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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

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Avg:
4.47
pDev:
23.49%
 
 
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Photo of pmccallum86
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black chocolate color, nice.

Smell is of brown sugar molasses, alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste is of alcohol, molasses, sweet caramel and toffee. Very big and complex stout, but the alcohol is very prevalent.

Medium carbonation, sweet, smooth, very boozy.

Sweet and boozy, good beer but the alcohol is really strong, but maybe that is to be expected from an 18.2% beer.

Overall a great beer, but not something you could ever drink an entire bottle of.

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Photo of ricke
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, but with apparent brown hues, and viscous with a small beige head that leaves a fine ring of lacings.

The aroma is intense with strong bourbon notes and with bold components of vanilla and almonds, wood and molasses. A nice roasted malt profile complements the bourbon character.

The flavor is really sweet with lots of sweet components - molasses, sweet prunes and chocolate syrup. Lots of warming bourbon in the mouth coupled with well balanced roasted malt aromas. The intense flavors lead the way to a long and warming finish with notes of licorice, wood, alcohol and bourbon. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but very integrated and here is a lot of flavors counterweighting it. Some bitterness in the finish as well, which is highly welcome.

Very full body with a thick and viscous texture. The flavors in this one are really impressive, but the fat and creamy mouthfeel is actually the best part of the beer.

Well, what to say about this one, probably the most hyped beer of 2009? In short, it's a really good beer and it is impressive how balanced it comes out despite the intensity and range of the flavors it showcases. Don't think it's in a league of its own though, there are some fine imperial stouts out there that surly could match it.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge flavors across the board. More bourbon then beer with the aroma and taste. Toffee and caramel dominate the tastes for me in this beer, big alcohol flavors take center stage. I get some maple pancake flavors.

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

Reviewing from good notes on Black Tuesday - really wish I could get a bottle of this!! Please beermail me if you see anything interesting to trade for in my gots list.

Had on tap, poured by Patrick Rue @ GABF....a few times by the way. Besides Supplication, this is the best beer i have ever experienced, hands down best Imperial Stout.

Poured black, sucking in the ambient light and showing a mocha head, tight carbonation. Aromas of vanilla, freshly baked - toasted biscotti, some oak, roasted coffee, some dark fruit - cranberry and currants come to mind, roasted pecans. Taste is creamy mocha, vanilla, and oaky bourbon. So well balanced it's sick. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, but lends a pleasant viscosity. Not fusel at all, Black Tuesday is 19.5% but drinks like 9%.

So beautifully executed. Patrick is a pioneer and a true alchemist - blending art and science into something that really speaks volumes of American ingenuity.

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Photo of macher0
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Very dark brown, some hues at the edges. Thinner than expected and not jet-ass black. A little head develops but retreats to a fine bubble, amber film.

S. I let this warm and at first the booze comes out - similar to wafting a bourbon - so I suggest wafting this. Lets be honest, this piece is almost 20% so it's in a different category. The dominate notes are dark malts and bourbon-soaked charred oak, then you get coco, coffee, and oats. A little vanilla.

T. Here we go. Chocolaty dark malts, bourbon, bourbon-soaked oak, dried fruits (raisins, figs, plums), and coco. This is not hot - for some reason, but the booze is at the end of the palette, not harsh or unpleasant. Kind of straight forward.

M. Low to moderate carbonation. A littler harsh as one gets to the end of the glass. Full body.

O. I was very excited to trey this and I'm a fan. I have high regards of the Bruery and I think their HIGH-gravity stouts are truly world class. This is a staple of their collection and I'm all about popping the others. Based on how big this beer is, I c=recommend sharing it with some friends. Well crafted. When the time is right, I will crack open my other.

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

Pours a very dark cola brown with a very short-lived caramel-colored head. Aromas of sweet coconut, brown sugar, alcohol, and when the alcohol fades, milk chocolate. Very, very rich. Phenomenally creamy mouthfeel. Barely any carbonation at all--and that's appreciated. A lot of chocolate, a bit of coconut, alcohol, and maybe some vanilla. Very sweet, very potent. Like Parabola with more alcohol. I love it. Trying to sip it, but its so delicious that I keep wanting to drink it.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A BIG thanks to generous BA and friend cosmonick for sharing this one at our Black Friday tasting!
Poured from 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

Aroma: Vinous grape, coconut, chocolate syrup, and soft bourbon aroma warms the sinuses. One can immediately tell that this one's going to be a delicious sipper.

