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): 19.20%

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
Ratings:
3,897
Reviews:
697
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3,257
Gots:
2,009
For Trade:
246
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Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kontraband
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewP17
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very solid bba stout. pours black as night. big smells of bourbon, chocolate, sweet fruits and slight vanilla comes through. taste comes in with a blast of bourbon with a finish of a oak and chocolate. great mouth feel.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rmpic82
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is the runaway winner amongst the categories. For me, clear-cut aromas of banana bread. The booze and caramel were delicious, with a nice chewy density. Very approachable for a 20 spot of abv. While I didn't have any of my bottles immediately after release in Q4 2016, friends of mine mentioned it was quite heated at that time. I didn't drink until Feb/March and my experience was wholly different.

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Photo of DrBier
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulMM005
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015

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Photo of Brolo75
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with a tan colored head, low carbonation, no lacing, no head retention, looks a little thin for such a big beer and light does come through when its held up.

A: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, raisins, slight chocolate, and lots of alcohol coming through.

T: Bourbon, charred oak, oakiness, vanilla, dark chocolate, alcohol comes through very strong and lingers in the finish, aftertaste is more bourbon, vanilla, dry dark chocolate flavor.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, driest imperial stout I've ever tasted.

O: I was expecting more from Black Tuesday, the alcohol is very noticeable and I think its too much as it really masks the other notes in the beer. Bourbon is not as noticeable on the taste like the aroma as the high ABV overwhelms it. If the alcohol was toned down and the beer's other notes were allowed to shine, this would be a lot better. Still enjoyable, a definite sipper.
My recommendation is if you have a bottle, allow it to age for at least two years, then enjoy it. I had Chocolate rain with almost three years on it and it was more enjoyable than fresh Black Tuesday.

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Photo of Scalawags
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 version

Poured into a snifter. It is a little less viscous looking than a lot of the other Bruery beers. It is an glossy jet black with a dark brown head that settles quickly into the beer.

It smells phenomenal. Lots of rich aromas of coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, charred oak, chocolate, barley, and raisins/dates. Alcohol is noticeable, but nothing unexpected at 20%.

All of that gets pretty much squashed by a ton of alcohol in the flavor. It is borderline undrinkable cold. As it warms, you can start to get some charred oak, Rice Krispy treat like marshmallow sweetness, coconut, licorice, and rich milk chocolate, but it is still overshadowed by a boozy burn. It is very rich overall, and reminds me of a Bourbon County beer with the distinct aroma and flavor. Not as heavy of a body though. Between my brother and I, we struggled to drink half a bottle. For what it's worth, I don't think World Wide Stout is nearly as hot and I drink bourbon neat, so I feel like I am a pretty objective opinion.

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Photo of Miska
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MHurley
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dms1767
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into snifter. Vintage 2015. Very dark brown with a 1 finger thin tan head that fades into thin ring. Active micro bubbles keep the beer swirling and dancing on the surface. Aroma is sweeter malts, chocolate covered caramel with vanilla and bourbon soaked raisins. The taste is dessert like, with caramel covered in milk chocolate. Mocha late with some raisin, vanilla and bourbon notes. Medium feel with soft carbonation and some booziness from the high ABV. Enjoyed this as an all day sipper.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raspy22
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 vintage. Drunk Feb2017.
Look was very dark, practically no head. Wonderful aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, and barrel characteristics. Was expecting some alcohol heat to be evident on the nose but it was surprisingly masked well. Can say the same thing about the taste. Expected this to be hot as hell on the alcohol heat due to the high abv (even with 2 yrs on it), but it was a sweet dark fruit-covered chocolates and bourbon flavor. Impressed! Mouthfeel was a bit thin, a little oily, but still had some minor thickness. Overall, I was very impressed and full enjoyed the taste and aroma on this. I wonder what even more aging would do to this. Worth my time!

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Photo of juablu
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottebooth
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you can find this beer, get it.

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Photo of LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JCAMPBELL
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KZooJK
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
4.47 out of 5 based on 3,897 ratings.
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