Black Tuesday - Port Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #130
Ranked #642
4.44 | pDev: 6.98%
The Bruery
California, United States
Black Tuesday - Port Barrel-AgedBlack Tuesday - Port Barrel-Aged
Notes: 2014 - 19.5% ABV
2017 - 17.8% ABV
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 138 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle. Fizzy tan head. Brown color.

Tastes more like port than beer. Very oaky with red wine notes. Tannins. Molasses, caramel, toffee. Tons of dark dried fruits. All the port. Really solid.

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mothman from Minnesota, Mar 15, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today is a great day for drinking this beer that is over three years old. The beer is 55 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-finger light tan head. The head has poor retention. The head left no lacing on the glass. The beer is SRM 35 a dark brown with ruby highlights. The beer is opaque.

The aromas of the beer are vinous, sweet cherries. oak, earth, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, a sour note, grain, oats, raisins, figs, baking spices, and herbal.

The flavors of the beer are port, dark chocolate, char, smoke, oak, medium roasted coffee, toffee, raisins, tobacco, anise, figs, baking spice, caramel, earthy, cherries, dark roasted malts, molasses, plums, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is remarkable. The taste is somewhat different from the nose. The beer has already aged. The beer drinks like a Barley Wine. Nonetheless, a great beer and a must try.

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4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Treebute for sending me a box of Bruery beers for a back-breaking box of good to great locals. I love Black Tuesday. I love Port. Headed to Lisbon this summer. This 2017 750ML ball-buster seems like a great way to warm up for those 50 year old man trips to the bathroom at 2:00 AM.

I’m always confused when Black Tuesday flows & it’s not black, but more of a dark brown mixed with arterial blood. The nose is rich. Port & oak on top, with red berries, booze, & brown sugar. Potent.

Black Tuesday – Port Barrel Aged is a booze-hound. The liberal mixing of sweet, sweet malts & sweet, sweet port pegs this at 9.95 on the sugar scale & 9.9 on the beer/alcohol scale. Sonic boom of port up front, with a deep gash of tarry malt sweetness backed by most of the booze in the world. Mid-palate brings brown sugar, black sugar cane, mashed red berries, & something like maple syrup. The finish is all port & booze. Thick as ever, & I could drink a lot of this. Maybe I should gain forty pounds so I can drink more in one sitting. Without, you know, dying.

Black Tuesday is a magnificent beer, & the base supports the port even better than the bourbon. Waterboard me with this any time. Top shelf.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Mar 28, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of rocky ran head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of port wine with some dark red fruit notes, oak, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts.
T: Taste is a little port and oak heavy up front before the dark chocolate and cocoa powder come in. There's some nice espresso notes as well with some strong roasted malts. Light charred wood toward the middle to end. On the swallow this one is somewhat tannic from the port barrels with more port wine, cocoa powder, coffee and roasted malts.
M: This beer has a fairly full and slightly silky body. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is pretty awesome. It has great flavors and some killer complexity. Booze is very well hidden and all the flavors are integrated very well together. I'm curious how the 2017 edition stacks up to the OG because this one would be hard to top in my opinion.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Feb 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not seeing the bottle date anywhere on this. Serious fucking wax on this bitch. It must have been 3/16 thick and nearly bent my opener after scoring and removing half of it.

L - snifter pour. Tawney red-brown and super thin looking. I've never been blown away by regular black tuesdays appearance but I don't quite understand how this can visually appear so much much lighter and thinner looking. Nice frothy 2 finger head that lingers. Lacing appears thin.

S - Loads of port when I finally got it cracked. Typical black tuesday dark fruits and sugar as it airs out.

T - Kind of let down. While I love BT and I enjoy a port wine, this beer is taking on a musty bitterness I would expect from a cabernet or other dry wine aged beer. I've never been a fan of most wine BA beers but thought surely the sweetness of port would complement this. The decadent base beer feels overpowered by a grape must bitterness I was not anticipating.

