Black Tuesday | The Bruery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,859
Reviews:
690
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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3,251
Gots:
2,004
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246
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Photo of CRJMellor
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet chocolate cake with roasty malt in the aroma, along with bourbon-typical notes of vanilla and toffee. Taste is similar to nose, decadent and full bodied. Dark chocolate and roasted malt (probably from the charred oak barrel) dominate. Faint anise... actually more like molasses. The alcohol presence was surprisingly subdued for such a big brew.

- 2015 vintage (19.9%)
- Poured into tasting snifter off tap at the Tasting Room (Placentia, CA) on 30-Dec-15

- 2013 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into wine glass on 22-Nov-14
Best tasting of BT so far.

- 2012 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 20-Oct-13

- 2012 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into tasting snifter on 23-Nov-12
Only difference I noticed is that it's more balanced than the '11 bottle fresh.

- 2011 vintage
- Cellared on 26-Oct-11
- 750mL poured into tasting snifter on 31-Mar-12

- 2011 vintage
- Tapped @ Bruery Provisions (Orange, CA)
- Poured into tasting snifter on 26-Oct-11

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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can still hear and feel the collective gasp in the room when my new friend Darrell popped the cap on this one - one of the most sought after brews in the world. Thanks dude for making everyone's year!

A: Blacker than the blackest color of black that you can imagine. Imagine that? However, this one retains a gentle tan head (with brown notes) throughout the session.

S: Hello bourbon bomb! This also has a generous layer of dark candy sweetness.

T: Very unique taste with a strong burnt, caramel-pecan brittle body, surrounded by high grade dark chocolate dipped in oak and molasses. This is honestly better than any dessert I have ever tasted.

M: The bourbon doesn't act as a booze agent to enhance people's happiness (although it does that too), but as an integral and necessary ingredient in the whole concoction. It plays roughly the same role that honey plays in a dessert like baklava. I can't believe how smooth this is for the a brew clocking in at almost 20% ABV!

D: I wonder if I will ever get to try this again? The only way I see how is if my work schedule would allow me to take time off to fly to Cali and get some on that day. Or....I could just wait for my friend to score another bottle. I'm still in awe of this amazing brew and of the fact that I got a very generous sample of it!

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric for opening this one. You went through a lot of crap to get these, but this is a damn fine beer.

Pours just shy of black, with dark brown highlights when held up to the light. A mocha head soon fades to a collar before disappearing altogether. The aroma is neat - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, wood. Lots going on, but not quite as intense as expected.

Flavour is complex and liqueur-like in its intensity. Lots of chocolate at first, a fruity sweetness in the middle, and a spicy finish. At times there are notes of coconut, pepper, brown sugar and vanilla. Nice and an ideal dessert beer. My one slight criticism is that I'd like a bit more roastiness, but that's pretty minor. Decadent, full mouthfeel suits this beer to a tee. Drinkability is impressive, and the alcohol really is not anywhere near discernible. The sweetness and richness certainly limit the size of the pour, and I think it worked great over 150ml. I'd probably go close to double that, but no more.

Well worth trying. Kinda hyped, but actually worth it. Definitely a sharer, but a unique experience as far as beer is concerned. Thanks again, Eric!

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Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of aquazr1
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Photo of Soneast
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of unclekeith
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of emmasdad
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old draft review. Poured a rich, oily midnight black color with a hint of dark brown foam on top. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is thick and full bodied, with flavors of dark fruits, huge bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and hot alcohol. An insanely delicious and exceptional beer.

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Photo of jsanford
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! 2010 vintage reviewed courtesy of David. Glad to try some of this, now I can sit on my 2009 longer ;) Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Poured an absolute pitch black with a slight ring of mocha head that recedes to a slight haze. Ominous. Nose is fantastic, just huge aromas of dark, sweet malt, chocolate, and molasses with insane Bourbon characteristics of oak, vanilla, and caramel. Taste follows the nose in the best possible way, nothing but darkest malt, molasses, chocolate and Bourbon. So smooth and complex. Mouthfeel is expectedly syrupy and viscous, with a full body and low carbonation. Bit of pleasant chest-fire from the +18% ABV, but I sure don't mind! Overall a mind-blowingly insane beer, so excited to finally experience this beast!

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

Big thanks to merc for sharing this

The beer pours jet black with no head except for a thin halo around the edges. The smell is slightly bready with tons of booziness. The cloying sweetness is absolutely absurd at first considering it's far sweeter than most barleywines I've had. However, the magic that this sweetness works is a beer with an 18%abv is now suddenly very drinkable and the alcohol that made this beer smell nearly toxic at first has literally vanished from the beer's profile. The taste leaves a lingering caramelized sugar/maple syrup sweetness followed by a slight burn from the alcohol letting you know it's still there. It has a potent, warming mouthfeel and I can see why this beer made such an excellent addition to the melange 3. This beer did me in for the night...couch time.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a flimsy thin layer head throughout. High alcohol heat and bourbon aroma are detected along with some burnt caramel and licorice, oak, vanilla, molasses which is exactly what the flavor suggests as well. As the session continues, the special-release brew offers a smooth and silky finish. Sticky medium-body with soft carbonation. A very nice and memorable high ABV Russian Imperial Stout. This was the first big beer of 2012 for me and glad I started the new year with a bang!

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Photo of South2NW
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.65/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of kristougher
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
4.47 out of 5 based on 3,859 ratings.
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