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:
3,895
Reviews:
697
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3,257
Gots:
2,009
For Trade:
246
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Photo of elemenohpee1
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of fathercharles
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mistro
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -11.2%
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 -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of bauers
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DankScuba
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
3.13/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Had this at a Jackie O's bottle share. Date, can't remember, didn't write it down, lol.

Pour was about 3 oz. Looks fantastic, dark as night, nice dark mocha head that is about a finger tall, and sticks around pretty well given the ABV.

Smells like a bourbon barrel stout should, with roast, chocolate, coffee, and booze, and the booze is readily apparent, which shouldn't be surprising with the ABV, but...

GAH! Rocket fuel! Roast and chocolate give way to an unbearable fusel alcohol that just doesn't taste good. Burns all the way down. I feel like I can light my breath on fire.

Just not pleasant, and this was a 2010 vintage. I shudder to think what a fresh bottle is like. Maybe the 2010 was just overly boozy. Who knows? I certainly won't go out of my way to find out.

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Photo of Egotist
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonz223
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2015 bottle

Smell: huge chocolate and big bourbon booziness vanilla coconut slight dark fruit toffee oak nutty.

Taste: upfront huge malt presence Carmel toffee some nuttiness middle of the mouth big milk chocolate vanilla coconut sweet bourbon dark fruit Plum fig cherry in the finish you get some oak and sweetness with a pretty big booziness that numbs the tongue and warms the chest.

Feel: medium body a little thin but it probably helps this beer. Creamy you can defenitly tell it's a high abv beer. The definition of a sipper.

Overall: This is not a beer for everyone it's 20 percent and drinks pretty close to that. But for a 20% stout I can't imagine a lot of breweries could do this better.

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Photo of griffey123
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
4.47 out of 5 based on 3,895 ratings.
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