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:
#67
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
4,007
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3,255
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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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Photo of Jsalz21
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Samact
3.92/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A Pitch black pour with almost no head. Slightly bubbly.
S: Bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malt, caramel notes.
T: Bourbon upfront for sure, gotta let it sit in your mouth for all the other flavors to come out. Some caramel, dark fruit that I can't pin down, and surprisingly little alcohol burn considering the ABV.
M: Thick mouth feel which probably hides the alcohol well, low/medium carbonation
O: Simply excellent. All of the flavors come out one by one and the aftertaste is very pleasant as well. This beer is a sipper for sure, but one of the best I've had in a long time.

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Benish
3.56/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a very dark brown color - almost like a heavy barleywine. There was very little foam, head dissolved quickly. Aroma was alcohol laden with strong notes of vanilla and some chocolate. The booze just kind of sucker punched me in the face. The taste was similar, just instantly boozy with the alcohol burn coming in quickly. But then it transformed to a very sweet liquid desert with rich notes of vanilla. The bourbon character is there once you can get past all that booze and it starts to warm up. Eventually it almost becomes a chocolate liqueur. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nothing too extraordinary. Overall I did not care for this beer and clearly I'm in the minority. Granted it did have strong notes of vanilla which was a plus but I still found this beer boozy and hot.

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Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,007 ratings