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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #35
Ranked #140
4.52 | pDev: 7.96%
The Bruery
California, United States
Mocha WednesdayMocha Wednesday
Notes: Black Tuesday with coffee and cacao nibs added.
Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 1,473 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SirElton from California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Aug 25, 2014
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floridadrift from Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: A head that quickly disappears into a dark brown abyss.

S: Booze and mocha

T: Delicious mocha booze bomb with vanilla, oak and the brash but subtle bourbon notes. A new era of alcohol

M: Super creamy and easy to swallow

O: I lost my dog on Oct 4 and my friend came over at 4:30am and shared this me while I was sob soaked and in my darkest moment, this beer was so drinkable. I found my dog the next day.

Oct 30, 2014
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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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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us at last nights impromptu tasting.

A - Pours pitch black with a bit of filmy tan head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the sides of the glass. Completely lifeless for the most part.

S - Smells of gooey fudge brownies, smooth espresso coffee, vanilla, oak, dark roasted malt and warming bourbon. Booze is ever present but more hidden than some of the other variants.

T - Starts off with a quick dose of sugary sweetness, mainly the brownie batter and vanilla, quickly being joined by the smooth coffee roast and dark malts finally being joined by the oak and bourbon warmth. Finish is sweet roast with some light booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Huge, syrupy sweet feel with a mild booze burn at the end of each sip. Again the booze seems to be more hidden than in past variants.

O - This might be my favorite of the variants. It has a great mix of flavors and the booze is still there but not over the top like in the others. I would love to see how this one develops in a few years, it could end up being really special.

Mar 01, 2014
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RebelWithoutACause from California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection. Perfection. Perfection. Perfection. Perfection.

Jan 25, 2015
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F2brewers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle served at 50F into a HF wine glass. Shared w/Brewinsue

A: As expected, pitch black. When held up to the light, only the faintest deep reddish-brown hues penetrate te edges of this bee. Thin Mocha colored head (1/2") dissipates quickly. Swirling won't revive it and this beer peaes no lacing in the glass. Tiny carbonatin bubbles are visible.

S: Roasted malt and strong rich espresso with blended tones of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, pecans/pralines and toffee. So different from the base beer ad the other BT treatments.

T: Mimics the nose. The nearly overpowering residual sweetness of BT is muted by the coffee and chocolate notes. Fresh baked brownies and a cup or coffee...this is truly a decadent dessert beer. The richness is fantastic, and the balance of bourbon and esperesso on the finish is lovely. Clean with just a touch of leftover sugar on the tongue.

M: Full bodied and heavy with medium-low carbonation, but that is to be expected. Slick, this beer coats your tongue and mouth. Not unpleasant though...and it grows on you.

O: Really wishing they bottled this in those 8 oz. bottles that Anchor used to use for Old Foghorn to justify a single serving. Very glad to have the opportunity to try this and I will be happy to share my remaining bottles with friends and family. Unique to be sure and though my taste falls to lambic, gueuze and saison of late, this is not to be missed.

Aug 05, 2014
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 4/14

A- Pours an opaque black with a finger of off-white head. This recedes to a collar, leaving minimal lacing.

S- Incredibly sharp espresso-like coffee and alcohol. It's almost like someone stuck an alcohol soaked coffee bean in your nose! Tons of fudge along with some bitter roast. A good bit of toasted oak and bourbon. Sweet brown sugar and some caramel round out this rich and complex aroma.

T- Wow! This tastes even better than it smells! This is an explosion of wondrously rich coffee and fudge. It's like drinking espresso brownies if they were liquefied. There's roast, there's sweetness, there's sufficient, but not overwhelming booze. This beer does exactly what it wants to do perfectly!

M- The mouth feel is medium to thick, slightly creamy, finishing with dry espresso beans and a bit of warming booze.

O- This is a beer that executes perfectly what it set out to accomplish! It's a glorious imperial stout imbued with loads of coffee and just enough chocolate to balance it out. The booze was present, but barely noticeable considering the 19.2% abv. While the mouth feel could have been a bit thicker, it was definitely thicker and creamier than other variants of Black Tuesday. A masterpiece!