Appearance: Light tan head with (not surprisingly) minimal retention. Dark black body in the center, which transitions to cola brown around the edges. After each sip, the thickest legs I've seen from a beer drip down the inside of the glass!

Flavor: Coconut, sweet dark rum, dark caramel, toasted marshmallow, bourbon, black cherry, and raisin on the finish. In general, there is quite a bit of sweetness to this beer (the perception of which is enhanced by the extremely high ABV).

Mouthfeel: Body is admittedly thinner than anticipated. This one comes across almost as a fortified wine or liquer, albeit with medium-low carbonation. The alcohol in this one is very warm, but not harsh.

Overall: I can definitely see why this one is so sought-after. EXTREMELY well-done!!! The bottle label says it can be cellared for "decades", which did not surprise any of us. At 18%+ ABV, it's far from being a session beer. If you can get a bottle, though, I'd recommend splitting it among 3 or more friends as cosmonick did. You'll be the toast of the tasting!

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Photo of Mavajo
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pitch black and minimal cream head. Booze/bourbon, chocolate aroma. Delicious taste. Chocolate, sweet, bourbon. Mouthfeel is syrupy, but just short of thick. Remarkably smooth for 18%, with a very bold chocolate smooth taste.

Black Tuesday is one-of-a-kind. That said, World Wide Stout scratches the same itch, IMO, and WWS is so much easier to get. But don't get me wrong -- Black Tuesday is without a doubt the superior beer. So incredibly smooth for 18%.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, shared by the Three-Rivers crew. 18,2% alc/vol therefore 2010 vintage. Nice brown colour with red hue, but where's the head ? The heavy alcohol transport all thso flavors of chocolate, cocoa, black chocolate, cherry blosom, blackstrap molasses, coconuts. This is one of my all-time ever favorite nose. This Imperial Stout tastes like molasses (it has the same viscosity !!) and some bourbon (it has the same alcohol content !!). I'm surprised how much I love this beer or is it all the alcohol that make my judgement off-road ?

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy cow. Amazing. Loved every drop of this. Like sipping a fine whisky with burnt caramel undertones. Not too hot despite the high ABV. Almost no carbonation leading to a slick yet chewy mouthfeel

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage from a bottle share. Jet black with almost no head. Very sweet, almost too sweet. Did not taste like 18.9%, very deceptive in terms of ABV. A monster of a stout

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

146th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
Vintage 2011

Enjoyed as part of the "main event" at our Utrecht tasting (December 2011) as a result of Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo's generosity. Thanks guys...can't wait to return the favor! Drank side-by-side with Black Damnation V - Double Black.

A: Deep brown, nearly opaque. 0.75 (soft mocha) fingernail head on vigorous pour.

S: Bourbon, Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownies, roasted dark malt, fig, vanilla, oak, and more booze (i.e. bourbon). It smells "hot", but this is masked well by some of the other notes coming off the nose.

T: In-your-face from the start with a very strong bourbon presence (too much for my liking though). Balance of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses, but seems to be a bit lop-sided for my liking. I'd like a bit more of the dark fruit to come thru, but all-in-all not too bad.

M: Full boded with medium carbonation.

O: This vintage needs a bit of age to mellow out as this beer is drinking a bit hot now. Robust and thick, but just not (entirely) well-rounded yet. Double Black was victorious in the head-to-head battle, but I look forward to trying this again in the future. A big, bold, and good offering from Patrick and Co. at The Bruery!

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mike kim is the man for sharing this at woodshop. we were blessed with the opportunity to share this bottle with some really wonderful people. i don't know if he was serious about our presence being the final reason for opening this bottle, but, goddammit i am honored.
the great black tuesday! as it hits the glass it covers everything like napalm, scorching its way up the angled chalice. the glass even feels heavier than it should with this weight in it. it is darker than the 6 eyes of cerberus. it reaks of dark roast, chocolate candy, molasses, dark fruits, and anger. i have never smelled such a terrifying creature. it takes time, but, trembling, i bring the glass to my lips and drink. it is one of those few beers that you don't even want to swallow for at least a minute. it must coat everything, which it quickly and angrily obliges. the malts are outstanding, sweet and dominating. it is not of this world. for 19.5%, there is so little alcohol flavor. what a brilliant job brewing this beer by the guys at the bruery, the only brewery we were unable to hit that we really wanted to on the 3 week grand tour.
the only way to finish this beer, with just a half ounce left, and a black sheen all over it, is by a few ounces of swirling with pliny the elder. this is the life we were born to lead.

