Mocha Wednesday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #40
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4.52 | pDev: 7.96%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Black Tuesday with coffee and cacao nibs added.
Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 1,487 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bret27 from California

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle courtesy of hefman.
(~5 yrs old at this point).
L: almost pitch black but not super thick. Minimal to moderate mocha head.
S: chocolate, coffee, bourbon.
T: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon heat, oak. Roasted malt, burnt coffee.
F: medium, fair bourbon burn.
Overall: pretty good especially for epic abv, but not great. A little thin, a little too boozy. Coffee flavors are old the old/stale/burnt side.

Feb 22, 2021
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barrelbeer from Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance was tan to dark, nose was a little coffee and some sweetness, taste still had great coffee and plenty of oak and vanilla, feel was velvet and smooth similar to a good barrel aged wheat wine. Amazing that this beer packs a 19%+ abv. Overall, still drinking fantastically four years later.

Jan 01, 2021
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MJSFS from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 1/10/19 poured into a DFH Signature Glass. Body is inky black with a quickly receding soapy head that left zero lacing. Aroma is bourbon, malts, coffee, and dark fruits. Taste is alcohol, cherries, chocolate, coffee, coconut, and vanilla. This beer gets more complex as it warms. Overall this isn’t better than Black Tuesday, but it’s still a world-class BBA Stout.

Feb 08, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle at annual RIS tasting.Absolutely smooth, hint of coffee and lots of chocolate.Black pour with small traces of foam.caramel and boozy notes roond this out. Thick and creamy.

Nov 01, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and muddy brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is mocha, toffee, caramel, coffee and soothing bourbon with a kiss of char. Roasty and toasty malts form a resoundingly steady base. Flavor profile is mocha, toffee, caramel and then a searing slice of bourbon and heat. After the heat subsides, the focus goes back to lightly sugary with a heavy malt base. Malts come by way of roasty and toasty. Sweetness comes from more mocha and chocolate than try to outweigh the lingering bourbon heat. Mouth feel is thick and full with a velvety, heavy creamery texture. Overall, hot and booze with some kisses and glimpses of sweet. Balance may be a strong word here, as it veers pretty far on both sides of the heat vs. sweet spectrum, but it does all net out within each dynamic sip.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Jul 28, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 2016 bottle. Pours dark brown with light khaki colored head. Aroma with lots of Caramel and bourbon notes along with cocoa. Very sweet on taste and it hides the ridiculously high ABV extremely well. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel, chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Huge beer that’s very well done.

May 23, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/24/14; drank 2/26/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown appearance.

Almost no tan head; almost no lace.

Dark chocolate, black coffee & cognac notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Sweet chocolate, coffee & cognac flavors up front; strong booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

Bold flavors here, but this was very sweet & very hot. 2 more years might be needed to mellow this monster...

May 18, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bottle. 18.6% ABV.

Dark pour, subtle crimson hue just like the others. Some thin, frothy head bubbles up on the pour, but it’s got a good look and the head dissipates quickly with no lace left behind.

Loads of coffee on the nose with subtle but not unpleasant notes of green pepper. Many more experienced beer drinkers know green pepper to be an oxidation side effect in stouts that have coffee in them. Not abnormal, but not typically preferred. Those subtle hints of oxidation don’t take away from anything, though, with a predominance of espresso, baker’s chocolate, charred oak barrel, and bourbon aromas.

Rich notes of chocolate and coffee hit first, with less green pepper than on the nose. Overall, for a beer that is recommended to be consumed fresh has held up really well. Some charred oak character emerges as the beer warms and helps to compliment that bourbon flavor. Really nice balance between the base beer, the barrel, and the adjuncts.

Nice medium weight to the beer, with low carbonation and a warm, boozy finish. Mildly viscous and not overly syrupy.

Dec 31, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This massive beer has been in my cellar for almost a year. The super high ABV would allow this beast to age for several more years. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A semi-hard pour produced a one finger head that dissipated quickly. The beer is SRM 37 a dark brown nearly black beer that is opaque. The has carbonation bubbles pooling in the middle of the beer. Overall a good appearance. With high ABV I did not expect to see a lasting head or lacing.

A very dense rich dark chocolate and espresso aromas are what I initially smell. Additional aromas are bready, vanilla, oak, yeast, dark roasted malts, earth, and raisins.

A very decadent coffee and chocolate flavor with dark roasted malts, earthy, wood, earth, vanilla, raisins, bready and yeast flavors.

The mouthfeel of the beer is hot and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full linger finish.

This beer surprises me, the massive flavors with a delicate touch in a strong beer. The beer flavors are just off the charts. When I drink other beer that says hey this coffee or chocolate I expect to taste the flavors of the beer and not a hint or just a note. The amazing, flavorful, and outstanding beer should be a must for a stout lover.

