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Brewtus - Monocacy Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 144
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co. visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BattleRoadBrewer on 02-27-2014

From the shadows of a dark and opulent curtain spring the robust aromas of locally roasted coffee and hardy malt. Deep-seated hop bitterness rallies with these conspirators, delivering a well-balanced thrust of assertive flavor to a bland tyrant. Raise a glass in celebration of liberating taste. Et tu, Brewte?
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Photo of beachtrvlr
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very strong coffee flavor with some bitterness. Also a dark chocolate flavor comes through and lingers in my mouth.

Very dark brown in color. Nice tannish brown head, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

I smelled more of a chocolate scent than coffee when I first poured the beer.

Lightly carbonated. Smooth feel. (319 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a little worried about the coffee and the booze being overpowering in this one, but it was actually done quite well. Dark pour: not much head. The coffee flavor is indeed VERY prominent and forward, which could be off-putting for some. There's just enough chocolate and sweetness in the finish to counter the above. Not a super sweet beer, but not exceedingly dry either. Note: the booze is fairly buried in the mix. (425 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black. no light getting through this. There's a thin cap of mocha-colored head that quickly settles to a light disc across the top that leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma takes a second to open up but big rich coffee and cocoa notes with a hint of sweetness. The taste is a little more restrained, but still good. The coffee is much less pronounced and it tastes more like a dry stout than its aroma would've indicated. Strong chocolate malt with earthy hops and the coffee in the background. The body is also more along with a dry stout, thinner and crisp with a tingle of alcohol on the finish. (609 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour yields just a fine haze of tan head over what is a deep brown, near black beer. Nose is crazy coffee, a bit of sweetness (maybe dried fruits?), chocolate as the beer warms, Taste is similar: roasted malt, big coffee flavors, some chocolate in the background. Light bitterness. Nose little bite at the back of the mouth, I guess from the fairly mild carbonation. Flavor is good, although doesn’t quite deliver on the delicious, huge nose. Body is smooth, fairly thick body, maybe a little thin for the style. Very subtle fizziness on the front of the tongue. Overall a really tasty beer, one I’ll go back to. And it's local! (644 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty brew. Lots of bitter coffee, some chocolate and spices. A bit thin but it doesn't detract. Second beer from this brewery and both impressed. (151 characters)

Photo of Morrow702
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is likely my favorite coffee stout to date. I have had the KBS and the BCCS and the Brewtus still wins for me. It's hard to describe... It's this feeling of drinking a quality cup of coffee that's masquerading as a beer. It's smooth. It has a nice aroma, and it's one of the few beers I feel Ok about enjoying with my breakfast :) (335 characters)

Photo of username
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle. Really like the design/artwork/presentation.

Pours a deep mahogany, practically black. Perhaps a little light can shine through it, but only around the edges. Scant tan head that dissipates into a nicely retained surface-film. Some lace.

Smells like burnt roast coffee grounds. The smell is magnificent in terms of strength; very odiferous although one-dimensional.

Tastes like coffee with some beer added. The coffee dominates, though is blended very well with the beer to the point where I'm not totally sure whether I'm drinking a beer or an unusual coffee.

Feel is medium-heavy. Has some substance, has some meat, but not so much so to render it undrinkable or 'thick'. Again, well balanced. Leaves a definite coffee aftertaste and some lingering hop bitterness muddled together.

Ultimately, a pretty fantastic brew IF you're into coffee-laden imperial stouts. The phrase, 'would you like some coffee with your beer?' would best represent this. It is very, very coffee-forward, almost to a fault. If you do not enjoy coffee, do not purchase this beer.

Compared to Flying Dog's Kujo (another Maryland-brewed, coffee imperial stout), well, there is no comparing the two. Brewtus absolutely slaughters Kujo, and is on a whole different level. (1,268 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. Retention isn't very special, but I like the head's creaminess. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: This - THIS - is what I like in a coffee stout. Lots of black coffee, counterbalanced by additional roasted malts and dark chocolate. Know what this reminds me of? Founders Breakfast Stout, sans the oatmeal. I also like how there's a nice roastiness beyond just black coffee, and the subtle graham cracker notes, and just about everything else. (4.5)

