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Mocha Wednesday - The Bruery

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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 726
Gots: 251 | FT: 44
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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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Ratings: 755 | Reviews: 70
Photo of Shon4star
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had the 2013 as part of a 14 bottle Bruery tasting and this was definitely one of the standouts! Awesome coffee notes

Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage.

Sweet chocolate and coffee. Boozy but, not overpowering. Almost too sweet.

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly dark. Head is slightly fizzy with mediocre retention.

Powerful aroma full of chocolate, coffee, and barrel notes.

Tons of chocolate and coffee; sweet, dark fruit; bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, and booze on the finish.

Incredibly thick for the style and ABV. Hot and boozy, but completely drinkable.

Photo of Damian
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a thin, murky brown and was topped by a tiny, khaki colored film that dropped to a lasting ringlet.

Really interesting aroma. Cacao dominated. It reminded me of sticking your nose in a bag of raw cacao nibs. Malty rich and fairly sweet. Dark fruits were noticeable. I definitely picked up raisins. Good amount of brown sugar as well. Moderately boozy. Unfortunately, no coffee was detectible.

The favor profile was somewhat less cacao dominated than the aroma but more complex overall. Dark fruits led things off. Raisins and plums were quite apparent. Loads of brown sugar. Bourbony and somewhat port-like. Good dose of vanilla. Cacao nibs were noticeable. Like the nose, there was no discernible coffee presence. The finish was boozy but surprisingly tame for an 18.2% ABV monster. Raisin notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel initially seemed a bit thin for a beer of this magnitude, but it turned super smooth and creamy on the palate. A fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a rich, supple, tongue blanketing quality.

After trying samples of Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain and Mocha Wednesday over the last week, I felt this beer was the least impressive of the three variants. Regardless, this is an amazingly complex and intense imperial stout that hides its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this by way of stakem, enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a stout glass and allowed to gradually reach cellar temp.

The color is black with slight cola appearance with light tan head and quick dropping head with no lace left sticking -clarity is translucent. The aroma has a strong cocoa odor with light coffee smell that is roasty with an earthy nose and moderately alcoholic smell. The feel is roasty with sweet body and gently creamy element with a low bitterness level and relatively high warming presence of alcohol as it finishes semi-sweet.

The taste is very good with toasted nut and slight roasted coffee taste with a dark chocolate taste in the middle with slight yeast flavor with a mild alcohol backing up the rich malt in the taste and actually less boozy than the nose lets on with the combo of cocoa and coffee giving a dessert-like sweet residual flavor in the finish. Overall I think I enjoyed this less when cold, but as it warms the coffee seems to express itself more and alcohol settles down a bit. I would not have had the chance to try this otherwise so thanks Tim! I would consider this preferable to chocolate rain personally I like the layers the coffee and cacao add to the stout base.

Photo of dbc5
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Was surprised to be greeted with a decent amount of foam off the pour, although this receded quickly. A rim of mocha head sticks around the edge of the glass as I sip, but no lacing to speak of. Alcohol legs on the swirl. Pitch black.

S: Has the characteristic Black Tuesday nose, but the presence of the coffee and chocolate also make subtle contributions.

T: Wasn't sure what to expect from the coffee, particularly given the coffee was farily subtle on the initial nose. Was really impressed on my first sip how front and center the coffee is, followed by a chocolate and sweet roast backdrop. Makes for a markedly distinct drinking experience relative to the base beer. For how hefty the ABV is, the alcohol presence is fairly subdued. Masked more so than several other BT varieties.

M: This is a huge beer with plenty of body to back it up. Chewy and viscous, leaving an oil slick on the tongue.

O: Another tremendous offering from The Bruery. I'm a big fan of the entire BT series and have historically found the variants add something unique to the base beer experience. That is the case again with this beer. Huge fan of what the coffee does for the drinking experience. Probably one of the better variants in my opinion.

Photo of rand
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL brown wax-sealed bottle, poured into a snifter

A: A dark, sludgy brown in appearance, oily and viscous. The beer's weight doesn't allow any type of head to form.

S: The nose is really similar to Black Tuesday, with accents of coffee and carob at the front of the bouquet. Accompanied by usual notes of burnt sugar, oaky astringency and unsweetened chocolate.

T: The flavors wave over the palate in three distinct phases. At the front, cocoa, vanilla, along with subtle notes of cinnamon and ancho chilies. Mid-sip, the booze kicks in, which you'd expect given the ABV, but it's not as overwhelming as it could be. Oak dries and adds astringency, along with hops. Added coffee comes though as well, but this is not a 'coffee stout', thankfully. As it finishes, distinct notes of molasses and bitter-sweet chocolate become dominant, and that ancho chili note is accented by spicy booze. Long finish with lingering notes of cocoa and bourbon.

