stevoj (1971) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Boiseís Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.
TXBadger (1219) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at a tasting. Oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and funk on the nose; all follow onto the palate. A little hot fresh. Not overly excited about the brett on it either, finishes tart.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle courtesy of Dakine. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon. The alcohol taste rises as the drink warms. Beer is thick and clingy.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Bottled 9/18/13, 18.9%. Pours almost opaque dark brown with no head, aroma of soy, chocolate, wood, vanilla, coconut, fruits, cognac, wax, cork, flavor of chocolate, cognac, grapes, bourbon, maple, brandy, red wine, red fruits, wood, vanilla, coconut, full bodied. Outstanding.
burg326 (3518) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark black with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, light earth, sweetness, and bourbon. Flavors follow suit boozy aftertaste a bottle to share with friends for sure.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Black and opague. Intense chocolate aroma, boozy, vanilla and bourbon. Dried red and tropical fruit. Complex, full bodied. Thick. Bready, caramel, chocolate. Pasta choca, vanilla. Boozy bourbon. Lots of warming alcohol. I love this one!
UDBeernut (1595) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, pours old slick black, no head. bourbon, vanilla, pitted fruits, wood. light astringency. a great beer by any measurement.
tomer (1621) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting, thanks DSG, no head, opaque very dark brown colour, strong but not overpowering aroma of bourbon and vanila with plums, dark cherries and a hint of charred wood. flavour of dried fruit compote, dark bittersweet chocolate and cherry liquor, syrupy slick texture, alcohol quite strong at first but mellowing as the beer warms up, very very sweet but not cloying, the bourbon character altough strong blends in and mellows in time. Very nice to lay back and sip.
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I split a 750ml bottle with five friends. I poured my share into a snifter. It was bottled on 9/18/13 and sent to me in a trade (thanks, Christopher!).
Appearance: Dark brown proper hue, slightly black with ruby red highlights. Pours to a miniscule, beige, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Strong aroma of sweet vanilla and bourbon, though not boozy per se.
Taste: At 18.9% ABV, Black Tuesday is a big beer to say the least and its reputation definitely precedes it. Iíve had extreme beers before, but this one doesnít seem to be as over-the-top as others of the genre. Itís sweet and robust, obviously, but itís not all that complex. The palette is a little repetitive with a constant combination of vanilla and bourbon. Thatís okay, because those flavors are quite delectable.
Right away, the vanilla from the barrel aging makes itself known. Intense, confectionery sweetness akin to vanilla extract dominates this palette. Through the middle thereís some minor notes of sour grape, dark cherry along with additional sweetness of caramel and peanut brittle (or some kind of nutty/earthy character). Since the beer is bottle well after a year it was brewed, itís not surprising that the hops have dropped out. Itís a bit disappointing because the malt character is so rich combined with the alcohol, that itís quite cloying an unbalanced. Still, this beer tastes great and is more than satisfying in a small pour.
Drinkability: When a beer is as heavy as 18.9% ABV you brace yourself for impact. Though I was pleasantly surprised that Black Tuesday was not a hot mess, and that the alcohol was well-masked by the base brew. Thereís definite warmth throughout, but itís not distracting. Though I found it burned my sinuses on the first swig or two. The mouthfeel itself is soft, but does not have a slick or sticky texture. Itís comfortable and smooth, and finishes relatively clean with just a slight dry sensation from the alcohol. Best enjoyed as a standalone beverage for special occasions shared with friends.
mcox90 (1521) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, shared by AirForceHops at RBNEG. Poured into a wine glass. Pours black as possibly can be with zero head. Light, none shall pass. Huge aroma of chocolate malt, vanilla, wood, soy sauce and a distracting vodka scent. Incredible mix of flavor including chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, oak barrel and alcohol. Full bodied with no carbonation. Would be silky smooth on the tongue, but itís just to hot. A couple of years in the cellar would take this from Billy Corgan screaming " in spite of my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage" to Andy Williams crooning Moonriver. This beer would have been perfect at 11 to 12%. A big thanks to AirForceHops for bringing this.