Taste: Black coffee opens it up nicely. I'll give it about a 6 out of 10 on the coffee intensity scale. It ends with pure dark chocolate, backed by some roasted barley and *maybe* a twinge of hop bitterness. Only thing is, it's not very complex to me - just coffee, roast, and chocolate. Still, those three notes intermingle with one another extremely well. (4)

Mouthfeel: This is NOT creamy like FBS - instead, it's bitter, dry, and a little rough. I could stand to lose some of the latter, but I do like how dry and easy to drink it is (though the finish is still very long). Carbonation is medium, poking through the slightly slender body well. (3.75)

Overall: I've fully accepted the grim reality that Founders will never distribute to Maryland (thanks, Hop & Wine Distributors of Northern Virginia), and as such, I've been looking for that FBS alternative. Wait...this is from Maryland? And it's year-round? Huzzah! In my mind, this can easily hang with FBS in terms of quality and drinkability. Hopefully, this will make its way to the rest of MD, so I can drink the hell out of it. (4.25)

4.12/5: A year-round coffee stout that's genuinely impressive? Done. (1,744 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Within the glass, Brewtus has all the makings of a beer that looks like a freshly pressed cup of Joe. It is a flat black with an especially frothy head that lasts and lasts - it actually never really seems to completely fade away. This leads to lacing to coats all 360 degrees of the glass in a sexy curtain.

Aroma - One whiff of this beer and it's like I'm back in the office; the amount of coffee coming out of this beer is huge and it mixes seamlessly with a sweet chocolate note. It's not overly roasty, but instead takes on a cold-pressed mocha impression.

Taste - Much like the nose, the taste is all coffee and very smooth. More of the roasted bitterness shows up here, as the chocolate falls back into a bittersweet role. Rounding out the flavor is a subtle toasted nut and oatmeal quality that is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is beefed-up with a thick, creamy texture that benefits greatly from the addition of oats. It sort of reminds me of a coffee milkshake and is a treat to drink.

Closing Arguments- This was a fantastic introduction to this new-to-me brewery. The coffee is spot-on and reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout in the way that it integrates with the chocolate notes. I could see this being a favorite in the colder months and I will definitely keep my eyes peeled the next time I find myself near Frederick. (1,368 characters)

Photo of xcdarrel17
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't think this was a great example of a coffee stout. Coffee seemed a little harsh to me and not well paired with the stout base. Mouthfeel improved as it warmed. (165 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-04-06 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle

A - Opaque deep, dark brown with a 1-finger brown head that fades quickly. Just a bit of lace.

S - Coffee and more coffee. Some mocha. Medium roasted grain. Minerals.

T - Rich chocolate, coffee, milk, light char, well-toasted sourdough bread and a metallic/mineral flavor that adds a touch of sharpness in a good way. Aftertaste is well-balanced with all these flavors with just a bit of emphasis on the roasted bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial at first but it has some effervescence to cleanse the palate. I really like the feel.

O - This is one fine coffee stout. Getting up there with Founders Breakfast Stout in many ways. Impressive. (750 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cask:
Always feel strange rating on cask, so this will be brief rather than full review:
Appearance is just short if nitro, initiall, but fades a tad, still nice foamy edge and lacing.
Nose is coffee with a hint of woodiness, and to a lesser degree, chocolate.
Taste is cocoa, coffee, cola, light bitter woody ending.
Feel is a bit light, but very smooth, low carbonation from cask.
Definitely a decent beer, solid stout; need to see how it seems non-cask. (459 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had black body and it came with a small, dark mocha colored head.

Plenty of roasted coffee beans in the nose, but the chocolate-y malts are more prominent. Very little alcohol to be found. Tastes as the smell suggests oonly better. Light bitternes with strong roasty cocoa and coffee make this a very satisfying big stout. Not as coffee-forward as some, but I appreciated how balanced this was. (400 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big coffee all around! This one actually carries the body that I crave from other coffee beers, making it a great dessert beer. Yep, there's roasted malt sweetness, but also a decent amount of bitterness. Love the earthiness of the plentiful coffee. Quite an effort from a little known brewery-which is subject to change if this is any indication. (352 characters)

Photo of CheapHysterics
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly dissipated.

aromas of coffee, coffee, and coffee, with a little roasty sweetness and some earthiness hiding underneath.

