Black Tuesday - Reserve
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #28
Ranked #95
4.57 | pDev: 7%
May 20, 2023
Oct 30, 2014
Black Tuesday - ReserveBlack Tuesday - Reserve
Notes: Hoarders only Black Tuesday variant. Black Tuesday aged in bourbon barrels for one year and then aged on fresh bourbon barrels for one year.
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Rated: 4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio

May 20, 2023
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2020 version poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle #1041 dated 2/11/2020. An absolute beast. Boozy, thick and mildly sweet.
Mar 24, 2023
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Reviewed by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2021 vintage bottle share at a bottle share on 12/3/22. Amazing beer; drank fairly easily and just a ton of flavour and barrel in the taste. It was a little on the boozy side, not terrible, but I'd expect that from a 21% ABV beer.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by Argento from Rhode Island

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Dec 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Skellbop from New York

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Nov 17, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by RMW66 from Australia

Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by ellswrth from Oregon

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2020 vintage

Oh man, we have quite the big boy here. A 21% on a Tuesday afternoon? What the hell am I doing? Well, I’m on vacation this week and today turned out to be a stormy day, so I figured it’s the perfect time to crack this beer I received in a BIF from the legendary @Eziel. I’m getting close to the end of what he sent me, and they’re all heavy hitters. Let’s see what this one is all about

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of light beige head that fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

There’s a definite sweetness in the nose, but it’s wonderfully balanced given its size. I’m picking up on aromas of chocolate fudge, earthy bourbon, toasted oak, nougat, black cherry, sweet caramel, molasses, toasted hazelnut, and light vanilla

This one really packs a punch in taste, heavy booze and char fight for attention while a huge sweetness backs it all up. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting charred oak, cacao, sweet bourbon, red grape, marshmallow, sweet vanilla, molasses, toffee, light nutty malt, and black cherry. The swallow brings notes of hot bourbon, charred oak, nougat, cacao, black cherry, molasses, apple brandy, vanilla, sweet caramel, and nougat

A full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a silky and slightly thick beer. Finishes mostly dry but boozy as all hell

There’s no 2 ways about it; this beer is incredible. So complex and hitting all the right notes. Perfect for a quiet day to myself hanging out outside while it rains
Aug 23, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 batch. Most of the BT Reserve years is two sets of bourbon barrels, but this one is grape brandy and then bourbon.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like charred oak, lots of bourbon, lots of vinous grape character, brandy, roasted malt, dark fruit.

This is a nice bridge between some of overtly wine based Black Tuesday variants, and the regular bourbon Black Tuesday. The grape brandy adds a pleasantly oaky vinous character, sweet, but finishes dry, with oaky char, marshmallow, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, and bourbon.

This is medium bodied, slightly thin as most Black Tuesday variants tend to be, with a lots of concentrated booziness. It’s not overwhelmingly boozy, but it really kind of does drink like a distilled stout liqueur.

I haven’t had much Bruery in a while, but this was definitely a fun beer to revisit this brewery with. It’s definitely something to share with a bunch of people, like 10 people, maybe, but it’s well done.
Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750 ml wax capped bottle, 2021 edition (aged in Copper & Kings grape brandy barrels for a year, then aged an additional year in bourbon barrels), 21.8% ABV, bottled 01/19/21. Served in a Black Tuesday chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head that fizzled away somewhat quickly. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like dark fruit, brandy, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate and roasted malt. I like the taste a lot too, it's similar to the aroma but with the addition of some dark bread, burnt/charred malt, coffee, licorice and earthy flavors. There's a lot going on here, but all of the flavors mesh well together with no one flavor overpowering the others. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating and a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nowhere near as boozy as I was expecting considering how strong this brew is! Certainly worth trying if you get the chance to!
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 2.37 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I believe this was a 2018 bottle (4 years aged). Leaned towards a more licorice flavor. Didn’t pick up much bourbon. Solid beer/liquor drink (20% it’s hard to still consider this a beer). My guess is that perhaps it’s a little better if it were fresher, maybe 6-12mo age which is generally where I like my BA stouts.
Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 5 by ricknelson from Vermont

Mar 09, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by josephwa from Minnesota

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Travitten from Iowa

Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by shoegueuze from California

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 4.8 by MrNate from Florida

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by Hefewiseman from Florida

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by timmy2b from New York

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2015 vintage
Look: very dark. Some cola highlights when held to light. Sparse head of course.
Smell: mellow Black Tuesday underneath. Vanilla, bourbon fudge.
Taste: like the nose. Unbelievably mellow for such a monster.
Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by buking21 from Massachusetts

May 11, 2021
Rated: 5 by sordyl from Illinois

May 08, 2021
Rated: 3.55 by Jkolls from Ohio

Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by InfernoBoss from California

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Feb 26, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by Lare453 from Florida

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Review #8000, 2015 vintage. This will be a very emotional review. Normally for big milestones like this, rudzud would have some crazy beer to share, but that can't happen now. Instead this was one from our share box that we got from Hoarders, saving for a special day. He might not be here physically to share it with me, but he's here in spirit.

Pours basically with no head, whisp of fizzy bubbles disappears almost instantly, dark murky molasses brown color with no real light coming through, and legs for days

Nose brings lots of barrel and bourbon, lots of vanilla oak, a bit buttery oak, fresh bourbon barrel juice, a bit like my nose in a Glencairn glass with some decent bourbon, lots of dark malts under that, some roast and coffee, no char, loads of cocoa, dark chocolate, a little nougat candy bar, fudge, a bit of a chocolate syrup as well, a little alcohol

Taste super rich heavy malts and barrel, dark chocolate, raw cocoa, chocolate syrupy again, a bit of a candy bar with light nougat and caramel notes, some roast and coffee as well, more like a coffee syrup, barrel brings lots of vanilla again and fresh bourbon barrel juice, a little generic whiskey character but some raw sweet bourbon as well, getting fudgey in the middle, some toasted oak character and layers of vanilla, a touch of baking spice, med lighter bitterness mostly from the roasted malts, some hot alcohol not quite fusel but almost there, finishes sticky and coats the mouth, never really goes away, lingering cocoa, fudge, vanilla and generic whiskey

Mouth is full bod, rich syrupy and really coats the mouth, some hot tingly alcohol, med-light foamy carb

Overall quite nice, there have been better Bruery beers, but for a Black Tuesday variant adding the extra bourbon and barrel was nice, although I think it has dropped a bit from what it probably was fresh, but alcohol didn't destroy either as the age probably helped there.

I swear I heard a pop sound from my glass while it was resting and I was typing. Matt must have taken his sip, and I hope he enjoyed it. Miss the great bottle shares and fun times. This was just one more milestone in my reviews. I know rudzud always joked about how he would never catch me in reviews, and I guess he was right. I'll keep drinking beers, but I'll always have that hole that will never be filled. Cheers Matt!
Jan 23, 2021
Black Tuesday - Reserve from The Bruery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 347 ratings