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Mocha Wednesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 1,042
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 31.74%
Wants: 814
Gots: 365 | FT: 73
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 19.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chardman on 01-08-2014

Black Tuesday with coffee and cacao nibs added.
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Photo of Tele
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 12.14.15)
Consumed: 2.5.16

A: 4.5 Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of reddish-amber mixed in. The small, tan head only lasts 30 seconds or so, leaving no lacing, but some legs streaking down the glass.

S: 4.75 So much freshly ground coffee hits the nose first followed closely by some of the same elements of Black Tuesday: caramel, raisins, vanilla, and bourbon. The chocolate is subtle, but as it shows up it blends seamlessly into the coffee aromas.

T: 4.5 Taste is very similar to the nose with strong coffee. At first it’s almost too much, but as the bourbon, vanilla, and raisin flavors kick in it all starts to even out. Chocolate and raspberry linger on the finish giving a chocolate truffle flavor I’ve only experienced with BCBCS.

M: 4.5 Nice body and carbonation with a bit of a boozy finish. Surprisingly drinkable for the strength.

O: 4.5 This is a really nice variation on Black Tuesday. The coffee adds a bit of roast that is missing in normal Black Tuesday, but it still has the freshness that few other coffee stouts can achieve (like Cellarmaker’s bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee and cigarettes).

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Photo of beercentric847
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

A well hidden abv masked by chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla and a dark fruit. It is sweet but not overbearing and it's balanced well by the amount of heat coming through. Super tasty and I definitely need to get a bottle to sit on for a while.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
Really impressive how much is going on with this one. Sweet, yes, but not crazy cloying. Coffee does its part to balance out the crazy abv. Delicious, but probably prefer Grey Monday to this.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Rare Barrel. Pours a thick deep dark brown, light tan head. Aroma had touches of a mocha latte, with carmel sweetness and noticeable booziness. Flavor is bit and bold - hot alcohol, sweet malty goodness, a bit of hop bitterness...but the alcohol is overpowering. Given a few months to rest, this beer should be a perfect pair to a rich dessert.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle with 1 month age on it. This is my least favorite of the Black Tuesday series. Tastes more "ale-like" than a stout. Subtle chocolate and coffee notes. Good beer, but I prefer Chocolate Rain and Grey Monday to this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry last night.

This one pours a deep black, with really no head or lacing.

Smells like much of the big Bruery stouts- big and bold and brash. Smells like concentrated coffee creamer, vanilla, oak, super strong bourbon, caramel, and charred malt.

This is much in the style of other similar Bruery stouts, but it's one of the better ones. It's got a such a huge coffee flavor, super sweet and creamy, with lots of vanilla, charred oak and charred malt, sugary syrup, and a bit of booze- way less than I'd expect for a beer of this magnitude.

This is pretty creamy, with a syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's surprisingly not that boozy, which is definitely nice.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small dark tan head that retains shortly, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, wood & alcohol

T- big and boozy up front with tons of dark chocolate sweetness, followed by dark roast coffee flavor that adds some earthy/herbal notes. The bourbon notes kick in mid-palate, adding some woodsy notes as well. More chocolaty sweetness takes over and continues into the finish with a boozy linger

M- thick-yet slick body with low carbonation leads to a mouthfeel that coats the tongue and lingers with an alcohol burn

O- a massive beer that has in-your-face chocolate & coffee and is incredibly sweet. Definitely split this on with at least two friends

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Photo of fondyball20
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. The coffee had fallen off so we were left with a chocolate/bourbon bomb. I usually enjoy being able to taste the barrel with my stouts but this one was just too hot and took away from the experience.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving... Quite the tasty after dinner brew. It was served very lightly chilled into a snifter. It's a black brew. The pour generated a small mocha head, that desolved quickly. The aroma is very coffee forward. Pleasantly sweet, with hints of vanilla, chocolate and candied fruit. A little booze too. Very flavorful.... Love the coffee... Definitely some alcohol heat here, but not in a negative way. I mean, this bad boy is nearly 20%. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still smooth and enjoyable. Overall, it's a delicious beer, that is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle opened in 2015

A - Relatively thin pour. Cola body with light brown highlights and a light khaki head. Low retention and lace.

