Black Tuesday - Reserve
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #29
Ranked #115
4.6 | pDev: 6.52%
The Bruery
California, United States
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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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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
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Roguer from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good head production, considering the sky high ABV and double barrel aging. Quickly fades, as expected, leaving behind only a thin ring of foam around the edge. Body is surprisingly clear and cola-colored.

Boozy nose - whoda thunkit? The smell of bourbon, port, and brown sugar wafts over you from the pour itself. Up close it's similar but stronger: red grape, molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, honeycomb.

Strong, sweet, and boozy on the palate, with an alcoholic burn that grows and grows. Very slow sipper. Lasting heat in the throat and chest.

Incredibly deep and complex, rich and dark. Molasses, brown sugar, oak, bourbon mash, red grape, white bread, light toast, toffee, vanilla, espresso. Long aftertaste, although the booze understandably dissipates rather quickly.

Dec 20, 2020
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unclekeith from Alaska

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

Not a beer to be trifled with

2018 21% Solo

Ruddy black. Small Borge head quick to dissipate. Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Very inviting. Swirling fails to raise more bubbles but reveals legs for days. Alcohol vapor continue to deliver olfactory delights.

Smooth at first then roasted fire. Long lasting barrel. Huge body. Definitely a sipper. Incredible experience.

Jul 31, 2020
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Shogun250 from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is for 2018 and reviewing for the way the current stout game is. The old school back Tuesday is a legendary beer that was a game changer for high abv stouts. Unfortunately compared to stuff now it is extremely thin and way too boozy to be enjoyable. There are some good characteristics of bourbon, sweetness, and fudge. When there weren’t as many options I can see why this beer was great. I don’t know if my pallet has changed or the beer landscape has changed, maybe a little bit of both. There are a wide variety of better ba stouts in smaller formats that are more enjoyable in all aspects right now to have this again unless it was a really well aged bottle.

Mar 03, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from claaark13 a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
2015 Edition
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours out a clear brown and yields a small, loose, bubbly light beige head that quickly vanishes to a bubbly ring. Bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. Ring disappears rather quickly leaving this one looking flat and lifeless until the end.

SMELL: Big bourbon and oak nose on this one. Boozy for sure, with lots of candy-like qualities as well. Vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate and molasses come through, with toffee and butterscotch notes. A slight hint of roasted malt and pure chocolate behind the onslaught of bourbon and oak all over the place.

TASTE: Piles of bourbon here. Lots of bourbon and oak flavors. Really strong and boozy. Some vanilla, coconut and milk chocolate up front as well, moving into a boozy finish. Bold aftertaste of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, lots of wood and spirit, some pure chocolate bitterness and a touch of roasted malt lingers on the palate. Lots of booze.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Silky on the palate, goes down with a good scratch and burn at the swallow and finishes quite sticky on the palate. Harsh and lots of heat lingers. This feels more like whisky than beer, though it is surprisingly silky and smooth, especially as it settles.

OVERALL: This is closer to straight spirit than any other incarnation of this beer. Either that or I’ve become a huge sissy since I last had one of these a couple years back. Probably a combination of the two. It seems like the extra barrel aging, which was totally unnecessary in the first place, has made this one even hotter and boozier than the base. Amazing, but yes, it’s boozier than the base. I’m never sure what to think about this bruiser. I admit I find it rather delicious and actually crave it from time to time, but it’s questionable at best as an imperial stout, and as a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, I often wonder where the stout went. From my notes and memory the 2009 original bottling was one of the best things to ever grace my belly, and unfortunately the successors haven’t quite lived up to that heavenly experience. All that said, this is probably the beer I most look forward to imbibing in again. Weird. Enjoyable for sure, but be ready with an army of the willing at your back, or a solid wine stopper so you can plug it up and enjoy it for a couple weeks. Thanks again, claaark! Always a pleasure.

Jun 04, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release.

A: Pours a very dark, chestnut brown with a half finger of sand-colored, foamy head. Decent retention, receding quickly to a long-standing ring. No lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla bean, oak, with light roast and cola.

