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Mocha Wednesday - The Bruery

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81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 975
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 32.57%
Wants: 790
Gots: 322 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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 RoamingGnome
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.3%
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 -1.8%
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 +1.6%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -13.9%
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 +8.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +3.6%
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 -3%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Boozy, but in a good way. Chocolate, coffee, cherry skin. Booze cuts the sweetness. I don't see how people can say this is sweet. Must get swept up in nay saying. Thinner than regular BT. Wishing it was thicker. Solid for a super high gravity beer. Feel like the booze takes a little away from the overall flavor.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've waited a long time for this one. 2015 vintage. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head that collapses. Lacing is sticks close to the head. Thick, oily legs. Solid.

Opens chocolate, molasses and an overwhelming sweetness. Mocha, coffee and fudge in the middle with a big boozy presence. Finish is more molasses, bourbon, tobacco and oak. Aftertaste of more booze, more chocolate, more sweet soy sauce and more molasses. Sooo sweet. Good... but soooo sweet.

Nose is outrageously boozy. Chocolate, fudge, coffee beans, molasses and lactose. Actually works very well. Deep and really rich.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, oily and hot on the palate and goes down hot and boozy. Finish is messy and sticky with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. Big for sure.

This beer suffers from a big problem... it needs time to calm down the heat and the cloying sweetness but at the same time, the coffee flavors need to be retained... how? I'm not sure... but as is... this beer is just too over-the-top.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is black with a caramel head. Nose is meaty, heavy malt, sugar and caramel. Light wood note, scorched. Taste is even sweeter. Tons of sugar, lots of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. Strong burnt notes in back, overly sweet thick and syrupy.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was incredible. At 19.2% I thought this was going to be a gimmicky, off-balanced beer. Quite the opposite. Definitely and obviously boozy, but very well-balanced between chocolate, baking spices and boozy alcohol. Alcohol gives it a spicy burn which I rather liked. Bold, intense flavors or semi-sweet chocolate and hint of espresso. No hop bitterness to speak of.

A wonderful sipper

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Photo of Shon4star
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage poured into a Bruery tulip. This beer I had very high hopes for because I love the entire Black Tuesday Base brews. CR being my favorite. This brew stood tall and was what I expected. The smell you get coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits(raisins), and alittle vanilla. The taste was just as the smell except you could hardly taste the heat. This Brew was very well balanced and deserves to be in everyones top brews.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition - Served @ 50deg F in Bruery tulip.

A - Dark brown body with small light brown lacing.

S - Intense coffee and chocolate notes with bourbon and oak in the background.

T/M - Sweet chocolate up front with coffee taking over pretty quickly. Smokey bourbon finish with some bite in the back of the throat.

O - Very good and I'm glad I tried one fresh, but I think the heat/flavors need to mellow/meld a bit to really make this beer top notch. I'll leave my other one in the cellar at least a year to see if that is true. Prost!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with Rishi - thank you kind sir.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a 2 finger mocha brown head that reduces at a medium rate to a ring of foam. LIttle lacing.

Aromas are strong and potent but very inviting - chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and booze with some coffee in the background.

On the tongue lots of complex and super delicious flavors - milk chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel upfront - follow through is roasted coffee and some booziness (expected at this abv), finish is toasty, roasty coffee and malt and semisweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and full bodied with low carbonation, you just have to let this one warm up a little bit.

This was the last of the black tuesday variants that i had to try, and this was my favorite one thus far. Most complex of them, and the coffee/mocha character works well. Recommended.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a big share in March 2015, bottle was 2014 vintage. I thought this beer was very balanced for almost 20%. I was skeptical and thought the day of the week beers were just hype, this one was legit.

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Mocha Wednesday from The Bruery
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