Mocha Wednesday | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Tuesday with coffee and cacao nibs added.

Added by Chardman on 01-08-2014

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Photo of samtrillo
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a great beer, but I gotta say it's too cloyingly sweet. I guess it should be treated like a port, only drink 5oz at a time. I had to pair it with some smoked meats an cheeses to balance out the sweet cocoa.

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Photo of Absolut
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Society beer shipment poured into snifter

Dam. God damn

Pours dark black with a brown head

Smells of dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon

Taste is pure bliss. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate

Damn. Just the perfect beer. No way this is 20%

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is simply phenomenal. There are really two phases to it that I discovered. The first phase was just loads of chocolate and coffee as one would expect. However, unlike other beers of the same style, there was a second phase that I truly enjoyed. Behind all the loads of flavor, I was still able to pick up the base beer. One of my general complains about other chocolate infused stouts is that it doesn't taste like a beer. Well, this definitely DOES taste like a beer and I am impressed in every way. The main downside is its high ABV. I could not pick up a hint of the booze in the taste, but I was essentially down for the count after splitting this bottle with a friend.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of tan head that fades quickly to a small collar with minimal lacing. Not surprising given the ABV
S: Smells of coffee and chocolate with some underlying bourbon notes and roasted malts
T: Taste is caramel and vanilla followed with a good bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, slight oak as well. Swallow is coffee and chocolate with some lingering oak and charred wood.
M: Full in the mouth with surprisingly lively carbonation that's a bit prickly. This one finishes a bit dry from the ABV
O: Simply delicious. I think 2014 tasted a bit better but this one isn't far behind. Great flavors and complexity on this one so it's a joy to sip.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thinner than expected. Minimal head. No lacing. Good chocolate aroma. As it warms, more coffee and chocolate come out. Solid brew but would prefer others before revisiting.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Big bourbon, moderate chocolate, coffee and slightly sweet malt.

A: Deep brownish color, totally opaque with a very thin tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring.

T: Intense; mix of big robust coffee, dark chocolate and slightly sweet maltiness, mixed with a strong bourbon character, secondary vanilla flavor.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation. The beer is quite viscous and coats the tongue. While the beer hides its full strength well and is smooth, there is a bit of boozy chest warming.

O: Wow, delicious – Black Tuesday is a very full bourbon-heavy beer. This iteration adds more chocolate sweetness with a bit more robust body for the addition of coffee. A delicious beer to sip on.

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alcohol legs for days lets you know how big, thick & viscous it will be. Tuesdays sweetness is muted by expresso along with silky cacao. Now I just need Grey Monday!

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord this is a good beer. It covers the almost 20% ABV nicely, but I was down for the count after doming this bad boy. Tons of coffee upfront with a very chocolately nose.

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thinner dark brown-black color, with a small film at the top of the beer. Leaves back an oily film and alcohol legs after swirling, revealing the huge body of this.

Smells of fudge coated, sweeter bakers chocolate, slowly melting in the glass. Coffee adds an earthy quality together with a pleasant, flowery dryness, opening up the palate to the prominent Bourbon barrel. Oak, spices, chocolate and rock sugar blend perfectly together, not neccessarly reminding of a nearly 20 abv beer, while this certainly provides a pleasant depth on the nose.

Drinks almost flat, perfectly fitting in terms of highlighting the huge body of this, while producing a pleasant silkness, coating the tongue together with spicy oak. A vibrant barrel bite is certainly there, while it gets balanced by sweet chocolate and brownie batter, leading to an incredibly well put together beer regarding its huge body, drinking surprisingly easy, while certainly not hiding its complexity either.

Tastes of milk chocolate coated espresso beans, providing a nice sweetness, mingled into earth and toasted malts. Its barrel gets recognizable by a peppery, sharp and dry spiciness, which coates my teeth till the finish. Cinnamon adds to these flavors while Bourbon reaches an intense, palate collapsingly strong, hot peak, leading to a clean, silk and dry finish, together with toffee and earth entangled, cold brewed coffee.

Drinks way more full-bodied than the nose revealed, finding its most convincing strengh in its balance. Many other of the big Bruery stouts are too over the top for my palate to be enjoyable, this one is different though. It features a well put together mix of coffee, spicy Bourbon and melting chocolate, with every ingredient benefiting from each other. For a stout in this abv range its mouthfeel is surprisingly thin though, offering an interesting contrast to the intensity of the taste.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle (2014 vintage) shared with friends.

A: Pitch black, as expected. Thin mocha-colored (obviously) head which dissipates quickly. Small amounts of carbonation are visible with no lacing.

S: Strong espresso with blended tones of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, etc.

T: Follows suit with the smell/aromas. Any residual sweetness of Black Tuesday is muted by the espresso/coffee and chocolate notes. This reminds me of a dessert beer... brownies and coffee combined.

F: Full bodied and somewhat heavy with low carbonation, but that is to be expected.

O: Overall, I a very glad to have the opportunity to try this. This is a very unique beer and definitely worth checking out. Cheers!

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Photo of Tele
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -10.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -0.7%
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 -1.1%
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 -6.8%
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 +6.2%
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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