So Happens It's Tuesday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #415
Ranked #1,371
4.25 | pDev: 8.71%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Our infamous Black Tuesday stout is named in honor of the great stock market crash of 1929. So Happens It’s Tuesday is similarly dark and delicious, but in a more affable format, reminding us that there is always a bit of good to be found within the bad. Things happen, life goes on. This beer can be enjoyed in all of those moments and seasons.
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with nice brown foam that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon barrel. Tastes like bourbon wood—cherry, vanilla, booze, and a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied and finishes dry. Overall too bourbon barrel-forward to be truly enjoyable.

Sunday at 08:34 PM
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Guaro from Italy

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with creamy beige foam and good persistence.
Perfume of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, cherries and bourbon. On the palate caramel, chocolate, good component of dehydrated fruit, fig, cherries and plum, slightly roasted tones, vanilla, light wood and bourbon. The drink is constantly embraced by a vigorous and warm bourbon bite. Final with hints of hop bitterness. Medium body not too creamy and dense, medium carbonation.

Friday at 09:24 PM
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this beer, which came in a large champagne shaped bottle marked 2017, for about $20, was acquired under much duress. My wife and I had just had a fight over my so called “alcoholism”, so I told her I was only drinking one beer tonight, so I better make it a good one. This is my first one from the famed Bruery. Pours deep dark brown, just a quickly disappearing head of foam that disintegrated into a circle of khaki. Smells of raisin, cherry, and bourbon. Very strong alcohol scent. Tastes sweet and malty to start, getting those dark fruit essences, dates, figs. Gradually washes into a strong bourbon flow on the tastebuds. Finishes out rather dry and a strongly bitter aftertaste that consumes the mouth. Big taste here - big bourbon taste - I’m still tasting this beer a full minute after swallowing. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and lightly carbonated. Overall this brew is delicious yet a little bitter to earn my top marks, but that’s just my personal taste. Not a bad way to wash away a fight with the wife.

Jan 23, 2021
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a big, fluffy head with modest retention on a deep brown, opaque body.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, apple cider, and something ever so slightly chemical -- but overall it's very nice.

Taste: Smooth and complex, very tasty. Bourbon up front that slowly fades into a deep, dark roast. Not HUGE but still decently big. Becomes more bourbon-dominant after a few sips.

Feel: Bright bourbon finish and some boozy warmth. Light-medium carbonated and medium-bodied.

Overall: Very, very good. Not a standout but I would definitely consider another purchase.

Dec 23, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black from the can, bit of ruby brown on the edges when help up the to light; shows its carb with a brief 1" head that disperses quickly, no lacing. Nose is rich with bourbon, wood, blackstrap molasses, cocoa, and vanilla, along with a healthy dose of booze. Based on the nose, was expecting this to be much more challenging to drink, but the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Taste is strongest with bourbon and vanilla, but as it warms, some salty/bitter blackstrap notes, along with dark fruit and dark chocolate as it moves closer to room temp. Mouthfeel is rich and full, but there is a bit of carb that sits with it. Overall, a pleasant sipper at a sneaky 15%.

Dec 20, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Happens It’s Tuesday (2018) from The Bruery. Don’t know from where this one came, but I think I picked it up at Spec’s on DeZavala in SAT in 2019. Reviewed 10/3/20.
Only date found is “2018 EDITION” on the front label. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees (Per bottle instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 70 degrees.
Appearance – 4. Really looks like most Impy stouts, minus head retention and lacing.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When held to direct light, a bit of ruby shows at the top edge.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), buff, medium density with a few rocks, short retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and no cap.
Lacing – None – not unexpected at 15% ABV.
Aroma – 4 – Weak molasses, some bourbon, possibly some caramel. No hops, no yeast. As it warms further, more bourbon and molasses.
Flavor – 4 – First swallow and WAM! Bourbon! And a gastric nuke. After that initial strike, the bourbon fades to a manageable level and molasses takes over, sweet and sticky, along with some weak chocolate. No hops, no yeast. Weak alcohol (15% ABV, as marked on container) taste and no alcohol aroma, so, after the first strike, a Damocletian sword. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. At 60 degrees, it’s rather harsh. Ends with a touch of soy sauce.
Palate – 4 – Full, slightly syrupy, zippy carbonation.
Final impression and summation: An unapologetic ethanol bomb. While this is certainly a good Impy stout, it is not Nirvana. It looks like most impy stouts, and, other than the Brobdingnagian ABV, is pretty typical of the style.

Oct 04, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look Ebony And Dark
Smell scent of sweet molasses
Taste sweet molasses and caramel notes
Feel carbonation light but perfect for this beer
Overall great imperial ipa . Be careful this is an extremely high ABV but well
Worth it. Drink it at home with friends!

Sep 18, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 edition. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with a solid finger of mocha-colored head. Great lacing.

S: Roast, cocoa, vanilla, and booze.

