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): 19.20%

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:
3,860
Reviews:
690
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
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3,253
Gots:
2,005
For Trade:
246
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Photo of bauers
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Most people have this as super black, but when I poured it, it look very dark brown. Although in my glass it looks really black. It had a decent amount of light tan head that faded quickly.
S: This thing has everything here: Chocolate, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and roasted coffee
T: This thing starts out really hot with bourbon and chocolate. When it warms up all those other smells start to seep out and taste amazing. I get bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and some dried cherries on the end.
F: This thing is a little on the lighter side for a BA stout, but it is very smooth and creamy.
O: I could see some people not loving this because the bourbon is very present, but as someone who drank whiskey before I found craft beer, this thing is amazing. I liked it a lot when it was straight from the fridge and I loved it once it warmed a bit.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rich_K
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DankScuba
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
3.13/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Had this at a Jackie O's bottle share. Date, can't remember, didn't write it down, lol.

Pour was about 3 oz. Looks fantastic, dark as night, nice dark mocha head that is about a finger tall, and sticks around pretty well given the ABV.

Smells like a bourbon barrel stout should, with roast, chocolate, coffee, and booze, and the booze is readily apparent, which shouldn't be surprising with the ABV, but...

GAH! Rocket fuel! Roast and chocolate give way to an unbearable fusel alcohol that just doesn't taste good. Burns all the way down. I feel like I can light my breath on fire.

Just not pleasant, and this was a 2010 vintage. I shudder to think what a fresh bottle is like. Maybe the 2010 was just overly boozy. Who knows? I certainly won't go out of my way to find out.

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Photo of Egotist
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Masonz223
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2015 bottle

Smell: huge chocolate and big bourbon booziness vanilla coconut slight dark fruit toffee oak nutty.

Taste: upfront huge malt presence Carmel toffee some nuttiness middle of the mouth big milk chocolate vanilla coconut sweet bourbon dark fruit Plum fig cherry in the finish you get some oak and sweetness with a pretty big booziness that numbs the tongue and warms the chest.

Feel: medium body a little thin but it probably helps this beer. Creamy you can defenitly tell it's a high abv beer. The definition of a sipper.

Overall: This is not a beer for everyone it's 20 percent and drinks pretty close to that. But for a 20% stout I can't imagine a lot of breweries could do this better.

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Photo of griffey123
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kontraband
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewP17
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very solid bba stout. pours black as night. big smells of bourbon, chocolate, sweet fruits and slight vanilla comes through. taste comes in with a blast of bourbon with a finish of a oak and chocolate. great mouth feel.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rmpic82
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is the runaway winner amongst the categories. For me, clear-cut aromas of banana bread. The booze and caramel were delicious, with a nice chewy density. Very approachable for a 20 spot of abv. While I didn't have any of my bottles immediately after release in Q4 2016, friends of mine mentioned it was quite heated at that time. I didn't drink until Feb/March and my experience was wholly different.

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Photo of DrBier
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulMM005
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015

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Photo of Brolo75
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with a tan colored head, low carbonation, no lacing, no head retention, looks a little thin for such a big beer and light does come through when its held up.

A: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, raisins, slight chocolate, and lots of alcohol coming through.

T: Bourbon, charred oak, oakiness, vanilla, dark chocolate, alcohol comes through very strong and lingers in the finish, aftertaste is more bourbon, vanilla, dry dark chocolate flavor.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, driest imperial stout I've ever tasted.

O: I was expecting more from Black Tuesday, the alcohol is very noticeable and I think its too much as it really masks the other notes in the beer. Bourbon is not as noticeable on the taste like the aroma as the high ABV overwhelms it. If the alcohol was toned down and the beer's other notes were allowed to shine, this would be a lot better. Still enjoyable, a definite sipper.
My recommendation is if you have a bottle, allow it to age for at least two years, then enjoy it. I had Chocolate rain with almost three years on it and it was more enjoyable than fresh Black Tuesday.

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Photo of Scalawags
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 version

Poured into a snifter. It is a little less viscous looking than a lot of the other Bruery beers. It is an glossy jet black with a dark brown head that settles quickly into the beer.

It smells phenomenal. Lots of rich aromas of coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, charred oak, chocolate, barley, and raisins/dates. Alcohol is noticeable, but nothing unexpected at 20%.

All of that gets pretty much squashed by a ton of alcohol in the flavor. It is borderline undrinkable cold. As it warms, you can start to get some charred oak, Rice Krispy treat like marshmallow sweetness, coconut, licorice, and rich milk chocolate, but it is still overshadowed by a boozy burn. It is very rich overall, and reminds me of a Bourbon County beer with the distinct aroma and flavor. Not as heavy of a body though. Between my brother and I, we struggled to drink half a bottle. For what it's worth, I don't think World Wide Stout is nearly as hot and I drink bourbon neat, so I feel like I am a pretty objective opinion.

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Photo of Miska
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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