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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV
2014: 18.5% ABV

Added by mikedashg on 10-28-2009

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Avg:
4.43
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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2012 vintage the other night. A friend had opened it the night before and couldn't finish it, so he re-capped it.

Looks still and black as oil.

Smell is out of this world. Sweet chocolate, potent bourbon and a tannic barrel presence. Truly amazing.

Flavor was great, as well. I think being open all night helped burn off some of the alcohol and open it up into something truly decadent.

Mouthfeel was nice. There was just enough carbonation left to scrub the palate and keep the sweetness from being cloying.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot. Mocha Wednesday still edged it slightly, but it just goes to show how proper aging can vault a beer up in quality.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Chris (heresy22 on Beer Advocate)
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A, but received it on May 20, 2014
Consumed: May 31, 2014
Misc.: 2014 edition (18.5% ABV); wax bottleneck

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head, which quickly gave way to a serene setting on the top. Below average-to-minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled a potent mix of boozy bourbon and chocolate right away. Also got cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, Hershey syrup and Rolos candy. Definitely no hiding the 18.5 percent alcohol as it keeps coming in strong.

Initial taste was flat out fantastic. Got cocoa, chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs, fudge, toffee, caramel and the Rolos candy. That gave way to a long, warming finish. After the first sip, I could feel it warming down my throat for almost a minute. Not as boozy as the smell for sure. Just so good.

Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

This beer was so good. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500!!! Had at the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a slight brown hue with a half finger tan head that subside to a minimal amount quickly (I blame the ABV). Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass (which was surprising). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall impression: Good God this thing is good! It was truly excellent in all aspects. I can honestly see why so many people have been looking for the bottles that were released now. Glad I have one for myself. It hides the massive alcohol present in this one really really well. Kind of scary if I'm honest. This is an absolute must try, whether it be going to the RS Event or pulling out all of your trading ammo to land a bottle. It is TOTALLY worth it. But it is a sipper, so be warned.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 19.5% abv. Very dark brown, approaching black. No head to really speak of, but a very faint tan ring around the edge.

Big whiff of alcohol, even from across the room. Dark chocolate, bourbon and wood.

A bit of sweeter chocolate up front. Heavy notes of bourbon and wood. Perhaps a bit of vanilla comes through to round things out. Chocolate and booze linger on the palate for quite a long time.

A bit light in the body, with an almost oily feel. Alcohol is quite warming, but not overwhelming. Quite the experience.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Black Tuesday release at the Bruery.

A - Pours with zero head. Looks like melted fudge, with the viscosity of a thick, jet black motor oil. There is no carbonation or bubbles.

S - A little bit like heaven. Milk chocolaty goodness dominates with very subtle hints of vanilla. Bourbon and caramelized and/or brown sugar is mixed in for a very balanced aroma.

T - What you smell is what you get. Chocolate hit my palate immediately, with the bourbon coming on next, followed by the hints of vanilla, roasted malts, more bourbon. There was a lasting finish on the chocolate that just lingered and stayed there for a while. For being an 18-19% beer, there is no "bite" from the alcohol. So f'n smooth... And at one point, it did weaken my knees as I was standing there sipping it.

M - Thick, and a little chewy with absolutely no carbonation and a very creamy texture. I know it's barrel aged, and it's out of a cask, but something is lost, to me, with no bubbles.

D - One sip can last a few minutes with all of the lingering notes in there. I don't think it's as drinkable as it's counterpart, Black Tuesday. I wouldn't want to have more than 8-10 oz of this at a time. It's a perfect dessert beer that'll cap your night off with a big smile. But I think it also loses something with 0 carbonation.

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Photo of dboon
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dstructo for sharing a cooler full of Bruery gems. Dark brown/black pour with a small brown head. Wonderful chocolate, malt, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. The taste is wild and totally reminds me of Coco Puffs. Very smooth for a 19.5%. Just an outstanding stout from the guys in Placentia..

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Photo of orangesol
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Bruery Line Party...I mean R.S. initiation party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours black as the devils soul with a small tan film of head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Holy sweet heat batman. Tons of rich chocolate sweetness, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon heat. The alcohol is strong but it blends in quite well with all the other strong flavors. Very nice overall balance, all things considered.

T - Lots of chocolaty sweetness up front never really fading throughout consumption. Hints of vanilla, sweet malt, and strong bourbon help round things out. Finish is a mix of sweetness and bourbon, lingering for some time. This stuff is awesome. I can't wait to see what a little bit of time in the bottle will do to it.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, sticky sweet, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish.

D - Finally a beer that lives up to its own hype. I made sure I got a pour as soon as I walked into the party and I was glad I did. I enjoyed the overall mix of sweet chocolate and warm bourbon. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Glad I have a bottle of this in my cellar.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I still can't believe that this was just there, at the Bruery, waiting for me to try it. This beer was as good, perhaps slightly better on every other Thursday than Black Tuesday. Think Black Tuesday plus chocolate.

Beer is served on cask into a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown / black with a diffuse head of small and big bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. Looks OK.