M - Dryer than most Bruery beers for sure. Doesn't linger on the palate as long as most of theirs either. There's no faults here but nothing that stands out either.

O - As one who loves black tuesday, and most variants, I feel this rendition could have been spared. While the aroma was port all day, the flavors were in no way shape or form the sweet beer you would expect given the mammoths of sugar that both black tuesday and port wine are.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Dec 16, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, port, raisin, plum, cherry, berries, fig, currant, date, fudge, toasted oak, nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, smoke, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and port barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, port, raisin, plum, cherry, berries, fig, currant, date, fudge, toasted oak, nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, smoke, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness, oak tannin spiciness, and wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, port, raisin, plum, cherry, berries, fig, currant, date, fudge, toasted oak, nuts, dark bread, licorice, molasses, smoke, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and port barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and port/oak spicy/tart/tangy balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and wine tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 17.8%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing wine barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and port barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Amazingly rich/well rounded imperial stout malt complexity, with perfect port barrel integration. Perfect balance of malt and dark fruit character. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. Liked this more than the BBA version, but would like to revisit with a fresher vintage.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 06, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Very dark glowing garnet red, with touches of mahogany brown like body color. Faint two finger tan head, a little fizzy, but manages a real good bubbly thick collar. Creamy sense of looking body, and a touch of wine like lightness.

Whipping nose on first sniff. Large amounts of port like fruit, touches ruby character sweetness and light oaky warmth. A few touches of caramel also in the mix which makes for a nice port like tawny touch also. Hints cherry and raspberry all over, with a black forrest cake like quality but far denser and rich.

Palate is a big wonderful whopper. Large amounts of ruby like fruited port, mixing with a hint of roast and dark chocolate. Dense bodied but with a little bit of light touches in mouthfeel that slightly wash a little. German chocolate cake, but with richer darker fruit and chocolate tones, thick cocoa and blacker raspberry sensations abound. Round and full with hints of light barrel notes of wood even a touch of faint cinnamon.

Great use of a port barrel for this brew, even tastes much more drinkable than the high abv indicates. Awesome stuff.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Aug 22, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday with a heavy dose of port. Amazing how much port flavor comes through with this. Very good variant. Think I prefer regular Black Tuesday better, but that's no knock on this beer.

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Jan 28, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip appears dark brown in color with a khaki head that is quick to fade.

This smells of raisons and tootsie rolls - chocolate and slightly solvent as it breathes. It has a bit of brine and soy aroma as it gets warm.

Taste is chocolate, raison, tootsie roll, slight vinous and big alcohol impact with some woody tannic quality. It is much more vinous/fruity than the maderia version.

This is full in body with light carbonation. Overall a step up from normal black tuesday as in you can reallt notice what the barrel aging imparts however it is strikingly similar to the wine barrel version.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Nov 07, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery 8th Anniversary celebration on 05/14 /16.

All the outstanding characteristics of Black Tuesday with the addition of subtle sweet dark fruit and a dry finish.

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Furlinator from California, May 16, 2016
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3.48/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Almost black body. Smells of brown sugar, raisins, light oxidation, and port wine. Tastes extremely sweet. Booze. Chocolate. Port wine. Sweet port and brown sugar finish. Heavy and sweet. Not as dynamic as the madeira version, where the oxidation helped a lot.

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3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Big thanks for the brews man. Always a pleasure!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 14 September 2014

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: Oak, port, red wine, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, butterscotch, molasses and brown sugar on the nose. Lots of alcohol too, as usual. Lots going on here and the port shows up pretty distinctly.

TASTE: Port wine, oak, vanilla, sweet cream and lots of alcohol up front. Boozy for sure, with plenty of it at the swallow, moving into a finish of more port, oak, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla cream, molasses, brown sugar and alcohol lingering on the palate. Very alcoholic for sure, yet very complex with lots of layers. Piles of port and oak on this one as well. Lots going on here.