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Photo of glazeman
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition, split with friends and poured into a snifter

A: Dark, dark brown but not quite black as you can see through the edges of the glass. There was a 1 finger light brown head that faded quickly leaving about ½ a crown. The head had fairly poor retention, even for the style and there was no lacing.

S: There's bourbon up front, but light and nice. There's some etoh on the nose in the middle as well as a little caramel. To me this actually smells more like a bourbon barely barelywine than a stout. I think that's mostly due to the high ABV. There's also a strange lemon/ginger smell at the finish.

T: The main flavors here are licorice, some bourbon, and an aftertaste that consists of a little bourbon, a little booze and a smidgeon of toast and vanilla. As a side note, there were very little flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, maple, or other flavors typical of a stout.

M: First, I didn't think this was nearly as thick as it has been made out to be. With that being said it has a great mouthfeel and is on the thicker side as far as imperial stouts go.

D: Considering the extremely high ABV this one went down fairly easy, but with notable alcohol in the aftertaste. I would definitely have it again, but to be honest was a little under whelmed given the enormous amount of attention this beer gets.

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Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition

Super inky black color (as expected). Thick & with viscous lacing left around the glass. Thin layer of tan head.

Aroma is almost pure bourbon - it comes through so strongly that you really can't pick up much of anything else (possibly some hints of vanilla).

Flavor is a bit better with the maltiness fighting its way through the bourbon a bit more than in the nose. The sweetness makes itself known as well. Not bad by any means - I just prefer a bit more complexity.

Mouthfeel is great - the thick feel of this one really works well for this beer.

The finish is (not surprisingly) very strong and boozy - can't imagine I'd be able to put way too much of this stuff - its a big bold bourbon bomb of a beer so if you like that sort of thing you will LOVE this.

Recommended, but maybe a bit underwhelming - just not as complex as I'd hoped for - maybe with more time the bourbon would chill out a bit and mingle in with the other flavors but for me that overly bourbony aspect detracted from my overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of IKR
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first re-review of a beer but I wanted to make a record for the 2011 batch and see what having a multitude of good beers between tasting the 2 batches did for my perception. In addition I wanted to review it based on a full pint (18.3% ABV, yeah I'm taking one for the team)

Appearance: Very dark brown with 3/4" inch of dark brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Considerable legs on this one.

Smell: Bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, mild tobacco, and a faint coffee/roasted malt aroma. BT continues to set the bar for me as far as aroma goes.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar with the coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish taste. I had one of my 2010 BTs about a month ago and I agree with BAs who feel the 2011 is not as hot. There is a price, the 2011 version is even sweeter than the 2010, which may turn some people off. The good thing is the roast/ coffee notes come in at the end and help keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied, definitely more body than the 2010 version with a fairly low-level of carbonation appropriate for the style. No beer with an ABV of 18.3% should have the alcohol as well-hidden as this beer. Just like the car mirrors with the warning, "objects are closer than they appear", this one should have a warning, "this beer is stronger than it appears". Well done Bruery.

Overall: BT continues to set the standard for nose as far as I'm concerned, continues to present a very complex tasty palate, and continues to be sweet with a roasted malt finish that keeps it from being too sweet. The sweetness will be too much for some, but any brewery who can brew a high gravity monster with a great nose,a tasty, unique palate, and make it absurdly drinkable for the ABV is alright with me. I'd like to compare the 2010 and the 2011 in a year or so to see how the heat from the 2010 fares and how the sweetness in the 2011 comes through.

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Photo of muttyd
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with some fellow BAs.

