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Mocha Wednesday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 917
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 780
Gots: 309 | FT: 52
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.20% ABV

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Beer added by: Chardman on 01-08-2014

Black Tuesday with coffee and cacao nibs added.
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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* (903 characters)

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. (417 characters)

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. (745 characters)

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'. (450 characters)

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! (756 characters)

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. (698 characters)

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. (631 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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. (737 characters)

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. (448 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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 (396 characters)

Photo of Shon4star
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (544 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev +3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.51/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,404 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of rand
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,969 characters)

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