MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by GregMcQ of BA fame at a private tasting. 2010 vintage. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is of bourbon and tootsie roll with alcohol. Taste is of dark chocolate, pepper, roast malt. Very complex and incredibly tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, sweet and alcohol noticeable. This is a big, big beer. Wow, this was incredible!
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to alen! Finally get to try Black Tuesday.
Love this Bruery masterpiece. Big on the chocolate, big on the malt and perfectly roasty. Not too roasty though which is a downfall in my Imperial Stouts. Nice aroma of mocha and malt. Calm palate, malty and chocolatey. Love it!
beerfarts (1) - Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2011 does not count
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 From notes. 2009 vintage cracked open at a stout tasting one night. Anxiously awaited by all given its ridiculous hype and commentary. This beer is a huge disappointment. Pours jet black and looks very sinister. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer in that it packs a wonderful aroma of malt, chocolate, some smoke, bourbon soaked fruit, and just about everything else that one would find attractive in a stout. The taste is an assault to your senses and is an overly hot sweet mess. Literally you almost choke on this and finishing more than say 4-5 ounces is a real chore.
Letís get real. A lot of people manipulated this beer as a trading chip plain and simple. Why it attracts so much attention is beyond me other than a select group of people ran this horse early and hard.
Donít offer up your cellar for this one, youíll tick the hype but be disappointed that you gave up some good drinkable stouts for this hot mess of a bottle.
I found very little redeeming other than a hype brewery trying to make the highest ABV beer and then create a buzz about it.
There are TONS of better stouts. Donít waste your cellar.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 2009:
This beer is in a whole other BT class. More carb than the most recent vintages. Similar in the smell. Bourbon, little vanilla, chocolate and a ton of malt in the nose. It also smells less alcoholic than the 2010 and 11í. Tastes like malted milk aged in bourbon barrels. What a treat, glad I was able to try this rarity.
A: Black Hole dark, pretty badass and intimidating.
S: Phenomenal bourbon notes. I donít know what these guys use to age their beers in but its golden. All I can smell is bourbon, especially in the cold and rain.
T: EPIC! This was well worth what I traded for it. I thought it would disappoint based off the other reviews but it most definitely did not. Sweet vanilla and oak as it warmed, better than most Barrel aged brews Iíve come across.
M: Extremely viscous, very coating and adds to flavor production.
O: This is one that lives up to the hype! Very, very happy I have a bruery connection and can look forward to having another one of these, bourbon aged stout heaven!
Really dark color, no light gets through it. Very minimal carbonation and what is there recedes quickly. Smells super boozy, almost over powers this vintage. I can still get the malt and chocolate though but its faint. The taste follows the nose and it is really HOT. This beer is still fantastic but having the other two vintages side by side made the 2011 pale in comparison.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super inky black color (as expected). Thick & with viscous lacing left around the glass. Thin layer of tan head.
Aroma is almost pure bourbon - it comes through so strongly that you really canít pick up much of anything else (possibly some hints of vanilla).
Flavor is a bit better with the maltiness fighting its way through the bourbon a bit more than in the nose. The sweetness makes itself known as well. Not bad by any means - I just prefer a bit more complexity.
Mouthfeel is great - the thick feel of this one really works well for this beer.
The finish is (not surprisingly) very strong and boozy - canít imagine Iíd be able to put way too much of this stuff - its a big bold bourbon bomb of a beer so if you like that sort of thing you will LOVE this.
Recommended, but maybe a bit underwhelming - just not as complex as Iíd hoped for - maybe with more time the bourbon would chill out a bit and mingle in with the other flavors but for me that overly bourbony aspect detracted from my overall enjoyment of the beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks a ton for sharing this monster of a beer. Super thick pour, black as night and thick as....well thick. Aroma was intense with hints of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Flavor was pretty heavy on the sweet malt chocolate side but the ABV was hidden quite well. A real treat to say the least. One 8oz glass would be just enough.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Great stout for the alcohol content. Pitch black in your face stout. The real deal. I hope I can try this with some age on it.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 Amazing beer. I enjoyed this at the 3rd anniversary party. The beer has a great balance for the the abv this beer carries. It is a great imperial stout with a great deal of complexity. What I enjoy about this beer is how it comes together and goes down smoothly without being too rich
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a pour at this past weekendís festival. Unbelievable. I usually think The Bruery is pretty overrated and too expensive, but this lived up to the hype. Thick as motor oil, sweet and smooth without showing too much of the high ABV. Would love to have this again, although Iím not sure Iíd be able to drink one by myself.
sarro (123) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 bottle shared generously by punkrkr27 at FL invades MI May Super Tasting, thanks Steve! Served at room temp, it poured a super jet black with a one finger, light brown head. Smell is dark, boozy chocolate and what seems to be dry wood. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate as well as some vanilla and honey dipped marshmallow. Mouthfeel on this beer was the highlight to me--a very full, viscous body thatís complimented by a supporting chewy malty-ness. Definitely a hot finish in the throat. The noticeable abv makes it a dry finish after swallowing, but this beer was super sweet with lots of rich malt and thereís no way I could enjoy more than 3oz.