Black Tuesday | The Bruery

Black TuesdayBlack Tuesday
BA SCORE
4.54/5
3,920 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:
#69
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
3,920
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,253
Gots:
2,015
Trade:
245
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 3,920 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, bold and beautiful!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit disappointed in the merely dark brown body and dinky head (hey, it's 20%). I'm not disappointed in the port-like aroma. Subtle undertones of nuanced bourbon (think vanilla, banana, marshmallow, and even coconut) coexist with intense dark fruit qualities. It's a great nose, though it doesn't quite floor me the way I expected. The flavor profile indeed reveals many similarities to port. It opens with incredible tones of fig, raisin, currant, apricot, cherry, plum, and peach. Around the middle is where the bourbon flavors appear. It ends with a powerful (but complex) malt sweetness, some umami, and an also significant alcohol presence. Though the booze is somewhat harsh, it also creates layers of nuance that help compensate for the insane sweetness. Somewhat. The palate is coated with a ton of residual sugar, and that makes it a SLOOOW sipper. Even a tiring one. I have even more qualms about the somewhat thin and firm feel - it's not well suited to the flavor profile. Still, the zesty carbonation IS suited to the aforementioned thin, firm texture, helping to cleanse the palate ever-so-slightly. I really dig many aspects of this, and it's one of the most complex brews I've ever sampled...but I doubt I could even drink half a bottle. It's just way too sweet, boozy, and over the top at the end of the day. I doubt I'd trade for this again, but I'm happy to have finally tried it.

3.73/5: Insert diabeetus reference here

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.27/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours really thin with almost no head to speak of. The barrel definitely comes through in the nose but not much else except roast. The taste is one hot boozy mess. Super sweet, barrel, anise and booze. No balance at all. Feel is very thin, especially for the abv. Overall this beer is not good and I do not understand what the hype is. Just a hot boozy mess with no balance and flavor clashes.

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Photo of Cparthemore
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TrojanRB
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle, poured 2-7-17

Inky black, little to no head

Smells a bit of candied fruit....prune/plum, some licorice, vanilla

A little more presence of bourbon in the taste...vanilla cream. Excellent

Surprisingly light given the ABV...a little oily, but not too sweet

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Dspader1
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of INSTACAM85
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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 Sour_Lord
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't let the ABV scare you away! When I first saw that this beer was over 19%, I thought it was going to have way too boozy of a flavor for me. However, I was very pleasantly surprised after taking the first gulp! This beer has an incredible flavor and is surprisingly drinkable! But, definitely don't drive after having this one!

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Photo of headyhopzhead
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ragnar3
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Excellent mix of chocolate, dark fruit and barrel. Definitely boozy (as expected at 20% ABV) but was hoping it would be complemented by a more full-bodied feel.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at a bottle share with friends. We had 2010 through 2016, Madeira, rum, and port versions as well as BT Reserve (and I have pictures to prove it). Each was poured from a bottle into a small tasting glass and this review conveys my general impression of the beer after trying all of these. The pour was nearly black, fairly viscous, and sported very little (if any) carbonation. The nose was all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak and bourbon.

Full body with a slick, oily feel and a massive, complex flavor. Lots of chocolate up front, coffee, and bourbon. The bourbon intensifies across the palate and adds a tremendous amount of richness to the flavor. The beer is candy-sweet, but not cloying and incredibly drinkable for such a mammoth beer. The alcohol is quite strong, but is well-balanced by the sweet malt and bitter roast. Finishes warm and rich with notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and a little dark fruit.

A beer that drinks like a liqueur. A masterpiece of the brewer's art, no question about it. Insanely rich and flavorful, yet I could easily drink this all night and not get tire of it (at least until I pass out). The base beer must be incredible because I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference between the regular, port, rum, and madeira Black Tuesdays. It all tastes the same to me - unbelievably great.

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Photo of dyjuan8
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hbmcdrew
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 3,920 ratings
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