Taste is extremely well balanced between bitter and sweet, with coffee, dark cocoa and a little hops played against sweet malts with just a hint of a little earthy, dank, almost mushroomy taste in the background (dank in what I thought was a good way). A little heat from the 8.6% pokes through, but barely.

Mouthfeel is verging on creamy, and it's very smooth going down.

Overall an excellent coffee stout... not generally a style I look for, but this is definitely one of the best I've had in the style. (689 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pitch black with the slightest head and a miniscule collar.
S: Smells like diner coffee that uses unfiltered, mineral heavy water and has been sitting on the burner for a while.
T: So much coffee. This is like a fresh-brewed pot of drip coffee.
M: Definitely a bit light on the mouthfeel, but that is probably because they blend in so much damn coffee.
O: This has been in my fridge for ages, since I'd never been able to/in the mood to have it at an appropriate hour. I'm glad I waited, because this is a coffee bomb. Talk about a MD gem. (598 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep dark walnut brown out of the bottle, good thick viscosity as it fills the glass. Head is quite dark with a big mocha dark brown but only makes about half a finger head. Dissolves to a thin collar, but leaves a good thick leg coating also on the side.

Real big bouquet. Good amounts of ripping bean, but huge notes of peanut butter and dark chocolate. A nice controlled pipping hot warmth as well from the coffee angle, excellently executed with just a hint of mild soft roast quality.

Palate seems to be hitting towards lighter character. Slightly fizzy finish with a mid palate that comes with lots of ripping bean. Slightly oily hop like coating and mild astringency but without any acrid off flavors luckily. Prickly and a bit wet mouthfeel. Good controlled bitter sweetness of dark chocolate on the finish to match with some of the coffee nicely.

It's not bad, but there's room for improvement slightly on the malt angle. The beer for a big imperial comes off a little weak in palate feel and flavor, but a solid decent coffee brewed stout nonetheless with a bizarre aroma to go with it. (1,161 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black pour. Big espresso and roasted chocolate nose. Taste is big chocolate and espresso, slight green pepper, but a solid imperial coffee stout. (152 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I discovered Brewtus on a day trip to Frederick, MD. I spotted it in a local cheese/wine/beer store downtown and liked the sound of a coffee imperial stout. When I brought the four pack to the counter, I asked the clerk whether she had been to the brewery, since it's in Frederick--turns out she actually is one of Monocacy's brewers! Pretty cool. Anyway, story over. Commence beer review.

Appearance (4/5): Deep black with a short tan head of perhaps two-fingers (at most). No alcohol legs on the glass (it's by no means a boozy beer and on the lower ABV side for an Imperial Stout).

Smell (4.25/5): This beer is easily one of the most coffee forward beers I've ever had. The nose is blooming with smells of fresh-brewed coffee, with just a hint of dark chocolate. While it's a bit one noted, that one note is pretty great--Brewtus rocks the coffee hard. The aroma intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste (4.25/5): MORE COFFEE! And while the taste follows the nose, it's more complex--you get a wave of coffee bitterness initially, but then you get a sweeter, chocolate covered espresso bean-like flavor on the back end with a nice touch of roastiness (nothing extreme, though). The beer does not have a strong aftertaste, which makes it surprisingly easy-drinking. While drinking it, you're not liable to think it's a very decadent beer. A tasty Imperial Stout that's actually more of a gentle giant than you'd think, given how aggressive many coffee beers can come off.

Mouthfeel (4/5): When straight-from-the-fridge cold, Brewtus can taste a little thin, so make sure to let it warm a little to get the most out of this beer. The feel benefits a good deal from this, though I must say that even when at the appropriate temperature it cries out for more body and a creaminess to compliment the coffee flavor--perhaps the addition of oats could encourage this?

Overall (4.25/5): Monocacy's Brewtus is, overall, a very good beer deserving of serious attention. One of the most coffee-forward beers I've ever come across, it delivers serious coffee stout flavors in smooth waves of bittersweet goodness. The only tweak I'd say the brewers need to make is with the mouthfeel--it could have a bit more body to it. Having said that, this beer is really good stuff from a very young brewery. I look forward to more from them! (2,326 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pitch black with half a finger of tan head, no lacing.
S - Fresh roasted coffee, by far the most potent coffee aroma I've had in any beer to date. Smoke and some light oak kinda wood tone to it, very earthy tones. Outstanding.
T - Massive roasted coffee flavor, roasted malt, burnt wood, lighter mix of earthy hops. Really good, but also very singular.
M - Drier finish, lighter feel despite the alcohol. Not sweet at all either.
O - Really unique coffee brew, by far the most extreme use of coffee I've had, also more of a dry and robust beer than sweeter, which is a great change of pace. (626 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Judging by the guy below me I got taxed pretty hard. Paid 4 dollars for the single which is almost double it's retail value.

