Black Tuesday | The Bruery

Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.54 w/ 3,907 ratings
Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 20.30%

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

Added by OlieIPA on 07-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#66
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
3,907
Liked:
3,768
Avg:
4.54/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,255
Gots:
2,007
Trade:
244
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Ratings: 3,907 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneo42
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Absolutely fantastic beer. Definitely a little boozy as others have said but if you can get it don't pass it up. That is all. :)

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle with a local buddy.
We both poured into snifters.
My observations are as follows.
The appearance was a jet black color with a whiff of a little off white foamy head that slid off at a steady pace. Lace seemed spotty and swiftly flowed into the beer without any cling.
The aroma had some dark fruits, vanilla bean, molasses, sweet clean driftwood, milk chocolate, glazed cake, bourbon notes, and a touch of earthiness.
The flavor leaned into that sweet character to bring about the earthiness and dried sweet woody character to evenly set the pace from sweet to dry tones running into the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Alcohol notes seem to be flowing fairly strong. Carbonation felt nice and fine. Seemed to be falling off, perhaps just a touch.
Overall, pretty fantastic Imperial stout well worthy of having again. Would be a fantastic Winter sipper.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Edition. 1 Pint, 9.4oz. 20.3% ABV. Poured into a standard tulip.

Look: Pours jet black, surprisingly high head of light tan, bubbly foam.
Smell: Very sweet! Notes of dark fruit, hints of chocolate with a slight booziness.
Taste: Incredibly smooth! Like this is 20.3, seriously?? A warm but pleasant warmth, with a body comparable to a barleywine. Many of the tastes found here are of burnt toffee, caramel, malt, and hints of toast.
Feel: Again, so incredibly smooth. A lighter body than expected , with a good amount of carbonation and an expected amount of stickiness.

An incredible addition to my beer repertoire, although different than what I expected. Regardless, an amazing beer worthy of the hype.

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Photo of Mark_Robinson
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of mad3air
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdrianC31
4.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Mistro
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2016 edition, shared by a random at rogerdandy's latest typically epic bottle share.

This beer pours a solid black, with a few minor cola highlights, and one stocky finger of rocky, chunky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves surprisingly very little lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of burnt caramel malt, charred toffee, vulcanized rubber, vanilla-forward Bourbon barrel, bittersweet cafe-au-lait, medium cocoa powder, and a further mildly acrid booziness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, dark chocolate, rather warm Bourbon barrel essences, creamed coffee, vanilla extract, and more plain leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low due to its weak frothiness, the body a solid, no-nonsense heavyweight, and pretty smooth, with an alcohol-laced creaminess. It finishes sweet and hot - both in a very good way.

Overall, Black Tuesday is yet another stellar behemoth from this SoCal brewing concern - the Bourbon is certainly present, yet hardly intrusive, which renders this one stupidly easy to put back. Great stuff - but yeah, definitely made to share, as already mentioned a few times.

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 vintage. This was not at all the beer I was expecting and I can't help but feel disappointed. The appearance was very thin as it pours and all brown town. Zero head, just a thin and pale beige ring left behind. Drank this on the back patio with family on a very sunny evening and it still has a very dark brown appearance, no black. First two sips is nothing but heat...lots of heat! Bourbon and barrel char right off the bat. As it warms, more of the base beer flavors start coming through. Vanilla, Chocolate, tobacco and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is the upside to this as it has a much more creamier and full bodied mouthfeel than the appearance would led on. Overall, the base beer is very disappointing and the barrel does everything it can to hide it. Glad I finally tried one of these from my own cellar and not at a share surrounded by hype lovers.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of bauers
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Most people have this as super black, but when I poured it, it look very dark brown. Although in my glass it looks really black. It had a decent amount of light tan head that faded quickly.
S: This thing has everything here: Chocolate, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and roasted coffee
T: This thing starts out really hot with bourbon and chocolate. When it warms up all those other smells start to seep out and taste amazing. I get bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and some dried cherries on the end.
F: This thing is a little on the lighter side for a BA stout, but it is very smooth and creamy.
O: I could see some people not loving this because the bourbon is very present, but as someone who drank whiskey before I found craft beer, this thing is amazing. I liked it a lot when it was straight from the fridge and I loved it once it warmed a bit.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 3,907 ratings
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