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Black Tuesday - The Bruery

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2,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 2,826
Gots: 1,226 | FT: 124
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

rollncalguy78, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

deltatauhobbit, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

ThrewRedButter, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

jayhunter357, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

deuce9259, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

mancallede, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

unclekeith, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

spinrsx, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

LEdubs, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Reappropriated, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

patrick802, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

sukwonee, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

NikkoE82, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Zraly, Mar 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

dataylor21, Mar 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

jtladner, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

jaydoc, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

NHhomebrewguy, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

vande, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

JebediahScooter, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

isojealous, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Davepoolesque, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

beefsquatch, Mar 22, 2014
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.