S - Milk chocolate, bitter cold coffee, ash, vanilla, warm scotch, and peat.

T - Stellar flavor profile. Creamy chocolate ganache, chewy oak, smooth latte, thick cream, caramel, bourbon, and cognac.

M - Silky smooth medium-full body.

O - World class with absolutely fantastic integration and balance.

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Photo of tempest
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a sipper. I keep going back to the bottle for another splash. It's a deep mediation on dark flavors that starts with caramel, dances around dark chocolate, hits fresh ground coffee (medium roast), nails a little licorice and toast. Damn, that's a beer. Shame there isn't more to go around.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting to try this for a long time, and was finally able to set up a trade for a bottle. 2014 vintage- served at room temp in a waterford snifter. Enjoyed at the tail end of dinner, my wife had a small glass with me. Nose is fantastic, lots of bourbon and chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee. The taste follows almost exactly, though this 2014 bottle sadly lacked a lot of coffee flavor. The chocolate however, was prominent and delicious. The chocolate dominance put a unique spin on the Black Tuesday flavor. I've had a lot of BA stouts, and this one is right there with them in every way. An awesome experience, I hope to be able to try one fresh this coming year to get more coffee flavor. Can't wait for my next bottle!

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Photo of TboneRN
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle so 9 months old at this point. I was expecting it to be more coffee forward, honestly the coffee was very subdued and this beer was much sweeter than even I was expecting. Good but a definite step below bourbon county coffee.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2015 bottle poured into mini cognac tulip 12/9/15

A not quite black, thin noisy film leaves no lace, but thin little legs, looks like slow boiling motor oil sitting in the glass

S smells like a bourbon soaked fudge and brownie, lots of coffee after a few whiffs, lots of chocolate syrup, more bourbon, lots of booze but all things considered its well managed

T reminds me of the little coffee candies from Vietnamese restaurants, intense coffee compared to the nose, everything's intense really, heaps of barrel, chocolate, bourbon, shes massive all right, more of a liqueur then beer at this point

M syrupy with enough bubbles to give it some life, numbs your lips as they stick together, its hot but to be expected, hits my throat, chest, and brain instantly, I'm going to be tasting coffee tomorrow at this rate

O such a massive beer, everything about this one is big, not crazy complex but crazy intense

I gotta thank kumatmebrew for the chance to try this one, not sure if I'd age this one or not if I had a second, the coffees working wonders for me

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.

Great beer but it has a slight green pepper tinge to the flavor. (I get this from some coffee beers).

The alcohol is well hidden for nearly 20%. This mouthfeel and look. Great flavor other than the mild green pepper flavor.

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Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, a crazy windstorm changed our travel plans today and now I'm at home with the power out. Good day to open this bad boy. 2015 bottle, a huge surprise in a couple boxes of insanity from Jeff, cheers man!

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with a bit of khaki head that fades to a collar. Big sweet bourbon nose, vanilla and cocoa, a touch of toffee, raisins and coconut, maybe a bit of coffee. Big flavour, as expected. Bourbon is a little more subdued than the nose led, tons of barrel, quite sweet, some molasses and cocoa, and a little bit of char. Coffee and vanilla finish. Alcohol is there at cellar temp, but not in the way it should be with the crazy abv.

Full body, a touch syrupy and sticky on the lips. Low carbonation.

I thought I could dome this bottle over the afternoon/evening but it looks like it will be a 2 day job because my wife is of little help. *hic*

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Photo of wcu80
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just don't get it. The adjuncts and barrel notes are outstanding but the underlying base beer is underwhelming to say the least. Not even in the same universe as the base stouts of a Mexican Cake, Huna, Bourbon County etc...With the ABV, his beer has gimmicky written all over it. Based on the reviews, I'm in the minority, but I can't imagine forking over hundreds of dollars for the "privilege" to buy this stuff.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown, basically black with a mocha brown head that settles to a thin ring and a small island and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Coffee, smooth bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, a little spice, toffee, molasses. You can tell the alcohol is there but it's smooth, not harsh or boozy.