Beer smells like bourbon and chocolate, it smells amazing. Its sweet, molasses, chocolate, liquor, some alcohol, its so amazingly complex, I could have smelled it all night.

Beer has this creamy mouthfeel from the cask, its sweet and has some minimal bitterness on the back from the chocolate. The forward flavors are like a hershey bar dipped in bourbon, its great, its not cloying or overpowering its just really solid. The finish is nice and not too dry, a little dryer than the regular Black Tuesday but overall its a great beer. I would definitely have it again, only if they would bottle this.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown (not as black as I expected) with a tiny off-brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing.

S: The nose is so similar to BT I probably couldn't tell the difference if they were side by side. There are nice notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and bourbon. I'm not getting much cocoa or vanilla which is surprising.

T: The taste is simply amazing! Unlike the nose this is leaps and bounds above BT. There were massive flavors of chocolate, vanilla cream, fudge brownies, molasses, and bourbon.

M: The feel is medium bodied and thick like syrup on the finish. The beer does get kind of cloying the longer you drink it.

O: I was not as impressed with BT when I had it as I thought I would but this definitely lived up to the hype. I could drink this all the time in small quantities. It does get cloyingly sweet as you get to the end of your glass but it's so tasty.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review.

Appearance: Black with minimal tan head. Fades almost instantly. No lacing.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, a bit boozy, but no where near the 18.3% abv.

Taste: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate milk, not boozy at all, a hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, no carbonation, smooth, creamy, slightly boozy.

Overall: delicious. Very drinkable. Alcoholic chocolate milk.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 6/27/15

Opened this bottle with 3 other people. Probably a good thing since it is so big. Pour a thick black body with pretty much no head. Huge sweet cocoa aroma. Almost overwhelming taste. Just a ton of cocoa and vanilla with lots of bourbon. It has a pretty strong bite on the tongue. You can tell there is a lot of alcohol. Still, I very much so enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 served in a snifter. Mildly fruity on the front end, w baseline semi sweet choco. Alcohol content is well hidden.
Sugary, maybe a touch of molasses. Don't think the taste changed a whole lot as it warmed up. Vanilla on the aftertaste.

How much is that Breury membership? Good or better then Black Tuesday

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Photo of cjer53
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had it on tap on RS party on 1/8/11

app- dark chocolate, thick, almost no head

smell- chocolate moose, chocolate morsels, sweet, dessert

taste- silky smooth thickness, very peaceful, tastes like bourbon dessert chocolate, extremely drinkable and possibly very dangerous! hints of vanilla throughout. an exceptional beer!

MAKE IT RAIN!!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy diabetes batman, but tasty tasty diabetes. Very good beer with a lot of smooth, chocolate taste. Hard to enjoy more than 6 ounces, but very enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at NWI Tasting group Black Tuesday 09-12 and Variants tasting

A - Chocolate brown with a thin looking body. There was a very small chocolate head that faded quickly

S - Milk and dark chocolate, light vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Not as boozy in the nose as Grey Monday

T - This is a delicious beer. There is sweet vanilla, light oak, caramel, sweet bourbon. This sweetness is balanced perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate cacao nibs. Finish has slight cinnamon spice, heat from the bourbon and light oak

MF - This is a super thick and velvety smooth beer. It is really thick and coats the tongue. The finish is slightly astringent

O - This is really a good beer that I liked more than BT and Grey Monday. It has such a great flavor profile that is balanced between the dark chocolate and the sweetness of BT. Plus, it was super creamy and smooth when drinking. This one was definitely worth the hype

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Photo of KingEdward
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Wow.. nice and thick, vanilla explosion, not as much chocolate as expected, alcohol but does not seem like 18%. Nice bourbon barrel flavor, would drink as much as i could, nice experience!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to 2beerdogs for this beer! You rock!
Chocolate and vanilla blend together well in this beer. Definitely improves as beer warms. Smooth taste with some mild sweetness. Delicious! Have had fresher and aged in bottle for 10 months. Aged at 10 months was perfect!

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Photo of seeswo
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Mark (Rempo) at DLD. Thanks man!

Pours a sugar-shimmering black with a small ring of whitish-tan head. This is obviously a big one and it looks great. The nose is big vanilla, fudgy brownie chocolate, a touch of oak and booze, maybe a hint of coffee. Really, what stands out is the vanilla and the fudge. Could probably sit and sniff this for days. The taste is outstanding - big dessert fudge, chocolate, vanilla, some present booziness, a bit of bitterness like baker's chocolate. Really decadent and quite good. Rich, but in a totally different way than Bourbon County Rare. That flavor was deeper and smoother. This is a bit rough around the edges. The mouthfeel is fantastic, big, sticky with low carbonation. Overall, this is quite the fantastic beer. There is a touch too much heat and cocoa bitterness in the taste to give that a 5, but regardless, this is a fantastic beer and totally worth the hype.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 in aTeku

L: Dark siege head with an aggressive pour, bubbles appear and continue to build over the dark brown thick liquid
A: Bourbon, wood, alcohol, vanilla, the vapors sting my eyes
T: Sweet, Bourbon with chocolate in the back
M: chewy, hot, syrupy
O: Overpowering in a delicious sort of way - seek tout

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to review this but have been busy.