T: Prominent okay presence from start to finish, providing some structure and cutting directly through the sweetness endemic to regular BT. Also, dark chocolate, roast, vanilla, cola, and plum. A long oaky, slightly tannic/roasty finish. More roast than I remember in regular BT.

M: Moderate and assertive alcohol heat without the burn. Full bodied with medium-light carbonation.

O: An oaky version of BT. Certainly an interesting take. The lower sweetness is an improvement, but the oakiness is a toe over the line.

Mar 20, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

05/2016 - The nose is super hot, with some dark chocolate, a crap ton of bourbon, and some vanilla; the palate is super boozy, with more bourbon, chocolate, and roast than the original; the finish is way too thin to make this super good. It's fun to try, but one and done for me.

Sep 26, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a 750mL, thanks Tom for sharing this.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a small brown head that reduces to nothing.

Aromas are boozy but inviting, cocoa and dark chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate liquor. Taste is rich, so much flavor here with fudge, rich chocolate cake, chocolate liquor, boozy dark fruits, finishing lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is rich and thick, low carbonation.

Sep 07, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured at a share last night. Beer pours dark brown in color. Not completely opaque. Small mocha head forms and dissipates quickly, probably running from the 20.5% abv (haha). Aromas of caramel, fudge, oak and booze fill my nose. Set the glass on the table a few feet away and I could still smell it. Taste is all of the above....lots of fudge, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oakiness and some definite booze. For 20.5%, I expected some heat, even with a 3 yr old beer. Drinks thicker than it looks. Coated the mouth with vanilla, caramel and booze. Overall, even with the hints of booziness there, this is still relatively smooth. Excellent beer.

Aug 30, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a half finger of dense dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of boozy bourbon with caramel, vanilla and oak leading the charge. There's also some chocolate and a little coffee in there from the roasted malts along with some slight smoke.
T: Taste is chocolate and coffee with roasted malts, a slight licorice note on top of some caramel, vanilla and oak. Faint smoke plays with some toasted marshmallows and a little coconut. Alcohol is there as well. Slight raisin note can be found here as well. Swallow is more roasted malts, oak, chocolate, raisin, dark cherry, caramel, vanilla, and oak.
M: This beer is big and sticky on the palate with carbonation that is so low it almost isn't there. The beer has a very dry finish due to the huge ABV. Residual sugar is still plentiful though.
O: And the hits just keep coming. The amount of complexity this beer is showing is insane. Great depth and breadth of flavors and well balanced. I'm happy they will be making this again because this is too good to be just a one time thing.

Oct 09, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Taste is bourbon and nutty. Taste is also a bourbon and nutty with some alcohol aftertaste that is a little thinner that I expected.

Jun 14, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

On first examination, this actually looks a little thin. Thin legs and very little head. Nose is robust and very aromatic. Big bourbon notes waft over hints of soy sauce, chocolate, fudge, plum, prune and molasses. Great complexity. Beer opens chocolate, soy sauce, molasses and big, accented, boozy bourbon. Syrupy in the beginning and middle with fudge and dried dark fruit notes. Hot throughout and tobacco notes going down. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick, oily and boozy in the mouth and goes down very hot.

There's great complexity in this beer but the bourbon and booze is just over-the-top at times. Well worth trying but this could still use a year or two and make sure to get at least 4 or 5 friends together for this.

Nov 20, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped this bottle at an epic Omaha, Nebraska bottle share. Poured into a teku. I felt this was a little over hyped. Drinkability was nice for a 21%er... Better than Black Tuesday. Mouthfeel was lacking a bit. Not worth going out of your way for imo.

Aug 04, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color. No head.

All the flavors of Black Tuesday, but more rounded out and mellow. Tons of bourbon and fudgy chocolate. Rich. Caramel. Very dessert like. Oak and vanilla. A very big beer.

Much better than bt. This one is very drinkable.

Jun 24, 2016
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wulfie85 from California

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Black Tuesday bottles I have ever had. Drank this along side a 2009 Black Tuesday and, while the '09 was a clear winner, the Reserve held it's own very well. Excellent barrel character and flavor with absolutely no heat. Everything you would want out of this beer after reading the description

May 05, 2016
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Mojua from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've only had this once. Liked it more than regular BT, but still had the typical Bruery sweetness and heat. Definitely more complex and interesting that regular though, and overall a tasty beer that's perfect for a big share.