T.F: Rich... sweet and decadent. Roasted grains, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Oak and a bit of char with a bit of dark fruit/baked raisin in the background. Medium to thick bodied. Smooth with low carbonation. Warming and a bit boozy. More rich/complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: An excellent big/boozy bourbon aged stout. Great flavor. An elite beer.

Aug 16, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle

Very dark, pretty much pitch black. One-knuckle mocha foam head that quickly dissipated, leaving a ring.

Upfront vanilla bourbon, malty dark chocolate, some coffee.

Very smooth, mellow, not too hot. Slightly drying, rounded fullness, some lingering bitterness.

Worth a try, if not a second or third, good to have another on hand for another Tuesday. Enjoy slowly.

Jul 29, 2020
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CHickman from New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage, 08/29/19, it pours pitch black color with foamy 2 finger thick tan colored head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Aroma has some bourbon to start, but it’s mostly chocolate malts, roasted grains, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce and faint vanilla. Rich stout aspects makes this smell like a hearty stout that hides the ABV masterfully...this nose in no way indicated that this bad boy was 15% ABV.

Tastes of bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, smoked grains, charred wood, brown sugar, light soy sauce, raisins and other dark fruit, chocolate syrup, tobacco and some cocoa as it fades. The booze is mild and works well with the chocolate malt sweetness. A lot of complexities and earthy notes come through as it warms, this is a slow sipper by design but is actually very smooth and tasty. I really enjoy the feel and overall construction of this brew and will seek it out again.

2/13/2020: Had a bottle purchased in June 2016 and it had very little alcohol bite with a ton of bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Hints of soy sauce, brown sugar, dark fruit and red wine, smoked grains, licorice and dark rum. A fine slow sipper that aged well.

Jul 22, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous black with zero head retention; whisky barrel, black strap molasses, and a hint of char on the nose; cola, prune juice, brown sugar, vanilla edge, bourbon streak, slight meatiness, fig jam, and clean end; chewy, round, smooth.

4 4.25 4.5 4.25 4.5

Bourbon-soaked caramel cake. Incredibly sweet on the one hand, but hot and roasty and whiskey enough to cut it on the other. Heat is totally buried, which is some accomplishment at 15% (according to the can, not 14.7% as the listing says.) Not hugely coffee + chocolate; more like a whisky aperitif. But a balanced, deep, respectable and huge stout (and I’ve never had Black Tuesday, so no reference there.)

Jul 08, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a high sided Belgian glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin off white head.

Aroma is roasted malt and vanilla bourbon.

Taste matches aroma lots of rich sweet roasted malt with a strong malt vanilla.

Apr 11, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the can.

Strong on the nose. Dark, warm. Hints of vanilla and sweetness.

Taste. Strong alcohol (15% ABV, whew!), but after that wears off.... super malty! caramel, chocolate, maybe coffee, touch of salt, touch of sweetness, and a soft, fruity, sourness... and the bourbon comes through especially in the finish.

Overall. High alcohol per sip can make it drink different... and the unusual flavor notes (especially the high malty flavors) are super strong for a beer. Not for everyone.. but definitely worth trying to see if its for you!

Dec 31, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber from Donald
2017 edition
Odell Teku

Cola color, forming a dark brown but not quite black, with a creamy beige to brown head of 3 fingers, receding to 1, slight lace in hills and splotches.

Aroma is huge. Caramel popcorn, bourbon barrel, honey comb, black olives, soy sauce, tobacco, and fudge.

Flavor brings sweet chocolate milk, some caramel popcorn, black olives, soy sauce, cocoa powder, cinnamon, sweet bourbon, and vanilla. As it warms, oak totally permeates the beer making it really complex.

Feel is creamy and huge, a wonderful bourbon burn, with a nice dryness and lots of stickiness and slight resins.

Overall an incredible beer that i wish I would have had fresher. Awesome stuff and re-ignited my faith in the Bruery.

Dec 12, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve had this two or three times. Surprised I never reviewed it before. So happens it’s amazing. Two year old vintage, and this beer needs at least a year or two to be at its’ best. Everything a barrel aged stout should be. Pours dark as night with creamy tan head and lacing. Smell is prevalently barrel but with strong dark roasted malt and a coffee and chocolate undercurrent. Taste... oh my god. One of the best tasting beers I’ve ever had. So balanced, so rich, so flavorful. Bourbon, malt, coffee, chocolate. Everything is balanced perfectly. And the feel is not far behind either. It’s not big in your face bold, but it’s no shrinking violet either. Doesn’t have the thick oily soy sauce thing, but it isn’t watery. This is right where it needs to be in terms of feel. I’ve loved it every time I’ve had it, and I can’t think of a single reason not to give it 5’s across the board. The best beer I’ve had from the Bruery so far, and they make a ton of amazing beers.

Dec 08, 2019
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Zraly from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 can. Pours a nice black with brown edges. Big, bad-ass nose of booze. Raw dark chocolate and cherry pits softened slightly with vanilla and brownie batter. Black strap molasses. Warms you from the inside out. Rich and tasty. Great sippin' on an autumn evening.

