Easily one of the recognized barrel-aged imperial stouts in the industry turns 10 this month – The Bruery Black Tuesday. When quantities of this beast of a beer allow, the general public has a chance to take purchase it on one single day a year. That day? October 29th.
The Bruery calls this stout “The Beer from Hell.” If you ask a brewer, they will say because it’s a difficult beer to make. If you ask a drinker, they will say it’s huge, boozy, and extremely bold. Regardless of why, on thing is certain – Black Tuesday Imperial Stout is in a class by itself.
Black Tuesday is aged over a year in bourbon barrels, just waiting to fully envelop palates with flavor and crush skulls with it’s nearly 20% alcohol by volume. Bold doesn’t even begin to describe this beer. The brewery’s descriptors of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and oak are spot on – we’d like to include chewy, smoky, sweet, and dare we say – elegant. Sip slowly or it will wreck your week. Sharing is encouraged.
New for 2019 are Black Tuesday in 16-ounce cans. You may have noticed The Bruery slowly turning some of their imperial and pastry stouts over to aluminum, not long after lauching their India pale ale brewing subset, Offshoot Beer Company.
Now, the release details:
- Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 – 10 AM PST/1 PM EST
- Online: www.thebruery.com
- $30 per 750ml, $18 per 16oz Can
- Shipping within California, Pickup in Orange County CA, & Washington D.C. until 12/31/19
Bruery Reserve Members typically have multiple options to purchase Black Tuesday and variants of this imperial stout throughout the year. This is the only time it is offered ot the general public.
Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing is hosting a massive Barrel-Aged Absentium release on Black Friday.
Absentium is as much a beer as it is a serious of big, rich imperial stouts by Scofflaw. The series started with Bourbon Barrel Absentium, and has since grown to include various barrels and additions. Often times the brewery doesn’t even announce an Absentium release until day of, or often times not at all- just simply stocking the brewery’s to-go fridge.
This Black Friday, the brewery is dropping six different Absentium creations to kick off the Christmas season.
Starting at 8pm on Nomember 29th, brewery attendees can purchase
Cognac Barrel Aged Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Vanilla Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Coffee Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Hazelnut Absentium Stout and Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Absentium Stout.
6-packs of the releases and individual bottles will be available.
Image: Scofflaw Brewing
Founders KBS Espresso, a variant of the popular barrel-aged imperial stout debuts in 2020.
The Michigan-based Founders Brewing is currently readying the first variant to come from Kentucky Breakfast Stout, aka KBS. While the annual imperial stout is already brewed with coffee, this edition is aged on espresso beans after coming out of the bourbon barrels.
The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout?
Founders KBS Espresso will be debut in 12-ounce bottles, as well as 750-millilter bottles and draft in February 2020.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: February 2020
Lawrenceville, Georgia based Slow Pour Brewing will release Lot 49 Whiskey Sour in September.
This 2nd-anniversary release will be available on September 13th, inspired by the popular whiskey sour cocktail. Lot 49 is aged on organic oranges, Italian cherries, cinnamon, and molasses, then aged in Old Fourth Ward whiskey barrels.
Bottles of Slow Pour Lot 49 will be available at the brewery during their anniversary that weekend.
Image: Slow Pour Brewing
Goose Island Bourbon County Reserve Rye 2019 is among the variants releasing in the imperial stout series this year.
The base imperial stout was aged in Heaven Hill Distillery’s Rittenhouse Rye barrels.
The 2019 Reserve Rye was aged in 100% Rittenhouse Rye barrels, imparting fruit and spice flavors. Reserve Rye accentuates all that makes Rittenhouse and Bourbon County unique.
Goose Island Bourbon County Reserve Rye 2019 will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles in very limited quantities on Black Friday 2019.
Goose Island Bourbon County Vertical Collection will be among the variants releasing on Black Friday this year – a first for the Bourbon County Brand Series.
Bourbon County Brand Stout is famously cellarable, changing notably for the better in most instances with age. This year, Goose Island is offering fans a chance to try three years of releases in one neat box.
The Bourbon Country Vertical Collection will have one 16.9 ounce bottle of 2017, 2018, and 2019 for side-by-side sampling, with some newbie notes on the back explaining the art of cellaring beer.
The Vertical Collection will debut on November 29th, 2019 – Black Friday.
No retail price was provided.
Chicago’s Goose Island teased this on social media yesterday, and now we have confirmation. Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County will be among the variants this year.
This Double Barrel edition is aged in 11-year Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, then another year in 12-year Elijah Craig barrels. According to the brewery, the layering of the vintages along with an extended aging time really brings out something special with the imperial stout.
Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon Country Brand Stout will be an extremely limited release on November 29th, 2019, aka “Black Friday”.
Image: Goose Island