So Happens It's Tuesday
The Bruery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #365
Ranked #1,329
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
The Bruery
California, United States
So Happens It's TuesdaySo Happens It's Tuesday
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of faraday326
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mschrei
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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. Don’t have the thick oily soy sauce thing, but it isn’t watery. This shit 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.

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Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

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Photo of Holderness
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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


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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head. Smell is whiskey ,chocolate ,cherry,dark fruit and wood. Taste has oak mixed with dried fruits,marshmallow,chocolate, some nice bourbon notes in the finish. A smooth but sweet mouth feel with some good BA notes . For me this was too sweet with with too much fruits notes and not enough barrel, which would make me not ever buy it again given the cost per ounce, not recommended

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/3/15; drank 4/29/16 @ Locked Whispers.

Black/brown appearance.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Marshmallow, chocolate & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet chocolate, marshmallow & oak flavors up front; whiskey notes on the finish.

A solid stout but a bit too sweet for me to love.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottling, 750 ml bottle, poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm.

L: 1.5F light tan head with good retention, leaves some lacing and a tan cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: Vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, maybe some anise in the nose. The oaking is very subdued. Pretty nice and complex.

T: Also pretty complex: roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, a bit of oak, dark cherry and other dark dried fruits. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish and maybe a chicory-like vibe.

F: Full-bodied, almost no carbonation. Construction and balance very strong and this needs no added aging.

O: Very little here to nitpick. This is a very, very good stout.

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Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -1.2%
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 mynie
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Davinator_
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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 LifesAnesthesia
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jmdrpi
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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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