A - Deep dark blackness I love it! Color of head is a nice deep mocha not too much of it so the body is medium to thick.
S - A nice blast of smooth cappuccino like coffee, cream, and some chocolate.
T - Very smooth coffee taste but at first it does seem a bit acidic in the finish which subsides to a nice blast of dark chocolate, light roast, and vanilla like sweetness. Like other said it's like a thicker version of Wake N Bake.
M - Medium to thick body, quite smooth, good stuff.

Overall I would get it again if I found it more reasonably priced but as of now I will stick with Wake N Bake. (722 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is really good. Locally, it might be better than Flying Dog's Kujo. Pours thinner than expected. Very dark brown with some lighter shades around the edges and little head to speak of.

Smells decadent, with coffee, dark chocolate, maple, fennel and dark fruits on the nose.

Taste delivers on most of these elements. Big, roasty, black coffee up front, with dark fruit and chocolate following it closely. Goes down really smooth considering the big, roasty flavors and moderately high ABV. There's a nice melding of dark fruit and dark chocolate that really elevates this beer. Like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like, but coats the palate nicely and finishes dry.

Overall, Monocacy continues to impress with what I believe is only their second bottled beer. And if the price remains where it's at now -- $9 /four pack -- I'll continue to pick it up year round, much like their Riot Rye. (948 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

These Guys just arrived in my local Philly bottle shop the other day; yesterday to be exact.

For a newer startup brewery (founded in 2012) they've delivered an awesome coffee stout...reminiscent of Terrapin's WnB Coffee Oatmeal n Lagunita's Cappuccino.

Appearance and Smell are on point for the style. Smells like I walked into thel java house down the street.

Tastes like a killer Americano with subtle hints of chocolate, lactose, caramel, and warming booze plus malts in the background.

The mouth is the only letdown for me. I prefer a beer labelled as an Imperial Stout or Double anything to have a great medium/full body and thick oily coating. This beer is very thin bodied and goes down slick. That's not a bad by any means; however, just not my personal preference.

Overall definitely worth a purchase. I look forward to seeing what these guys do in the future as they hopefully grow and introduce more new killer beers (932 characters)

Photo of Titans77
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with vanishing tan head. Smells like a coffee shop when poured into a snifter. Coffee with some chocolate notes on the nose. At first sip it reminds me of a very coffee forward version of Founder Breakfast Stout. Coffee and chocolate with roasty malts. Very intense flavor. Smooth mouthfeel with big body and no alcohol presence.

This beer is INSANELY good for $10 a four pack. Very much reminds me of a better FBS. Can't believe this beer is available year round and for so cheap. 9.5/10 would recommend for trade extras. (541 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This brute was served on draught at Meridian Pint, Washington, D.C. It is listed as an Imperial Coffee Stout on the menu, and that it is.

Served at cellar temp or a little cooler in a 12 oz snifter.

Color: Black as pitch. Black as midnight with a new moon. Black as carbon nanotubes sucking photons straight out of your eyeballs. None More Black. Couldn't see even a hint of the flash on my phone through this beer.

Appearance: No head, just a hint of oily bubbles around the rim and a subtle sheen. This is coffee brewed with malts.

Nose: An exciting mix of carbon and loads of coffee with a strong, smooth note like that of sweet cream. Not burnt, just imminently dark!

Taste: Like double-strong brewed coffee, a complex blend of dark malts with a creamy finish. Best enjoyed by the sides and back of the tongue, nice and slowly.

Mouthfeel: Light on body which lets it go down very smoothly.

Overall: Perfect balance and no defects. Undoubtedly goes well with everything, but it perfectly complemented my charred bacon cheeseburger. One of my favorite things about business travel is finding local beers, and this gem brewed with local grist is a huge winner. If you are in Maryland or DC you must have this! My overall score tops the category scores simply because this beer is so well put together. (1,311 characters)

Brewtus from Monocacy Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.