1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Tuesday - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,465 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,465
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 2,740
Gots: 1,204 | FT: 125
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Tuesday Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,465 | Reviews: 558 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rollncalguy78
rollncalguy78

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-30-2014 02:49:42 | More by rollncalguy78
Photo of deltatauhobbit
deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks for mlaroche for this bottle.

Review #1000!

Vintage 2010

Pours a wicked dark black color, no light getting through this, not even at the edges, smallish head that fades very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Huge notes of dark fruit, especially fig and raisin, even has almost a chocolate sherry aroma, subtle hints of wood, bourbon is quite prevalent on the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a bourbon burn, even after almost 4 years of aging this still packs a punch although it's not nearly as bad as when I first tried it a few years ago, quite sticky and sweet although the sugary aspects have also mellowed out and allowed the dark fruit to have a large presence, carbonation is low but more than adequate for this style and is very soft on the mouth, finishes with a very sticky feeling.

To be honest, I didn't care for it the first time. It was way too sugary sweet and burned too much as well. It's still very strong in both of those arenas but have considerably mellowed out and allowed other flavors to come through. Overall, a good choice for my 1000th review as it demonstrates a good usage of cellaring. I think I'll sit on my 2011 bottle until I hit 1100 reviews (at my current pace, it might be awhile).

03-30-2014 01:01:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of ThrewRedButter
ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%

A - As advertised: Black as night

S - Bourbon front and center. Then oak, dark fruits, almost like a chocolate-covered cherry.

T - Bourbon dominates with dark fruits. A really sweet beer, but even after you get past the warming sensation that engulfs your chest, it actually is pretty damn smooth for being over 18% abv.

M - Thick with decent carbonation

O - High expectations weren't quite met, but this is still a good barrel-aged stout. You really need to be a fan of sweet beers to like this one. Served at room temperature this is a bourbon-soaked dark fruit stout with some balls. Very good, but in my opinion (and I can't stress enough: MY OPINION) it didn't live up to it's reputation.

03-29-2014 02:41:16 | More by ThrewRedButter
Photo of jayhunter357
jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-28-2014 19:27:55 | More by jayhunter357
Photo of deuce9259
deuce9259

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-28-2014 16:08:49 | More by deuce9259
Photo of mancallede
mancallede

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-28-2014 13:52:42 | More by mancallede
Photo of unclekeith
unclekeith

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-26-2014 03:54:24 | More by unclekeith
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%

thanks to mtomlins for this - 2013 edition

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, wood, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and faint coffee. There is also quite a bit of booze and some vanilla and wood.

Overall - One of the booziest beers I have ever had.. but this is not a bad thing. I was expecting this to be cloyingly sweet, but instead it still manages to remain quite drinkable especially given the ABV - not that sweet at all either. Definitely a good bottle to share and worth seeking out.

03-25-2014 16:56:58 | More by spinrsx
Photo of LEdubs
LEdubs

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-25-2014 00:42:34 | More by LEdubs
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear light dark black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich thick black chocolate notes with light molasses and some roasted malt is quite sublime. Taste is an incredible mix of thick black chocolate with some roasted malt and some light molasses. Body is quite full with good carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol is easily apparent. Light oak and vanilla notes can also be detected. I was expecting somewhat of a messy overly sweet beers bit this is actually very smooth with plenty of complexity.

03-24-2014 23:16:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Reappropriated
Reappropriated

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-24-2014 20:36:35 | More by Reappropriated
Photo of patrick802
patrick802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-24-2014 16:23:29 | More by patrick802
Photo of sukwonee
sukwonee

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-24-2014 07:43:54 | More by sukwonee
Photo of NikkoE82
NikkoE82

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-24-2014 01:24:32 | More by NikkoE82
Photo of Zraly
Zraly

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 23:57:52 | More by Zraly
Photo of dataylor21
dataylor21

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 23:40:15 | More by dataylor21
Photo of greenspointexas
greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 14:56:21 | More by greenspointexas
Photo of jtladner
jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -11.7%

03-23-2014 12:41:51 | More by jtladner
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-23-2014 04:39:42 | More by jaydoc
Photo of NHhomebrewguy
NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +10.4%

03-22-2014 23:38:49 | More by NHhomebrewguy
Photo of vande
vande

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-22-2014 23:30:33 | More by vande
Photo of JebediahScooter
JebediahScooter

Vermont

4/5  rDev -11.7%

03-22-2014 21:58:01 | More by JebediahScooter
Photo of isojealous
isojealous

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-22-2014 13:44:00 | More by isojealous
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-22-2014 13:19:20 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of beefsquatch
beefsquatch

New York

3/5  rDev -33.8%

03-22-2014 03:13:08 | More by beefsquatch
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,465 ratings.