Black Tuesday - Rum Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #68
Ranked #241
4.51 | pDev: 7.54%
The Bruery
California, United States
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great body. Held up very well original bottle. Not too boozy, smell was great, sweet hint of rum. Great mouthfeel, poured thick. Hint of oak barrel and chocolate on taste.

Aug 03, 2021
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Midnight obsidian and mahogany hues with a thin sandy head
S: Big molasses and raisins with a lingering rum barrel
T: Boozy figs, slight vanilla bean, hint of cacao, and a splash of dark rum
F: Moderately full body with ample carb
O: Nice Black Tuesday variant - the rum is a bit restrained on this batch, perhaps, but embodies the mammoth flavors that are signature to Black Tuesday. Bold, boozy, and makes a statement

Mar 20, 2021
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M_chav from New Mexico

2.77/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Big barrel and a decent nose. Wood forward for sure but thin and boozy like a not so thicc barely wine. This is not something I need to seek out again though. Definitely overrated in my opinion and undeserving of a top250 list like this.

Feb 28, 2021
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fstone from California

4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 20.8 abv

Disappointed with this release. Crazy legs and some notable heat on this one, which is to be expected from a BT variant, especially at this abv. However, it lacks all the nuance I expect from a BT. I can definitely taste the base beer, but not much else. Even the base beer is not as prominent because it shares the stage with the taste of booze. I think I detect a trace of rum and barrel, but it is so insignificant that I could easily just be convincing myself of something that really ain't there. Compared to other BT variants, this ain't it. Compared to other big rum barrel aged stouts, this definitely ain't it. This was my first experience with BT rum barrel aged and rum barrels just so happen to be my favorite medium to age stouts. From the looks of other reviews, this should have been a tasty damn beer. Maybe next year.

Dec 03, 2020
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IKR from California

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with medium-sized dark beige head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Noticeable legs on this one. A nice looking BT variant. the head stuck around which is notable for a beer 18.9%.

Smell: Rum and brown sugar aromas are the prominent aromas followed by some raisin aromas. I also pick up faint alcohol aromas which is very nice in light of the high ABV.

Taste: The rum and brown sugar notes from the nose carry over to the taste, along with the raisin notes. I also pick up some moderate vanilla and coffee/roast malts notes. This particular variant is sweet like other Black Tuesday (BT) variants I've had but it dries out quicker than the regular Bourbon bal-aged variant. The beer dries out nicely with a touch of rum sweetness in the finish. I sat on this for 6 years but how little alcohol presence this beer has for it's listed 18.9% is amazing.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation appropriate for the style. Very restrained alcohol presence for the listed ABV.

Overall: A very nice BT variant, The complex tasty palate of regular BT with Rum bal-aging rather than Bourbon bal-aging. The subdued alcohol presence is deceptive to the point of being dangerous if someone doesn't respect the 18.9% ABV. One can only hope this is rebrewed.

Aug 08, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: The nose on this one is a lot of intense rum barrel with a little bit of alcohol. Chocolate, roasted malts and coffee come in at times as well along with the oak from the barrel.
T: Taste is an intense sweetness before the rum barrel comes in strong with that funky rum flavor we all know and love. Really nice chocolate notes followed by some roasted malts and espresso but the sweetness and rum keep coming back. The oak on the barrel is there but it doesn't overpower. On the swallow this beer is more sweet rum barrel with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee coming in at the end with a hint of vanilla.
M: This beer is big and silky on the palate. Carbonation is there but struggles to come through as more than a slight sensation on the tongue while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV but it isn't bone dry.
O: Holy moly is this beer good. Great flavors and complexity with minimal booze and alcohol. It was apparent on the nose but it doesn't come through in the taste at all. This beer absolutely rocks the house and is a really nice twist on the standard beer. I'd love to see this one come back again.

Jan 19, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma of cognac, molasses, caramel. Thick, cloying, chewy mouthfeel. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of brown sugar, molasses, cognac, toffee, caramel, and hints of oak. Just a perfect barleywine.

Jun 24, 2018
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Minimal carbonation. Smell is hot with tons of alcohol and rum aromas. Taste follows suit with rum, chocolate and dark fruit. 3 years doesn't appear to have tamed the heat at all, or if it has I can't imagine what this was like fresh. Still delicious but the regular bourbon version is definitely better.

Aug 19, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Quite black, nearly opaque – though it looks fairly thin during the pour. Forms a thin tan head, and almost no visible carbonation.

S: Rum, spices, wood and vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and ethanol burn. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from this. Maybe a bigger chocolate aroma.

T: Rum, spices, chocolate and sweet sticky malts. Vanilla and woody dryness with ethanol heat, leather and mild dark fruit. Ethanol and rum spices with mild chocolate in the hang.

M: The body seems a bit thinner than expected. The alcohol burn is significant, but not as much over-the-top heat as you might think given the listed ABV. Still, it's very “rummy”, and some sips just seem like chocolate-flavored rum. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Good, but I'm not sure I like it as well as the regular bourbon version. Very rummy, and sweet. I’ll file this under the long and growing list of beers that I don’t think the rum barrel treatment was the way to go.