Appearance - Poured into a Bruery tulip at the Black Tuesday release party from a cask. Not completely black in color, though extremely dark brown. Just a hint of head and every so slight lacing.

Smell - I remember smelling someone who had this while I was enjoying Black Tuesday. The nose on this was incredible and I felt smelled much better than Black Tuesday. Obviously they smell similar, however this had heavy vanilla, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, and maple syrup (along with the bourbon notes more noticeable in Black Tuesday). It smelled so damn good.

Taste - Flavor is less boozy up front than Black Tuesday (which I already considered not to be overly boozy for how high an abv). The chocolate flavors really do take over, though. Incredibly sweet, yet bitter due to the cocoa and bitter chocolate. Vanilla is present the time and helps meld the bourbon and cocoa/chocolate flavors together. Sweet caramel and molasses are interspersed with the chocolate. Overall just a damn enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, low carbonation, massive viscosity, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - For such a high abv beer (the highest I've ever had) it is "easy" to drink. I had no problems putting my pour down in a relatively short time (okay, perhaps there was a bit of a fire lit under me to try the other beers in the remaining hour I had). Nonetheless, worth the hype. Damn good.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It might have been the almost 4 hours in line that made this beer so good, but it deserves my (and others') praise anyway. Oh, and this beer deserves bonus points for the name.

A: Chocolate Rain is a devilish jet black elixir which comes from a cask perched atop the Bruery bar. It has no carbonation or head, nor does it need one.

S: Hotdamn! Now, this baby has a nose on it. I nearly experienced a failure of the nasal cavity from all the bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malt, and alcohol in this beer.

T: This picks up right where the nose leaves off. Absolutely facemelting flavors of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt. A bit of booze comes though, but what else would you really expect?

M: As previously mentioned, the beer was served still--cask style. I think a bit of carbonation could have helped here, but I still found it to be very, very enjoyable. It did allow for a certain sensual experience that we don't often get the pleasure of enjoying.

D: As I mentioned in the taste portion of the review, the alcohol component is quite prevalent on the palate, and nobody should be surprised by this at nearly 20% ABV. But, it does detract from the drinkability, despite the awesome flavors and aromas. An amazing concoction.

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Photo of John_M
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the epic finewinemike event.

This beer is a chocolate lover's wet dream.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is just a huge aroma of chocolate that overwhelms pretty much everything else. I get some light vanilla and coffee as well, but the chocolate aroma (dark chocolate and milk chocolate) is intense, drowning out pretty much anything else. Much to my surprise, if anything the flavor profile is even more stunning, providing an absolute chocolate tour de force. This beer blows Southern Tier's Chokolat completely out of the water. This beer is rich and very sweet, though there's a hint of bitterness in the finish that buoys the sweetness just a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, milk and dark chocolate finish. There's a bit of heat in the finish from the high level of alcohol in this beer, but I really didn't think it detracted much from the flavor profile.

Very, very impressive....

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown/black with spotty foam while watching Chocolate Rain on youtube. Voluptuous legs. Looks extremely decadent.

Smells like molasses, dark caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, milk chocolate, and centuries of oppression.

Dear lord this tastes amazing. Perfect score easily. Marshmallows, vanilla beans, rich chocolate, booze, happiness.

Intense alcohol, A tad syrupy, but just light enough on the tongue with the mild carbonation. Can't complain one bit.

A gnarly beer, but so delicious. I want more bottles(haha)!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Long time want for me.

The beer is dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma brings roast, booze, chocolate, vanilla. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. A huge dose of vanilla, followed by chocolate, oak, and light roast with a warming alcoholic finish. Just superb. A beer to savor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. This is a review of the 2013 vintage bottled on 3/04/13

A: Pours pitch black with no head retention, no lacing, average amount of carbonation streaming up the sides, looks a little more carbonated that other barrel aged stouts, looks pretty oily.

A: Lots of bourbon, toasted coconut, getting a hint of oak, not getting any chocolate, just tons of bourbon, toasted coconuts and some alcohol coming through on the nose, has a lot of aroma.

T: Big hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, hint of oak, some brown sugar sweetness, some heat from the alcohol and bourbon, touch of chocolate sweetness in the aftertaste, incredibly smooth for the ABV but there is some heat on the aftertaste. Chocolate is the prevailing note in the aftertaste. Lots of flavors, big flavors.

M: Big oily mouthfeel, heavy bodied, perhaps the heaviest bodied beer I may have ever tasted.

O: A huge beer, with huge flavors, huge mouthfeel, it's amazingly drinkable for 18 % ABV but it does creep up on you. This bottle is almost three years old and probably could have been cellared longer, it has held up pretty good, but I think the chocolate has faded a bit as it's not as prevalent as I was expecting. Overall a world class.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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