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): 19.20%

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
Ratings:
3,897
Reviews:
697
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3,256
Gots:
2,010
For Trade:
246
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Photo of Cibsie
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FCal79
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of trmiller24
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jinx989
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guillenj8
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of codytwo
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneo42
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Absolutely fantastic beer. Definitely a little boozy as others have said but if you can get it don't pass it up. That is all. :)

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle with a local buddy.
We both poured into snifters.
My observations are as follows.
The appearance was a jet black color with a whiff of a little off white foamy head that slid off at a steady pace. Lace seemed spotty and swiftly flowed into the beer without any cling.
The aroma had some dark fruits, vanilla bean, molasses, sweet clean driftwood, milk chocolate, glazed cake, bourbon notes, and a touch of earthiness.
The flavor leaned into that sweet character to bring about the earthiness and dried sweet woody character to evenly set the pace from sweet to dry tones running into the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Alcohol notes seem to be flowing fairly strong. Carbonation felt nice and fine. Seemed to be falling off, perhaps just a touch.
Overall, pretty fantastic Imperial stout well worthy of having again. Would be a fantastic Winter sipper.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Edition. 1 Pint, 9.4oz. 20.3% ABV. Poured into a standard tulip.

Look: Pours jet black, surprisingly high head of light tan, bubbly foam.
Smell: Very sweet! Notes of dark fruit, hints of chocolate with a slight booziness.
Taste: Incredibly smooth! Like this is 20.3, seriously?? A warm but pleasant warmth, with a body comparable to a barleywine. Many of the tastes found here are of burnt toffee, caramel, malt, and hints of toast.
Feel: Again, so incredibly smooth. A lighter body than expected , with a good amount of carbonation and an expected amount of stickiness.

An incredible addition to my beer repertoire, although different than what I expected. Regardless, an amazing beer worthy of the hype.

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Photo of Mark_Robinson
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drone
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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