Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery
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3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice smoke presence.
04-23-2013 03:13:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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Pours a darker mocha colored 1 finger fluffy rich head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing pitch black thick beer.
Nose campfire smoke, smoked oak chips, a bit of smoldering log, faint dark choc and cocoa, a bit of roasted malt and burnt grains, a bit of caramel and vanilla, faint charred oak, almost seems cedar bit that may be the smoke, some earthy chewy hops, light booze.
Taste starts with more smoked malt, smoldering log and campfire like, with lots if a bitter roast, burnt grains and hint if burnt coffee. Charred oak chips, charred roast too, and a bit of bakers and very dark choc. Then plenty of earthy chewy spicy hops, quite a bit of bitterness actually astringent like bitterness, from both the spicy hops and roasty malts. Slightly acrid from all that. Hint of vanilla and cocoa and some alcohol flavor with warming booze. Finish is dry, very bitter with lots if earthy spicy chewy hops, little astringent, more acrid burnt roast and smoldering log smoke, and just a touch of creamy cocoa.
Mouth is fuller bod, weird slight over carbonated like, some warming booze and alcohol flavor even, very sticky mouth coating.
Overall meh. It's a decent beer, but not what I was expecting. The smoke is a little nagging bitter and meh, the roast gets a little burnt and acrid, little astringent bitterness, not enough chocolate, booze comes on a bit strong, just too much going on and seems a bit flawed for what it could have been.
04-10-2013 14:35:27 | More by jlindros
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
From 05/30/13 notes. Got a few bottles of this in the RS this year; 75-ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.
a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of retention and light lacing on the glass. Looks great.
s - Smells of smoked malts, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cedar, oak, vanilla, light dark fruits, light sweet chocolate, and sweet coffee. Awesome nose; very complex. Lots of smoked notes up front but unlike some other smoked porters and stouts, it doesn't dominate the nose, and allows a lot of other stuff to come through.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, smoke, sweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, light wood. Taste is pretty good, but less complex than the nose, and doesn't have any vanilla. Smoke is a little heavier in the taste; good, but a step down from the nose for me.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, was hoping for a tiny bit of a fuller bottle. Doesn't feel lik 9.5% ABV though.
o - Overall I thought this was a very good smoked stout. It looks and smells great; a very complex nose with just enough smoke. The taste is good but heavier on the smoke. Glad to have another bottle of this one, as my girlfriend and I drank the bottle no problem.
05-31-2013 14:37:24 | More by mdfb79
2.99/5 rDev -22.9%
750ml thick brown glass bottle with colorful label art and branded pry-off cap acquired for $14.99 USD plus tax at a local beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high; I'm not a big fan of either brewery but each has at least one rather good beer in this style.
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice frothiness. Good retention for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice even lacing as the head recedes.
Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style - but isn't unique or special. No overt flaws are evident.
Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malts. Has a definite malty sweetness. Caramel. I do pick up on the smoke in the sense that I detect light bacon and pork. It's not so evocative that I could pick up on the actual wood used; i.e. I don't get hickory, applewood, mesquite, etc. A largely pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. It's not the most approachable aroma, but I'm optimistic.
No yeast character or hops are detectable.
T: Dark malts, chocolate malt, light timid smoke. The smoke is about as shallow as smoke can possibly be; zero depth of flavour for the smoke in particular. Caramel. Build is pretty generic for the style; you have to bring far more to the table in terms of complexity and subtlety to really stand out in this style. Balance is okay. Why brew this? Feels like a cashgrab - and hey, it worked - they got my money. I don't get much in terms of wood; the aging might have been for nought. I wonder how long they actually "aged" it; couldn't have been any more than 3 months given the timetable between Beachwood beginning to roll out bottles and this coming out. I feel swindled. Its mediocrity grows as it warms; there's just so little going on here.
Flavour depth is below average for the style. Flavour intensity and duration are average.
No yeast character or hop character comes through. Some alcohol is noticeable.
Maybe the smoke just fell off with time? I look for oak, pecan, and apple wood, but I can only find slight traces - and then only when I actively search for them. I'm left to conclude that this beer just falls of with age.
That said, the pecan in particular does develop as the beer warms; it surfaces more and more.
Mf: Sticky, smooth, wet. Pretty good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Good body and thickness.
Dr: A downable smoked imperial stout without much smoke. Misses the mark in terms of smoke, but it's a drinkable little beer. That said, it's rather forgettable; there's nothing about this that would make me return to it - especially at this unreasonably high a price point. Another overpriced beer of middling quality from The Bruery/Beachwood. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. I'll finish this bottle alone with effort. ABV is decently hidden.
08-12-2013 01:08:39 | More by kojevergas
3.59/5 rDev -7.5%
750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives. Some dark brown and reddish hue is seen through the edges.
The aroma is smoky and lightly phenolic like plastic. It is kinda similar to the character pete sonetimes imparts. Plenty of roasty chocolate, earth, tobacco, anise and raisins blend with the smokiness.
The taste is bitter and roasty like charred grain. Notes of anise, leather, earth and a solid pete-like smokiness that has some phenolic plastic quality into the aftertaste.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and decent with the smoke being subtle and enjoyable but the phenolics are not that great. Funny enough, if you focus on the plastic this beer is almost bad...but if you try to ignore it, there are lots of pleasant nuance. As a side note, I think aging this on wood chips hurt the beer by augmenting the harshness.
03-27-2014 18:36:03 | More by stakem
Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
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