Pitch black pour with a dark tan head poured into a chalice. Sticks all over the glass I swirl it around. Deep roasty, fudgy, chocolate, and sherry aroma. Some molasses and burnt sugar there as well. Flavor follows the nose. Dark cocoa bar with a sweet bourbony/brown sugar backbone. Roast takes a back seat to the sweet stout flavors. Great thick body, sticks around long after the beer is gone. Unbeleivably drinkable - the 19.5% ABV is incredibly well hidden (compared to other high ABV stouts / strong ales that I have had). Totally lived up to the hype, very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of roger617
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Reviewing a 2013 bottle on 10/24/14.

A: Pours dark black with less than a finger of khaki head. The head is very thin and reduces very quickly to practically no collar.
S: Strong aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a fairly pungent alcohol burn. In the back I get dark fruits, vanilla, and roast. Needless to say there's a lot going on here. The heat is not a surprise, but still worth mentioning.
T: The chocolate and bourbon are what I get as the boldest flavors. Fading in the background are vanilla, coffee, molasses, and roasted malts. At 18.9%, I expected something complex and bold, and this delivers. Very enjoyable, and as a bourbon fan, I have to say this bring the bourbon notes along very well.
M: Moderately low carb level, but high enough to keep from calling it syrupy. Leaves a very sweet after taste that helps cover up the heat.
O: This is a delicious beer, one that I'd recommend to any craft beer nerd who is also into bourbon ( which is almost every craft beer nerd I know). Lots of heat going on as expected, but the aroma and flavor pack the punch to make this an all around enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from an amazing tasting.

A Pours a nice black color topped with a mocha head.

S Very sweet with a ton of chocolate. Almost reminiscent of chocolate syrup. A bit of alcohol comes through as well.

T The taste follows the nose with a very sweet milk chocolate flavor coming through.This is followed by a kick of alcohol.

M mediumish mouthfeel with a noticeable alcoholic burn.

Overall this is a great beer but due to the sweetness and the massive abv I wouldn't want more then a glass of it though. Perfect beer to share at a tasting.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, dark brown in the light.

Dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, oak, light coffee.

A dessert beer, roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. On and on.

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Greatness.

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Photo of erz316
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If my memory serves me right, there are five excuses for drinking: a house guest arriving, being thirsty at the moment, having a thirst to come in the future, the innate goodness of beer, or, really, any reason of which you can think. (thus is my liberal interpretation and translation of a Pere Sermond)

This has been outside all day, so it should be about 50° F. poured into my la fin du monde tulip glass.

What music to listen to when reviewing such an epic beer? Bach's chaccone, bvw 1004? no, too solemn. Dark side of the moon? No, I'm not getting high after all. Some Monk? No, I need to conjure grandeur, not cool. I think such a beer deserves the most epic song of them all: The Final Countdown. Yes, that will do. Now, where's that repeat button?

A - this beer is a freakin' black hole! Charon denies any light entrance into this stygian glass of ambrosia. pitch, tar, midnight, whatever you want to call it, this brew is as black as Medea's child-killing heart. the liquid itself pours at a seemingly reasonable viscosity, no the motor oil that dark lord is. the head is the perfect colour, it is a perfect medium-dark tan colour. the head is big, aforementioned, and quite light, not creamy at all. the head slowly fizzes down, begging me to fill in the gap left in the tulip; i indulge my new mistress with her request. a solid 1cm layer of foam stays on the top of the beer at all times.

S - the smell is more intense than Frank Dux fighting in the kumite. the nose hits you in the face like a ton of bricks: top notes of booze, bourbon, and oak; middle notes of molasses, prunes, burnt sugar; the base notes are of huge dark malts, roasted and excellent and a slight vinous hint. the sheer power of the oak and whiskey can be overwhelming, it's like they made a barrel out of the mighty Pelian ash itself, or out of all the grandest trees on Mt. Ida. if nothing else: it smells like i'm in an alcoholic cooper's shop. the sheer amount of booze and the need to sift through this bastion of an aroma might be a turn off for some, it might be too much for their noses, not I: I have suffered my body day and night, depriving my self of food and sleep, toughening my body to prepare for the romance of this beer (not really though). for whatever it is worth: styles aside, i can still say I prefer the nose of W.12, but that is probably because I like Belgian styles the most; this beer hold a firm grasp on second place.