Nov 26, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a one inch beige head that settles slowly to a thick ring and leaves little spotty lacing. Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla tastes of bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and a bit of char. Full bodied, light but perfect carbonation, creamy mouth feel and a mildly dry and bitter finish.

Nov 24, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a big deep dark brown with a big thick coffee colored head. settles down to a dense, thin layer of foam pretty quickly.
Nose is really big, with strong roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate/mocha, char and vanilla. Excellent aspects to it but it does get pretty boozy and leans into some black cherry territory a bit.
Taste has a strong black cherry and prune/plum hit up front. Followed with some thin bourbony notes, booze, faint vanilla, and charred wood. As it warms and you dig into it the bourbon character becomes pretty dominant. Eventually more of the chocolate and vanilla character shows up. Overall it's really nice big time stout
Mouthfeel is alright, perhaps a little thin for my preference, but well within the wheel house.
Overall this is a really enjoyable bba stout, the booze is well hidden, it's there but it carries the full bourbon character and not just boozy heat. Lots of complexity and nice flavors. Be happy to see this hanging around more and will probably get a couple to sock away to try later

Nov 18, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: Semi thin to thick body with a medium carbonation coming off a dark brown tinted black body. Head initially rose almost one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Whiskey with doses of sugar warmed to a Crisp.

Taste: Molasses and whiskey with hints of coffee and vanilla bean. This is one complex brew.

Mouth: palate crushing. Sticky with the perfect balance and strong finish.

Overall: Very good brew. The brew becomes addicting like ice cream on a hot summer day. Take your time it's something to list for. Salud!

Nov 13, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: very dark, some ruby highlights when held to light. Modest mocha head on the pour. Oily, messy lacing that doesn't much stick.
smell: Decadent, rich with chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla. Freakin great.
taste: All the goodness of the nose, perfectly combined. Just had my first Black Tuesday a few days ago, and this has the profile. Wouldn't know the difference in a blind taste test until I tried to stand up.

Nov 09, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft: Poured a deep black color stout with a light dark brown foamy head. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with some bourbon and light woody notes is quite enticing. Taste is a mix of heavy residual sugar notes with some bourbon and light woody notes and huge cholate notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with some subtle alcohol notes also apparent. Solid liquid fudge drink.

Nov 09, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottling date marked as '11/29/16'. Listed ABV% is 14.7.
Dark brown body with garnet and mahogany brown back lit highlights. Very light tan head sticks around. Leaves behind some scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of alcohol, dark roasted malts with char. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon from the barrel.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with some char. Some sour cherry juice. The back end expresses more barrel, with oak, dark cocoa, and vanilla. Finishes dry.
Almost medium mouth feel, with a little syrup. Good carbonation. The higher ABV% is certainly there.
Very strong in the aroma and taste. Very good barrel aged stout. Sip slowly to spread out the high alcohol effects.

Oct 30, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/29/19 canning pours pitch black in a pint, with a few fingers of dark foam on top... Hey, this is really good - solid entrant in the field - the stout is roasty, semi-sweet, with appropriate chocolate and char, and the bourbon barrels add some oaky tannin and vaporous booze... Medium-full-bodied, a little bit of molasses sticks around on the finish, along with a bitter woody shellac... Totally diggin' it...

Oct 19, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So happens it's Tuesday and I get the day off from work, so might as well give this a try today. 2019 canning

L -- 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a fairly deep black body with some light allowed through. Noticeably darker than Black Tuesday, which almost looked like a barleywine. Fizzy tan head that dissipates instantly. No lacing but some alcohol legs
S -- Caramel, molasses, bourbon, dark chocolate fudge, dried date, vanilla, some booziness (as should be expected at 15%)
T -- Port wine, dried dark fruit, dark chocolate, light roast coffee, bourbon, oaky tannins, bit of vanilla. Tarter/fruitier than expected, this could well be showing early signs of infection.....
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. A little flat on the palate given the style, and the carb feels a little forced, but this still drinks fine


Oct 15, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out thick. The same color as chocolate pudding. Half a finger of head.

Smell is huge bourbon, malt and wood jumping out of the glass. Very dominant. No subtlety. A bit more sweet than your average barrel aged stout.

Taste holds more nuance. Upfront is bourbon, wood, malt, and boozy heat. Fades off to a nice chocolate flavor. Flavor lingers for a while and turns into a mix of chocolate and coffee with a hint of bready malt.

The mouthfeel is smooth. But the carbonation is unusually high. It adds a mildly unpleasant sharpness or bite to the beer that, paired with the initial boozy punch, makes it a little off putting. It fades quickly to a more typical heavy stout mouthfeel.

Never having the beer that this is based off of, their legendary Black Tuesday, I think this a solid entry. A bombastic, unapologetic bourbon packed stout with some smooth sweetness to balance it out. Perhaps one day I'll be worthy enough to get my hands on Black Tuesday, but until then, this will bridge the gap.

Oct 05, 2019
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