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,
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. I’ve had extreme beers before,
but this one doesn’t seem to be as over-the-top as others of the genre.
It’s sweet and robust, obviously, but it’s not all that complex. The
palette is a little repetitive with a constant combination of vanilla
and bourbon. That’s 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 there’s 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, it’s not surprising that the hops have
dropped out. It’s a bit disappointing because the malt character is so
rich combined with the alcohol, that it’s quite cloying an unbalanced.
Still, this beer tastes great and is more than satisfying in a small
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.
There’s definite warmth throughout, but it’s 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. It’s
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.