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
2017: 19.5% ABV

Added by OlieIPA on 07-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#69
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
4,014
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a dark cocoa head. Head fades away to a small ring of bubbles.

S- Very wonderful smell and a lot going on here. Woody, sweet malts, bit of vanilla, caramel and molasses. Some chocolate and alcohol here too.

T- A nice mix of flavors sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, figs, black licorice and caramel. The alcohol is here but not nearly as strong as I expected.

M- Very full in body and low carbonation. Almost like syrupy too.

D- Fairly easy to drink maybe just a little too sweet for me tastes but still solid. Split this one with a great group of guys at DLD.

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

Big thanks to Moyman for this beer.

750mL bottle. Pours a pitch black viscous color with a 1/2 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is a whole lot of booze with some nice vanilla, oak, raisins, dark chocolate, black coffee and earth. The taste is boozey with a great chocolate presence that somehow isn't overpowered by the bourbon. Vanilla hints with some caramel as well. Chocolate and alcohol burn towards the end. More warming alcohol at the finish with dark chocolate. Almost tastes like boozey Hershey's Syrup. Heavy, chewy mouthfeel. I'm surprised that the taste is so complex given the very high Abv. Its not just a boozey mess. Probably one of, if not the best, Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts I have had. Amazing beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having multiple times I guess it is time to put this one in the books. Thanks to corby112 for the most recent sharing of this one in the form of a 2009 vintage bottle.

A-Deep, dark, brutally black. Highlight? What's a highlight? A thin reddish tinged head quickly dissipates to a wisp of retention and leaves no lace whatsoever. Foam does reform with a bit of invigoration.

S-Fat dose of bourbon goodness up front with dry oak and sweet vanilla taking the center stage. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, eel sauce and dark cherries struggle to rise up out of the alcohol heat ooze.

T-Massive bourbon laden roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark fruit batter the palate with a non stop barrage of alcohol soak flavours. Massively complex with just so much going on it becomes hard to concentrate.

M-Medium-heavy to almost chewy bodied with a strong alcohol burn and LONG lingering flavours.

D-For 18+% it is surely more drinkable than expected but it becomes tedious and uninteresting after awhile. I don't think I could ever drink an entire 750 ml bottle on my own without some money on the line. Good? Sure! Life altering, no!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 2013 bottle. (thanks to Ultrarunner100 for the share)
This was a sublime experience. Black Tuesday pours as dark as the night, and at that you are captivated. The nose was full of amazing bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor includes all the nose and some anise and a nice warming booze for good measure. Feel is rich and full. I found this beer to be similar to some good ports I have had, and that is the way I recommend one approach it.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

**revisited the 2009 vintage at a recent tasting over the holidays. The flavors and booze have really come together and the alcohol is not as dominant as it was a year ago. I enjoyed my pour much more and went back for another.

Big thanks to Scotty (aka hooliganlife) for bringing this to our STLHops Tasting and for Mike for hosting. Share among several people...I got a good 5oz pour into my tasting glass.

A - Pours black, slim tan-colored head which disipiates into nothingness. The look turns straight back quickly after the pour. no really lacing or retention to speak of, just midnight black in a glass.

S - Chocolate and boozy notes, some burnt malts, molasses. Mostly a mix of sweet and boozy, kinda messy compared to most other stouts that are considered the "crem de la crem". Nothing near mind-blowing here at all.

T - Chocolate syrup, lots and lots of booze, roasted malts, a hint of oak. The booze pretty much dominates this. Although it's hot, I could not tell that this is 19.5% and if I had to guess, I'd say 12% or so. Although the alcohol is well-hidden, there's still a bunch of it and combined with the sweet notes, it makes this beer messy.

M - Full bodied, a big beer, rich and smooth. Probably the best thing about this beer is the feel. I like the way this coats the palate...it sticks with you.

D - My 5oz (approximate) was way more then enough for me. I was done with this one after my initial taste and I don't think I could have gone back for seconds (or enjoyed it). I've had many other stouts that I consider to be superior to this brew. Although it's good, I don't consider it to be great.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Very dark brown. Some head, not much. No lace.

S - Booze and dark cooked fruits. I feel like I am munching into a cooked fig.

T - Beautiful mix of dark fruits, sugar, booze. It's like a fruitcake :).

M - Low carb, high body, good balance.

D - Glad to see what all the hoopla was about. Nice beer.

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3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cola brown, quite a bit lighter than I expected. Thin head, no lacing, some clarity. Nose is bourbon, fudge, char, and oak. Tons of sugar on the nose. Taste is super sweet with chocolate and vanilla, bourbon. Very hot towards the end, cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is hot with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a very sweet beer but the astronomical abv is well hidden.

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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 ThickNStout
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Thanks for the trade Whatsarezaf! October 2011 release. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours dead black with a mere wisp of tan head around the edges. Zero lace. 

Smells of booze right off the bat. Bourbon, roasty malt, cocoa, dried dark fruit, vanilla and caramel. 

In a word- delicious! Bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, roast malt, dark fruits, wood and raw sugar. Booze is there the whole time, as expected with over 18% alcohol. Mighty tasty. 

Thick syrupy feel with mild carbonation. Phenol alcoholic cooling effect. Lingering sweet bourbon aftertaste. 

One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had. Drinks as easily as a stout with half the alcohol. Thick, sweet and complex. I very much want more.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of needMIbeer
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,014 ratings