PALATE: Same as all the other BT brews. 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.

OVERALL: This one was very flavorful and the port barrel gaining was very distinct. Lots going on and very boozy, though not to the point where it was off-putting. One of the things I appreciate about these beers is that they can be insanely alcoholic but without it dominating the complexities of the base beer and the barrel aging. This is a good example of big and beautiful. Thanks again Claaark13!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Jan 11, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2014 bottle poured into tulip Christmas Eve 2015 for review #2500!!! big thanks towards kumatmebrew for the bottle a ways back

A I can't say its black but its getting there, an angry dump down the middle manages to pump out a couple fingers of dark foam that hang around for a few sips leaving zero lace but to be expected at this strength. swirls leave some legs and color on the glass, she looks massive

S the port barrel plays a big part, lots of port and faint smoke, chocolate fudge and syrup, some fruit, cherries, black currents, a hint of soy, molasses, more port, some booze but I'd believe it was half as strong, smells like something I want to eat

T licorice and raisins come out, still heaps of port, burnt wood, all sorts of chocolate, syrup, bakers, fudge, dark fruit covered in dark chocolate, more booze then the nose but again it's scary how well they hid this much alcohol

M thick and syrupy, a couple bubbles but a little still, has some heat but its minor, hits my chest and brain pretty hard though, oily but sticky on the lips, barrel lingers on the finish for ages

O the port barrel plays a massive part and works wonders with the massive stout base, this stuff tastes like chocolate port, they did an amazing job hiding all the booze and this stuffs going wreck me at the speed its going down

I may regret taking this puppy down solo tomorrow but shes half gone already and I'm glad I have more to go. A worthy beer for a big milestone on Christmas Eve for sure, interesting brew with a great barrel choice, I really wish I had another to throw in the cellar for a decade or two

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wordemupg from Alberta (Canada), Dec 25, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another very nice variant of Black Tuesday, although slightly below the standard set by Grey Monday, Chocolate Rain, Mocha Wednesday, and Wineification. I am a HUGE port fan and Black Tuesday fan, but somehow, the two don't combine for a transcendent beer experience. I found this one just as interesting as the base Black Tuesday, but I though it was a notch below something like Wineification, even though it is still a well earned 4.25.

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dbc5 from Arizona, Dec 06, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee, port wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, caramel, toffee, port wine, raisin, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a perfect aroma and a great mix of normal Black Tuesday and port wine barrel aged qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Aug 24, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice creamy "cappuccino" colored head.

Nose is sweet dark choc and roasted grains, nice vanilla undertones with toffee, raisins and plums. Hints of port but perhaps because you're looking for it.

Mouth feel is rich, thick and luscious. Nice carbonation and inviting.

Taste is what you want from BT - rich, thick and bold chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, caramel and coffee all with a sweet port undertone and smoothness from the barrel. Really a nice bottle that retains that deep rich chocolate coffee that you expect from BT.

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GRG1313 from California, Aug 16, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Reviewed from notes 7/19/15.

Pours pitch black with no head and no lace but huge, legs that really cling to the glass. Pretty much as expected.

Nose is booze, chocolate, fudge, sweet soy sauce, dried dark fruit and molasses. Very sweet and syrupy with a significant alcohol kick. Balance but also very complex and forward.

Opens a touch roasty. Dark chocolate, molasses, fudge, milk chocolate, sweet soy sauce and dark fruit in the middle and ends with hints of wood and peat mixed into the fold. Boozy and sweet on the finish with a molasses, fudge and dark fruit finish. Really good.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Chewy and boozy in the mouth and goes down warm and slightly hot. Messy sweet finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Fits the flavor perfectly.

The Bruery is kind of known for their barrel-aged imperial stouts and for me, Port BT has got to be up there with the best of them. Certainly the best Bruery imperial stout I've had to date.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Jul 20, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3999, thinking about this as #4000, but not quite good enough. It was great, but gotta leave BVBDL as the big one. Split with rudzud.

