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): 19.50%

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:
#69
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
3,998
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of srw
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4 oz pour in a snifter glass
L: Pitch black with some tan head and bubbles that stick to the glass.
S: Lots of bourbon, raisins, some malt.
T: Heavy on the bourbon upfront, pretty similar to the smell, some alcohol burn.
F: Thick mouth feel with, high carbonation
O: Enjoyable but I wouldn't be interested in drinking a whole bottle of this myself. Very boozy which makes this beer a sipper.

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shaneb818
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mflamar
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2016 vintage.
Lots of dried dark fruits, huge bourbon, vanilla, fudge, cherries, smooth af , hides the abv.

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Photo of crobinso
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

This beer gets all the credit in the world for being not just drinkable but also enjoyable. Smooth, robust and memorable is how I describe this monster. The alcohol heat is noticeable but not astringent or sharp - it's like a slowly rising heat that starts low in the glass and comes to the fore when you tilt it towards your mouth, and then back again as it slides down your throat. Really cool cascade of an element that, in lesser hands, could demolish the beer completely.

Oak, bourbon, chocolate, burnt toast, char, roasted coffee grounds, dark cherry, faint vanilla. Thick, chewy and viscous. Black with swirls of light khaki foam coloring the surface. Intense, pleasurable and memorable. Had a few ounces on tap so I have no idea how many BAs it takes to put down a bottle...I can only guess. If it comes in a 750ml it should be considered a weapon.

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Photo of Felgenlager
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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 because of the alcohol content. I’ve have strong beers that went down like butter, but this one does not.

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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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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 3,998 ratings