Sundae Sunday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #946
Ranked #7,391
4.26 | pDev: 3.76%
The Bruery
California, United States
Notes: Barrel-aged imperial stout aged in wine and bourbon barrels with boysenberries and vanilla.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/20/20 bottle date; Poured into a snifter.

This BT variant is a new one for me. Super excited to get into it.

A semi-vigorous pour results in a quickly dissipating head. The look is a dark cola brown, with the nose super heavy on the boysenberry.

The taste follows the nose. Super berry. Very one-note. Because of this, we let it sit a while longer and came back to it...

As it warms, the berry is much less pronounced, but still pretty heavy. The vanilla starts to show it’s face too, which is a welcome addition.

The alcohol is present, but to me, fairly hidden for 17.2. Very, very good, but not sure I’d seek it out again over the other BT variants.

Jul 12, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours almost dark brown instead of black. Looks thin. Coarse head with no retention. Not the best. Nose is raspberry, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and booze. Aromatic. Nice complexity. Beer opens coarse cocoa powder and roasted malt up front. Dark fruit, perhaps raspberry and strawberry hides just behind. Sweet soy sauce, prunes and chocolate in the middle. Molasses, tobacco and oak linger in the back. Finishes syrupy, more cocoa powder, tobacco and chocolate. Very solid. Body is full with low carbonation. Oily and slick on the palate and hot going down. Long, lingering, sticky finish. Big and bold for sure.

This one's not much of a looker but it drinks pretty good.

Jul 04, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a half inch light brown head

Nose: notable Black Tuesday bourbon and raisin character. The berry notes do come through a fair amount. Very nice.

Taste: Boysenberry comes through even stronger here. Perhaps a touch too much for my tastes as it’s definitely aggressive on the sweetness. Still excellent at the end of the day. Finish is raisin, booze, and some more berry.

Feel: fairly light body, medium carbonation

Apr 19, 2020
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pants678 from California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with no foam.

Candy, fruit.

Some dark chocolate, prominent sugar and fruit. Alcohol's masked.

Pixie stickie sorta sharp. Still has a viscosity.

Jan 05, 2020
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lavender wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 5/25/18. Served in a Bruery teku. Enjoyed 9/2/18.

Pours black with about three fingers of sand hued head. Those initial bubbles quickly dissipate to a thin, broken rail and a couple tiny islands.

The nose is sweet and inviting. Vanilla, jam, bourbon, wine and a sharp cooling alcohol presence.

The expected boozey decadence is fully on display in the flavor. Bourbon, fruit skins, vanilla, boysenberry jam, barrel, dark chocolate, Belgiany sweet Bruers yeast, merlot and plenty of booze.

Full, slick, oily feel with gentle carbonation and a semi dry finish. The aftertaste ties together boozey bourbon, bittersweet fudge and jammy berries.

The Bruery is back with another play on their already-outstanding Black Tuesday. The berries in Sundae Sunday add a delightful jammy note that, along with the vanilla, really downplays the roasty bitterness.

Feb 21, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a sort of dark berry tinge to it as it streams into the glass and a khaki stained purple hued head rests atop.

Smelld of licorice, berries, vanilla and booze. Taste continues with the booze theme as expected with medicinal berry accent.

Not a bad brew, in fact its a bit more enjoyable than most of the riffs of black tuesday are as the fruit addition breaks it up from just being a booze bomb.

Dec 04, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass. When pouring this one had a purple tinge coming out of the bottle.
S: Smells of boysenberries and vanilla with those classic fudgy bourbon notes one expects from Black Tuesday.
T: Taste is boysenberries and vanilla up front followed by some roasted malts and dark chocolate. The boysenberry is pretty forward but the oak comes in followed by a freight train of black tuesday flavors with some coffee and more dark chocolate. Swallow is oak, and roasted malts with more chocolate, vanilla and some slight lingering boysenberry.
M: This beer is somewhat on the thick and syrupy side. Carbonation is on the low end but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is fantastic. Really nice flavors and complexity make this a really nice addition to the weekday beer series that they have going on. It's definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

Oct 08, 2018
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