M: As with the other variants, as viscous and sticky as a brew comes.

An incredible brew, I think I like this more than Black Tuesday. Coffee beers aren't my favorite, and I was expecting this to be more coffee forward - it's not. Coffee is just one of many flavor-nuances. Delish.

Photo of BillRoth
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Bruery pub. Inspired blend of BT and coffee with cacao. Powerful, smooth and complex. Highly recommended.

Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
3.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Huge booze bomb, rough way to finish share

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 2015 waxed 750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew streams brown but comes to rest in the glass dark brown to black with ruby clarity when held to the light. A very aggressive pour yields about a finger of khaki head that is quick to fade.

The aroma initially is very sweet with cocoa smelling almost like brownie batter. That sensation is short lived. As the brew is smelled more a lot of deep roast to char comes out smelling almost smokey like burnt popcorn. Some tangy alcohol and licorice are afterthoughts mingled with a slight vegetative component almost like green bell peppers.

The taste is bitter cacao, roasty earth, espresso and anise. A mild tang is somewhat medicinal across the middle. Solvent alcohol and a mild smoke almost like the previously mentioned burnt popcorn character is noticed mid-palate. Across the finish is a perplexing flavor almost like soy sauce. This is quite weird for that to be present in a beer this fresh. As it warms up, it has a mild vegetative flavor almost like bell peppers.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. An interesting twist on black tuesday but something seems weird in this. I dont know if its the coffee or cacao but im not crazy about it. This just doesnt deliver the flavor profile like it seems it should. Not a terrible beer but also not what I was expecting either.

Photo of timc100
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks just like the other variants - black and oily in the glass, lighter brown pour. Huge alcohol legs, looks like a boozy monster of a beer.

Much better fresh - huge freshly ground coffee both earthy and fruity, heavy fresh roast, very sweet booze, chocolate, faint bourbon and sweet vanilla. Massive feeling beer, coats the mouth with sweet boozy chocolate and vanilla, coffee is very dominant. All comes together very well for being such an extreme pour.

Another great Black Tuesday concoction. Had a 2014 when it was about 9 months old and it wasn't anywhere near as impressive as this fresh 2015 batch. A truly decadent beastly beer.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours just like you would expect, very thick and very black. A small head forms but doesn't retain very long at all and leaves no lacing. Instead of lacing, alcohol legs are present in large numbers down the side of the glass. This beer basically looks like a still pour in the glass due to high alcohol and low carbonation.

S- Huge coffee and big, sweet chocolate greet the nostrils right up front in an assault of delicious scents. Bourbon and alcohol move in next right behind the blend of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee and add a third dimension to the smell. Summed up in one sentence, this beers smells like you just walked into a coffee house/chocolate shop/distillery combo facility.

T- Medium roasted coffee starts off the flavor of this beer with a mildly bitter and dark bang. Chocolate sweetness quickly moves in and provides the overall mocha-like flavor that the name suggests. If this beer stopped with the mixing of chocolate and coffee flavors, it would be tremendous, but it doesn't. This beer proceeds to one up itself with the addition of barrel aging. The barrel comes right after the chocolate-coffee cocktail and adds a spicy bourbon, sweet vanilla, and slightly boozy oak character to this beer. The end result is a fantastically complex and delicious, candy-like flavor explosion in your mouth. The alcohol content warms up the end of the drink and adds just a touch of bitterness to go along with the other flavors in the finish.

M- For a 19% ABV imperial stout, this is rather highly carbonated, but suspiciously easy to drink. There is definite alcohol warming as you sip, but only so much as to make you slow down and enjoy the complex flavors of the beer. Otherwise, this beer is thick and creamy and smooth as hell.

Overall, wow. Just wow. This is a phenomenal beer that has me looking into joining The Bruery's club. I need more of this in my life and cannot imagine having this fresh. One of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of NickSD
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

woah! if you get a chance to try this beer. do it. dont think about it just do it.

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

18.6% abv. Black Tuesday brewed with TCHO cacao nibs and coffee beans from Portola. Pours dark brown with a rapidly dissipating thin mocha head which is standard for The Bruery's strong ales. There was a ton of coffee upfront along with some mild oak, dark chocolate, roasted oats, and that bourbon goodness. Oh damn! The flavor was all coffee and bourbon booze. At that point, I had wished I aged this beauty a little longer - perhaps for a year or two. I knew I was gonna be up all night with this beer and lasted me a good five hours of very nice sipping, which I paid a dear price for in a matter of hours after waking up. Thin to medium mouthfeel. There were a ton of heat especially in the back finish and incredible coffee up front which were unfortunately overshadowed by the strong fresh bourbon. Overall, this was a fine brew and glad to have tried it for once and all!