Jun 24, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've waited a long time for this one. 2015 vintage. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head that collapses. Lacing is sticks close to the head. Thick, oily legs. Solid.

Opens chocolate, molasses and an overwhelming sweetness. Mocha, coffee and fudge in the middle with a big boozy presence. Finish is more molasses, bourbon, tobacco and oak. Aftertaste of more booze, more chocolate, more sweet soy sauce and more molasses. Sooo sweet. Good... but soooo sweet.

Nose is outrageously boozy. Chocolate, fudge, coffee beans, molasses and lactose. Actually works very well. Deep and really rich.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, oily and hot on the palate and goes down hot and boozy. Finish is messy and sticky with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. Big for sure.

This beer suffers from a big problem... it needs time to calm down the heat and the cloying sweetness but at the same time, the coffee flavors need to be retained... how? I'm not sure... but as is... this beer is just too over-the-top.

May 30, 2015
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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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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage

Big thanks to ChewbaccaSD for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Opaque black, some browning on the edges, less than 1/2 a fingers width of bubbly light tan colored head builds then dissipates quickly, leaves essentially zero lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Holy coffee bomb. Lots of bold black coffee. Paired with the coffee are roasted malts and a boozy alcohol. Barrel notes with bourbon vanilla and charred oak. Maybe a touch boozy even for my liking, but very nice. 4.25

T: Wow delicious. Big flavors here. Tons of sweetness, which is paired with a black coffee bitterness and a big fusel alcohol character. Chocolate characters much more noticeable in the taste than the aroma. Big roasted malt characters as well. Kind of tastes like a boozy BCBCS with chocolate, obviously this is a huge compliment. Wonderful. 4.75

M/D: Full body but not quite thick, carbonation appropriately low, ABV is most certainly noticeable and its even a bit hot at times; then again it is 18.6% ABV so thats somewhat to be expected. Drinkability is surprisingly good all things considered. 4.25

O: Wonderful beer, no doubt about it. I’ve now been fortunate enough to try BT, GM, CR, and MW. Out of the 4, I think Chocolate Rain was my favorite, but this is probably number two. The bitter coffee and fusel ethanol notes cut the sweetness quite nicely and make for a fantastic beer. Glad I was able to try this one, thanks Chewb! 4.5

Jan 26, 2015
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours near black with a dense finger of mocha colored head. Nearly non existant lacing. Good retention

S - pretty heavenly. Biig chocolate sweetness and mocha, minimal booze quite a bit of vanilla

T - so sweet roasty coffee not bozzy but considerable burn on the backend

M - full bodied min carb very smooth. Should be less drinkable than it is at 19.2

Second time having it.... Tons of green pepper/jalepeno type feel both up front and lingering on the backend. Bumping ratings down a bit, least favorite of GM, BT, MW, and SHIT w/ Coco lineup.

May 30, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle as Mocha Wednesday, Batch 1 from trade, poured July 15, 2014. Pours dark murky brownish black with a very small khaki brown head on top that goes away quickly. Awesome chocolate and huge nutty coffee aroma, more nuttiness, caramel and molasses, brown sugar, toffee nuts, pralines, coffee, bourbon booze. Fantastic. Flavor is sweet caramel and brown sugar, nutty toffee, lots of lingering vanilla, some chocolate, light earthy coffee notes but very subdued on that front, bourbon and alcohol for sure but actually surprisingly smooth. Note nearly as sweet as Chocolate Rain for me. Comes off with some serious tiramisu flavor with extra booze, which is awesome. As with Grey Monday this really comes off like an English barleywine to me. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of stout characteristic left here. Big rich body with lowish carbonation, smooth on the palate with light burn and plenty of warmth on the way down. Really nice variant.

Jul 16, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, bottled 12/24/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a very deep dark brown. Collar of tan head. Not a ton. Alcohol feet for days.

S: Rich coffee. Vanilla. Chocolate. Bourbon. Toffee.

