2009 someday.

Deep black pour, very viscous, coats the glass impressively.

Far and away one of the richest smelling beers I've encountered. While I find that CBS offers more of a variety of scents (with the maple, bourbon, vanilla mixing) Black Tuesday just leaves this focused chocolately, boozy wonderfulness on the nose.

Tastes even better than it gives off in the nose which in and of itself is magnificent accomplishment.

Truly worthy of all the hype out there,what a flagship for Bruery products, I'll be trying a lot more of their stuff going forward.

Something every true fan of good beer must try at least once!

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage split between myself and 2 others.

A- Pretty damn black, the head quickly dissipates to zilch.

S- Fucking Amazing. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate, malt, vanilla, sugar, oak, alcohol. Simply decadent.

T- Blown away. Mirrors the nose but somehow even more complex. The sweetness is balanced, massive amounts of chocolate, pretty roasty, oak and vanilla and nice amount of heat. COMPLEX.

M- Much thinner than I envisioned but somehow it works.

O- Simply a must try beer. Not for the meek.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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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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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2011 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sharing this one with a friend as this is a big beer. Beer pours pitch black with some dark browns at the edges when held up to the light. Minimal chocolate brown head, less than half a finger dissipating to a string of bubbles along the collar. Plenty of alcohol legs and light lacing from the thin collar of a bubble. I can swirl up a half a finger of head, so there should be some carbonation left, which is impressive for such a big beer.

Nose is intense, boozy dark fruits, raisin, cherry, prune, dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malt. As it warms up, more of the barrel comes through, vanilla, toasted coconut, burnt oak.

Taking a sip, dark fruits still shine through, chocolate covered raisins and prunes, some dark cherry. Middle of the tongue is roasted espresso and malts, toasty but not burnt, big vanilla, and coconut. Not much of the oak flavor on the tongue. Finish is sweet, lots of dark fruit and chocolate lingering with a little heat going down.

Medium to full body, light carbonation that is very soft, slick and oily on the tongue. For a 18+% beer, the alcohol is relatively well hidden, with some booziness on the nose and some warmth going down. A very good beer.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am blessed to live near the Bruery. Patrick, Tyler, et al are brave brewers that have a playful, adventurous, at times a bit crazy approach to fermentations. They love exploring traditional beers, yet are far from afraid to turn them on their heads.

Black Tuesday is a true blessing handed down to the lovers of strong ales.

It drops into the glass, a dark mahogany, If you give it a swirl, you'll see the liquid leaves a slight kiss of what looks like cocoa butter on the side of the glass before it rejoins the drink.

The nose is beautiful. Your first inhale gives you a hint of what is to come. Now inspired, you give it another, deeper sniff. Hints of chocolate, maybe toffee, bourbon, and...Black Tuesday is so complex, you can continue smelling but...

I have yet to taste another liquid that I have enjoyed more than Black Tuesday. My first time was an epiphany. And now 2 years later I long for it for months waiting for its release. It has a warming delivery of chocolate, bourbon, at times i get a hint of toffee--maybe caramel. It is a truly beautiful drink.
Cheers to the folks at the Bruery!

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle '11 vintage.

A: Black with very little head. Big alcohol legs, practically no lacing.

S: Oh boy. Huge and intense nose. Barrel (bourbon, vanilla, oak) deep dark chocolate, alcohol soaked dark fruits, toffee/molasses. Surprisingly doesn't smell all that boozy. Probably the best smelling barrel aged beer and it's fresh!

T: Follows the nose nicely. Rich barrel with a bit of bourbon and plenty of vanilla and oak. Lots of chocolate, rum soaked fruits. Very sweet, lots of nougat, some licorice. Vinous notes on the finish. Extremely balanced. There's a little alcohol burn up front and again on the back of the throat as it goes down, but no where near what 18.3% is supposed to feel like.

M: Close to a full body, extremely smooth, light carbonation. Not quite as thick and creamy as some big stouts, but it's about as smooth and rich as a it gets at 18%.

O: Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I was shocked how balanced and almost mellow this beer was fresh at over 18%. So much complexity and richness without ever being cloyingly sweet. This is going to be a perpetual top want of mine. It lives up to the hype.

Photo of Auracom
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100. Took me longer to get here than it should've, but I can honestly say that I didn't expect to try Black Tuesday within my first 100 reviews. So for that, I feel pretty lucky. I've had this twice now, first on-tap at Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011, and second from a bomber on November 22nd, 2011. Both 2011 vintages.

This review will be for the on-tap 2 oz. sample, served in a wine taster.

A - Well, it's not as oily as CC offerings, but it is as thick as I expected. Truly black and utterly still. Literally no carbonation, head, or retention atop the body. Lacing amounts to minimal bubbles mixed with a light brown film across the face of the glass.

S - Predominantly bourbon oak barrel, and a really damn good-smelling one at that. Underneath, it's difficult to pick out everything. What I can name includes vanilla bean, decadent dark chocolate and cocoa, light caramel, a sort of nutty character, roasted cashews and almonds, light spices, and the faintest touch of alcohol.

T - This is the absolute best-tasting stout I've had. Immense creamy milk chocolate at the front. Mid-palate is comprised of bourbon, oak, insanely-robust vanilla, stronger caramel, toffee, and roasted notes. This is massive and perfectly-integrated. This goes beyond a 5.0.

M - Heavy body with a soft and creamy feel. The finish is lightly-bitter, almost tannic, and lingers with a roasted/bourbon/wood quality. Alcohol reveals itself as throat-warming.

D - Black Tuesday tastes amazing. The nose isn't quite on the same level with a bit too much bourbon to find that pinpoint balance with all of the other characters. Otherwise, it's as well-crafted and complex as anything I can think of.

Primary difference between on-tap and bottling - a bit more carbonation in the bottle, with actual visible head. Smell and taste were virtually identical with what I recall on-tap.

Edit - 2012 revisit. The malts got carried away in the newest vintage and it's just too sweet. Docking slightly for consistency because this vintage really isn't that great.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.