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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 567   ABV: 18.9%
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Aged in bourbon barrels for over a year, this extremely rich stout has picked up flavors of vanilla, burnt caramel, toasted oak, prunes, and sherry-like oxidation.
2009 Batch: 19.5% ABV
2010 Batch: 18.2% ABV
2011 Batch: 18.3% ABV
2012 Batch: 19.2% ABV
2013 Batch: 18.9% ABV


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4647) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Big thanks to Degarth who was the first person who shared this with me. Pours a deep thick obsidian stout color with a consistency like molasses and a tan head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, coffee, dextrose, burnt sugar, and just smells like thick viscous oblivion. Flavor is similar to the nose and literally makes me feel the alcohol coursing through my system. This one is hefty and thick; feeling every bit of 20% and boozy as hell to boot. Enjoy with a group.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cruchr123 (29) - St.Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2010 vintage bottle poured into a snifter. Sharred with many people. A- Pours pitch black color, slight tan head that dissipates to nothing, no lacing; no apparent carbonation as well, from the appearance I can tell this is going to be a big beer. S- Huge bourbon flavors, vanilla, alcohol is present, caramel, slight coffee presence, some dark fruits, raisins, plums. T- Now this is a big beer, I was not turned off at all by how high the abv is, I can definitely tell the alcohol is there but I liked the warming effect it had, Iím really impressed with this massive brew, nice sweet malts, oak, vanilla, slight chocolate taste, coffee, big bourbon flavors are there, dark fruits, raisins, plums, I can see what everyone is saying about the 2009 vintage, ageing this beer would do wonders, still really impressed. M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, slight carbonation, sticky. O- Very grateful to dougofthefuture for bringing this beer to the dinner tonight, Iíve been wanting to try any vintage I could get a hold of and now I finally have. Big Big beer that I hope to get a hold of again.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
Black-brown beer with no head visible. Alcohol, fruit and brandy cake, with alcohol-laden dried and fresh fruit. Sweet-fruity character, cherries in alcohol, boerejongens , and a íbití of cake. Fusels and alcohol galore, and an Amontillado sherry finish. Effervescent MF, despite the full, viscous body more spritzy than most Imperial Stouts would be. Very special stout, great in its balance, complexity and finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
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!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfarts (1) - Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2011 does not count
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
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. 2010 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! 2011: 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2009 edition 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
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.


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