So Happens It's Tuesday | The Bruery

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So Happens It's TuesdaySo Happens It's Tuesday

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The perfect beer for a fake national emergency.

A: dark black in color with a touch tan head. The head disappears almost immediately.

S: heavy oak and vanilla aroma up front with chocolate and rich espresso. Lots of sweetness in this one.

T: big malt up front. Rich caramel and dark chocolate notes with coffee following. Finish is oak and vanilla. The coffee is subdued I this one as is the barrel. Hopefully they will become a little more expressive as it warms. The barrel does come out more as it warms, but so does the booze.

M: medium heavy in feel with moderate carbonation, and a definite creamy feel.

O: overall the smell is fantastic, but the flavor falls a bit flat by comparison. Still Damon good though.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves basically no lacing.

The initial aroma is anise and chocolate. After warming a little vanilla and caramel come out.

Anise has a presence throughout the flavor. Dark chocolate enters through the middle. There is a coffee finish and aftertaste. Caramel and vanilla show up but stick to the background.

Full bodied with a thick, slick mouthfeel

This is definitely a "grownup" beer. It took the chill right out of this winter evening. Anise is not necessarily my favorite flavor in stouts, but overall I find it to be a good "monster" stout.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodlavers
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottles were more or less reasonably priced in rural Illinois. God, how time have changed. 5, 6 years ago, I'd have marveled at finding this at some little store in Fulton, IL. Now, I'm shocked that it cost less than 25 bucks for the bottle.

Pours thick and fizzy, completely opaque with a big, chocolate-colored head that fizzes up and dissipates quickly. It's got more bubbliness than your average beer of this considerable intensity, and that's especially impressive considering its barrel aged-ness.

Smells surprisingly muted. Not bad at all, but not quick that ka-pow sort of experience you expect from a pricy, barrel aged stout that has a higher ABV than most red wines. Nodes of vanilla round out a usually pleasantly rough RIS, with some roasted barley and molasses still shining through.

Tastes, again, not as extreme as I was expecting (and kinda hoping), but nonetheless impressively smooth. Vanilla throughout, with chocolate up front, bittersour barley malt in the middle and finish, and a sweeter backend with mocha and some pleasant herbaciousness. It's an odd BA stout mostly in that it's so drinkable.

A quite good beer. Not my favorite BA RIS ever, nor the most eye-catching or gimmicky, but certainly one of the most expertly brewed.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bittersweet dark chocolate with roasted malts, a nice smack of oak, slight anise hints of vanilla and some caramel
T: Taste is sweet dark chocolate up front before some slight coffee and roasted malts, nice oak along with a touch of anise and charred wood. Hints of dark cherry which is surprising to find in this beer. Nice caramel and vanilla as well. On the finish we find vanilla, caramel and oak before the roasted malts and chocolate come in for another run across the palate.
M: This beer is surprisingly light on the palate for the ABV. I'd call it a solid medium with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is somewhat effervescent and maybe a little over the top while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. Really nice flavors although I'm not sure why some of them exist in the beer. They play well though. It's worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davinator_
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA

L- Pitch black, dark
S- Semi-sweet/dark chocolate and sweet bourbon.
T- The taste was similar to the smell. A semi-sweet/dark chocolate notes and sweet bourbon.
F- Very smooth
O- One of the best stout I have had.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.
S - Lots of rich semi-sweet chocolate and sweet bourbon up front along with some caramel, vanilla, oak
T - Follows the nose with lots of rich semi-sweet chocolate up front followed closely by sweet bourbon followed by notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses, - some dark fruit, toffee, and oak with roasted malt throughout - slight warming alcohol on the back end.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - very smooth. Honestly, for such a huge BBA stout I was hoping for a fuller mouthfeel.
O - A really nice BBA stout that is very complex with tons of fantastic flavors - incredibly smooth and easy to drink at 15%. My only real complaint is I think the body could be fuller to match the character of the beer.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle on New Years Eve 2018 - so 2+ years old. 750 ml capped bottle

pours jet black, with tan colored head. good head retention. aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, espresso. taste is similar flavors - not too roasty nor sweet. bold yet very drinkable and smooth for such a strong beer. the age has mellowed this out nicely. thicker, nice soft and slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopBelT
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDJR
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Shop, NYC.
Pours a jet black color with a moderate creamy head. The head soon dissipates, yielding a thin ring collar that disappears midway.
Aromas of cocoa, toffee, dark caramel, and sweet liqueur throughout. Furthermore, there is a vinous aroma redolent of dark fruit and red grape.
First impressions are that it tastes sweet but not cloying, and that it hides its booze remarkably well. Flavors of robust dark malts, bourbon, jam like dark fruit, chocolate and muted roasted malts. The alcohol spice becomes noticeably stronger throughout, and yields a finish that provides a light burn going down.
Full bodied, robust and decadent, yet easy to drink. Soft carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Full flavored and complex imperial stout with relatively moderate alcohol warmth given the high ABV. Somewhere in between a sipper and an easy to drink beer. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Budlum
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a crowler to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Sparse lacing.

S: A very good aroma of chocolate, malt, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of vanilla (just a hint), a good shot of roasted malt (a fair bit), a decent amount of bourbon (less than expected), light chocolate, and a hint of coffee. A well done flavor that isn't nearly boozy as I expected. It has a much more manageable character to it without the booze taking over. Could've used a bit more chocolate, but this is a minor quibble.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly done stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of colts9016
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer is a dark ale with a strong odor of bourbon. The pour of the beer produced a two finger head that produced a one finger head with fair retention. The head dissipated quickly leaving no head on the glass. The beer has the appearance of a high alcohol content probably past 10 percent. The head is airy and billowy and is a medium tan color. The color of the beer of the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown nearly coal black. The only thing I was not fond of was the head was not creamy as I would have liked.

The initial aromas in the beer are wood and bourbon. The next aromas I get are toffee, bready, molasses, roasted malt, a touch of char, mild chocolate, breakfast coffee blend, herbal, oranges, burnt sugar, dates, cinnamon, apples, and alcohol.

The initial flavors in the beer are bourbon, oranges cinnamon, bready, dates, earthiness, alcohol, wood, molasses, char, toffee, caramel, and herbal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and dry.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium carbonation, and a full finish. I love Bruery beer sadly the beer does not measure up. I was looking for the bold roasted notes that contribute to a chocolate and coffee notes in the American Stout. The beer had an enjoyable body and long finish.

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Photo of Pete_Simpson
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found it kinda bitter

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Photo of DavidFLetts
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich flavor, very smooth Stout. the Barrel aging really elevates this beer and imparts a strong flavor that pairs really nice with a cigar after a meal.

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