T: Rich coffee. Chocolate. Vanilla. Creamy. Booze heat for sure in the back of the throat. Big finish. Lingering flavors.

M: Full bodied. Rich. Full mouthfeel.

May 08, 2014
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Rutager from Canada

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, a crazy windstorm changed our travel plans today and now I'm at home with the power out. Good day to open this bad boy. 2015 bottle, a huge surprise in a couple boxes of insanity from Jeff, cheers man!

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with a bit of khaki head that fades to a collar. Big sweet bourbon nose, vanilla and cocoa, a touch of toffee, raisins and coconut, maybe a bit of coffee. Big flavour, as expected. Bourbon is a little more subdued than the nose led, tons of barrel, quite sweet, some molasses and cocoa, and a little bit of char. Coffee and vanilla finish. Alcohol is there at cellar temp, but not in the way it should be with the crazy abv.

Full body, a touch syrupy and sticky on the lips. Low carbonation.

I thought I could dome this bottle over the afternoon/evening but it looks like it will be a 2 day job because my wife is of little help. *hic*

Aug 29, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud.

Pours a decent fizzy smaller but darker color that fades pretty quickly, pitch black beer with great legs, long legs.

Nose brings a huge amount of dark malts, tons of cocoa fudge and mocha, cocoa dust with fudgey mocha, a little roasty and light char, lots of dark caramel, some dark coffee with the cocoa, nice sweet mocha coffee almost expensive kahlua, fluffy nougat and fudge caramel coffee.

Taste brings lots more sweet chocolate, caramel cocoa, with lots of thick fluffy fudge, cocoa dust, etc. Then coffee, light on the coffee but a nice roasty coffee mocha with fudge and cocoa syrup, again light kahlua like flavor, coffee cocoa fudge with dark roasty malts. Big booze, maybe not 20% or so but def boozy, warming tingly booze and some hot alcohol flavors, big candy sweetness too go with it. Finish is sweet and hot, sticky syrupy sweet, with hot alcohol lingering, and very fudgey kahlua coffee fudge, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, thick syrupy and hot booze.

Overall a big letdown, ok but decent.

Jan 10, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer has a similar appearance to the others in the Black Tuesday series. Aromas of huge roast, chocolate, cacao, vanilla, coffee, oak, booze. Huge flavor. Thick bodied with fairly low carbonation. Coffee and bourbon with chocolate. Mild bitterness. Such a gargantuan beer. Chocolate and booze. Mild sweetness and palate coating. Yum.

Aug 09, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opnened on 2.15.14

A - Pours a very dark brown with a active dark tan head that fades quickly leaving some oil on the top of the beer.

S - Strong coffee, then some chocolate and smooth bourbon.

T - Silky smooth chocolate, then some coffee shows before the bourbon-vanilla takes over.

D - Heavy-sofy body with good carbonation.

O - Sweet, but the coffee helps to keep it in check. Very tasty and silky smooth.

Apr 30, 2014
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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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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Waxed 750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 12/24/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours thick and black with a tiny pale layer that can't really be called head. No retention or lace to speak of but swirling it around a bit coats the glass with lasting, boozey legs.

Huge coffee on the nose with strong bourbon, cocoa and booze. I can tell this is gonna be a treat.

No denying that this drinks hot. Lots of boozey bourbon, bold coffee, rich dark chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, cane sugar, a little bitter char and strong alcohol presence. It doesn't take me long to get over the booze burn and really enjoy the play between coffee, bourbon, chocolate and big delicious imperial stout.

Heavy, full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Really coats the tongue well. A hot, espresso, cocoa and bourbon finish that lingers.

A huge beer with robust flavors, this is a really tasty treatment for Black Tuesday. I'm very happy to have several to enjoy over a couple years as it develops- suspecting that the coffee is bold enough to still sit in the front seat after this had had enough time for the booze to settle down.

Mar 01, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the first release of Mocha Wednesday. Thanks to Regen for generously opening this one up with us. Poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 4/23/2014.

A- Looks just like Black Tuesday. Dark black body, opaque, minimal offwhite head with little retention, no lacing.

