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): 19.50%

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:
#69
Reviews:
705
Ratings:
3,946
pDev:
9.47%
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Ratings: 3,946 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, booziness. More bourbon than I care for, more chocolate than I require, and the coffee was OK. Black, small head, a ring of lace. Lots of coconut flavour, not unpleasant. All of the above are liked more by others. Some vanilla, it is very rich and smooth, I am highly preferential to Kate TG and even other imperial stouts in the ratings race.Thanks Tom for hooking me up with a 2010.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is amazing and is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an exceptional stout with a fantastic barrel aged presence.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm reluctant to review since I'm throwing in an opinion consistent with those before me! In summary, an all around winner destined for stardom!

I buy into the hype of the "rare," "hard to get" "big alcohol," "one of a kind" stuff as much as the next person. Thus, after driving Steff crazy with e-mails, I'm sure, (and in which she basically said if you want to try it..come down and try it! lol...) I drove down today. Candidly, I've been disappointed, a bit, in some of these hyped, huge alcoholic stouts and "stout type" brews. I am a big fan of "the extreme." I love the huge hops and I love the big, bold stouts. I like 'em all but those are my favorites.

I was ready to taste Black Tuesday, say I did, and then move on. Well, hold your horses...this one is the "real deal."

Thick and viscous out of the bottle the nose hits you with vanilla, whiskey, brandy, dark cherries, vanilla, sweet espresso and sweet Turkish coffee. Wow...

The mouthfeel is like thick cream. It actually initially tastes like you've put a sweet cherried chocolate vanilla carmel bourbon/brandy fudge sauce in your mouth. Then, you get a bit of heat and alcohol, although nothing like the 19+% it is. This is a meal; this is that special dessert; this is simply a gigantic surprise party of flavor, layers and texture.

While we sipped it at the brewery in our 4 oz pour, I was already planning on the meals at which I'd pour this. First meal will be a huge BBQ, although one could pour this as part of any dessert course, including one of the sweetest and darkest chocolate you could find.

Shows like a thick Sherry, Madera or Port. See the prior reviews. So far, everyone's right on!

Only possible shortcoming for me (and the only reason I didn't give it 5s across the board) is that many will not find it appealing with most food and find it a sipping beer. Me? I'll drink this puppy with everything from BBQ chicken and ribs to pecan pie!

We may have a new standard for big stouts;....or, we simply may have a whole new catagory...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

alright. this is it. everyone else out there might as well stop making massive barrel treated imperial stouts, because black Tuesday is the best one there is, and there isn't much room to improve this one of a kind offering from the bruery. major thanks to drlovemd87 for hooking this up! it pours a surprisingly thin looking dark chocolate brown with just a light fizzy tan head. not to say its thin, but I expected this to be syrup, like the older viscosity or the mikkeller brunch, but it isn't, it still looks like beer, which is good. the head isn't epic, but it looks damn good all up. the smell is intense, not nearly as alcoholic as it seems like it should be for nearly 20% abv. I get a ton of nice roasted chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, light vanilla and bourbon. some char and some sweeter milk chocolate too. its complex and huge, but it isn't overpowering or out of balance. now the taste? that is overpowering! wow! what an explosion of flavors here, everything I could smell just cascades over my whole palate. chocolate is large, vanilla is bigger too than it smells, its almost like the best ice cream ever, and its got me thinking about a float... is that sacrilege or is it encouraged? the weight of this beer and its alcoholic strength are not immediately apparent. im lost in a chocolate covered oak orgasm here, its maxed out. the feel again impresses me, that its still beer like at this size. decent carbonation and a full body, but again, it isn't syrupy or overly sticky thick as to be undrinkable. obviously a bottle to share, but wow, this is incredible. id say this is a special occasion beer, but its somehow even too good for Christmas, if that makes sense. its more like just pop it on a random Wednesday and see what happens. again, drlovemd87 is a legend for making this possible. I wont soon forget black Tuesday, and I am really curious for its other incarnations.

edit: drank a fresh one last night as a midnight toast for the new year. i have to say, i was surprised that this wasnt alcoholically hot. the year on the one reviewed here i thought had done much of the mellowing, but its mellow as its made. i have even more admiration for this beer now, really really special stuff.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep rich black color with a light brown head top. The bottle was a active and started foaming over. The retention hangs around the edge of the glass with a very thin lacing and a little syrupy. The taste is loaded with flavor, it's sweet, roasted, malty, bourbon, vanilla some molasses and a subtle licorice in there. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, lightly carbonated and boozy. Overall this beer is impressive, very good on just about every level. It's a huge beer... Almost over the top but very good nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If Stouts could inspire liqueur, then this beer is the epitome of that discussion. Again, The Bruery outdoes themselves with another transcendent ale. Beers simply don't get bigger, bolder, more confident or... more ideal!

Its highly viscous pour is the blackest of blacks- its onyx-like sheen makes the beer look every bit as much like an oil slick as it would anything meant to be placed in the mouth. Ominously dark, mysterious and undoubtedly masculine- there's simply something menacing about the beer's appearance. With really no foam, froth, or streaming to mention- the beer's espresso-like character takes hold.