Apr 23, 2016
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black. Smells of Charred oak, vanilla, and a caramel. Tastes amazingly of the bourbon barrels and caramel. very viscous. This is a Barrel aged stout at its finest.

Apr 16, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black color with minimal head. Smells of dark chocolate and bourbon. Incredibly smooth taste with chocolate and vanilla and smooth bourbon. Nice thick mouth feel. Unbelievable beer.

Apr 07, 2016
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KidSalami from Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big mouthfeel, huge bourbon, chocolate and caramel. Slight alcohol bite but overall unbelievably smooth for 20%. Can't wait to revisit this one in a year. My favorite Bruery stout yet and one of my favorites of all time.

Apr 03, 2016
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rand from California

4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 750 mL bottle to snifter

A: Jet-black and viscous as hell. Pours like crude oil - no chance of a head under this kind of weight.

S: All the notes of a good barrel-aged stout, just ramped-up...a lot. Wafts of alcohol volatiles push the boozy aromas right to the center of olfactory organs, allowing one to parse every scent. Charred oak, vanilla, cocoa, ripe cherries. Notes of coffee and anise in bitter aspects of the bouquet, caramel and freshly milled whole grain in the sweet. Obviously plenty of booze, smells like a liqueur.

M: If this was any more viscous there'd have to be a molecular phase-change to a solid. Bring a knife and fork just in case.

T: The first thing noticed at the front of the sip, besides the booze, is that it's not THAT boozy. Not 21%-boozy. I would have pegged this 14-16%, and the restrained alcohol renders the brew a lot more drinkable than it could have been. Also, the high gravity doesn't overtake that buttery, bourbon-y, caramel-y aspect that makes barrel-aged stouts so delicious. A perfect balance of sweet and booze throughout the sip, closing with a long finish. Really long.

Just a phenomenal beer. One of the best brews I've had. I was skeptical when I read this was their big Hoarder's special last year; what was disclosed about the process led to a risky end-product - a lot of ways this could've gone off the rails. But this is easily the best beer The Bruery has brewed (edit: compared to bottles available to Society members - I'm not able to frequent the tasting room that often, so there may have been a one-off gem I missed). Just wow.

Apr 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black pour with a 3/4" tan head on the top of it, looks gorgeous like a model. So much chocolate smells on this one, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste is so thick, chocolate, bourbon, oak. I'm talking that super deep double German chocolate cake.
Amazingly sticky and hides the alcohol relatively so well. Just so much deep chocolate fudge. Carbonation just right. Smallest amount of coconut, but tons of vanilla and brownie batter/fudge/chocolate.

This is like chocolate rain with a little less 'sweet' type chocolate, this is more of the dark, stronger variety. Can't talk this up enough, this and chocolate rain are the stouts to end all stouts, and I love that its not uber rare 300 bottle count type of stuff. Will bang over and over again, happily.

Apr 01, 2016
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T_Hass from Georgia

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bruery. Poured into a Bruery tulip. They hype is real on this one. Pours pitch black. The smell is great, vanilla, bourbon, charred wood, that Bruery sweetness. The taste mimics the smell. The feel is smooth viscous and my word does it ever hide that 20% alcohol. One of the best out there.

Mar 24, 2016
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend in Hoarders shared this with us. This was super smooth for the ABV. I have had the regular version of this also. I found this just as good if not better.

Mar 21, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome! Smoother than regular Black Tuesday. Does not taste like 20% whatsoever. The blend is what sets this beer apart though. Rich thick stoutiness with excellent barrel aged flavors. Thanks Bruery!

Mar 19, 2016
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was without a doubt one of the best beers the Bruery ever put out.
Bold nose and taste but smooth all around.
So well structured and easy to drink despite it's strength
All the notes you would get off regular Black Tuesday but this isn't as sticky or cloying.
It also has less of a harshness to it I imagine from the extended aging period and the fact that the Bourbon in this beer is so big that it may or may not cover any flaws that might have been in it

Mar 13, 2016
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