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:
3,859
Reviews:
690
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3,251
Gots:
2,005
For Trade:
247
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Photo of dmk82
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bugs318
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keeling
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of martinimike82
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewaddict
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Bruery beer, but I figured I'd go big. 2015 in a Bruery tulip.
L - Hazy dark brown. Not black as expected. Khaki tan head that dissapates quickly.
S - A little boozy with toffee and molasses notes. Definately some sweetness going on.
T - I get molasses, caramel, ripe bananas, pecan pie, and burnt toast. Definitely some heat going on.
F- A bit chewy and can feel some chest heat.
O - Overall this beer is fantastic. Very smooth and balanced. The high alcohol is masked very well. Be careful. It catches up with you really quickly. I split the bottle with a friend and didn't realize he only poured a glass. By the time the bottle was gone I was really starting to feel it.

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Photo of Zatch90
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamesBAR145
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling date. I am a fan of big beers (10+abv) but I have to say this one gave me a very hard time. It's TOO big for me..to sweet, too boozy (although when it comes close to room temp I get a real nice chocolate / vanilla influence) to make this a truly enjoyable experience. It was more like a chore just finishing my half snifter of it. Glad I tried this one but all of the big hitters from Bruery just simply aren't for me.

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Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013

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Photo of Vinyard14
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Probably the best beer I've ever had. Drank the 2013 vintage in August 2015 around a bonfire...poured black as night and smelled incredibly complex. Can't imagine how they make a 19% ABV beer this drinkable but the Bruery succeeded!

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Photo of tshanahan
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swimdudemdr
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ha-sheem
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of motoxrdr21
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robc3366
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tele
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 8.25.15)
Consumed: 12.4.15

A: 4.25 Pours a very dark brown with a small, light tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks a bit thinner than expected.

S: 4.5 Immediately struck with caramel, raisins, chocolate, vanilla, and quite a bit of bourbon. There are some roasted malt and coffee aromas going on, but they are definitely dominated by the sweeter elements.

T: 4.75 As expected, this is a sweet beer. Still, it’s surprisingly balanced walking the line between strong ale and stout. Like the nose, the flavor has plenty of raisin, caramel, vanilla, and oak. There’s also tons of maple and molasses on the palate too, blending into relatively subtle roasted malt, licorice, and berry character and making the whole experience more interesting. The beer is just slightly dry and bitter on the finish.

M: 4.5 I had the 2014 version prior and felt it was a bit thin. 2015 is much more substantial, almost chewy; it’s still not to BCBS or parabola levels of thickness, but that might help this beer overall. The carbonation is great and the finish almost makes this huge beer feel drinkable.

O: 4.5 This is a fantastic beer with tons of interesting flavors and aromas. It’s also very impressive how drinkable it is considering it’s nearly 20%. Not exactly the prototype of a BA stout, but definitely a great example of what bourbon barrels can do to strong beers.

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Photo of waston
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Corburk
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 3,859 ratings.
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