Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Very Black Tuesday

I'm not speaking of yesterday. I'm speaking of the future. October 27th at 5:30 pm Pacific time to be exact. That is when The Bruery will be releasing their famed Black Tuesday Imperial Stout. Why am I mentioning this on my Kansas City blog? Because I can and because I am a huge beer geek. If you or anyone you know is in Los Angeles area and could swing by to get one for me then I'll put you in KC Hop Head's Hall of Fame which doesn't exist yet.

This beer became popular because of the crazy rating system on beeradvocate. These guys claim that the calculation is that way so that very good beers that have few highly ranked tastings would get noticed as they come out but the more tasters the further it moves down the list and lands where it should. For Black Tuesday 28 reviews and is top 5 in the world currently. It's caused a lot of controversy about the rating system and whether this beer is really that good at close to 20% abv.

So here's the calculation and you can tell me your thoughts.
You must have 10 reviews, but I think it should be 100.

weighted rank (WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C

R = review average for the beer
v = number of reviews for the beer
m = minimum reviews required to be listed (currently 10)
C = the mean across the list (currently 3.64)


KC Wort Hog said...

My thoughts? I'm getting bored with barrel-aged beers. ;)

KC Hop Head said...

Yeah I know people think barrel aging is a fad and marketing gimick, and maybe here in a few years it will reduce quite a bit, but they are always welcome in my fridge. Now I just need an empty barrel for my home brew. :)

John said...

You know it was a fad 5 years ago when Boulevard starts doing it.

I guess since a used bourbon barrel is about $15 it is a pretty high margin up sell for the breweries.

HomeBrewHawk said...

Did you see the price on the Black Tuesday.
$30 a bottle, ouch!