DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 2009 bottle. Pours clear dark black with a touch of mocha head. Beautiful nose of smooth bourbon, soy sauce, and old paper. The taste starts with very sweet bourbon, and moves to dark cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. This has the smoothest palate I’ve ever tasted in an aged stout. Thank you, Randy! b3shine (8940) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
750 ml to taster (2011 vintage, sampled next to Chocolate Rain). Looks good; dark brown with thin tan lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes overly sweet without the chocolate notes of CR to make it as pleasant. Average on the palate. Good, but a sugar bomb, and not in a good way like Chocolate Rain IMO. prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours a thick deep brown and a nice dark tan head. The aroma is overwhelming of bourbon and sweet chocolate. Just by the aroma you can tell it’s a strong beer.
Taste is very complex and rich, dark chocolate mixed with coffee and maybe some vanilla, bourbon and oak are strong as well without one flavor dominating, it’s a bit hard to put a finger on what your tasting at a single moment. The bourbon might be the most dominate which kinda detracts from the beer goodness I know is underneath.
The mouthfeel is indeed very thick and rich and to be honest a bit hard to drink by itself and needs a nice food complement to I think fully enjoy the nuances of this beer.
Overall a great beer, but a couple things need to be better balanced to hide the bourbon a bit more and to ease the drinkability... needs to be smoothed out. I had a 2011 bottle so it’s likely aged bottles will be better balanced. Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2012
A huge thank you to Darrell for sharing this rare delicacy last night.
A: Deep, opaque black. There is a moderately small beige that hangs out for a few minutes before sinking into the abyss and disappearing forever.
S: Bourbon! Whoa! There is nothing subtle about the aroma. It’s enticing and alluring, but I must say that is predominantly bourbon.
T: Black Tuesday tastes fantastic. Plain and simple. It’s incredibly rich and buttery smooth. It’s like a heavy freight train loaded with rich, roasted malt loaded and bourbon barrels on a collision course with your palate. I didn’t find it to be complex, per se, as the enormous bourbon flavors overtake some of the more subtle aspects.
M: Extremely viscous, rich and thick. Alcohol content disguised masterfully. This isn’t to say alcohol is not detectable, but I would never have guessed that it’s nearly 20% abv. Very impressive.
D: While it definitely seems like a strong beer, I am amazed that it weighs in at 19.5% abv. That’s insane. I had 6-8 ounces and thoroughly enjoyed every sip. Highly recommended. VsXsV (4469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2015 2011 batch draught (!) at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Very dark, black liquid with small to medium tan head. Very viscous and lacing. Aroma starts of with a huge amount of booze but follows up with nice bourbon notes, some coffee and lots of caramel, toast, wood and all that stuff. Really punches you in the face. Taste is also boozy and extremely sweet with notes from the barrel. Full bodied with low carbonation and loads of warming alcohol. Just too much. Would be interesting to try an older batch, preferably from a bottle.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle. Vintage 2011 enjoyed in 2015. Much smoother. A lot better. Up everything.
Tap at The Bruery barrel room for the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks to Patrick Rue and the gang. A pleasure meeting you all. Pours a deep brune, thick tan head erupts. Nose is thick, sweet tomato paste; bourbon, maple, whoppers candies, vanilla extract. Taste is very sweet, whoooooooooooooo, that is a sweet one. Maple, booze, vanilla try to save something that is overloaded with sweetness from the alcohol level as the brewers are telling me this one actually attenuates very low. So the perceived sugar is really just the abv. I thought the Chocolate Rain felt a little less sweet than this one. The finish on this is also pretty hot unlike the CR. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Huge thanks to GregSVT for sharing this bottle. I was beginning to doubt whether I would ever get to try this one.
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a few brown bubbles but no real head.
The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon and molasses notes, as well as some raisins, chocolate and roasted malt. The other barrel-aged notes also come through and contribute quite a bit of maple and oak.
The flavor is just as good, if not better than the aroma. The first notes are some sweet chocolate, which is quickly followed by a heavy amount of bourbon. I also get some great maple, oak and vanilla notes from the barrel-aging process, as well as some coffee and brown sugar. The alcohol is very present and the beer is extremely sweet.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Thanks again Greg for sharing this bottle. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
750ml bottle - 2011 vintage.
Near black pour with lots of tan head. Smells incredible - chocolate, roast, tons of bourbon, vanilla. Crazy complex. Flavors of graham cracker, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Amazing beer. Patrickctenchi (6629) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours black, slight soapy tan ring.
Scent is bourbon.
Taste is bourbon.
Vanilla, dark fruit....very sweet with a harsh alcohol burn.
I believe my words were: " (cough)....It’s....stout....(cough) " shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle 2011. Bourbon, vanilla, and prune malt aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Very sweet brown sugar, coffee, vanilla flavor. A bit unbalanced - on the edge of being cloying. Not bad - sweet and boozy - probably needed to cellar longer.