Black Tuesday - Port Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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4.44/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 - 19.5% ABV
2017 - 17.8% ABV

Added by 2beerdogs on 10-29-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#412
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
123
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
37
Trade:
6
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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
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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Photo of Smakawhat
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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Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvillefan
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottiethebody
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craftaholic
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful beer. Doesn't pretend not to be a big boy. Swinging redwood. It's bold. Smooth as a snail's piss flaps.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 562Brew
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 123 ratings