As espresso is where the aromas take off. Deep sweet and smoky roast character is charged with the strongest roasted coffee that's woven together with molasses and maple syrups. Dark chocolate and dried fruit gives the beer a complex wine-like nose. Cherries, grapes, dates, figs and oak peak through the enormity of malt along with hints of coconut, vanilla and caramel as the beer warms.

Heading into taste, the stout's low-lying carbonation allows its massive malt sweetness to latch onto the taste buds and saturate them fully with high espresso roast, black-strap molasses, bittersweet chocolates, walnuts and a savory, smoky sweetness. Port wine and aged sherry release savory and almost salty flavors with a certain "meatiness" that reminds me playfully of teriyaki and soy sauce. Its that sweet and salty interplay that creates such a savory combination that the stout easily replaces dessert as after dinner reward. Its molasses-infused bourbon flavor is well equipped with oak, vanilla, coconut and char as the beer warms.

Incredibly rich and chewy, the beer's viscosity wraps around the tongue like a ribbon of silk- it might as well make love to the mouth. Its heavy coat easily penetrates to soft tissues of the mouth and is slow to release- allowing for a forever linger of sweetness, booze and brownie.

With all the Imperial Stouts on the market, few reach this kind of apex- its every much a digestive liqueur that's as well balanced, complete and robust as any. If stout is the questions, then Black Tuesday wins!

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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 kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into 2 oz stemware at the Bruery Provisions shoppe. Expectations were wildly high given its reputation, but I've been disappointed with Bruery beers in the past. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and bad retention - obviously due to the high ABV. Solid black colour.

Sm: Raisins, caramel, molasses, restrained dark fruit, grapes, and heavy oak. A moderately strong aroma.

T: The notes of the nose are all present - oak presiding, with a slightly tart unexpected finish. Rich, well balanced, and brilliantly built. The raisin comes through as well. The tart fruit is quite special in this style.

Mf: Velvety smooth and wet. A touch too thick, but it complements the flavours perfectly. This is the strong point of the beer.

Dr: A wonderful sipper, but difficult to drink on account of its high ABV. It's affordable for a small amount at the brewery, but rather unfairly expensive out of the bottle. I'd have it again at a fair price. Really quite nice.

High B+

***
12.26.16: 2011 vintage at a Christmas tasting.

Aroma of bourbon, fudge, chocolate malt, and dark malts. Rich and dessert-like.

Fudge-like with some hershey's syrupy tones. Chocolate malts and dark malts. Backgrounded bourbon tones. Balanced and enjoyable, with nice depth of flavour. Rich and sweet; definitely a dessert stout.

B / GOOD

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4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jared & Kevin for making this review possible... An appropriately sinny rapturebeer™ if ever there was one. Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours an imposing black with blood red ruby edges that glint in the light. Slim amount of foam, tan ring around the edge, surprising there was any foam considering the abv. The glassy obsidian surface reminds me of the oily black pool at Glastonbury Grove in Twin Peaks.

Toasted marshmallows, melted milk chocolate bars, deep roasty char.

Rich and fudgy (understatement), caramel toffee, almond fudge, fried plantains, warm chocolate syrup. Mucho dry roast and bitter bakers chocolate in the aftertaste. So decadent. Impossibly dense, fudgy and chewy to the nth degree, a perfect liquid dessert. About 4 oz. is enough for one sitting, although I could certainly drink more if I forced myself.

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nearly pitch black but still displays some ruby highlights; the head is rather modest but that is not surprising for a 19.2% ABV; minimal lacing

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate, with undertones of vanilla and marshmallow; boozy heat

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with the Bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and coconut building in the middle; quite boozy, after the swallow, with dark fruit, coffee and maple flavors that linger in the finish; the aftertaste has some sweet cherry tones, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; tons of heat

Overall: I had this once before and remember it as being way to big and boozy so I was surprised to find that the 2012 bottling (with the benefit of of some time in the cellar) was really quite flavorful and complex without overwhelming the palate

Thanks, BigTomZ, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was able to try all three versions at during the tasting this past weekend. My rating will be based off of the 2009 bottle, which I enjoyed the most. Poured from the bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a very mild amount of tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Some hot alcohol with dark fruit, roasted barley, and a ton of sweet and dark chocolate. Quite nice.

Taste: Sweet and very smooth, chalked full of warming alcohol that made mellowed from time. Sweet chocolate with dark fruit and some honey as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was just wonderful. I love how much it has mellowed since I was first able to try it. I found the 2010 version to be way too hot, and I preferred the 2011 version to the 2010. 2009 is simply sublime.

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

Bottle: Poured a clear light dark black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich thick black chocolate notes with light molasses and some roasted malt is quite sublime. Taste is an incredible mix of thick black chocolate with some roasted malt and some light molasses. Body is quite full with good carbonation and surprisingly no alcohol is easily apparent. Light oak and vanilla notes can also be detected. I was expecting somewhat of a messy overly sweet beers bit this is actually very smooth with plenty of complexity.

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to given2flybrewing for sharing this.

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color. Viscous and thick with a small, tan head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and rich roastiness.

T - Such great balance - chocolate, toffee, burnt molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Its got some boozy heat, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is so fantastic. It lived up to the hype. Simply amazing!

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