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:
3,860
Reviews:
690
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3,253
Gots:
2,005
For Trade:
246
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Photo of Dspader1
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of INSTACAM85
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition, 19.9%. Incredible !

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Photo of Sour_Lord
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't let the ABV scare you away! When I first saw that this beer was over 19%, I thought it was going to have way too boozy of a flavor for me. However, I was very pleasantly surprised after taking the first gulp! This beer has an incredible flavor and is surprisingly drinkable! But, definitely don't drive after having this one!

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Photo of headyhopzhead
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ragnar3
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Excellent mix of chocolate, dark fruit and barrel. Definitely boozy (as expected at 20% ABV) but was hoping it would be complemented by a more full-bodied feel.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at a bottle share with friends. We had 2010 through 2016, Madeira, rum, and port versions as well as BT Reserve (and I have pictures to prove it). Each was poured from a bottle into a small tasting glass and this review conveys my general impression of the beer after trying all of these. The pour was nearly black, fairly viscous, and sported very little (if any) carbonation. The nose was all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak and bourbon.

Full body with a slick, oily feel and a massive, complex flavor. Lots of chocolate up front, coffee, and bourbon. The bourbon intensifies across the palate and adds a tremendous amount of richness to the flavor. The beer is candy-sweet, but not cloying and incredibly drinkable for such a mammoth beer. The alcohol is quite strong, but is well-balanced by the sweet malt and bitter roast. Finishes warm and rich with notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and a little dark fruit.

A beer that drinks like a liqueur. A masterpiece of the brewer's art, no question about it. Insanely rich and flavorful, yet I could easily drink this all night and not get tire of it (at least until I pass out). The base beer must be incredible because I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference between the regular, port, rum, and madeira Black Tuesdays. It all tastes the same to me - unbelievably great.

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Photo of dyjuan8
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hbmcdrew
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jp32
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly speaking, words couldn't describe how blissful this beer was, but I'll give them a whirl anyway.

Pours perfectly black with a brilliant tan head on top. It's aroma is rich of roasted malts, bourbon, licorice, leather, all coming together in a wonderful, warm, boozy whiff.

Lot of barrel flavors compliment dense flavors of malts, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and caramel. It is easily one of the best tasting beers I've ever tried. Full bodied with a thick but soft mouthfeel. This is pure bliss in a bottle.

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Photo of mmoriarty
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nugganooch
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to mdfb79 for gifting me this bad boy. Cheers Dan!

This was a 2012 vintage Lot 4.3 - aged approximately 3 years
Domed the full bottle – FW snifter glass - 10.06.15

The pour is dark shadowy black body without waiver. Not even some dark brown mixed in. Sits still in my glass with a only small filmy layer of dark tan foam forming over. Even it circles out to a halo rather quickly. Low on the stick factor but with some nice boozy legs to it. Tons of fudgy bourbon soaked chocolate goodness exudes from the glass. Sweet molasses, vanilla-coconut, and dark fruits. The taste is divine as all of the flavors have melded together in lavish decadence. Gourmet style chocolate with hints of coffee, toasted oak, vanilla cream, caramelized sugars, coconut, dark fruit, alcohol, and some loamy earthiness. Full bodied with a richly sleek feel. Not the smoothest beer ever but rather amazing in this moment. The alcohol is ever present and warming but without any obstruction. It actually helps cut back all the sweetness along with some moderate amount of bitterness there. With just 3 years on it this was fan-freaking-tasty! Maturity is where it’s at.

I had generally written this one off to the hype train but this has got to be one of the best dessert beers ever had.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Drank 05-14-16. Finally!!!

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

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

Photo of mschrei
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For our last beer share of 2016, I brought the Firestone Walker XX tonight and then the host broke out a 2011 bottle of this, so it was a great night. Super smooth. Dark rubyish brown color. Strong barrel scent. Chocolatey, molasses, barrel flavors. Slightly oily feel. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spud762
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
4.47 out of 5 based on 3,860 ratings.
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