Black Tuesday | The Bruery

Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday
BA SCORE
96.4%
Liked This Beer
4.54 w/ 3,905 ratings
Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 20.30%

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
Ranking:
#66
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
3,905
Liked:
3,766
Avg:
4.54/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,255
Gots:
2,007
Trade:
244
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ale_addin
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with dark tan bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The beer had a rich sweet bourbony molasses nose with strong malt overtones.

Taste - I noticed the bourbon first. Then came chocolate, tobacco, fudge, anise, and burnt malts. The warming sensation was start to finish with the rich booziness.

Mouthfeel - Not only did it look like used motor oil, but it had the viscosity.

Overall - I like Chocolate Rain better, but this is solid.

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Photo of osseo222000
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmonah3
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only thing I got out of this was ALCOHOL!! Overrated stout! Not a terrible beer by any means, but definitely does not deserve the score it has. Not as complex and balanced as I was hoping. Very strong and in your face. Almost a chore to put down

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Photo of rypkr
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Gonna attempt this myself. Starting it off cold right out of the fridge...

A - teku pour. Looks not expected. Super thin looking and dark brown. Certainly not black. Thin, very fizzy head. The lacing looks like a watery 5% stout.

S - ton's of bourbon and raisens. Smells sweet and delicious. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Surprisingly small amount of detectable alcohol given the abv.

T -mmm. Me like. Sweet, sweet bourbon, vanilla, raisens. Literally the exact nose but with a LOT of alcohol burn.

M - it's not thick or chewy but it is highly carbonated. Extremely spicy from the alcohol.

O - I'm digging it. I'll add some more notes as it warms.

Value - a $30 beer is pretty steep. I'll come back to this to say if I think it's worth it or not.

The more this warms the more it tastes like molasses. Also, it tasted very familiar at first but I couldn't put my finger on what beer it reminded me of. About a 1/4 into it abd it hit me. This is eerily similar to Jackie O's bourbon barrel dark apparition + more alcohol burn.

As I'm nearing the end, not a whole lot has changed. It's still a spicy ethanol sugar bomb with all the same aspects present. Overall - it was worth it. I loved slowly sipping this one beer over the long haul as opposed to bouncing around. For a $30 beer, yes I'd spend/trade for again. I'm now excited to try it's variants.

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

Photo of dirtyhalos
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cibsie
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FCal79
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of trmiller24
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a really hard one to rate. Currently drinking a 2015 bottle and it's nice however like most of the bruery booze bomb of beers they are hit or miss. You can get a 2013 bottle and if it was just straight booze back then it's not gonna turn into something magical I believe. I'm drinking a nice bottle but I've definitely had bottles that were borderline hard alcohol tasting. That being said I don't think this beer gets the respect it deserves and used to get. Definitely worth going after. In the world of hyped up beers I feel like you could roll the dye and get 2 bottles and 1 will be right up there with some of the best bourbon beasts.

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Photo of beermanben
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jinx989
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guillenj8
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of codytwo
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2013

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bourbon barrels with that classic oak, caramel, and vanilla. There are also some nice roasty notes along with some chocolate and coffee. Slight molasses note at times as well. Alcohol is a given at this ABV
T: Taste is nice and roasty with some bitter dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Nice oak, caramel and vanilla as well. Slightly bitter roasted malts as well that comes off with more of a coffee note. As the beer warms that slight molasses note comes out to play as well. Swallow is saccharine sweet with the caramel and vanilla from the barrel finishing strong with some slight roasted malt flavor toward the end.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly silky feel. Carbonation is low and adequate for the style. With the high abv this one has a dry finish.
O: Just a big beautiful beer that is super flavorful, super complex, and super high in alcohol. This is the one that started it all and it still kicks ass. Definitely worth giving a try and least once. This one is a lot more common now so it doesn't have the trade value it used to.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Shaneo42
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 3,905 ratings
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