Brewtus - Monocacy Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
08-05-2014 20:26:09 | More by hagbergl
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-25-2014 02:08:02 | More by Mongrel
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-14-2014 02:53:25 | More by DrDemento456
Brewtus from Monocacy Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.