Photo of dvmin98
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heavy booze up front. Very nice chocolaty mocha on the back. Chewing. Delicious. Another home run. Interested in seeing how this one ages.

Photo of tom10101
3.44/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (750 ml) @ De Garde++ tasting. From Dan, thanks!

Appearance: Black w/ reddish reflects, no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Cacao, massive boozy presence, paint thinner and subdued coffee notes.

Taste: Heavy sweetness along massive alcohol are hiding cacao and coffee but you can get them a bit after the beer breathe for a long time. Light fruitiness too.

Palate: Full body. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous mouthfeel. Burning finish.

Overall: Like most other The Bruery stouts, it’s tasty and flavorful but also terribly unbalanced and undrinkable because how the sweetness and the alcohol takes all the place. It’s not impossible to make great super high abv stouts, Struise are able to, but this is not good.

Photo of Biff_Tannen
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. Just incredible

Photo of fegelFatso
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend slipped me a taster of this... Holy Crap!

Photo of john0721
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Strong coffee in the nose ( a bit to strong), some nuttiness, a little caramel.

Flavor starts with strong coffee, giving way to dark fruit (raisin), with a caramel, chocolate finish. Some alcohol burn in the finish which fades a bit with oxidation.

Photo of IKR
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest beige head which dissipated fairly quickly. The head on this beer was larger and hung around longer than any of the Black Tuesday's or variants that I've had. This fixed my biggest gripe with Black Tuesday and/or it's variants. Considerable legs on this one.

Smell: Upfront coffee followed by Bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate/cocoa, mild vanilla, and a bit of coffee/roasted malt aroma. nice nose on this one.

Taste: As the nose suggested coffee, Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, and some oak/roast malts appearing in the finish along with the coffee notes. The upfront coffee helps to subdue the sweetness of the base black Tuesday and helps the drink-ability. Very mild alcohol presence especially in light of the 18.6% ABV . Nice barrel presence and flavor complexity. Fairly sweet in the middle of the swallow but the finish is surprisingly dry finishing with the coffee notes which appear to be a smooth roast.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, fairly thin for such a big beer but the significant ethanol presence has something to do with that. The carbonation is moderate and spot on for the beer. It's scary the beer has such a lack of an alcohol presence for the ABV.

Overall: Great beer. The coffee is well integrated and along with the cacao nibs tame the sweetness from the base Black Tuesday. Nice complexity in the flavor profile. My favorite coffee stout at the moment.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best coffee stout I've ever had? Yes. Huge coffee on the nose. Not just a coffee nose, but actually smells like a cup of cold brew. Really great aroma. Taste is much of the same, just a big sweetened coffee bomb. Lots of chocolate and oak in the back end. Really nice for the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is really smooth with some slight alcohol burn. Might need to rest for 3 months. Nice work, Bruery!

Photo of zac16125
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage

Big thanks to ChewbaccaSD for sending this one over in a trade!


A: Opaque black, some browning on the edges, less than 1/2 a fingers width of bubbly light tan colored head builds then dissipates quickly, leaves essentially zero lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Holy coffee bomb. Lots of bold black coffee. Paired with the coffee are roasted malts and a boozy alcohol. Barrel notes with bourbon vanilla and charred oak. Maybe a touch boozy even for my liking, but very nice. 4.25

T: Wow delicious. Big flavors here. Tons of sweetness, which is paired with a black coffee bitterness and a big fusel alcohol character. Chocolate characters much more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Big roasted malt characters as well. Kind of tastes like a boozy BCBCS with chocolate, obviously this is a huge compliment. Wonderful. 4.75

M/D: Full body but not quite thick, carbonation appropriately low, ABV is most certainly noticeable and its even a bit hot at times; then again it is 18.6% ABV so thats somewhat to be expected. Drinkability is surprisingly good all things considered. 4.25

O: Wonderful beer, no doubt about it. I’ve now been fortunate enough to try BT, GM, CR, and MW. Out of the 4, I think Chocolate Rain was my favorite, but this is probably number two. The bitter coffee and fusel ethanol notes cut the sweetness quite nicely and make for a fantastic beer. Glad I was able to try this one, thanks Chewb! 4.5

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Mocha Wednesday from The Bruery
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