T - the taste, oh the taste! I think I have a new favorite stout, yes, indeed I do! Drinking this beer is like taking a bite out of barrel, but one made of deliciousness. That wasn't very descriptive now was it? Let's try that again: if you could encapsulate the experience of getting a bj while holding in one hand my Svend Bang tiger stripe pipe with a bowl full of balkan sobranie aged since the 80's stripe pipe, a glass of '26 Macallan in the other hand (pick any drink you please if you dont like scotch), while having just won the world poker tour on the top turret of Schloss Neuschwanstein. Crude? yes. Accurate? I believe so. Now, onto the taste. the initial taste is a powerhouse of flavours: vanilla, bourbon, oak, malts, fermenting fruits, and some some maple syrup. the alcohol (which I find hard to believe is so high) really does a number on the palate, and I love every second of its burning fury. the finish burns like Troy in the hands of the Danaans. the finish too is hugely boozy, burning, savory with a big molasses aspect and slightly sweet like prunes. a fitting finish for such a beer. the brew doesn't expand in taste like some others, it stays pretty much the same in the taste, the only thing changing is the alcohol, which is what I wanted: the booze in the initial is generally burning (if you hold it in your moth for long enough), but in the finish, pending on how long you kept it in your mouth, can be burning or an amazing dry fruity experience. Some coffee like flavours come out as well in this finish, particularly in the acidic bitter way that coffee tends to finish. the aftertaste is completely different; true it still is a large part of oak and booze, there is a definite chocolate, coffee, caramel/brown burnt sugar aspect that jumps out. having such dynamism in a beer is what makes the few and the proud full score brews.

MF&D - the carbonation is a bit low on this guy, but I find it enough for something with so much flavour and booze. the lack of carbonation is justified when one realizes the body isn't like a motor oil, it is thiner, and thus to get that syrupy feel some absence of carbonation is required. drinkablility? oh man, for a beer with 19.5% abv this brew is like drinking silk. the booze never chokes me up, never makes me gag, it goes down with its lovely burning and thats the end of that. it is a masterful piece of brewing and I wish that I could have regular access to such a prize of a beer.

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

Here goes...

Appearance is surprisingly good, usually when you get this high into ABV you are looking at near stillness. This is black as can be with a very nice head and lacing.

Scent is just fantastic. Nowhere near as boozy as some several percentage points less. Rasins, other dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and maple syrup hit me as I opened the bottle.

Taste, while not nearly as boozy as several beers with quite a bit less alcohol, is still a tad on the boozy side, which I feel is the only thing keeping this from a perfect 5. The dark fruits and a sweet maple presence make themselves known, along with the vanilla, smoke, light wood.

Mouth is just great, a great level of carbonation that I would consider medium level overall, and a pretty suitably thick feel.

Overall, this is a really incredible achievement in the style. Managing to get the ABV this high, and having it not taste like rocket fuel and fire, LET ALONE having it taste damn good in the process, is just amazing.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark black with minimal carbonation no head or lacing.

S: Bourbon up front with some dark fruits. Bourbon dominates.

T: Strong Bourbon and alcohol. Followed by some sweetness and marshmallow flavor. Some dark chocolate and vanilla notes present.

M: Full bodied with a strong heat from the alcohol.

O: Awesome beer, had back to back with Chocolate Rain. This one has a strong alcohol heat that leads to an intense sweetness. As it warms to 70 degrees appx, It really smooths out. Another sipper. Take your time and enjoy this one. It's a solid 4.4 to me.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super dark beer with no head. Dark chocolate and raisin smell.
Boozy with salted caramel, fudge, dark chocolate taste. Lots of alcohol, usually I like that but I feel like it's a little overwhelming.

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Photo of john0721
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

color: black, light brown head which quickly diminishes.

nose: caramel, wood, bourbon

taste: sweet caramel, brown sugar, wood (with some charring), vanilla, light dark fruit (prune), very complex

finish: starts sweet, turns acidic ( diminishes with oxidation ), ends with a mild bitterness and some remaining caramel.

overall: I poured this at 50F degrees which was clearly to cold. 55F or 60F is a better starting point. This beer also benefits from oxidation (about 15-30 minutes). Once at the right temperature and oxidized the flavors fully come through.

My impression: This is a "best in class" imperial stout.

Disclaimer: 5 ratings from me do not mean "no room for improvement". I simply do not believe in the concept. 5 rating from me means "best in class" at the time of the tasting.

updated: 12/31/14

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
4.47 out of 5 based on 3,762 ratings.
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