Black Tuesday | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
2016: 20.3% ABV
2017: 19.5% ABV

Added by OlieIPA on 07-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#67
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
4,009
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,255
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2,047
Trade:
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Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aerizel
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

Surprisingly pale black body given the ABV. Aromas and flavors are almost like that of a barrel aged barleywine: lots of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Feel is a little limp, but otherwise good.

86/100

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Photo of armandomacias
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Received both in a BIF from 2beerdogs, thanks!
Thought I should start with the OG before moving on to the days of the week variants. Drank at recommended temperature of 55 (give or take). The pour is somewhat disappointing. Brown and cola like, 3/4" of large bubbles that just fizzed away very quickly. Just about thought this was infected. Thankfully it is not. From my first whiff I get anise, some roast, a ton of bourbon, figs and just a hint of chocolate. Moving on to the taste. First sip was all the raisins. Going back for more produced just a bunch of heat, whiskey, burnt caramel. I'm getting some root beer, Hershey's syrup on the back end, and definitely coconut and marshmallow from the wood. I've tasted old ales and barleywines that have these flavors but without this heat. If I had regular access to this I'd let it sit for a year or two. The booze is strong on this one.
Now to the most disappointing component...for a beer to be this big, I needed a thick, velvet coating of the mouth aspect. Black Tuesday does not have it. And that's going to bring my rating down by a lot.
My overall impressions-Everyone should try this beer. It has cult status in my opinion. I'm very glad to have tried it. Fresh out of the gate, it's too hot to enjoy, it needs time to rest. Since I did open it fresh, it's unique, hot and complex. I enjoyed it over the course of a few hours letting new flavors develop as it warmed.

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Photo of drrone
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamofSoCal
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of milesweaver
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chadlossie
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jasons483
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rfgetz
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, drank in 04/2018

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Photo of Krice99
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jallen5076
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brymtb
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great effort ....just a tad sweet....but top drawer to be sure

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Photo of Sonray61
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grapeshops
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StrandsideMB
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hot and sticky. Needs to sit several years to let the booze calm down. One of these bottles to the dome will put you down for the count. Wish they made these in smaller portions.

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Photo of Sticklandred
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is what turned me in to a craft beer lover. I tasted it in a flight years ago and began to hunt down stouts. Many disappointed, but it opened up my pallet to good beer in general. I wish I could find this beer near me!

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,009 ratings