Sep 22, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It seems like I'm always a day behind when I drink these. Who cares anyway, it's like underwear with the days on them. You honestly telling me you don't just feel like wearing Saturday some Mondays? Anyways, I'm pouring from a 750 ml. 2016 bottle into a snifter. This beer pours out just like the others, way lighter than beers similar in the style. Brown in color with highlights all the way through. The smell is warming bourbon with a mocha backdrop. Raisins and plums evident as well. The taste comes in with that same burning sensation and provides dark fruit notes. A very nice chocolately finish. There is some coffee and mocha presence in there, but for the main part it's slight and if not advertised, I think most would just think of a bourbon barrel aged stout. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and great for the style. Overall, this has probably been my favorite of these so far. But still nothing blowing me out of the water. I guess I'll just keep swimming.

Aug 30, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chris the local guy for this 750ML bottle. Sampled this previously but never sat down with a full pour & very happy to do so. Split with my wife.

The pour is surprisingly light, a muddly brown rather than abyssian darkness. Head vanishes quickly to nothing. The nose is just as advertised: chocolate, roast, booze, barrel. Meets expectations like rear-ended Ford Pinto.

Mocha Wednesday is boozier than waking up inside a bourbon barrel; now I know how the dwarves felt on the Forest River (well, kind of). Massive hit of alcohol & bourbon in yo face, & my feet feel suddenly further away. Large scale sweetness from the malts, chocolate, roast that’s quieter than the nose would suggest. Underneath the chaos is molasses & something else I could identify if I wasn’t already drunk. Thick, decadent, & would pair well with my wife’s lovely Bailey’s cheesecake. Mmmmm. Love this. Could have taken it solo.

Pastry stout has been used as a recent epitaph, but in my mouth it’s a viral compliment. Hand me a glass of this anytime. An elite beer that improves marginally on the near perfection that is Black Tuesday. Please help me up the stairs if you see me napping somewhere other than my bed later. Thanks in advance.

Jun 23, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original black Tuesday is better to me, but this is better than grey Monday. A great tourist beer, as it takes you on a novel taste journey. Really opens up with a bit of temperature.

May 25, 2018
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scottfrie from California

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 3/2/16.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, near black, with raisin color highlights. A finger or two of ruddy brown head foamed up after the pour and quickly fizzed away into a faint bubbly collar. No lace.
S: Rich coffee nose, boozy bourbon, and tons of cinnamon and spice fill the nose. Smells woody, roasted, earthy, spice, and sticky sweet.
T: Huge intense flavors of chocolatey cocoa nibs, rich and bold coffee, and sweet bourbon barrel mix with hints of cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of roasted wood and licorice. The finish is full of peppery spice and roasted coffee, and the aftertaste has lingering notes of sticky sweet brown sugar and warming booze.
M: Thick, sweet, sticky, and boozy body, fizzy/prickly carb, and a very sweet and heavy mouthfeel.
O: The coffee and chocolate add a nice depth to the bourbon barrel stout flavors. A couple years of age has rounded off the sharp edges, but this is still a very intense and decadent beer.

Mar 25, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/27/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, brown sugar, maple syrup, almond, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, smoke, dark fruit, pepper, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Mild increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, brown sugar, maple syrup, almond, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, licorice, smoke, dark fruit, pepper, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness and light roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, brown sugar, maple syrup, almond, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, coconut, marshmallow, light licorice/molasses/dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness and roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 19.9%, with mild lingering barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. Bruery stouts always seem to have a class of their own on the flavor profile. Not as deeply roasty or charred on black/roasted malts like some others; but still extremely rich and complex. Outstanding barrel integration and balance; without feeling overly boozy, tannic, or drying. Very similar to the base beer with big levels of fruity/nutty coffee complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 10, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant killer beer that has the amazing aroma of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, oak, vanilla. Very sweet beer with lower carbonation. Tons of chocolate and coffee with strong bourbon. Amazingly this beer hides it's monstrous ABV. There is a little alcohol heat at the end but it is balanced. This is an awesome beer.

Nov 23, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cola black with a thin finger of fizzy dark-tan head that's quick to dissipate into a crown.

Big bourbon aroma with cherry, vanilla and a hint of chocolate.

Strong bourbon throughout in the taste with a good amount of alcohol burn. A touch coffee and chocolate on the backend, which do give a mocha impression, as well as a little bitterness, which I attribute more to hops than the additives.

Relatively thin bodied with a sticky, thin syrup feel to it and strong carbonation.

Big in-your-face barrel in this one, and the feel isn't robust enough to stand up to it, IMO. I'm sure another pour or two and I'll be singing it's praises, though. It's definitely an ass kicker.

Nov 11, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This actually looks like coffee, except for a webby tan foaminess that quickly dies to next to nothing but a gold chain.

Smell is maple, oak, bourbon, mocha, candied nuts and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste is so strong of alcohol that it leaves only a slim space for flavors of syrupy mocha, candied nuts and sweet bourbon oak.

The heat is spiced and slick, stinging as it slides quickly down, with a semi-dry, lightly sticky finish.