S- Sweet sugar, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, fudge jumps out first. There is a slight coffee flavour, as well as wet barrel oak. This is honestly a very chocolate fudge forward nose, which I'm very happy to enjoy.

F- Very sweet and sugary base beer, but the cocoa nibs initially contribute a nice dark chocolate character with a nice bitterness that goes at least part of the way to cutting the sugariness of the base beer. Make no mistake, this is a very sweet beer. As it warms, the coffee comes forward with that similar damp coffee oak flavour remniscent of Bourbon County Coffee. Throughout there is a small alcohol solvent presence, just like all of the other Black Tuesday and its variant beers.

M- Thinner bodied just like Black Tuesday and its other variants. Really a sipper due to how sweet it is, but it's a lot more manageable than the aforementioned Black Tuesday or Grey Monday. I can certainly tell this is 19.2% ABV, but this isn't exactly drinking Johnnie Walker on the rocks either.

O- I can't decide if I liked this better than Chocolate Rain, but it's close and I'd probably have to give the edge to this one. This is a very nice rendition on the Black Tuesday theme; I think the coffee and cocoa nibs combination does a better job of cutting that base Black Tuesday sweetness than anything else The Bruery has tried.

Apr 24, 2014
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justlovebeer from Alaska

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer since KBBS that has lived up to the expectation and hype. Just a complete package with no let down in any aspect of the beer. Shared with rxeight, bryang002 and Jonnyhiggs at an impromptu beer group tasting.

A - Viscious! This is when I start to get excited. My pet peeve is thin stouts and when I see one pour this thick I know it is a good start.

S - Coffee and chocolate come through in alternating jabs that leave dreams of a scandalous affair between Chocolate Rain and BCBCS

T - Palate heaven. No one element get too much in front of another, the balance of the chocolate and coffee is just right.

M - Motor oil and that is a good thing. How a BA stout should feel. Give me a milkshake stout all day.

O - The only variant I haven't tried yet is GM, but this is superb and a notch above BT and CR, which says a lot that there is even a discernable difference. Top five beer for me, which takes great company with KBBS, MD and the Bourbon County family.

Mar 19, 2014
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty much the same as Black Tuesday (base beer here) with a jet black thick body and a brown head in the 1/2" range. Aroma rocks the coffee hard, and then its all bourbon fudge after that.

Taste, decadent, amazing. Thick ass chocolate malt, bourbon heavy notes, plenty of rich coffee. Mild oak. Love the mouthfeel and how it covers up the massive abv relatively speaking. Carbonation on point, some vanilla creeps in as well with the coffee.

I might like this as much as Black Tuesday, but the increase of $10 price wise just because there is coffee is a little befuddling. I mean, its an awesome beer, but I don't understand why the variants are $10 more. . .

Mar 14, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 2015 waxed 750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew streams brown but comes to rest in the glass dark brown to black with ruby clarity when held to the light. A very aggressive pour yields about a finger of khaki head that is quick to fade.

The aroma initially is very sweet with cocoa smelling almost like brownie batter. That sensation is short lived. As the brew is smelled more a lot of deep roast to char comes out smelling almost smokey like burnt popcorn. Some tangy alcohol and licorice are afterthoughts mingled with a slight vegetative component almost like green bell peppers.

The taste is bitter cacao, roasty earth, espresso and anise. A mild tang is somewhat medicinal across the middle. Solvent alcohol and a mild smoke almost like the previously mentioned burnt popcorn character is noticed mid-palate. Across the finish is a perplexing flavor almost like soy sauce. This is quite weird for that to be present in a beer this fresh. As it warms up, it has a mild vegetative flavor almost like bell peppers.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. An interesting twist on black tuesday but something seems weird in this. I dont know if its the coffee or cacao but im not crazy about it. This just doesnt deliver the flavor profile like it seems it should. Not a terrible beer but also not what I was expecting either.

Feb 19, 2015
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wtkphoto from Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 01, 2015
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Mar02x from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Oct 13, 2014
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