Black Tuesday | The Bruery

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4.54/5
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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:
#70
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
4,021
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,257
Gots:
2,045
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,021 |  Reviews: 719
Photo of WalkingBrews
3.16/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this. I’ve heard great things about the Bruery and decided to become a Society member to give them a try. This is supposed to be one of their best but sadly, like most of their beers, it’s just too sweet for my liking and very reminiscent of a dessert wine. I appreciate their ingenuity but I’m coming to the realization that their style, while interesting and complex, is just not my thing.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. Not a great looking stout. Kinda thin/no head etc. Aroma is bourbon and cardboard. Big and boozy. Chocolate, bourbon and buttery greatness. Quite a great stout.

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Photo of jet812
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Nicholas-Drinks
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jestoner
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of lochraneg
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Robomunky
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 at a bottle share. Looks and smells great but the booze really detracted from this one for me. The coffee in Mocha Wednesday helps mask it but drinking this one I was glad I only had a taster. I can't imagine opening a bottle for less than four people.

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

Photo of OompaMentor
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF 2014

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

Photo of MrZach76
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It’s like BCBS on steroids.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, cellared 4+ years.
Very strong and complex, great for aging.

Lots of big, sweet caramel toffee and raisin, vanilla and slightly sour cherry, port wine flavors. Boozy and full bodied but very smooth and mellow - some family members complained of a slight medicinal quality but I thought it was not at all harsh. A lovely sipper for after Christmas dinner!

Aged this old there's almost no detectable roast flavors of coffee or chocolate, just a nice old sweetness. Aromas have definitely faded compared to what previous reviewers say. I'd like to try a fresher batch, as this may have already peaked.

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Photo of reyna311
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerJ
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Original_Gravity
3.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've been a Bruery Society member for 3 years - and have now tried 3 vintages of BT. I've recently come to the conclusion that I simply don't like this beer.

I feel that a bourbon barrel aged stout should have certain characteristics:

A deep, dark, opaque black color
A rich mouthfeel
Little to no carbonation
It should taste like beer - with notes of the bourbon barrel characteristics

I feel that BT defies all of these. The color is more of a dark amber. Mouthfeel is very thin and perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this beer. The carbonation - while not very noticeable while pouring - is definitely noticeable while drinking. This beer usually falls in the 18-20+ %ABV range - which I'm all for - if the bourbon/booziness isn't overpowering. In this case - the huge ABV seems to be the dominating characteristic of this beer - and I'm just not a fan.

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Photo of SBlobaum
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Detlef90
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a number of times and the first three times I had it twice fresh and once after two years. Each time I thought it was too boozy and sweet. I just opened my bottle from 2014 and shared it with two others (which is a must with this beer). This time it was excellent. All of the crazy sweet and boozy notes had mellowed and the base stout was apparent. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it! I recommend aging this beer because drinking it fresh is just too much. Age it for at least three years.

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,021 ratings