Nice foamy fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head, long legs, pitch black beer.

Nose is pretty nice, nice base BT, decent dark choc and roast, dark caramel, charred caramel, mild port candy wine, sweet wine, smooth with little vanilla, very mellowed version of BT.

Taste brings a ton of port, big candy wine port, just port all over, with nice cocoa and dark choc, mild milk choc, some warming booze but not overly. The boozy alcohol and licorice has really mellowed, great wine port. No real bitterness, little candy toffee notes, and dark caramel, but behind the dark choc and port, little fruity raisin plum even. Finish is a little sticky, hint of booze, mostly dry, little more port and choc, little bitterness.

Mouth is fuller bod, little creamy lush, decent carb, very little booze.

Overall very nice, pretty much port and dark choc, the original black Tuesday really mellowed thanks to the pretty barrel, quite nice.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jul 11, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip an oily black pour with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, good roast. Loads of port. Really no alcohol over the nose. Quite mellow.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of caramel chocolate, followed by enormous amounts of port. Just crazy amount of port. Alcohol is gone completely, loads of delicious port. Only knock is the base beer is super minimized by the barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, very mellow.

O - Overall this beer was very good, loads of port. Just a really, really great melding of black Tuesday and port. Very very well crafted. Completely works out.

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Jul 10, 2015
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4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer
Poured from a 750 into a small Victory snifter, enjoyed over the course of four hours by yours truly.
Look was not what I was expecting as it looked more "port" than imperial stout but once the aroma hit my nose and sweet nectar hit my lips, I was sold.
We're I blind I would have thought I was sipping port. Perfect balance of BT and a good port that was neither too hot nor too sweet.
Such an easy sipper that got better as the night went on.
It's neck and neck between this and the rum barrel aged, but either way, it's a top notch beer.

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SanFranJake from California, May 31, 2015
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4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's society. Bottled 9/16/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown but rests in the glass pitch black with a finger and a half of pale tan head. The bubbles fade rather quickly to a broad island that almost reaches the ring of foam. The halo lingers throughout but alas the alcohol is just too heavy to allow any lace to stick.

The aromas are sweet, vineous and inviting. The port shines through brilliantly, with the support of vanilla, chocolate, oak, toffee, caramel and some fairly heavy alcohol esters popping up intermittently. This is one of those beers that I can't keep my nose out of.

Those huge, familiar Black Tuesday flavors are immediately apparent. Dark chocolate, boozey heat, tawny port, caramel, over ripe dark fruit, that sweet and mildly funky signature Bruery yeast, vanilla, charred oak and brown sugar. The port plays beautifully to the dark fruit notes. Somehow, despite the huge alcohol content and inherent sweetness of both the beer and the port, this comes out with a wonderful balance that drinks much smoother than the sub-20% abv led me to expect.

The body is syrupy, heavy and chewy with a pleasantly subtle carbonation. The long, sweet aftertaste blends port, cocoa, dark fruit, caramel and oak.

The port barrelling takes the Black Tuesday I love and makes it even better. The dark fruit becomes a star and the alcohol is miraculously smoothed. This is one of the absolute best exclusives that I've received through the Hoarders Society and I'm quite glad that I had a chance to try it. If, like me, you enjoy imperial stouts and tawny port this is a beer that you should try if at all possible.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must like port, for sure. I expected the sweetness of port to ramp up the sweetness of BT but this felt much drier, tannic, with a nice dose of fruit and spice. A sipper for sure but smooth and nuanced.

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Kurmaraja from California, Mar 15, 2015
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4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Black Tuesday variant was mind blowing. Fruity tannins are a big part of this brew, more mellow than regular BT, and the alcohol content was very well hidden. I'd say seek this one out if you get a chance.

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thebeerfrontier from California, Jan 27, 2015
Black Tuesday - Port Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 138 ratings