Black Tuesday - Red Wine Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #681
ABV:
18%
Score:
93
Ranked #5,428
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 5.56%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
26
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: The economy fluctuates. The latest fads inevitably change. Black Tuesday stands the test o time. this rare release of our storied imperial stout was aged in the grand cru of California wine barrels, adding velvety texture, tannic complexity, spice notes, earthy layers and even more dark fruited character to our favorite day of the week.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2020 vintage

Pours cloudy dark brown with a very thin off-white lacing.

Nose: Absolutely loaded with dark fruit/raisin. Some caramelized sugar and oak as well. Mild alcohol presence.

Taste: Red wine up front followed by oak and chocolate covered raisins. Caramel and more dark fruit on the finish. Finishes dry with moderate alcohol presence.

Feel: Body is pretty thin with the high abv. Medium carbonation.

Feb 16, 2020
More User Reviews:
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InfernoBoss from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 20, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark black color, with a kind of thin looking body, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like milk chocolate, oak spice, red wine, dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and some roast.

This is definitely less boozy feeling than the regular Black Tuesday, with a nice fruitiness - cherry, raisin, plum, what have you. There's the light chocolatey character, some roast, a bit of oaky spice, and caramel.

This is not very thick, like most BT variants (and BT itself) but the booze is nicely restrained here. It's surprisingly drinkable for what it is.

This is a very solid take in this series - red wine barrels match up really well with what the base stout has to offer.

Jul 31, 2020
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johnInLA from California

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 16, 2020
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice and light fizzy light tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very delicious and good looking toffee brown that is a little bit clear from the view of the surface but opaque otherwise. It also has a slight reddish hue too that looks nice.

The smell is good. The alcohol is more upfront mixed in with an oak note from the barrels and a moderate caramel note with a light raisin note. The brown sugar note is there but comes off as more charred.

The taste is actually very very good. It has nice mix of the original Black Tuesday notes and the red wine barrel aging. The base beer's strong caramel malt notes and dark raisin notes mix very well with more acidic red and sweet grape notes alongside a slight alcohol note. There is also a moderate vanilla note and wine barrel notes surrounding the other notes.

The feel is pretty good. It has a heavy but thin and drinkable body that more strongly resembles wine than it does a beer. The carbonation is fairly crispy and tingling but doesn't last long. The finish is lightly dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting if possible. The aging added some really nice notes and changed the feel for the better from the base beer.

Mar 30, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2019
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 26, 2019
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Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 02, 2020
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Beer21 from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 23, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2018
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 27, 2018
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IKR from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with medium-sized dark beige head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Noticeable legs on this one.

Smell: Grapes/red wine aromas are the stars followed by raisins and brown sugar notes, I also pick up faint coffee/roasted malt aroma.

Taste: The grape and red wine notes from the nose carry over to the taste, along with the raisins and brown sugar, I also pick up some vanilla and coffee/roast malts notes. Though this variant has the initial sweetness of the regular Bourbon bal-aged variant the finish is a bit drier in this variant.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation appropriate for the style. Fairly restrained alcohol presence for the listed ABV.

Overall: A nice BT variant, The complex tasty palate of regular BT is present but replaced by the wine barrel elements. Still sweet but this variant's sweetness is toned down in comparison to the original.

Feb 19, 2019
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jeff1973 from California

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

May 13, 2018
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ADTaber from South Carolina

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

Sep 12, 2018
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2018
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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smartassboiler from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 23, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2019
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mbw314 from California

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 26, 2018
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Kurmaraja from California

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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Lucnifter from California

4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 16, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp from 375ml bottle. Pours a dark brown - almost black. Tan head quickly disappears. Nose is immense and powerful, like regular Black Tuesday. I notice a subtle difference on the nose from the regular, with the wine coming through. Perhaps a tad sweeter, which is impressive. Alcohol is coming through on the smell - this sucker clocks in just over 18%. Huge notes of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, molasses, raisin, figs, and candy. Taste is familiar but different. Enormous burst of flavors smacks you in the face, with a burning alcohol going down the throat. All I can say is that I am VERY happy this comes in small bottles. Amazing complexity, with an over-arching sweetness. Toffee is really strong, and the red wine is very prominent. It goes perfectly with the big flavors of bourbon and malts from the Black Tuesday. This is just so good. I will be spending another hour on this glass. Mouthfeel is viscous and chewy. Coats the mouth nicely, and the aftertaste lingers for a long time. Overall, an amazing beer from the Bruery. They really hit these big BA beers out of the park for me.

Sep 03, 2018
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elemenohpee1 from California

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 11, 2018
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

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

Oct 31, 2018
Black Tuesday - Red Wine Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 26 ratings