T: Smooth bourbon, vanilla, molasses, coffee, chocolate, some spice, and toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderately low carbonation, drinks surprisingly smooth for how high the % is.

O: This one is a monster. I'm sure there's more going on but after a while you don't care about picking it apart, you just want to sit back and enjoy it. Big thanks to my buddy Wayne for pulling this one out of his cellar to share.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage
L - Pitch black. Minimal head.
S - Bourbon. Not much coffee or chocolate.
T - Lots of bourbon, but like the smell, not much coffee or chocolate.
F - Thick with minimal carbonation. Not as much heat as you'd anticipate for 19.2% abv.
O - Much smoother than Black Tuesday and hides the alcohol much better. Unfortunately, the booze/bourbon drown out most of the coffee and chocolate. I'm wondering how this one would have been 'fresh'.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look starts with the nicely waxed, beautifully labeled bottle. The beer is as black as my soul. Seems to draw light into it instead of just not letting it pass through. A thin mocha colored head caps it off.
Smell is intense chocolate, alcohol and coffee. In that order.
Taste follows the nose. It's 50% chocolate, 35% booze and 25% coffee. For such a high abv, the alcohol is less present than one would think.
It really coats the tongue with it's silky smoothness. If there were little tiny people walking around on your taste buds, they'd be ice skating everywhere they needed to go.
Overall this beer is an amazing experience. For all of you mathmagicians out there, the taste percentages add up to 110% on purpose. It's that frikkin good!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a grown ups beer! Drank several pours in a 3oz taster glass.
The beer came out black as night with a light mocha head that quickly disappeared.
There was a wonderful smell coming from glass of chocolate and coffee, in fact the smell
is what I most appreciated about this beer.
Taste wise first thing I noticed was the booziness and the bourbon feel and flavor. Than after
a few sips the chocolate becomes even more noticeable with a kick of coffee at the end.

Could I drink an entire bottle in a sitting...yes! Would I pass out afterwords....yes! But at the end of the day this beer is meant to be shared.
This is an incredible beer and I am glad I had the chance to drink.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown bordering jet black. Thin medium brown head, more soap bubbly than frothy. Head quickly dissipated, but to be expected. Smell the nibs, bit of coffee, bourbon works in nicely without taking over the smell. Much less booze in the smell than I expected. Bourbon is the first flavor, smacks in the face a bit with the booze. Nibs come in on the taste with the coffee providing the backbone. Carbonation is light and feels a bit cloying. Balances better with a little time. A nice sharpness on the tongue from the booze and flavors. Almost a little spicey. Def will try to get again, but will let it age a couple more years.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Deep oily black/brown pour, light brown head. Incredible cocoa and bourbon on the nose. Still hot since it's the 2015 but the cocoa nibs shine through magnificently. Bourbon meshes nicely with the cocoa and dark fruit flavors. Super smooth with just enough light carbonation. An excellent offering from the folks at The Bruery.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hey, I liked this one! Pitch black pour into a Black Tuesday stemless tulip, topped off with a wispy mocha head. Good aroma, dark malts, roasted coffee, creamy chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, little bit of stone fruit. Nice taste that basically reflected the nose, dark malts, oak/bourbon/vanilla, some toasted marshmallow, almond, and of course a big dose of smooth, rich coffee. Nice full body, silky mouthfeel, and actually pretty well-tamed booziness for such a hugh ABV. This was really good, but also really comparable to BCBCS, which (at least for me) is much easier to come by. I might not even be able to discern between the two in a blind tasting. This was a tasty brew and a good sipper. I think the best Bruery beer I've had.

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Photo of TheBeard89
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is pretty much everything I look for in a stout. It has a strong coffee flavor with hints of dark chocolate. The bourbon adds a nice sweetness and vanilla flavor to it. The 2015 was 18.6% but this is not overly boozy it is just perfect. Every coffee stout I have I always say I wish there was one that wasn't so sweet. This is the one like a dark roast black coffee spiked with a shot of fine bourbon. This is an all time favorite of mine now.

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Mocha Wednesday from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.