1,000 bottles of beer on the wall Black Tuesday by The Bruery

2013 Black Tuesday by The Bruery

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Sometimes we park the enjoyable aspects of our lives until the dark clouds pass. We fill our lives with worry and that’s exactly what I’ve done over the past few months. I sweated out massive layoffs at work and ultimately became a victim a few weeks ago. I hope you understand that I’ve lost some interest in craft beer but I hope brighter days of normalcy are ahead and my biggest worry will be what beer will be my next trade target.

I have realized that I was fast approaching a major milestone – 1,000 beers. What beer would be worthy? I recall an earlier milestone and I noted that there were particular beers on my earliest wish list. I had acquired these beers and frankly, I could think of no better occasion to enjoy than beer # 1,000.

Beer # 1000!

Black Tuesday by The Bruery
Tasting: October 28, 2016
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

The Bruery has a paid “reserve society” that carries a $295 annual fee. The brewery explains that members receive a number of limited brewery releases that equal the price of the fee. Members also have access to limited releases at discounted prices. Considering that many bottles of The Bruery carry a $30 price tag, a 15% discount brings the price down a little bit. The catch is that you have to pick up your allotment at the brewery in California. I recall a beer clerk telling me about his society membership and his access to all these great beers. At the time, I had no idea about beer trading and could only fantasize
about getting my hands on a bottle of Black Tuesday. Thanks to the Beer Exchange, I now own two bottles of Black Tuesday or rather one after tonight.

This particular bottle is the 2013 vintage and I can say that I’ve never had a beer with this high of an alcohol content.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV

I was expecting a massive wave of booziness burn but I’m pleasantly surprised. Three years in the bottle and the warming alcohol is certainly present but it doesn’t dominate at all. I’d call it molasses, raisin, vanilla, candied sugar, malt, milk chocolate. Black Tuesday is a seriously nice beer – very complex and a solid 97 points.

This is beer number 1,000 and as I’ve done before

Want to read my other milestone beers…

Beer # 800 DeStruise Black Albert
Beer # 700 Three Floyds Dark Lord
Beer # 600 Alesmith Speedway Stout
Beer # 500 Fifty-Fifty Elijiah Craig Esclipse
Beer #400 Founders Bolt Cutter
Beer # 300 Mother Earth Trippel Overhead
Beer # 200 Theakston XB
Beer # 100 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp # 37
Beer # 1 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

October 29, 2016 is beer # 1,000 and 225 days since # 900
March 18, 2016 is beer # 900 and 172 days since # 800
September 29, 2015 is beer # 800 and 228 days since # 700
February 14, 2015 is beer # 700 and 163 days since # 600
September 5, 2014 beer # 600 and 300 days since # 500
November 9, 2013 was beer #500 and 340 days since # 400
December 4, 2012 was beer # 400 and 182 days since # 300
June 5, 2012 was beer # 300 and 195 days since # 200
November 23, 2011 was beer # 200 and 134 days since # 100
July 12, 2011 was beer # 100 and 244 days since # 1
November 10 2010, was beer # 1

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