So Happens Its Tuesday by The Bruery

So Happens Its Tuesday by The Bruery

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Tasting: January 6,2016
Style: Imperial Stout (Bourbon-Barrel Aged)
Beer #: 887
ABV: 11.4%

So Happens Its Tuesday by The Bruery

The new year began with quite a craft beer stir. According to a message board thread on a craft beer trading site, a New Jersey beer distributor had posted Black Tuesday by The Bruery amongst their upcoming week’s releases. According to comments in this thread, the distributor quickly removed the reference. Several confirmed the original post and others went so far as to say that their store sources confirmed that ten cases were earmarked for the state. I checked the distributor’s website and Facebook page and see no such reference – I guess, we’ll see.

It would be an odd distribution as Black Tuesday by The Bruery is released once per year on the final Tuesday of October. It’s usually sold on-line with pick up only at the California brewery. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time we would see a parachute distribution. I’ll be sure to check with my own sources on Monday.

Turns out that the “Tuesday” stout released this week was So Happens Its Tuesday by The Bruery. Marketed as a more “affable” little brother to the 19% alcohol by volume behemoth. Still checks in at a robust 11.4% ABV. Funny, I couldn’t remember the name of this beer countless times during the day and then it hit me — the acronym is S.H.I.T. Uh-oh, is it code for their impressions of So Happens Its Tuesday? I’ll note that the 2014 version of this beer was claimed to have been infected by many in the Beer Advocate community. Double uh-oh.

Impressions? Certainly not S.H.I.T. and certainly not infected. The boozy heat cuts through So Happens Its Tuesday like a light saber. You have to work your around that booziness the decipher the complex toffee, caramel, tootsie roll chocolate. Some mellow vanilla notes as well. One sip it seems thin but I think the boozy heat strips the palate. I’ll put So Happens Its Tuesday at a very good 90 points but it could have been so much more if it was truly a tamed beast. The flavor complexity and balance are beautiful but you shouldn’t have to fight the booziness to find it.

As an aside, I acquired two bottles of Black Tuesday by The Bruery in two separate trades and I’m letting them age a little to smooth out what I expect to be massive boozy heat.

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