Feb 13, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a ways back, I think kumatmebrew sent the bottle ages ago, from notes…
Not black but a deep ruby when held to the light, no foam but long legs. Heavy chocolate syrup, sugat coated raisins, burnt brown sugar, some rum barrel but mild, faint spice, fudge, booze but not as much as one would expect, not much heat going down but it warms you from inside….

Nov 24, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank with 2 years 4 months age on bottle. Nice beer, though I prefer the bourbon barrel better. This variant has a lot of caramel flavor and is slightly hotter than the bourbon barrel. That being said, it's still great. If you're into rum barrel beers, a must try.

Nov 03, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black. Smells of rum and a little chocolate and dark fruit. The rum BA turns black tuesday into a carribean experience and adds notes of brown sugar, maybe toffee. Time has done this one well. Have one more I wont open for a couple more years to see how well it develops.

Apr 16, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from the 750. Shared by a generous New Mexico BA.

Appearance was a thick and viscous and black as one would expect from motor oil or any big Bruery stout.

The smell was solvent as all hell and clearly suggesting some barrel and booze. Beneath were the pleasant dark chocolate and dark fruit notes one would hope for with the style.

Flavor was a huge turn in the right direction. Bursting with raisin and fig and enveloped in a rum flavor, this resembled some boozy Caribbean dessert I've had or dreamed of in my mind. I really loved the sticky raisin wine like flavor with the complements of rum. A friend accused me of harboring a soft spot for rum as the husband of a Dominican woman, to which I can only say yes I have a soft spot for Caribbean women. What was the question?

And as for how this drinks? Come on now. It's a Bruery 19er or something. It's thick as maple syrup and rich as all hell. Hard to complain about the feel and booze wasn't overwhelming the beer.

Very damn good.

Apr 10, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to CTJman for answering my plea a while back; I’ve been looking forward to this one & since I don’t have to wake up tomorrow (I mean I will eventually, I hope) it’s time. Black-waxed 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The wax isn’t too bad & the beer pops loudly upon release, foreshadowing lively, but short-lived, visible carbonation, though it keeps audibly crackling for a while. The nose is dominated by rum & sweet corn syrup, & while there are probably subtleties, they aren’t easy to spot under that onslaught.

Black Tuesday - Rum Barrel Aged is a decadent, rum-soaked, Caribbean, sun-splashed treat. Rum lights up the palate over a base of enough malts to denude multiple acres. Powdered sugar soaked in sugar water & drizzled with brown sugar, rich toffee, syringe of alcohol to the brain stem, light spiciness (from the rum I presume, & the only light thing about this monster), vanilla, high quality maple syrup. Did I mention the alcohol? Or sweetness? Full, thick, oozing. I’m going be enjoying this half-bomber for a long while, & I’d be happy to have had the other half, too.

I love alcohol, sweetness, & rotting my teeth, so why wouldn’t I love this? I do. This is in the upper echelon of barrel-aged stouts & the best of the variants I’ve had to date. Absolutely stunning.

Mar 25, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark dark brown nearly black. Very thin mocha head that faded quickly to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas of chocolate chip cookies, nice decent fudge. Belgian dark chocolate, no booze though. The rum is strangely subtle on the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose , lots of rum up front with a fair amount of barrel. The rum though is almost syrupy. Decent fudge and rich chocolate. Fair amount of almost fusel alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden decent enough.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. The rum didn't bring much to the table, in fact it seems to hinder the beer. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 20, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014, split with rudzud

No real head a touch of fizzy bubbles, thick dark pitch black motor oil with legs that seems to go to Tahiti and back.

Nose big boozy syrupy malt, candy syrup, chocolate syrup, fudgey, little biscuity cookie expensive Belgian chocolate, fluffy nougat, tons of coffee syrup, very little rum, candy fruit, little bitterness, no real booze, rum get more candy molasses fruit thing as it warms.

Taste brings more rum up front, candy syrupy molasses and candied dates, syrupy molasses, big candy malts, dark malts, little roasted, coffee syrup and caramel, back into mild cookie dough and fudgey dark chocolate, little cocoa dust, little vanilla, a bit of a cheap rum or cheap syrup, fluffy nougat too. A fusel alcohol, not super boozy but fusel and bitter flavor. So much candy, yet a dry mildly boozy finish, candy notes, more cookie dough and dark choc, molasses sticky candy, fusel alcohol.

Mouth is thick syrupy fudgey, lots of fusel alcohol hot booze, decent carb.

Overall eh, an ok beer, the barrel didn't round off the fusel alcohol at all and added strange syrupy molasses thing. Pretty much a let down.

Feb 20, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably best described as a black barley liqueur, the Black Tuesday brand doesn't need much tinkering, trying or adventure. Its a most utopian beer all on its own. But the marriage to rum barrels offers a kiss of even greater succulence and charm. And to think- most folks are simply happy that its not Monday anymore.

Pouring the same abyss-black with an onyx sheen as the standard Tuesday, the stout also looks like an oil slick with a menacing purpose. As a dainty espresso crème mounts, the beer swirls with sticky legging of brandy proportions. Espresso, chocolate, coconut, vinous fruit and spiced rum fill the nose with opulence while a backbone of black-strap molasses, maple and bittersweet chocolate saturate the palate, seemingly of brownie batter in taste and consistency.