Oct 25, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.72/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage (thanks Mike!) . Pours two shade shy of black with lovely ruby highlights when backlit. No head whatsoever on this beer. Nose reveals big ethanol notes (enough to ignite your nose hairs) followed by dark malts. Taste expresses toffee, ethanol and some peppery notes, on a dark malty backbone. Mouthfeel is quite thin with a mild carbonation. This beer is hot!. Overall impressions - young and thin. Let this one sit for a few years.

Oct 09, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random preface - Birthday beer. It's a 2016 I've had Cellared for 10 months now but am eager to try it after recently having black tuesday. The aforementioned being an almost transcendent experience slow sipping over several hours. I didn't quite imagine my birthday being as boring as today was when I took a vacation day for tomorrow... but alas I'll make sure it wasn't in vain by facing this monster of a beer.

L - Teku pour. Remarkably lighter than expected. Very thin given the massive beer it is. Head dissipates quickly to all but the outer edges. The lacing runs fast and falls like rubbing alcohol on the sides of the glass.

S - black tuesday. Partially roasted coffee, bourbon and oak. Loads of vanilla. It's incredibly dense and potent smelling. Im getting more raw oak out of this beer than maybe any other I've ever whaffed. The coffee is surprisingly subdued. There's something off though and I'm fighting the urge to believe this may be slightly soured.

T - hot. And sour. Well fuck my birthday and waiting a year to drink this.

M - who care

O - depressed. Fuck turning 31.

(Original ratings of look 4, smell 4.25, taste 1, feel 3.75, overall 1)


Traded for another bottle to accurately experience and rate this beer. This one is a 2017.

L - Again, Voodoo teku pour. Thin, dark brown, frothy light khaki head.

S - light roast coffee, alcohol, vanilla. Very, very oaky.

T - there we go. No infection here. So much heat up front. Amazingly less sweet than expected with lots of coffee roast providing bittering. The coffee however is not fresh tasting - its stale and past its prime. Caramel in the middle. Intense oak in the finish.

M - thin, fizzy,

O - I really don't love this. Black tuesday was life changing, but this, it isn't. It's a shell of its base. It lacks the dark fruit and complex depth of its iconic brother. While BT was an instant top 10 for me, I'm hard pressed to agree that this is even worthy of the top 250.

Sep 19, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a deep murky brown color.

Smell - The nose was light chocolate, but there was also a coffee presence.

Taste - This is a sweet one. At the front, I notice sweet coffee first. Then, sweet bourbon accompanies raisins, figs, and burnt malts. Surprisingly, the beer was not to warm. Not overly cloying, the sweetness continues in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The sweetness lends itself to a sticky sensation. It is not as thick as the other days.

Overall - This might be my favorite day, notwithstanding Chocolate Rain.

Sep 18, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is decieving for a stout. It's more of a dark amber color and has a nice chocolate aroma. Flavor is nice mocha soaked bourbon. Body is thinner than you would expect but this is still pretty delicious.

Sep 10, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a The Bruery tulip glass. Enjoyed on 1.31.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, very opaque and thick with a thin tan head that has no retention and yields no lace. The aroma is nice, huge charred barrel character with tons of chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, smooth oak, stone fruits with a lot of hot alcohol as it warms. The flavors are good, tons of chocolate, cold pressed coffee, mild acidity and light roast, vanilla bean with smooth and rich bourbon, super chewy oak, light char, lingering stone fruit and very intense alcohol. The mouthfeel is okay, coating, medium body, very active texture which is a bit surprising with a smooth but very warm finish.

Verdict: A decent barrel aged stout from The Bruery but I think I prefer the regular Black Tuesday. The coffee here adds some acidity that just adds to the harshness of the alcohol. Again, with many of The Bruery beers, it's just too massive and too intense that it is tough to handle more than a few ounces.

Aug 29, 2017
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anvindr from California

4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Figured if I was gonna solo a bottle, the least I can do is write a little something

Look: Not the darkest beer ever but pours with a good head and the bottle has one of the more elegantly designed labels imo.

Smell: The smell is true to the name with chocolate and coffee featuring prominently. Smells like an understated mocha

Taste: I immediately taste loads of chocolate but before it becomes overly sweet it is balanced by strong coffee notes and then I think I detect some dark fruit notes as it finishes smoothly. This bottle is only ~3-4 months from bottling but the alcohol is on the 12-14% level by taste which is astounding as always

Feel: I just had Abraxas 2 days prior to drinking this and I think that the mouthfeel that perennial puts out is just completely out of this world. If I hadnt just had a perennial stout this would be a 5 but clearly mouthfeel could be improved since maman + variants exist

Overall: Favorite weekday beer so far. Looking forward to trying PB Thursday

Jul 20, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant chocolate malt. Taste is a slightly sweet also a pleasant chocolate malt.

Jun 06, 2017

4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage.

Poured with quite a bit of sediment(floaties)...this is a dangerous brew, the alcohol is barely noticeable. Delicious brew and very chocolate forward. Only marks down was for the sediment, wasn't expecting as much as there was.

Jun 01, 2017
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