Mocha Wednesday | The Bruery

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Mocha WednesdayMocha Wednesday

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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 brewaddict
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed on 1/1/17
Mocha Wednesday 2016 bottle in a Bruery Tulip

L - Pours a dark caramel color with a fizzy khaki head that dissipates quickly
S - I get sweet caramel, molasses, and charred oak. I don't directly smell coffee. It smells a lot like Black Tuesday
T - The taste is sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, oak, with a bitter coffee finish and some heat
F - This beer is sticky, thick, and sweet. Some good chest heat going down.
O - I see this as a slight twist on BT but find it quite a bit smoother at the same age.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temp (55 degrees) into a Bruery snifter

Smells strongly of bourbon and oak. My wife can smell the alcohol on the other side of the couch

Sweet taste...brown sugar, finish with bitter coffee. Still big time booze. It's not just notes of bourbon, it's like someone dumped a shot into a stout.

Rich and thick mouthfeel. Pretty strong burn.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black in the glass
S: Sweet burnt sugars. Had some caramel. The barrels came through here. A few hint of coffee notes
T: Sweet. Sugary taste up front. Good barrel to cut through the sweetness. Bitter dark chocolate finish.
F: Syrupy mouthfeel.

O: Had this after trying DL. It honestly reminded me of the DL (maybe my palate still had some DL on it) with a good barrel characteristic to cut through the sweetness. Dangerous beer BTW. Hides the 19% very well.

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Photo of edthehead
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical Bruery!!! Little bit thin and light on head, but Huge flavor, boozy tingle, fun and innovative. I love this brewery! Always something to look forward to! Thanks Mike for the trades!!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really strong beer. Super boozy. Super rich dark look and thick body. Really packs a punch. It's like brown sugar with coffee and oak. Really strong bourbon notes on the smell.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Black with fast fading head
S- Booze, chocolate, coffee, vanilla
T- Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak
F- Medium-thin... really wanted something fuller, but maybe the ABV is killing it
O- Good, but a thick feel would have made it great

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thick and brown. Like liquid brown sugar
S: smells sweet with vanilla
T: wow! Flavor city, big vanilla and sweetness.
F: so thick and coating. Crazy scary easy drinking for 18.6%

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is off the charts. It's like a chocolate brownie with vanilla/bourbon sprinkles and a cup of coffee.

It's dense and sticky, all kinds of bitter chocolate and fudge and a nice smooth coffee finish. For the abv it actually is really smooth. Get some...

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big beer that seems to settle into its different characteristics with time to warm and mingle in a glass. When you start drinking Mocha Wednesday (in my case, the 2016 vintage), it's smooth with some sharp bourbon notes on the back end. After some time, the coffee begins to move forward, with the bourbon and chocolate notes serving as undertones. If you're like me and you split a bottle and drink it over a long stretch of time, the chocolate is front-and-center by the end.

Mouthfeel throughout drinking is warm and smooth. The aromas stay pretty consistent, with coffee being the most pronounced.

Excellent beer, but best if shared.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage, poured into a taster. Huge coffee, but fairly well balanced for such a big beer. Overall, it was a bit hot still, but understandably at 19.2%. Big beer, good in small quantities.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got to share this with some fellow Group A people at 2016 DLD. This was a nice morning wake up and helped keep the wet, rainy feelings at bay.

The initial feeling was of the alcohol that immediately warmed everyone up. The taste was a subtle coffee with more prominent chocolate, sweet flavors at first. The finish was smoother than expected on my first sip, but really ended on a balanced note.

Overall, this was a really good Tuesday.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big up Dinizinoj13 for sending this in a trade!

bottled 12/14/15. appearance is black with a tan head that quickly fizzes away.

nose is biggg... first thing I notice is the barrel, definite oak and bourbon notes. light coffee and chocolate.

the flavors on the palate are in line with those present in the nose, but taken completely next level.... good godd this beer is ridiculously rich and delicious! sticky sweet chocolatey bourbon up front, more decadent sweetness coming through with a smooth caramel and woody vanilla. also getting some light coffee, nice dark malts, toasted wood, and more bourbon on the finish. feel is good. overall ridiculous drinkability for the abv... I never thought a 19% beverage could taste like beer, but it does, and its absolutely fking marvelous!!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Downed a couple of 4 ounce pours at the brewery. 2013 vintage.

This looks and smells like a beast of a beer, which is no surprise given the ABV and what the Bruery does with their big beers.

The big surprise for me is how much of a factor the coffee plays here. It certainly influences the flavor and aroma, lending a burst of cold brew coffee flavor to the sweet imperial stout. But the feel, what a departure from Grey Monday and Black Tuesday. It's a lot thinner and feels like a cold brew coffee...almost. Still has enough sweetness and body to feel like a Starbucks coffee beverage.

I did comment that I felt the beer tasted and felt like cold brew had been poured into a Black Tuesday, so long story short, that's how I'd describe this brew.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +12.2%
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 +7.7%
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 -6.3%
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 +13.4%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -10.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +3.4%
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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