The full brunt of flavor is known as the middle palate mounts, saturating each and every tastebud with extreme espresso, molasses, chocolate, walnut and hints of roasty smoke. Port wine, sweet rum, and madeira offer up a savory umami meatiness to balance the sweetness and add salinity. Its spicy finish is mildly tart with red wine yet smoothened with vanilla and heavy cream.

Massively texture, chewy and silky- the lavish texture hinges on cloying, but its milkshake consistency wraps the tongue in its heavy coat and is patient to relax. The beer's extended flavor is indefinite and unyielding- warm with sweet booze, very much a digestive like fine liqueur.

Feb 20, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
2014 Vintage

BeerAdvocate review #850, working my way to 1,000!

Thanks to yumbeer for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque black, small tan head dissipates very quickly. Leaves essentially no lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: My god, its decadent. Super sweet and super boozy, both in a good way. Sugary/syrupy sweetness, dark fruits, subtle cocoa. Fairly strong rum notes from the barrel, and some fusel alcohol. 4.5

T: Again, wow. Like the aroma implied its massively sweet with sugar cane, dark fruits, and chocolate. As sweet as it is, its not cloying; balanced by booze and subtle roastiness. Rum characters are noticeable and add a very nice touch. Just flat out fantastic. 4.75

M/D: Full bodied, pretty thick, surprisingly not syrupy, and although the ABV is noticeable its actually remarkable subdued considering it clocks in at 18.9%. 4.75

O: Fantastic beer. I love regular Black Tuesday, and I enjoy this rum BA variant even more. 4.75

Feb 14, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 into snifters. split 10 ways as befits a BT

Pours dark brown and oily but translucent
Big barrel and sweet, with roast
Sweet, thin, hot, typical BT

Overall a tasty liquor, but not really beer at this stage

Feb 13, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Claaaark13 a while ago. Thanks again man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled on

APPEARANCE: Looks like all the other Black Tuesday offspring. A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Light bistre brown body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all and it's much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing look.

SMELL: Quite sugary, which is no surprise. Lots of rum, oak, vanilla, toffee, sweet cream and booze. Some nice brown sugar and molasses from the base beer come through as well. Definitely a sugar bomb, but very enticing.

TASTE: Sweet and alcoholic. Sweet molasses and brown sugar from the base beer show up first, with flavors of oak and sweet rum joining the party up front. Definitely sweet but very flavorful. Lots of alcohol at the swallow with toffee, oak, vanilla, sweet cream, brown sugar and molasses, and a nice dose of sugary rum as well. Desert in a glass.

PALATE: Same as all the other BT brews but maybe a little less abrasive, which is nice. Otherwise, medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, not as smooth as hoped, goes down okay with a big burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. Lots of heat lingers as well. Could definitely be creamier and smoother, but other beers at this ABV have been worse.

OVERALL: This was really decadent. Very sweet of course, and definitely boozy for sure, but the aromas and flavors were like a sweet desert lover’s paradise. This one was perhaps less abrasive than a lot of The Bruery’s Black Tuesday variants and vintages as well, which helped the overall experience. I really enjoyed this one and it might be my favorite incarnation of the base beer since the ’09 first came out all those years ago. Thanks again for this one Claaark13. Would love to drink this again at some point.

Jan 11, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.32/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Some chocolate, spices, oak and a massive sweetness that overshadowed all other components of the beer. Nice mouth feel, but not much else positive to say. Cloyingly sweet and could not finish my 6 oz pour.

Jan 09, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a matching Hoarders snifter. The brew streams dark brown in color and comes to rest in my glass dark brown to almost black with a finger khaki topping that fades to a thin film.

Smells sweet like candy with a solvent kick. Mild anise, toasted coconut mashmallow and chocolate.

Tastes sweet and boozy with a mild spicy oakiness. There is a lasting flavor of raisons and mildly musty oak. Some solvent booze, chocolate and toasted mashmallow/coconut.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A pleasant sipper but hardly differentiated from normal bourbon BT.

Nov 24, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black color with a thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Rum, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla.

T - Lots of rum flavor and noticeable warming on the way down and somewhat medicinal. Vanilla, rum, oak, licorice, raisons.

M - Velvety, sticky, thick and full bodied.

O - The overpowering rum dominates and masks the other flavor in the beer.

Oct 12, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a black color, pretty thick looking with minimal head on it. The smell of the beer is similar to regular Black Tuesday so I'm not picking up much of the rum barrel. The taste is huge, like it's original counter part, there is a subtle spicy notes that could either be the rum notes or possibly just the booze burning a bit. The feel is heavy, rich and silky with some boozy heat on the finish. Overall it was a fun beer to try but not much different than regular Black Tuesday.

Oct 12, 2015
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Jlabs from New York

4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super sweet..rum is prominent in the taste and nose..get a little bit of chocolate on the back end..but the rum flavor is king here..alcohol is well hidden on this beast of a stout

Oct 11, 2015
Black Tuesday - Rum Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 342 ratings