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:
713
Ratings:
3,981
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,252
Gots:
2,043
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,981 |  Reviews: 713
Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition, 19.9%. Incredible !

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Photo of brotherloco
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of koopa
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this bottle and shared it with friends at beerloco's house on New Years Day.

Appearance: First off let me mention that the appearance experience really starts when you look at the bottle. It's one sexy label. Beer pours opaque with 2 fingers of tan foam that shows some retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Loads of bourbon, molasses, cocoa powder, deep roasted malts (20 of them to be precise!) Really pungent and really impressive. The nose makes you want to just dive right in to the tasting :)

Taste: Huge flavors that are blended extremely well in my opinion. The 19.5% abv pulls a Jimmy Hoffa on you, as it's nowhere to be found! I mean come on, how do you conceal 19.5% alcohol so well? I'm impressed. Loads of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: This one is thick and syrupy but comes off so creamy! Don't let the thickness perturb you as this beer is smooth!

Drinkability: If it wasn't for the well hidden 19.5% abv I'd give this one a 5.0 for this category as well. The flavor profile is great, the mouthfeel fantastic, and you just want more of it each time you sip it!

Believe the Hype!

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Photo of sharpski
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Duffman79
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kidzord
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Herky21
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011, 18.3%ABV

Thanks to pixieskid for sharing this one. It was a helluva night for beer.

When the crown was pried on this one, it was a gusher despite being fridge cold. The beer gushed maybe two ounces of beer, then immediately died out. It's like the beer was force carbonated, but the carbonation never actually made it into the beer. Pours black and obviously viscous with complete opacity. I could smell this beast as soon as I tapped it - it was like a chocolate tawny port. The nose on the beer was amazing with stone chocolate, dates, malt, malt, malt. The alcohol on the nose is strong, if not intimidating, but oddly inviting - like a bully in school you really admire. The flavor of this beer is fucking awesome. I am not particularly articulate in this form of verse, but I can say this - that bitch is fine! Thick and flat, just like in the Rare BCS, the lack of carb was fitting to this beer and I believe allowed for higher appreciation of the notes. A sincerely delicious beer, it made me smile when I drank it. The beer won the night for me.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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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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4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Final beer of the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. 750 ml bottle poured into red solo cups. Jet black body with tan head that slowly fades to a film. Legs but no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roast malt, coconut, marshmallow, and dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet with cocoa, brown sugar, and plum notes, but also decently bitter with barrel, booze, and unsweetened chocolate highlights. Full body, oily, thick texture that coats the tongue, minimal carbonation, sweet, boozy hot finish.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 3,981 ratings